Sony NEX-VG10E: World's first interchangeable lens HD camcorder

Back in May when Sony launched the NEX-3 and NEX-5 interchangeable lens cameras, we also told you how Sony had promised a camcorder with similar lens abilities would be coming our way.

And now, Sony has delivered on that promise with the release of the the Sony NEX-VG10E camcorder - a full HD camcorder that is compatible with both the E Mount interchangeable lenses developed for the NEX-5 and NEX-3, and also the range of A Mount interchangeable lenses, via the LA-EA1 mount adapter, from the existing alpha DSLR camera lineup.

You can even choose to use one of Sony's G lenses, Carl Zeiss portrait lenses, and there is also compatibility with other lenses too - check in advance before you buy to see if your favourite lens is supported if we haven't listed it already.

The camcorder has an extra-large Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor - 19.5x the size of a standard camcorder sensor - with effective 14.2 megapixels that allows for HD shooting as well as having background defocus capabilities. Sony also claims you can shoot DSLR-quality stills with this camcorder as well as the 1080i AVCHD video (at 24Mbits bit rate).

The camcorder comes with an image-stabilised E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens with 11x optical zoom range and your media is saved to either a Memory Stick PRO Duo or an SD card. You can view what you're shooting on the 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD with TruBlack technology.

Sound is recorded using either the built-in Quad Capsule spatial array stereo microphone, or you can plug in an external mic like the ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone, which Sony has officially paired with the NEX-VG10E.

It's out in September, although we haven't yet had confirmation from Sony as to how much the NEX-VG10E will cost you. Quite a lot we imagine - but it does look like an absolute beast of a camcorder.

We'll let you know pricing and availability as soon as we hear anything.