Best in Class Optical Image Stabilization
This is one of those cameras that you can simply start using, right out of the box. It is that intuitive. I was blown away by its SteadyShot system - the image stabilization is truly best in class. When you view the clip in the comment below, remember that this was shot by a tired and excited parent, whooping like a kid, in indoor stadium lighting, often at full zoom. The focus is sharp, the images are clean, and the microphone clearly captures the videographer's very vocal enthusiasm.
Fan Freaking Tastic!
Great option for videographers on a budget, but has the looks (and the specs) that gives customers the impression they're getting a lot for their money. I've had other pro-sumer cameras in the past from Sony (A1U, NEX-VG10) but this one beats them all. Definitely worth the buy for those with a 2k or less budget! Of course if the funding is there, more manual options would be nice but then you're probably looking to move into a different price bracket.
Excellent aperture, shutter speed, and gain controls
If you're a videographer who wants to use an arsenal of different lenses when you want to shoot video, then the NEX-VG20 should definitely be on your radar. It's one of the only interchangeable lens camcorders you can get for under $2000, although we expect to see more in the future.
Excellent image and video quality
Given the price of other large-sensor, interchangeable-lens systems, the NEX-VG20 offers excellent value for anyone who prefers shooting video on a camcorder-style body rather than on a video-enabled SLR. Retailing at a touch under AU$3000 (and even cheaper when shopping online) the VG20 proves that excellent-quality filmmaking is accessible to those who can't quite reach the upper echelons of a RED or Canon C300, or even Sony's own FS100.
I like it but
Overall, I'm kind of disappointed; especially after spending $2000.00. I don't think the camera is user friendly whatsoever. The only good things I can say is the fact that you can change lenses and the video quality is excellent. The other good thing is all the different video settings for creative style. However, the menu and controls are so unfriendly that changing the settings are not worth messing with, especially if you're in a hurry for a shot.
Shot footage looks great in adequate light, sharp and professional
The Sony NEX-VG10 is a top-of-the-line 1080p HD camcorder compatible with E-mount and A-mount lenses. Its Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor is approximately 19.5 times larger than conventional camcorder sensors while its Quad Capsule Spatial Array stereo microphone promises audio to match its 1080p video.
Bigger CMOS sensor
The Sony NEX-VG10 is slated for availability in September for $2000 (Â£1,296 ex VAT); that's about one-third of the rumoured price for Panasonic's interchangeable-lens AG-AF100 camcorder, which doesn't have official pricing or release-date information at this time. With multiple frame rate options and full 1080p AVCHD video capture, Panasonic's Micro Four-Thirds camcorder is geared more toward professional videographers; there are also far more Micro Four-Thirds lenses available at this time.
Sony NEX-VG10 is the ExmorTM APS HD CMOS Interchangeable Lens Handycam Camcorder with SEL18200 E-mount 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Lens, it represents the first-ever large sensor video camera, merging the rich colors, enhanced light sensitivity, and shallow depth-of-field of video DSLRs with the shape, size, and functionality of a camcorder. People will be very happy with such a camcorder.
There's no denying that the Sony NEX-VG10 is a serious piece of kit. With its lens-swapping versatility, it has few of the limitations of other consumer camcorders. The large sensor and swappable lenses mean you can achieve the sort of effects previously reserved for photographers shooting with dSLRs.
First-rate video quality and performance
Though their geotagging capabilities are mostly novelty and their interfaces could use a complete overhaul, the top-notch video quality, performance, and consumer-friendly feature sets of the Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V and HDR-XR520V make them worthy camcorder options. Both are overpriced, but since 14 hours of recording time is plenty--especially if supplemented with flash media--the HDR-XR500V is the better deal of the two.
Full-sized accessory shoe, lens ring and greater manual control
The top models from Canon, Panasonic and Sony are all masterful products. Canon's LEGRIA HF S10 is currently too expensive, but the Panasonic HDC-HS300 and Sony HDR-X520 are similarly priced and much harder to distinguish. The Panasonic's full-sized accessory shoe, lens ring and greater manual control give it the edge for features, but the Sony just shades image quality in low light and includes masses more storage.
The XR520 combines serious performance with smart features to deliver exceptional picture quality. Its pairing of the advanced Sony G Lens and sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor brings a new level of creative possibility to your filming. A massive built–in 240GB hard disk drive sets you free to record up to 101 hours of full HD1080 footage, while auto functions like Optical SteadyShot Active Mode and Face Detection help make sure the results look great every time. The same goes for stills.
nicest looking picture
At the end of our journey with the Sony HDR-XR520V, we were conflicted, as if we had just watched Terms of Endearment and couldn't discern between joy and sorrow anymore. The HDR-XR520V is one of those camcorders that nails a few key features home and then phones in the rest from a booth down the street. No other HD camcorder could match its low light performance, and that's a huge part of the HDR-XR520V's success.
Full manual feature set for video
The Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V fares well compared with the competition, though its video could be a bit sharper and the interface less cumbersome. Unless you absolutely need to store a lot of video on the camcorder--which I don't suggest--or if have large hands that could benefit from the extra grip that the hard drive provides, the CX550V is a better deal than its hard-disk-based sibling.
Powerful tool for professionals
Overall, the HDR-CX550V isn't the best flagship model on the market (that title would currently go to the HDC-TM700 from Panasonic), but it is a rather impressive camcorder that is both easy to use and a powerful tool for professionals. Its major downside is a lack of any alternate frame rates for recording HD video (other than regular 60i). If that's not something you care about, however, then the HDR-CX550V is definitely worth a look.
Huge, bright touch-screen display
With so many 1080p camcorders hitting the market these days for under $500, manufacturers have to work harder to justify a pricey camcorder. Sony mostly does with the CX550V, with a huge, bright touch-screen display, first rate video quality and a wealth of features to keep the avid video-taker busy. The inclusion of GPS does not, in my view, justify its pricey premium (your mileage may vary) and the menu system is not up to par with the rest of the CX550V's other virtues.
A quality product at a reasonable price
The Sony HDR-HC9 camcorder is a rare find: it's a high-definition camera that uses tapes, a preferable option for people who believe that tapes always deliver superior video product compared to SD and hard disc formats. While that opinion may be disputed, there is no doubt this camera delivers a quality product at a reasonable price.
Great camcorder for electronic news gathering and independent filmmaking alike
The lofty price of the HVR-Z7E will put it out of the reach of all but the most serious videomakers. Corporate and events cameramen will long for it, but may struggle to justify the expense. Nevertheless, it points the way forward for professional camcorders, particularly now Panasonic has announced that more models using AVCHD and SD will be arriving later in 2008.
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