Inputs and Outputs Notes
Software And Computer Information
Interchangeable Lenses: The Sony NEX-VG10 Digital HD Video Camera
Recorder employs the E-mount system for interchangeable lenses developed by
Sony. The camcorder comes with an 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 11x optical zoom lens
(SEL18200). Using the LA-EA1 Mount Adapter (158LAEA1, sold separately), you can
attach an α-series lens with an A-mount to the camcorder.
Note: The NEX-VG10 does not have a powered zoom control, so
zooming with the supplied lens is done by turning the zoom ring on the
barrel of the lens.
3.0" LCD Screen:
The NEX-VG10 features a 16:9
wide-screen 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD monitor with TruBlack technology to increase
brightness and contrast. The high resolution 921,600-dot
(1920 x 480) LCD screen rotates up to 180 degrees for multiple viewing angles
providing sharp and detailed images for monitoring or playback. The LCD also features adjustable brightness level.
0.45" Color Viewfinder: The NEX-VG10 also
features an 0.45" color LCD viewfinder (1,152,000 dots) that lets you record
and review video and still images when the LCD display is closed. The viewfinder
can swivel upward for shooting at difficult angles. A diopter adjustment lets
you set the viewfinder to your eyesight.
Recording Media: The NEX-VG10 features a memory card slot
that will accept Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2) and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, as
well as SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards of Class 4 or higher. Memory Stick PRO Duo
media of up to 32 GB and SD cards of up to 64 GB are confirmed to work with this
Image Sensor: The camcorder has a 23.4mm x 15.6mm (APS-C
size) Exmor HD CMOS
sensor. It is the same sensor format that Sony builds into the standard size
α-series DSLRs, and has approximately 19.5 times the surface area of
conventional camcorders. The
sensor has 14.6-million total pixels, and 9.08-million effective pixels for 16:9
video and 14.2-million effective pixels for 3:2 still images.
Dual Accessory Shoes: The NEX-VG10 has two top-mounted accessory
shoes, an Alpha Shoe (hot) and a Universal Cold Shoe for mounting a self-powered video light,
external flash, or a microphone.
Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone: The camcorder features a
high-quality Quad Capsule Spatial Array stereo microphone. It has four precision
placed microphone capsules to provide exceptional front-side directivity and
stereo separation. There is also a stereo 3.5mm microphone input for adding an
external mic if desired.
Video Recording: The camcorder records High Definition video
using AVCHD format (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264). Audio is recorded in 2-channel Dolby
Digital (48 kHz, 16-bit). The camcorder gives you three recording options:
- FX: 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 24 Mbps
- FH: 1920 x 1080 (16:9) 17 Mbps
- HQ: 1444 x 1080 (4:3) 9 Mbps
Recording Time: The following table indicates the estimated
amount of recording time in minutes for HD and SD movies on a memory card:
|Rec Mode ||2 GB ||4 GB ||8 GB ||16 GB ||32 GB |
|FX 24 Mbps |
1920 x 1080
|10 min ||20 min ||40 min ||90 min ||180 min |
|FH 17 Mbps |
1920 x 1080
|10 min ||25 min ||55 min ||115 min ||235 min |
|HQ 9 Mbps |
1444 x 1080
|25 min ||55 min ||115 min ||235 min ||470 min |
Still Image Recording: The NEX-VG10 records still images in
3:2 (best for 4 x 6 prints) and 16:9 (best for viewing on an HDTV) aspect
ratios. The available image sizes are as follows:
|3:2 Aspect Ratio ||16:9 Aspect Ratio |
|14M: 4592 x 3056 ||12M: 4592 x 2576 |
|7.4M: 3344 x 2224 ||6.3M: 3344 x 1872 |
|3.5M: 2288 x 1520 ||2.9M: 2288 x 1280 |
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization: The camcorder
features Optical SteadyShot lens shift-type image stabilization with Standard
and Active Modes. The Active Mode allows the NEX-VG10 to compensate for greater
degrees of camera shake than the standard mode to deliver a stunning level of image smoothness.
