Rated 5 out of 5
by pgmnorris Just picked up my new camcorder, love it!
I just took it Niagara Falls to see how it would perform, overall it was fantastic the quality of the image is great, it took a while to get the hang of using the zoom but after about 10 mins it wasn't a problem, I actually prefer it as you have full control. I like the way the focus works it just gets it right every time!
Filming at Niagara Falls allowed me to check out the sound, it was a windy day so I had the cover (provided) on the microphone. If you watch the video on YouTube you can hear for yourself, the power of the water is captured perfectly.
My concern was would I be able to use it without a tripod, having spent a few hours filming it was easier to use than I thought, the balance is good and you can get a steady shot. I think I will purchase a tripod for the really steady shots but for most of the time I see myself using it as a hand held.
October 24, 2010
Rated 3 out of 5 by hriomm Excelent Discovery, BUT!
This camera is the one I was waiting for a long time and the moment I have hold it, It was amazing feeling, i went through all the specs but one thing only IT DO NOT COME WITH WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL OR WIRED REMOTE CONTROL. WHY WHY SONY CAN MAKE A VERY SIMPLE MISTAKE. I AM HURT. I WISH THE NEXT CAMERA OR SMAE CAMERA CAN COME WITH OPTION OF REMEOTE CONTROL SO THEN WE CAN USE IT ON THE JIB OR STAND.
October 19, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Otitan Lots of pros. Some cons.
I've had the VG10 for a few days now. I was looking for a video camera that would double as a decent still camera so I wouldn't have to port around both while travelling or at family functions. From a strictly amateur perspective, the VG10 does a good job with both. The video image colour reproduction and sharpness exceeds anything I've seen with any amateur level camcorder. The still images are as good as anything I've seen in any point and shoot from any manufacturer and are as sharp and vibrant as the images produced by my old Nikon D90s DSLR. I bought the optional small flash unit that fits on the Sony hot shoe. I would recommend that anyone interested in using the VG10 as a still camera get this option. The other flash units are much larger and add significant bulk to the camera. The flash makes the VG10 a very respectable indoor still camera.
So, from an image perspective, I'm completely satisfied with the VG10. It does exactly what I wanted.
The audio recording is the best of any camcorder I own or that I've had a chance to try. The sound reproduction has a presence that you rarely get with a DVD or BlueRay, let alone a camcorder.
So, from an audio perspective, I couldn't be happier.
The unit is ruggedly built and has that bullet-proof feel to it that you get with top line of most Sony products. Full marks for quality of build.
The supplied lens is the only e-series lens you need as it (nearly) covers the range of the others. If you want a fish-eye capability, you will need to get the 16mm lens and the fish-eye attachment. So, the lens is fine.
Here are the downsides: The VG10 is not a one-hand operation camera. With the supplied zoom lens, it is very front heavy and the right wrist begins to tire after a minute or so. You will need the left hand to support the lens. You also need the left hand to operate the zoom because there is no auto zoom function.
The hand strap and grip require some contorting of the right hand in order to get to the controls and preclude a completely comfortable experience filming by hand. Sony needs to get a top notch human-factors-engineering specialist to form the grip better, especially given the weight of this camera.
Some of the features that I would have liked to have seen on this camera but are missing from this release are: a remote or a timed delay shutter capability, a touch screen input capability, the ability to swivel the display 180 degrees, an auto zoom capability (probably not possible with the interchangeable lens feature),
Finally, there are a couple of nits that I can pick: It is very difficult to extract the SD card from its slot with the way the cover is hinged on the VG10. Unless you have tiny fingers (I don't), you actually can't get a good grip on the card so you either need to keep a pair of tweezers around or grow an index finger and thumb nail. The only cheap piece on the entire camera is the plastic cover on the top of the mic boom/handle that hides the hot shoe. I just know that this cover is going to break off the first time I open it on a cold day.
The VG10 is probably the top end of amateur camcorders. It produces excellent images with excellent sound. There are some ergonomic issues and a couple of nits with the design but nothing that comes close to being a downright bummer as far as the design is concerned. I'm sure the next release of this camera will have most of the shortcomings addressed.
