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Sony Handycam NEX-VG10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 135 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the viewfinder and design. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the memory and color.

usability, image quality, portability, design, viewfinder

value for money, zoom, color, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 135 reviews)

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Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 (with 18-200mm lens)

 

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...

The Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 brings interchangeable-lens flexibility to camcorders at a prosumer price.

Though it's priced like a high-end camcorder, with the exception of the lenses the VG10's feature set and video quality don't match that of much cheaper models.

A solid first effort in a nascent category, the Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 nevertheless needs some conceptual refinement.

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Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 Preview

 

Sony has just unveiled the World's first interchangeable lens HD digital camcorder, the NEX-VG10. This unit shares many of its specifications with its Alpha brethren, the NEX-3 and NEX-5. These include Sony's APS-C sized (23.4x15.6mm) Exmor CMOS image...

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Sony NEX-VG10 Camcorder with Interchangeable Lens Reviewed

 

Interchangeable lenses ; Large sensor - very shallow depth of field ; User friendly, intuitive controls

Should have a power zoom to minimize wrist rotation ; Handheld use picks up substantial handling noise ; May be a bit pricey for the strictly consumer market

If you're looking for near-prosumer performance on a sub-prosumer budget then you'll want to have a serious look at the Sony NEX-VG10.

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"Good but half baked"

 

This camera has the possible makings of a great light portable multipurpose semi pro video and still camera for field journalism and doco makers BUT short sighted marketing decisions by sony to remove key features like RAW photo format and 25i (30i)...

This camera has a nice feel, light but some solidness in body & handgrip, great viewfinder and microphone and nice lens that makes it much easier to use than SLR type bodies for shooting video. Picture quality is impressive and easy to use menu contr

Why did sony take away RAW when other NEX models have it? Why is there only 25P (30P) if it is marketed as a semipro video camera? Progressive scan picture shudder is intolerable when you are film moving subjects or panning. A time lapse video mode woul

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Good but half baked

 

This camera has the possible makings of a great light portable multipurpose semi pro video and still camera for field journalism and doco makers BUT short sighted marketing decisions by sony to remove key features like RAW photo format and 25i (30i)...

This camera has a nice feel, light but some solidness in body & handgrip, great viewfinder and microphone and nice lens that makes it much easier to use than SLR type bodies for shooting video. Picture quality is impressive and easy to use menu contr

Why did sony take away RAW when other NEX models have it? Why is there only 25P (30P) if it is marketed as a semipro video camera? Progressive scan picture shudder is intolerable when you are film moving subjects or panning. A time lapse video mode woul

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"Fantastic Images from a Wonderful Camera!"

 

I read the other reviews and have to shake my head. Only one reviewer even mentioned, and only in passing, what makes this camera so remarkable. It has a huge sensor and creates fantastic images. If what matters to you is the arrangement of the...

+ Steadyshot stabilization is really nice

- DSLRs are much better still than video cameras

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Fantastic Images from a Wonderful Camera!

 

I read the other reviews and have to shake my head. Only one reviewer even mentioned, and only in passing, what makes this camera so remarkable. It has a huge sensor and creates fantastic images. If what matters to you is the arrangement of the...

Steadyshot stabilization is really nice ; Shallow depth of field is beautiful ; VG-10 can also be used as a 14MP still camera ; Included 18-200mm lens is very nice ; Sound-The onboard mic is pretty good

DSLRs are much better still than video cameras ; No memory card included

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Gimmick Cam Sony Made to Compete with 7D & AF100

 

This cam is Sony's Half ass attempt at competing with the 7D and the AF100. The VG10 is just a control lacking Sony Handycam with a nice sensor and they threw the interchagable lens on there as a good Gimmick. It only shoots in 60i which is good enough...

Interchangable lens, while it is only E-mounts you still have a wide aray of options for lens ; Big Sensor/14.2 mp Photos - the big sensor is great for vibrant colors and low light great video and Great pictrue quality ; SImple - IF your looking for some

Only one shooting mode, and no 30 or 60p option, for a camera this price you should expect those kind of settings ; Controls are hard and awkward to use ; Cant shoot 24 mb footage through AVCHD which means your simple footage just became complecated as he

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"Gimmick Cam Sony Made to Compete with 7D & AF100"

 

This cam is Sony's Half ass attempt at competing with the 7D and the AF100. The VG10 is just a control lacking Sony Handycam with a nice sensor and they threw the interchagable lens on there as a good Gimmick. It only shoots in 60i which is good enough...

Interchangable lens, while it is only E-mounts you still have a wide aray of options for lens'.

Only one shooting mode, and no 30 or 60p option, for a camera this price you should expect those kind of settings.

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"Nice but lacks of many desirable options"

 

for its prices it seems to lack of many options, no firewire connection, no macintosh software available (vegas)

easy to figure out, nice design, good image, good sound

manual zoom, no remote control, video color dramatically changes depending on computer used for editing, hard to find accessories, software only for Windows no Macintosh software available

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