Shooting Modes: The camera allows you to select from the
following Shooting Modes:
- Program Auto: allows you to customize settings, except for
exposure (shutter speed and aperture)
- Hand-held Twilight: shoots night scenes with less noise and blur
without using a tripod (for still images only)
- Anti-motion Blur: reduces the camera shake when shooting a
slightly dark indoor scene or a telephoto
- Manual Exposure: allows you to adjust the aperture and shutter
- Shutter Priority: lets you adjust the shutter speed to express
the movement of the subject while the camera sets the aperture.
- Aperture Priority: lets you adjust the range in focus, or
defocuses the background, while the camera sets the shutter speed.
Focus Modes: The Sony
NEX-VG10 allows you to choose between Auto Focus, Direct Manual Focus or Manual Focus.
Direct Manual Focus can be used only for recording still images, and allows you
to focus manually make fine focus adjustments after focusing automatically.
AutoFocus Area: When using auto focus, you can select the
focusing area as follows:
- Multi: The camcorder determines which of the 25 AF areas is used
in focusing. When you press the Photo button halfway in still image
recording mode, a green frame is displayed around the area that is in focus.
- Center: The camcorder uses the AF area in the center of the
- Flexible Spot: You can move the focusing area to another part of
the frame to focus on a small subject or a narrow area.
ISO: You can set the ISO speed automatically (ISO Auto), or
manually to one the following values: ISO 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, or
12,800. Setting the ISO speed higher results in reduced image blur in dark
locations or of moving subjects, but increases noise.
Gain: In Movie mode, you can set the gain (exposure)
automatically, or manually select a gain setting to reduce image blur in dimly
lit places or when recording moving subjects. You can set the gain to 0dB, 3dB,
6dB, 9dB, 12dB, 15dB, 18dB, 21dB, 24dB, or 27dB. The larger the number, the
higher the noise level.
White Balance Adjustment: You can adjust and fix the white
balance according to the lighting conditions of the recording environment. The white balance settings include:
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Color
Temperature/Filter, Custom, and Custom Setup.
Dynamic Range Settings: In the Still Image mode, the
camcorder gives you two options for correcting the brightness and contrast:
- Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO): The image is divided into small
areas and the contrast of light and shadow between the subject and
background are analyzed and adjusted to produce optimal brightness and
gradation. You can choose from five levels of DRO effects.
- Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto HDR): The camcorder shoots three
images with different exposures, and overlays the bright area of the
under-exposed image and the dark area of the over-exposed image to create an
image with rich gradation. You can choose the exposure differences from
1.0EV to 6.0EV.
Lens Hood: The NEX-VG10 comes with a lens hood to
protect the lens and help prevent excess light from entering the lens from the
Image Index: The Sony NEX-VG10 displays six thumbnail images
for all recorded movies and still images on the Index screen on the LCD monitor.
You can select the file you want by pressing the control dial.
Playback Menu: The Playback menu gives you the following
- Delete: Delete unwanted movies and still images to free up space
on the memory card (except for protected movies and images)
- Select: Select a Movie or Still Image to play back
- Image Index: Lets you choose to display 6 or 12 still images or
movie thumbnails in the Index Screen.
- Protect: Select movies and still images for protection
against accidental deletion.
- Slide Show: The still images on the memory card can be
played back in slide show fashion. You can set the interval to 1, 3, 5, 10,
or 30 seconds. Turning on the repeat mode allows the images to play back in
a continuous loop.
- Enlarge: Enlarge the selected still image to check focus. The
image size determines the scaling range: Large images can be enlarged from
1.1x to 13x, Medium images from 1.1x to 10x, and Small images can be
enlarged from 1.1x to 6.7x.
