So, I’ve been playing with the Sony NEX-VG10 for a couple of days. First thoughts? It’s pretty sweet for what it is.
The ergonomics work the way that I want my Canon 5D Mark II to work. Big plus there. The LCD and EVF are great.
The 18-200mm kit lens is a nice one for this camcorder; however, I’m not quite used to the focus ring, so I’ll reserve final judgment there (although, it has a nice, smooth pull to it).
The zoom barrel is a little stiff to use while shooting. This will be a turnoff for pure consumers in spite of their deep wallets. Prosumers won’t mind to frame the shot and then hit record.
Autofocus does fine for family outings; however, I prefer manual focusing for anything worth taking serious. I suspect most VG10 owners will as well.
It’s a bit bulky for the standard consumer; however, not too bulky to be a family camcorder for prosumers. I’d take it to Disneyworld in a heartbeat.
High gain (ISO) is pretty noisy (as expected).
The mic picks up zoom barrel rotation noise and focus ring adjustment noise. Serious work should be on a dual system anyway.
Footage pulls into Final Cut Express as 29.97 fps. Check out a short, bokehlicious clip below.
Stay tuned for the full review coming soon. I’ll hopefully have another video or two to share, along with some deeper thoughts about this new genre of camcorder.
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