There’s a strange duality in capturing images, at times; people will go out and get the best still camera money can buy, but will settle for an entry level video camera. They might be sporting the latest DSLR camera, with a bag full of lenses, and will make do with a video camera that fits in their pocket and shoots footage that is just barely HD via a completely automated system.
But if people are willing to take the time to perfect their photography skills, surely they would do the same for videography? Perhaps the lack of knowledge, in terms of products, is the problem. Or perhaps they are intimidated by high end video cameras, both in terms of technicality and price.
There is a category, though, that sits between the two in almost ebery kind of technology, video cameras included. One could call it “semi-professional”, or could even resort to the horrible, made-up term “pro-sumer”. Either way, Sony have a Handycam that sits perfectly in this niche - it is easy to use, yet allows for a degree of control and versatility that lower range video cameras come nowhere near.
The Sony NEX-VG10E Handycam sits on the line between cheap and easy, and expensive and complicated. It has numerous features that allow for ease of use, without stripping away control from the user.
It is an area that we don’t often see popular goods in, at least not in terms of video cameras. But anyone who takes their videography seriously, or would even just like the ability to experiment and play with various techniques should seriously consider this kind of video camera.
The unit is far bigger than most ‘pocket’ video cameras, thanks in part to the fact that it sports a massive lens.
This lens has a great zoom function, controlled by a lens ring similar to a DLSR zoom lens. Another ring can be used to manually focus. And, best of all, the lens can be interchanged with Sony E-mount lenses. In fact, with the right adapter, Sony A-mount lenses, like those used by the Sony Alpha DSLR range of cameras, can also be used.
Naturally, the Sony NEX-VG10E Handycam shoots full 1080p resolution. It can also shoot still images at 14 megapixels, which adds a greater degree of versatility to it. Images and video are stored on SD card, and the device can make use of SD XC cards, for that added capacity.
In addition to an interchangeable lens, the unit is armed with a high quality 4 capsule stereo microphone. Video can be filmed via a fold out LCD screen, or via an adjustable top-mounted view finder. In addition, the LCD screen can be used for video playback. Behind the screen there are a host of controls, which the videographer can use to adjust shutter speed, f-stop, white balance and a whole lot more. Of course, they can also choose automatic shooting modes, if they wish.
For a rather technical video camera, the Sony NEX-VG10E Handycam is surprisingly user-friendly. Anyone who wants to take video that is better than run-of-the-mill should seriously look at this device... it’s a brilliant gateway to greater things.
This ‘semi-pro’ video camera is perfect for those who want to further their videography skills…
• Very versatile
• Awesome quality
Sony NEX-VG10E Handycam Tech Specs:
• Full HD
• Interchangeable lenses
• 4 Capsule stereo mic
• 14mp still images
• SD XC compatible
• E-mount lens Compatible
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