Sony has unveiled what it claims is be the world’s first consumer interchangeable lens HD camcorder.

The Sony Handycam NEX-VG10E promises to capture cinematic Full HD movie and stereo sound with great depth.

It’s also the first Handycam featuring an extra-large Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor notes Sony, that should allow the creation of  cinematic background defocus effects and other artistic possibilities.

The NEX-VG10E is a 14.2 effective megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, which teamed with Sony’s BIONZTM processor can capture high both resolution video and still images. DSLR-quality still images gives videographers extra shooting flexibility on assignment with less to carry, insists Sony.

Approximately 19.5 times bigger than the standard sensor found in other consumer camcorders, the APS-C sized imager enables an extremely shallow depth of field, which helps achieve the background defocus look.

The NEX-VG10E offers full HD 1920x1080 and video images are captured in AVCHD format at up to the maximum 24 Mbps bit rate. Unlike many digital still cameras including DSLR that support HD video, there’s virtually no restriction on continuous shooting time Sony explains.

The camera supports both Memory Stick PRO Duo or SD media cards and comes supplied as standard with an image-stabilised E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens that offers a 11x optical zoom range.

In-built Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation offers clearer video images when you’re shooting handheld. At wide angle settings, Active Mode enhances anti-shake performance further, steadying jittery images even while walking. The lens also features a circular aperture for the creation of  bokeh effects.

The Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone uses advanced processing algorithms to combine signals from four separate omnidirectional microphone capsules. According to Sony, this allows videographers to capture more sound from the subject they’re shooting, and less of any distracting sounds around them. The NEX-VG10E offers a  jack for adding an optional external stereo mic, plus a headphone jack for audio monitoring.

With a photo-realistic 921k dot resolution, the NEX-VG10E comes with a 7.5cm/3 inch-type Xtra Fine LCD, which features Sony's TruBlack technology for a detailed, high contrast view of images and menu settings. The LCD is supplemented by a high-resolution (1152k dot) electronic viewfinder that assists easy framing and monitoring.

An intuitive jog dial and hotkeys make it easy to navigate camera menus and adjust shooting parameters, while videographers can also enjoy precise manual control over Iris, Shutter Speed, Gain and White Balance for professional results insists Sony.

The Sony Handycam NEX-VG10E will be available from October 2010.