Sony NEX-VG10 Hi-definition Interchangeable Lens Handycam Camcorder (E-mount 18-200mm Zoom Lens Included) - Demo Model

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About Sony

Presenting a creative breakthrough: the first Handycam camcorder to accept interchangeable lenses. The ergonomically designed NEX-VG10 camcorder has a large Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor that boasts 19.5 times the surface area of conventional8 camcorders resulting in gorgeous, cinematic, depth of field. Shoot AVCHD video at up to 24Mbps at full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution captured at 30p and recorded in 60i, plus still photography up to 14 megapixels.

Pursue your creative vision with the supplied 11x zoom 18-200mm Optical SteadyShot image-stabilized lens. You can also add your favorite A-mount lenses including award-winning G lens and Carl Zeiss lenses, via an adaptor (sold separately). A Quad Capsule Spatial Array stereo microphone records spectacular audio to complete your creative vision.

Sony Features

  • The NEX-VG10 is compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses which are optimized for video shooting with silent operation and AF as well as Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses (via optional LA-EA1 A-mount adapter) to open up a world of creative options
  • Enjoy incredible DSLR quality detail and clarity with 14 MP still images and even catch fast actions sequences with a continuous burst rate of up to 7 fps
  • Included free of charge via download, Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 allows you to easily add video effects, background music, titles, text, transitions and much more
  • This beautiful, 921K dots, high resolution screen features TruBlack technology which brings remarkably higher contrast and brightness to the camcorders 3.0in Xtra Fine LCD display1, delivering more natural, realistic colors and easier viewing in bright conditions by reducing glare
  • Perfect for situations with poor lighting or when using a telephoto lens, Anti Motion Blur mode will take 6 consecutive shots in a split second, taking the best of each individual image and creating a single image with superior clarity and detail
  • With full manual control of Iris, Shutter Speed, Gain and White Balance via convenient hot keys and jog dial, you will be able to adapt to almost any lighting condition to get the best shot
  • Sony's BIONZ image processor's chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at higher ISO settings. It also enables fast processing for up to 7 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 14.2 megapixel images and 6 image layering
  • Twenty five AF points cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame
  • Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation and sharpness to your personal taste
  • The same sensor format that Sony builds into the standard size a DSLRs. With approx. 19.5 times the surface area of conventional camcorders8, the Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor makes getting cinematic video with a shallow depth of field a breeze
  • The Sony E-Mount 18-200mm lens provides an 11x zoom ratio and effective focal range of 27mm-300mm (35mm equivalent) for superior versatility
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode3 compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video
  • Whether you're shooting video or still images, the included 18-200mm lens will auto focus quietly and quickly, however if you want to utilize MF, this simple switch will put you in the driver's seat
  • Great for shots in the evening or times with little available light, Handheld Twilight mode will reduce the effect of camera shake when shooting a stationary subject by taking 6 consecutive shots then combining them all to create an image that you would have been almost impossible otherwise
  • Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation and sharpness to your personal taste
  • The dual accessory shoes open the door to many accessories for both still and video photography, including shotgun microphones and external flash lighting
  • Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV via the cameras HDMI output (HDMI cable not included)
  • Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor, especially when you're changing lenses in-between video sessions
  • High quality video requires high quality audio. The Quad Capsule Spatial Array stereo microphone contains four precision placed microphone capsules to provide exceptional front-side directivity and stereo separation
  • Using the LA-EA1 adaptor (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of a A-mount system lenses, which includes 27 current models, dozens of Minolta A-mount lenses and an installed base of millions of lenses worldwide. Operational restrictions apply
  • The NEX-VG10 can capture video in full 1920 x 1080 high definition at up to 24Mbps for amazing clarity and detail, ideal for recording on to Blu-ray Disc media since the AVCHD codec is highly compatible with the Blu-ray format
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by taking three consecutive shots very quickly with different exposure values, then combining the best highlight/shadow detail from them for one incredible shot
  • Dedicated mic and headphone inputs allow for attachment of external microphones (like shotgun microphone ECM-CG50 for pin point sound recording) and headphones to monitor sound
  • Unlike cameras that bristle with knobs, buttons and dials, the NEX-VG10 features a simple turn-and-click Control Wheel and strategically placed Hot Keys. It's elegant, uncluttered and intuitive
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows while maintaining highlight detail. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off
  • These help you get the shot by optimizing the camera for specific shooting situations. Select from Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash and Custom modes
  • For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (Class 4 or higher recommended) (Memory card is required. All are sold separately)

