Sony NEX-VG10E, World’s First Ever HD Camcorder With Interchangeable Lens, Announced

July 14, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Sony has announced the NEX-VG10E HD camcorder, which is the first consumer camcorder in the world to be capable of accommodating interchangeable lens. The company had mentioned during the release of its NEX-3 and NEX-5 interchangeable lens digital cameras, that it would make the technology available on video cameras as well.

The NEX-VG10E uses the Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor that was present in the NEX-5 and NEX-3 cameras and is capable of being fitted with E-mount lenses as well as A-mount lenses using the LA-EA1 mount adapter. G lenses from Sony as well as portrait lenses from Carl-Zeiss are also compatible with the camcorder. An 18-200 mm F3.5-6.3 E-mount lens is available with the camcorder as part of the kit.

High definition video of 1920×1080 pixel resolution can be recorded with the camcorder at a bit rate of 24 Mbps.  It also allows for capturing 14.2 megapixel still photographs. The videos and images thus captured, can be previewed on the camcorder’s 3-inch LCD swivel display.

Sound recording on the device is done by a built-in stereo microphone, although consumers can also separately purchase an ECM-CG50 shotgun microphone that has been officially paired with the NEX-VG10E. Video and image data captured on the device can be stored on Memory Stick Pro Duo or SDHC and SDXC memory cards, which are compatible with the camcorder.

Sony will begin selling the NEX-VG10E camcorder in the month of September at a price of around $2000, while presales of the device will start on July 14 on the Sony Style website.

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