Sony officially introduces interchangeable lenses to a Handycam

Just when you were getting your head around the mirror-less interchangeable lens compact digital cameras, Sony brings out the first consumer video camera with lens support.

The Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 is a new type of consumer video camera providing that option of different lenses instead of the one universal lens that you can’t remove.

Similar to the NEX-3 and NEX-5 mirrorless compact cameras recently released by Sony, the NEX-VG10 comes with a high resolution Exmor HD sensor capable of shooting Full HD 1080p video as well as 14.2 megapixel photos.

Sony NEX-VG10

It should come as no surprise that the lens support is based off of Sony equipment with the same lenses from the NEX series of cameras supported out of the box. Digital SLR cameras from the Sony Alpha series (as well as Konica Minolta digital cameras) look like they’ll be supported with an A-mount adapter.

Even with that range of lenses available, Sony will be packing in an 18-200mm lens to give you a good range for pretty much anything.

While the audio is usually the weakest part in a consumer video camera, Sony has provided what they call a "Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone" which is jargon for "really high quality audio capable of recording audio from multiple angles". There’s also options for an external input provided in case you’ve got other ideas about how your video should sound.

No price yet, but it lands mid-September and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

Sony NEX-VG10