A couple years ago, a nice HD camera with interchangable lenses and manual control was something only available to the most serious pros. Indie filmmakers and video enthusiasts used to think about them longingly, as those two features are what makes your favorite films look so breathtaking and so different from the video you shoot on vacation or at your kid’s game.
That’s what made the NEX-VG10 so exciting to me – and also slightly unbelievable. Here’s a $2,000 camera that shoots in HD, has a ton of lens options and full suite of manual controls. That’s not just inexpensive, that’s consumer level. My inner video snob screamed “No way! Not possible. There’s something uncool going on here, and I’m gonna find it.”
So I packed up the gear and flew to West Palm Beach, FL to put the camera in the hands of somebody infinitely more knowledgable and talentded than I am: Ryan Connolly, host and producer of Film Riot and accomplished indie filmmaker. We spent a day shooting a short film that would put it through its paces – lots of different shot compositions, focal length, color correction, and even special effects – and I asked Ryan to sit down afterward and share his thoughts.
Not only was it one of the most shoots I’ve been on, the film came out beautifully and Ryan came up with an excellent guide to the VG10. We were both very impressed and think this sets a great bar for indie and hobbyist filmmakers. If you currently shoot on a DSLR, or you’ve been wanting to take a first step into making some serious video, this is definitely a camera to look at.
Check out the video and see for yourself – and feel free to ask any questions you have or share your VG10 experiences below in the comments. You can also check out the whole film on this week’s Film Riot and we go in-depth into a ton of other great Sony stuff on my show, SGNL.
(Also, if you’re wondering how those effects are done, I have an evil twin. It’s that simple)
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