Sony HandyCam NEX VG10

It’s 25 years since Sony launched the Handycam brand and the range shows no sign of slowing down. The latest model is the NEX VG10 and once again Sony have broken new ground, delivering the world’s first consumer HD camcorder that offers an interchangeable lens system within a lightweight portable body.

Marrying camcorder and DSLR technology, the NEX VG10 offers the best of both worlds, serving up full HD movies alongside 14.2 megapixel still images. Taking a leaf from Sony’s new NEX compact pro camera range, these Handycams provide users with unlimited possibilities thanks to the wide variety of available lenses which can be purchased for use – from wide angle to fisheye to telephoto.

With the bundled E-mount 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS zoom lens, the VG10 has an 11x optical zoom, as well as Optical Image Stabilisation with Active Mode, perfect for smooth, stable footage on the move. Add to this a stack of innovative features including silent auto focus (eliminating lens noise, yay!) and extended recording times (up to 155 mins with the standard battery) and you have a versatile machine. Include a lens adapter in your kit and you can use a slew of A-mount lenses too.

Sound quality has also been improved with a Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone which captures more of the sound of your subject and less background noise. Those of you with more experience will appreciate the ability to switch over to manual controls to tweak your settings for better visual results. An ideal camera for the prosumer.

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