Sony Handycam NEX-VG10E: first interchangeable lens HD camcorder

Sony today unveils as they claim “world’s first consumer interchangeable lens HD camcorder” and also the first Handycam camcorder featuring an extra-large Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. The model name is Handycam NEX-VG10E.

The NEX-VG10E is powered by a 14.2 effective megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and  Sony’s BIONZ processor, it is capable to capture Full HD 1920×1080 video in AVCHDTM format at up to the maximum 24 Mbps bit rate on supported Memory Stick PRO Duo or SD media cards. It comes with with an image-stabilised E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens, which offers 11x optical zoom and it is also compatible with E-mount lenses and and A-mount lenses by using the optional LA-EA1 mount adaptor.

Sony NEX VG10E camcorder

The camcorder is equipped 7.5cm/3 inch swivel Xtra Fine display with TruBlack technology and also has a Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone, that “uses advanced processing algorithms to combine signals from four separate omnidirectional microphone capsules”.

Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone

The NEX-VG10E featrures include: in-built Optical SteadyShot for clearer video images, Active Mode- enhances anti-shake performance, an ISO sensitivity of up to 12800, APS-C sized imager also enables  shallow depth of field – cinematic’ effect with background defocus (bokeh).

Sony NEX VG10E camcorder

“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. “With this camcorder, video enthusiasts and photographers can now capture cinematic full HD movies and premium stereo sound.”

Sony also propose a range of official accessories includes the ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone,  a choice of rechargeable battery options, including the NP-FV100 that provides power for up to 330 minutes continuous HD shooting, a dedicated soft carrying case LCS-VCD and offered to customers as a free download, Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 video editing software.

The new Handycam NEX-VG10E camcorder will be available from October 2010 for around $2000


Model Name


Image Sensor

APS-C type (23.4×15.6mm) Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with RGB primary colour filters;
25P scanning

Gross Pixels

Approx.  14,600,000 pixels

Minimum Illumination

11 lux. ( 1/25 Shutter Speed / F3.5)

Supplied Lens

SEL18200 Sony E-mount  E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 with in-lens Optical SteadyShot Active Mode


11x (optical, ring)


Auto/Manual (ring)

Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Video mode: 32.4mm-360mm

Still photo mode: (3:2) 27mm-300mm /

(16:9) 32.4mm-360mm

Shutter Speed

1/4 – 1/4000 (video, manual control)

30 – 1/4000 (photo, manual control)

White Balance

AWB / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent / Flash / C. Temp Filter / Custom

Recording Media

Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo / SD / SDHC / SDXC (Class 4 or higher)

Recording Mode (AVCHD)

FX (1920x1080i, 24Mbps)

FH (1920x1080i, 16Mbps)

HQ (1440x1080i, 9Mbps)

Still photo resolution (JPEG)

16:9 Mode; 4592×2576 (12M) /

3:2 Mode; 4592×3056 (14M)

Audio Recording

Dolby Digital 2ch, via  Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone;

External microphone input jack

LCD Monitor

7.5cm / 3.0”-type, 921,600 dots (approx.)

Xtra Fine LCD with TruBlack technology

Electronic Viewfinder

1.1cm / 0.43”-type, 1,440K dots (approx.)

Xtra Fine


330 min. continuous recording

(with the optional NP-FV100, FH mode)


-Accessory shoes

-HDMI OUT jack

-Stereo headphone jack

-External stereo mic input jack

-USB 2.0 (mini B / Hi-speed) jack

-DC IN jack

Dimensions (D x H x W)

29.4 x 132 x 97 mm (inc. supplied lens and hood)

Weight (approx.)

1.3Kg (with SEL18200 lens, lens hood, NP-FV70 battery and Memory Stick Pro Duo)

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