Sony Handycam NEX-VG900 First Impressions Review
Compression & Media
In terms of compression, the NEX-VG900 doesn't bring anything new to Sony's interchangeable lens Handycams. The camcorder offers Full HD recording using a 60p, 60i, or 24p frame rate. The max bitrate for recording is 28Mbps, but that's only possible when using the 1080/60p record mode. Other frame rates top out with 24Mbps bitrates, and lower-quality recording options are also available (including a standard definition option). The AVCHD compression system is used on all of Sony's Handycams, and it may not be the system most professional videographers are used to. Still, AVCHD is getting fairly easy to work with, and most up-to-date editing programs will have no problem dealing with the footage.
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No internal memory is found on the NEX-VG900, but the camcorder makes use of a traditional SD memory card slot (also fits SDHC and SDXC cards). The card slot also works with Sony's Memory Stick PRO Duo cards, which further expands the media flexibility.
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