Sony has just announced an avalanche of new camera kit in Croatia. Along with the Sony NEX-5 and the Sony NEX-3, it’s teased a Sony HD camcorder packing the same interchangeable lens tech. While it’s just a prototype now, the real thing is coming later this year…

The Sony HD camcorder prototype packs the same a 14.2MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor that lurks inside the Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-3 cameras. It’ll record in AVCHD format and grab 1080p HD footage.

Due to arrive later this year, the Sony HD camcorder with be compatible with the E Mount interchangeable lenses developed for the Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3 cameras as well as the A Mount lenses used by existing Sony Alpha DSLR cameras via a mount adaptor.

The E Mount range of lenses includes wide-angle, macro and fisheye options so the Sony HD camcorder prototype will give filmmakers serious scope to be creative. The only other camcorder we’ve seen recently that’s anything like this Sony protoype is the Panasonic AG-AGF100 with interchangeable micro-four-thirds lenses.

The Sony HD camcorder prototype was unveiled in Croatia by Toru Katsumoto, senior general manager of Sony’s imaging business division 3. He said we can expect further details on the interchangeable-lens-packing video camera in the autumn.

Does the idea of a consumer camcorder with interchangeable lenses appeal to you? Let us know what you make of the Sony HD camcorder prototype.

Due Autumn | £TBC | Sony

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