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Every time I try to form a coherent opinion of the Sony NEX-VG10 camcorder, I end up circling back to "Well, it's the first try." On one hand, it delivers the flexibility of interchangeable lenses in a traditional run-and-gun design at a relatively inexpensive price for the pro user. On the other, the design falls short for the run-and-gun crowd, and it lacks some of the features that someone paying $2,000 for a camcorder wants, most notably progressive recording. If Sony sold it with a different lens, or body only, the price would be far lower and it might be more attractive to the prosumer crowd it seems to have been designed for. In other words, while it looks like a pro camcorder, and costs as much as one, it acts like a consumer model. For example, the video looks good, but not great. It renders accurate colors and consistent exposures, with solid dynamic range--the contrast looks very good, without unusual clipping in highlights and shadows, even in harsh sunlight. But there's also wobble, moiré, and a muddiness in midrange-distance details like grass and leaves that I don't expect in a camcorder in its price class. That's partly due to the lack of a progressive recording mode--though it captures 30fps, it records at 60i, introducing all the aliasing issues that interlacing does (this is a drawback of standard AVCHD).
It's a development that didn't meet with universal approval, and real fans always preferred something that has a focus ring in place of a simple wheel, a real handle instead of a velcro strap and physical buttons rather than a touchscreen interface. Sony, which pioneered the CCD camcorder back in the 80s is leading this symbolic return to first principles. The VG10 looks like a camcorder. That might seem obvious, but it's a form factor that has all but disappeared over the past ten years. At first sight, you could be forgiving for mistaking it for one of Sony's professional cameras. The magneisum frame and glossy black finish make a very different look from the plastic aimed at the wider public. The VG10 makes a clear statement: this is a high-end camcorder. The most striking element is the inclusion of interchangeable lenses. A 18-200 m Sony lens with an E mount comes with the VG10, along with a lens cap and hood. It sets you back £699 on its own, so it represents nearly half the total cost of the camera. It takes up half the length of the camcorder too, which is almost 30 cm from end to end. The whole thing is pretty bulky and somewhat top-heavy towards the front, but a large lateral handle in grainy plastic makes it easy to grip the camera comfortably while filming.
|Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 Digital Camcorder - 3 LCD - CMOS - 16:9 - 14.2 Megapixel Image - MPEG-4 - 11.1x Optical Zoom - Optical (IS) - Flashlight - HDMI - USB - Memory Card||$2049.99||See it|
|Sony NEXVG10 Full HD Interchangeable Lens Camcorder (Black)||$2298||See it|