Sony has created the world's first consumer interchangeable lens HD camcorder.
The camcorder enables users far greater flexibility and creativity at a consumer device price point. The camcorder can be used with three currently available E-mount lenses or can be adapted for use with a wide range of A-mount lenses (those found on many DSLR cameras) with the optional LA-EA1 mount adaptor.
Sony's Handycam NEX-VG10E is also the first Handycam to come equipped with an extra-large (around 19.5 times bigger than those found in conventional camcorders) Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor allowing for "cinematic background defocus effects" previously only found on professional video cameras.
"The NEX-VG10 takes Sony's Handycam line to the next level by allowing unprecedented artistic expression that isn't possible with conventional consumer video cameras," said Andy Bubala, director of Sony's camcorder business.
Additional features include 1920x1080 high definition video capture at up to 24Mb per second (unfortunately for serious movie makers it records at a resolution of 1080i, not 1080p which would provide a superior viewing experience), Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone (a system that enables videographers to capture more sound from their subject and less background noise), a 3.0 LCD swivel display, and the ability to capture DSLR-quality (14 megapixel) still images.
In April Panasonic unveiled the AG-AF100 video camera, a camcorder that combines a 4/3 sensor with high definition video quality. While aimed at the professional market, the AG-AF100 is a comparatively low-cost (at approximately $6,000) professional video camera that enables users to interchange between camera and film-style lenses. The AG-AF100 will be released at the end of 2010.
The NEX-VG10 will be available from September in the US, October in Europe for about $2,000. Presales start on July 14 from www.sonystyle.com.