Sony’s New NEX AE50 is Kind of a Big Deal for Wedding Videographers

The NEX AE50 camcorder sports an NEX mount (E mount lenses), two XLR ports, an 18-200mm Servo lens designed for video, and 1080p at 60p. And the chip size is APS-C. Now get this: this portable powerhouse can be in the hands of wedding videographers for under $4,000. If you’re a Canon shooter, you can use the new Metabones adapter to put Canon EF glass on the camera and still maintain the lenses IS or aperture control.

It can record video to SD cards or Memory Stick DUO (Sony’s own cards), plus it seems to be a major step up beyond the NEX VG20 (Sony’s other interchangeable lens camcorder coming in at a budget price.) More photos and specs are after the jump.

Specs taken from the B&H Photo Listing article

Sensor Exmor APS-C CMOS
Resolution 16 Megapixels
Lens Mount E-mount (18 mm)
Recording Format HD video – AVCHD
SD video – MPEG2
Stills – Format not specified
Audio – LPCM/AC3
Frame Rates 1920 x 1080
59.94p, 59.94i, 50p, 50i, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p
1280 x 720
59.94p, 50p
480 (576)
59.94i, 50i
Frame Guide 4:3, 13:9, 14:9, 15:9, 1.66:1, 1.85:1, 2.35:1
Stills Shutter Mechanical
Recording Media Memory Stick
Monitor 3.5-inch LCD, 16:9 XtraFine 921K (1920×480)
Outputs 1 x HDMI Type A
3 x Component (RCA)
1 x A/V Out (RCA)
1 x USB Type Mini A/B
Audio Input 2 x XLR (3-pin) Line/Mic, 48 V
Audio Output 2 x RCA
Built-in Microphone Yes (Stereo)
Headphone 1 x Stereo Mini
Built-in Speaker Yes
Remote IR
1 x LANC
Simultaneous Rec. Yes (Memory Card + FMU) HD/SD
Timecode and TC Out Yes (HDMI)
Assignable Buttons 6
Focus & Exposure Assist Peaking, Histogram, Zebra
AF Face Detection
Continuous Rec. Time 780 min
Dimensions Not Specified
Weight Not Specified