Sony announces the development of NXCAM HD camcorder with E mount

Sony just annoucned the development of a new NXCAM HD camcorder with E mount (use of NEX lenses). Regular α lenses can also be used with an adapter. The camera will have 1080p (60p / 30p / 24p or 50p / 25p) recording modes and will be available in the middle of 2011. The recording format will be AVCHD.

Fulll press release after the break:

Sony Corporation announced today that it is developing a new type of E-mount interchangeable lens camcorder for professional use that is equipped with a Super-35mm equivalent large format CMOS sensor. This new addition to Sony's professional "NXCAM" line will be available in the middle of 2011.

Already a key player in the 35mm digital cinematography business with the highly acclaimed "CineAlta" F35 and SRW-9000PL for high-end digital cinema production, Sony has just strengthened its lineup in this category with the recent PMW-F3 announcement. In addition to this, with this new "NXCAM" HD camcorder now (still under development), Sony looks to further strengthen its position in the entry-level segment by providing an affordable yet highly capable professional solution for many applications including independent film, music video and corporate communications all looking for the cinematic look.

This "NXCAM" HD camcorder under development will be equipped with a Super-35mm equivalent sensor, a widely used film stock size in the film industry that is perfectly designed for capturing motion picture. This new sensor will have extraordinary performance in terms of picture quality and sensitivity, and is able to create rich "Bokeh" effect (beautifully defocused image) that is perfect for artistic story-telling in motion picture.

Thanks to the adoption of the E-mount interchangeable lens system that is identical to the "α" series NEX-5, 3 and "Handycam" NEX-VG10, the E-mount lenses will be compatible with this new professional camcorder. In addition, a very short flange back distance (the distance between lens mount surface and sensor surface) let various "α" A-mount lenses be mounted via a mount adaptor (LA-EA1). Furthermore, it is also possible to attach many other lenses using third-party mount adaptors*1. With such flexibility, users will be able to experiment with various creative expressions by exploiting the characteristics of different optics.

*1: Not all types of adaptors and lenses are guaranteed.

The recording format for this new HD camcorder will be AVCHD, a widely supported format by many non liner editing software vendors and the same format as HXR-NX5 "NXCAM" camcorder.
There is also a plan to implement 1080p (60p / 30p / 24p*2 or 50p / 25p) recording modes.
(MPEG4-AVC/H.264 compression will be used for these modes.)

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  • Kevin

    What’s up with the backwards bayonet?

  • Catastrophile

    will it have a FF sensor? that’s what I understand from the first line in the paragraph in italics above! If so then the NEX lenses will only be be to cover an APS-C crop area of the FF sensor.

    • Catastrophile

      will only be able to…..

    • Bob Howland

      In film terms, I think that APS-C qualifies as full frame, or close to it. This might help explain it.

    • Mark

      It is full frame if you compare to how 35mm film in cinemas is exposed, where each frame is aprox. the same size as an APS-C sensor. The film is the same format as regular 35mm, but it runs so that each frame is 24mm on the long side. The 5Dmk2 sensor is larger than cinema film frames, because each frame is one after the other length wise.


    I am waiting for a dedicated sensor with no downscalling. Why no hand grip ?

    • andres

      0:26….hand grip

  • Camaman

    I hate those files…
    How long till that format dies?

  • Eugene

    I was just wondering why don’t they develop a similar camera with the Alpha Mount.

    • Sky_walker

      Alpha-mount lenses aren’t optimized for video recording – there’s no smooth aperture control, there’s no noiseless operations, there’s no AF mechanics made for CDAF.
      E-mount lenses have all of this.

      • Mark

        Not to mention how the focal length changes when focusing from one distance to another. Cinema lenses that cost an arm and a leg have minimal to no breathing.

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