updated 08:55 am EST, Wed November 17, 2010
Sony HandyCam NXCAM to have big sensor, NEX lenses
Sony Japan today previewed a new HandyCam that would combine a 35mm equivalent sensor with the same E-mount lenses as its NEX cameras. The NXCAM would use a larger, film-equivalent CMOS sensor that Sony said could achieve the same bokeh (shallow depth of field) as film and DSLRs but which would be optimized for movies. The design would be a more professional parallel to the NEX-VG10 with an optional grip and separate LCD monitor along with the built-in flip display.
The future camera should record at up to 1080p, though whether it will reach up to 60 frames per second isn't yet known. It would still use AVCHD (H.264) for recording and would have an XLR mic input for professional audio. Sony should support the NEX series' lens mount adapter to support regular Alpha lenses but, through the larger sensor, could also work properly with PL-mount lenses aimed at 35mm or similar cameras.
Although a prototype, the finished camera should show in April and has a rough estimated price reflecting its pro focus, equivalent to $7,187. Most Sony camcorders reach the US. [via Impress]