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General video quality

Low-light video


Video artifacts

Bokeh, 18-200mm lens

Still photo quality


Overall, I was a bit disappointed with the VG10's video quality. It's good, but not a lot better than significantly cheaper camcorders. (frame grab)
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The low-light video looks pretty good, though this frame grab actually looks better than the video--there's a bit more color noise than you can see here.
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For video, the VG10 renders relatively accurate, natural colors. (frame grabs)
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Even at its best quality of 24Mbps--usually sufficient to adequately capture scenes like this--extremely busy, detailed scenes are susceptible to compression artifacts. While it's not nearly as noticeable while it's playing, it's still noticeable; plus, it affects editability of the footage. (frame grab)
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Sony's E-mount lenses generally render nice out-of-focus elements. (frame grab from a slow slide into focus)
Caption by / Photo by Lori Grunin/CNET
Though the VG10's photos tend to be highly saturated, they do look significantly better than most camcorder stills. That said, the stills don't seem as good as a cheaper dSLR. (still photo, 18-55mm lens, 1/100 sec, f5.6, AWB, pattern metering)
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The VG10 does have an excellent noise profile for a camcorder's stills; they look quite good up through ISO 800, and okay through ISO 1600. (still photos)
If you want to see more photo samples, here are the samples from my first outings with the camera.
Caption by / Photo by Matthew Fitzgerald/CNET
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