Ron Risman at Cameratown took the NEX-VG10, a Canon 7D, 5D and VIXIA HG10 (camcorder) down to the beach and set them up side-by-side so that you can compare the NEX-VG10 with each of those cameras. Is it just me, or does the Canon 5D footage look much sharper?
Cameratown: Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens Camcorder Review
A couple of moire tests have been posted by members of the Sony NEX-VG10 User Group.
Christopher Mayer compares the NEX-VG10, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon T2i and the Panasonic HVX200 (video camera.)
As you'll see, all the large chip cameras exhibit moire and aliasing. As I predicted, the t2i and NEX on a par with each other. The 5D moires just about the same, but handles better in different focal lenghts. HVX, a real video camera now 7 years old holds up bestMoire Test VG10
T2i in my miond is the worst of all of them. Not only moire but the blacks just crush (I had to double check if I had my settings right, and they were).
Upcoming Firmware Upgrade
Luminous Landscape got to play with the firmware upgrade on the NEX cameras (not the NEX-VG10, but some aspects should be similar.) They note that the auto-focus with the A-mount adaptor worked, but was slow.
I tried six different lenses and all autofocused fine, but I found that the AF speed ranged from about two to four seconds. I would therefore judge this to be one of those nice to have capabilities, but frankly not something that I would use often, and certainly not at all if the subject is moving.Also explained was how the firmware update in the adaptor was installed:
The LA-EA1's firmware is updated by attaching it to the camera and running the update application with the USB cable attached, just as when updating the camera's firmware.Finally - and perhaps more concerning - the update they were given was MS Windows only, and they don't know if/when a Mac update will be available.
Luminous Landscape: Sony Updates the NEX Firmware