Sony Specifications

Continuous Shooting Speed
Drive Mode
Photo Mode: Single-shot, Continuous, Self Timer
2 sec or 10 sec delay
Shutter Speeds
Auto: 1/30 - 1/4000 (Movie) , 30 seconds - 1/4000 (Still); Manual: 1/4 - 1/4000 (Movie) , 30 seconds - 1/4000 (Still)
Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
AF Modes
Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
Focus Area
Multi Point AF (25 points), Center Weighted AF, Flexible Spot AF
Focus Features
Predictive Focus Control, Focus Lock
Focus Points
25 points
Focus Sensitivity
0 EV to 20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)
Focus System
Contrast AF
Image Stabilization
Optical Steadyshot image stabilization with Active Mode
Advanced User Interface
Easy-to-understand Graphic Display
Anti Motion Blur
Yes (Photo Mode Only), 6-image layering
Auto High Dynamic Range
Yes (Photo Mode), (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
BIONZ image processor
Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Effective Picture Resolution
Approx. 14.2 megapixels
Focal Length Conversion Factor
Imaging Sensor
Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.4 X 15.6mm)
Pixel Gross
Approx. 14.6 megapixels
LCD Type
3.0in Xtra Fine LCD 180 deg. swivel display (921K dots) w/ TruBlack technology
Angle Adjustment
Opening: 90 deg., Turning: 180 deg.
Brightness Control
Backlight Bright Control: Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
Grid Display
Yes (On/off)
Live View
Yes, (Constant AF Live View)
Real-time image adjustment display
Exposure Compensation, WB, Creative Style
Supplied Software
PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2
Operating System Compatibility
Windows XP SP2 (32bit), Vista SP2 (32/64 bit), Windows 7 (32/64 bit)
Diopter Adjustment
Field of View
Viewfinder Type
Swivel EVF 0.43in Xtra Fine w/ 1152K dots and Backlight Brightness Control
Camera Type
Sony E-mount interchangeable lens Handycam camcorder
Lens Compatibility
Sony E-mount lens, (A-mount lenses when used with LA-EA1 lens adaptor)
Lens Mount
Manual / Auto Lens Cover
Lens Cap
Media/Battery Indicator
Power Save Mode
Auto Shut-off
Still Image Playback Options
Slide Show, Playback Zoom
Lens Type
E-mount 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Filter Diameter
67mm (included SEL18200 lens)
Angle of View
76 deg. (included SEL18200 lens)
Aperture (Maximum)
F3.5 (wide end) - F6.3 (tele end) (included SEL18200 lens)
Aperture (Minimum)
F22 (wide end) - F40 (tele end) (included SEL18200 lens)
Aperture Blade
7 blades (Circular aperture)
Aspheric Elements
4 (5 surface)
Dimensions (Maximum Diameter x Length)
3in x 4in / 7.62 x 10.16cm
Direct Manual Focus
Distance Encoder
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
Photo: 27mm-300mm; Video: 32.4mm-360mm (35mm equivalent) (included SEL18200 lens)
Lens Groups-Elements
12 groups, 17 elements (5 aspheric surfaces, 1 ED-glass element) (included SEL18200 lens)
Lens Mount Type
Sony E-mount
Lens Stabilization
Optical Steadyshot image stabilization with Active Mode (included SEL18200 lens)
Lens Weight
18.5 oz (included SEL18200 lens)
Maximum Magnification
0.35x (APS-C)
Minimum Focus Distance
1ft (wide end) - 1.6ft (tele end)
Accessory Shoe
Dual (Alpha shoe and Cold Shoe)
HD Output
HDMI (Type C mini)
Headphone Jack
Yes (Stereo mini 3.5mm)
Memory Card Slot
Single slot accepts: - Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Microphone Input
Yes (Stereo mini 3.5mm)
USB Ports
USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage)
Minimum Illumination
11 lux (Shutter speed: 1/30 sec, Iris: F3.5, Gain: Auto)
Color Temperature
2500 - 9900k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
D-Range Optimizer
Yes: (Auto, Level 1-5, off)
Exposure Compensation
±2EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Settings
Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
Still Mode Only: Auto, 200 to 12800
Still Mode Only: 49 Segment metering from CMOS image sensor
Metering Modes
Still Mode Only: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity
Still Mode Only: 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent with f/2.8 lens)
Noise Reduction
Long exp. NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: Auto
White Balance Mode
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Temp./Filter, Custom
Flash Compensation
+/-2EV,1/3EV steps
Flash Modes
Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Red-eye reduction
Flash Type
Auto-lock accessory shoe (alpha)
Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 captured at 30p (29.97p), recorded in AVCHD 60i (59.95i)
Audio Format
Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Media Type
Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card (both sold separately)
Still Image Maximum Effective Resolution
14.2 megapixels
Still Image Mode
JPEG (Standard, Fine)
Still Image Size 16:9
L (12M): 4592 x 2576 M (6.3M): 3344 x 1872 S (2.9M): 2288 x 1280
Still Image Size 3:2
L (14M): 4592 x 3056 M (7.4M): 3344 x 2224 S (3.5M): 2288 x 1520
Video Format
AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Mode
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080/ 60i (FX/FH); FX- 24Mbps, FH - 17Mbps; 1440 x 1080/60i HQ -9 Mbps
Battery Type
Accepts Type V Battery; Supplied: InfoLITHIUM NP-FV70
3.88 x 5.25 x 11.5in / 97 x 132 x 294mm (with supplied lens) Approx.
Approx. 1 lbs / 620g (body only, excluding battery)
Approx. 2 lbs / 1.3kg (with battery, 18-200 lens and media)

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from Merrillville, IN  -  Pro Videographer

This is overall a pretty great camera. If you like the footage from the new DSLR cameras then you should take a look at this camera. I do think it is a little poor in low light, even with the f2.8 wide angle lens. I was at a wedding a few weeks ago and had to use put a light on the camera during the ceremony. There is also no zoom rocker, so you have to zoom with the lens barrel which causes some noise in the audio. It also only records 12 minute clips, then puts them together into one clip, but there is a few frames missing when it pauses on its own (I believe this is its biggest down fall) and I cant believe Sony would let this happen to such a great camera style. That being said, there are a number of old Minolta lenses available to use for about $20 on eBay with wide apertures, but you will need an adapter. It has great auto focus. The sound is absolutely amazing, sounded better than my zoom h4. The footage is really great when you have it dialed in correctly, it has a lot of auto options available if you don't want to do full manual. I bought it from Adorama about a month ago as a demo and overall am very happy with the purchase. I can work around the limitations, but I hope Sony makes some firmware improvements.


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DAVID W  I chose this camera to record weddings with. It continuously records (no 12 min stop) it has great audio, often better than my zoom h4. Its ergonomics are not as bad as everyone says. The footage it takes is awesome! Im switching from Canon to all Sony NEX.
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