Sony NEX-VG10 HD Camcorder Announced

Sony has announced a new interchangeable lens HD camcorder that is based around a DSLR style camera. It is called the Sony NEX-VG10 and is capable of capturing video in HD.

The camera can capture at HD 1920 x 1080 in the AVCHD format. Video is captured at 60i (60 interlaced frames per second). Manual controls are found on the camera which include control for the shutter, iris, white balance and gain. Still images can also be captured manually if required.

The camera uses the same CMOS sensor and E-Mount lenses that the NEX-5 and NEX-3 digital SLR cameras use. When the NEX-VG10 ships late 2010 it will come with an 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 zoom lens.

When capturing stills the camera captures with a 14 megapixel sensor and can capture in a burst mode at 7 frames per second if needed.

After using the NEX-VG10 for a few minutes during a recent demo, it became clear that Sony didn’t just slap an interchangeable lens mount onto a camcorder; the scene modes and controls for both video and stills make the NEX-VG10 a refined and versatile double-duty weapon. Weighing in at almost 3 lbs., it’s not the lightest camcorder on the block, but holding it via its top-mounted handle rather than its side-mounted hand strap lessened its heft quite a bit.

The Sony NEX-VG10 will be made available in September and will cost $2000 when launched.

Via: PCWorld

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