- Display Contents: You can vary the amount of information that
appears in the display:
- Display Info: shows basic shooting information
- Histogram: displays the luminance distribution graphically,
in addition to the recording condition
- No Display Info: No information is shown in the display
Playback Operations: When viewing movies, you can pause,
fast-forward, fast-reverse, slow-forward, slow-reverse, and adjust the sound
InfoLithium Battery: The unit comes with an NP-FV70 InfoLithium
(Lithium-ion) battery (6.8V / 1960mAh minimum / 2060 mAh typical). A larger
capacity battery is available for this camcorder: NP-FV100 (3700mAh minimum,
3900 mAh typical). The NP-FV30 or NP-FV50 battery packs cannot be used with this
camcorder. The InfoLithium system exchanges
data about its actual power consumption with the camcorder for a more accurate
estimate of recording time available.
Battery Life: The approximate recording, playback, and
charging times for the supplied and optional batteries is as follows:
|Battery ||Recording ||Playback ||Charging |
|Continuous ||Typical ||Full Charge ||Normal Charge |
|145 min ||90 min ||295 min ||550 min ||490 min |
|315 min ||195 min ||625 min ||960 min ||900 min |
Note: Typical recording time shows the time when
you repeat recording start/stop, turning the power on/off.
Charging: The battery can only be charged detached from the camera, using the
supplied BC-VH1 battery charger. To operate the camcorder using household
current, you can use the supplied AC-PW10AM AC adapter. You cannot charge the
battery attached to the camcorder using the AC adapter.
Inputs and Outputs
HDMI Output: The Sony NEX-VG10 has a mini-HDMI jack (Type C) to output video and audio to an
HDMI-equipped HDTV. A mini-HDMI cable, such as the Sony VMC-15MHC
(158VMC15MH--1.5 meters) or VMC-30MHC (158VMC30MH--3 meters) is needed. No HDMI cable is supplied.
USB Port: The camcorder has a mini-B Version 2.0 Hi-Speed USB
connecting to a PC via the supplied USB cable. Connecting the camcorder to a PC via USB allows
you to download videos and still images from the inserted memory cards.
Microphone Input: The camcorder features a 3.5mm minijack
input for adding an external microphone for advanced audio recording.
Headphone Output: The camcorder features a 3.5mm minijack headphone
output for connecting a pair of headphones for listening to
DC In Jack: The DC In Jack is for use with the supplied
AC-PW10AM AC adapter. This connection allows you to operate the camera on
household current, but does not charge the battery.
Software And Computer Information
Creating a Disc: You can save movies onto a disc using the
supplied Picture Motion Browser (PMB):
- Blu-ray Disc: You can create a Blu-ray Disc from AVCHD format
movies imported to a computer using the PMB software. It can be played back
on most Blu-ray Disc playback devices, including the PlayStation 3.
- DVD: You can save High Definition or Standard
Definition movies on a DVD:
- AVCHD (High Definition) Disc: You can create an AVCHD disc
from AVCHD format movies imported to a computer using the PMB software.
It can be played back on AVCHD format playback devices, including Sony
Blu-ray Disc Players and the PlayStation 3.
- Standard Definition DVD: You can create a standard definition
image quality DVD from AVCHD format movies imported to a computer using
PMB software. It can be played back on most ordinary DVD playback
Computer Requirements: Picture Motion Browser software is for
Windows users only and is not compatible with Macintosh computers. To use
the software, your computer should have the following minimum requirements:
| Operating System || |
- Windows XP SP3 (64-bit and Starter editions not
- Windows Vista SP2 (Starter edition not supported)
- Windows 7
| CPU || |
- Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster
- Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster
- (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster to process FX 24M/FH
- Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or faster is sufficient to:
- import movies/still images to the computer
- create a Blu-ray or AVCHD disc
- copy a disc
| Software ||
DirectX 9.0c or later |
| Memory || |
XP: 512 MB or more (1 GB or
more is recommended)
- Windows Vista/Windows 7: 1GB or more
| Hard Disk Space ||
required for installation: Approximately 500 MB |
(10 GB or more may be necessary when creating an AVCHD disc; 50
GB maximum may be necessary when creating a Blu-ray Disc.)
| Display ||
Minimum 1,204 x 768 dots |
| Others || |
- High Speed USB 2.0 port
- Blu-ray Disc/DVD burner
- CD-ROM drive is necessary for installation
- Either NTFS or exFAT file system is recommended as the
hard disk file system