Earlier this year, Sony released the NEX-VG10 camera, their first interchangeable lens Handycam.  Unfortunately the VG10 was far from perfect, suffering from limited frame rates and manual controls.  Recently Sony announced their PMW-F3K, again missing the mark for the average videographer, instead aiming to compete with the RED One.

Now Sony has announced the NXCAM, an interchangeable lens Handycam with a Super-35 sensor.

Sony Corporation announced today that it is developing a new type of E-mount interchangeable lens camcorder for professional use that is equipped with a Super-35mm equivalent large format CMOS sensor. This new addition to Sony’s professional “NXCAM” line will be available in the middle of 2011.

Already a key player in the 35mm digital cinematography business with the highly acclaimed “CineAlta” F35 and SRW-9000PL for high-end digital cinema production, Sony has just strengthened its lineup in this category with the recent PMW-F3 announcement. In addition to this, with this new “NXCAM” HD camcorder now (still under development), Sony looks to further strengthen its position in the entry-level segment by providing an affordable yet highly capable professional solution for many applications including independent film, music video and corporate communications all looking for the cinematic look.

The recording format for this new HD camcorder will be AVCHD, a widely supported format by many non liner editing software vendors and the same format as HXR-NX5 “NXCAM” camcorder.
There is also a plan to implement 1080p (60p / 30p / 24p or 50p / 25p) recording modes.
(MPEG4-AVC/H.264 compression will be used for these modes.)

No pricing has been announced, but it is reasonable to assume this camera will be competing with cameras like the Panasonic AF100.

Read the full press release here.