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Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens Camcorder Review

Review by Ron Risman

September, 2010

For the past two years I have been doing most of my shooting using the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 7D, but when I read the press release for the Sony NEX-VG10 and discovered that it was designed with an APS-C sensor, an interchangeable lens system, and offered the advantage of shallow DOF that go along with the larger sensor, I knew I wanted it. While I love my 7D and 5DMKII, both of them have similar limitations with regard to continuous record time (12-minutes), the lack of a headphone out for monitoring audio, and no proper viewfinder in video mode. I figured I would get the Sony NEX-VG10 and if it was a keeper I'd sell my EOS 7D.

The camera arrived to my door last week and since then I have been using it in a variety of situations in order to evaluate its image quality and usability. I will be busy this week writing my full review of the camcorder but wanted to post some side-by-side tests that I shot this afternoon. In these three tests I compared the Sony NEX-VG10 to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS 7D, and my older Canon VIXIA HG10 camcorder. Hopefully these videos will answer some questions for you while you wait for my full review.

Sony NEX-VG10 vs. Canon EOS 7D

Sony NEX-VG10 vs. Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Sony NEX-VG10 vs. Canon VIXIA HG10

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