April 15, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by yogi799 Rushed product, toooo many flaws.
1) 30fps - totally worthless to me, 60fps for smooth panning and slowmo is necessary for my job. 30fps is really only good enough for static tripod shots and very slow pans, nothing else.
2) horrible MF on E-glass, again, totally useless for my job. Need full control over MF, hence drive-by-wire fails miserably there. I have tried multiple times to learn to use it and just never got a good MF effect even ONCE (b/c focus ring rotation speed affects the amount of zoom applied by computer). I worry all future E-glass will be "plagued" by this. If so - huge BOOOOOOOOO to Sony, huge one (or long one). Some kind of switch to mechanical mode is needed
3) kit lens - while decent outdoors (and with OSS), quite useless to me indoors after dark (or daytime, with incandescent lights only) due to slow f-stop. Tons of grain (by my rather high standards) on any slightest zoom.
4) no ANY kind of electronic stabilization for A-glass!
5) no face detection for AF
6) horrible AF for A-glass. True joke on Sony's part. 5-7 seconds to focus, and no smart adjustments (always resets and focuses from scratch, hence taking tons of time). Sony Alpha DSLRs work flawlessly with the same glass, so this is a true misunderstanding or just a slap on the of naive VG-10 owners. What were Sony execs (or techs) thinking when releasing that? Maybe it helps a lot for photography, but last I heard VG-10 was a camcorder, hence rightly so, many owners decided to ignore that 'feature' to begin with.
7) no great outlooks for the future - since a new model is being developed and last FW update seemed to show VG-10 is plain doomed for vegetation with its present "features" or lack thereof.
8) inability to change white balance mode while recording (through the menu)
9) long time needed to stop recording (about 3 seconds...)
10) malfunctioning FW - freezing of REC button and entire menu system in very crucial moments. Happened to me multiple times DURING a wedding ceremony and reception. Quite frightening as you can imagine...
vimeo.com/ groups/ nexvg10/ forumthread:234456
11) ironically... price! With the E-A adapter and the only decent glass for indoor shooting with some amount of zoom (28-75 f2.8 worth $900), the VG-10 setup cost me nearly $3500. Not sure if shallow depth of field (which is really almost the only great thing about the VG-10 I was able to take advantage of for my job, plus the ability to put on faster lens with no AF and OSS) - is worth FIVE times the price of a simple $700 handycam which does the job superbly well in most conditions and never fails (pans, steadiness of the image, 60fps, portability, etc) AND produces some magnificent and super sharp HD image (minus bokeh of course, that's about it though...).
12) no REC button on the top handle (this truly is another joke by sony, how much would one cost? Oh, sorry, VG-10 is not a pro camcorder hence cannot have one... LOL)
If SONY is listening to us, please try to resolve these issues. Especially, please reconsider the E-lens strategy.
They will NOT work with the present approach.
December 8, 2010
Rated 3 out of 5 by Trudi Too much noise
I got it yesterday and after few test I was very surprise by the noise even outside with a cloudy weather... I have a hdr-xr550 and it works better.
December 9, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by ukay Nice Camera
I love this camera, I've only had it for a month, so I'm still learning about it, It's reasonably light and easy to use, I really like the steadyshot system, it works well with the large supplied lens. I was getting tired of the small handycam type of camera with a small image sensor, this camera shoots the most amazing clear video. The picture quality of still photos is equally impressive. there is one drawback though , When shooting video in AF mode the photo/shutter button is too easily bumped, Bumping this button jogs the auto focus ruining your video shoot. there should be a way to disable this button when shooting video. otherwise I'm impressed.
May 19, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by thx1973 send me one now Mmmm
September 30, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Tien A compromise to a pre high-end videocamera
Shoulder strap not included for a 2000$ videocamera ?
advsertise in the box to sell a NP-FV100 battery already.
We just spend 2000$ for the camera.
Is Sony selling accessories to live ?
BTW, nice professional look.
Of course ,e had to buy a flash to the Photo and a light for the Video.
December 20, 2010