IBC 2012: Sony has unveiled the NEX-EA50EH, the latest addition to its range of NXCAM devices.

With its large format sensor, compact body and sub £3,000 price tag the camcorder looks like a potential rival to video-capable DSLRs from the likes of Canon and Nikon.

The camera’s Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor enables 1080 progressive and interlace recording with 60/50Hz selection (50p/25p/50i or 60p/30p/24p/60i).

It also captures 16.1 megapixel stills and has a built-in mechanical shutter.

Sony said the form factor will allow users to switch between handheld and shoulder configurations without the need for extra accessories.

The camera has an interchangeable E-mount lens system.  

According to the manufacturer, its short flange back distance means it is possible to attach both established A-mount lenses via the LA-EA2 lens mount adapter together with other brands lenses using third-party adapters.

“This all-in-one camcorder brings a new level of creativity to a wider range of professional users than ever before,” said Sony Europe strategic marketing manager Bill Drummond.

“It combines affordability and high performance with a range of versatile, professional features for many applications, including event production, budget movie making and corporate production.”

The NEX-EA50EH comes with the newly developed Power Zoom E-mount lens E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS SELP18200.

It is equipped with two-channel XLR audio and the ECM-XM1 shotgun microphone included with the camera, which also features linear PCM audio, time code, user bit and built-in GPS.

Sony’s HXR-FMU128 flash memory unit can dock directly to the camcorder for simultaneous backup recording.

The camcorder is also compatible with Sony’s new Mirroring Memory Stick, which Sony said enables the card to deliver high reliability and security through a dual recording function.

The camera will cost just under £3,000 and will be available from October.

Hall 12 Stand A10