So Sony appears to have called firsties with the just announced NEX-VG10 camcorder which will accept interchangeable lenses having Sony’s A-mount and E-mounts. From the press release:
Coupled with Sony’s powerful BIONZ® processor, the camcorder’s Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor realizes high resolution video and 14 megapixel still images. Approximately 19.5 times bigger than the standard sensor found in conventional camcorders, the APS HD CMOS sensor enables an extremely shallow depth of field. This allows videographers to achieve cinematic results with stunning background defocus (bokeh). Users can also enjoy DSLR-quality photo capture with features like Auto HDR, Handheld Twilight, and Anti Motion Blur, as well as catch fast action sequences with a continuous burst rate of up to seven fps.
The NEX-VG10 can capture full 1920×1080 high definition video at up to 24Mbps for amazing clarity and detail, ideal for recording on to Blu-ray Disc™ media. It also comes with an E-mount 18-200mm lens optimized for video shooting that offers a powerful 11x optical zoom in addition to a silent auto-focus system and Optical Steadyshot™ image stabilization with Active Mode for superior versatility.
Also noteworthy is the flip out display (dontcha wish Canon put one of these on the 5d & 7D?) and the super nice built in mic. Also from the press release:
Its Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone uses advanced processing algorithms to combine signals from four individual microphone capsules. The result is exceptionally clear stereo audio with high directional response, allowing videographers to capture more sound from their subject and less background noise. The camcorder also features dedicated inputs for optional external microphones and headphones to monitor sound levels.
Seems like Sony is listening to the indie filmmakers out there… kind of. The exclusion of 24p seems like Sony missed the first 12 months of Canon HDSLR users chanting for it. But, it didn’t stop people from working with 30p. And 1080/60i is the default delivery format for most broadcasters so they are making life simpler, just not arty-er.
proactively • peter
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