Hands-On Review: Sony NEX-VG900 Full-Frame Camcorder


Sony’s new NEX-VG900 is the first prosumer camcorder with a full-frame image sensor and an interchangeable lens mount.

Mia McCormick demonstrates many of the camera’s features and discusses a few lens options that should help users take advantage of the large sensor. For the most part, this is a glowing review peppered with a few criticisms that might limit the VG900’s appeal to professional videographers, but you’ll also learn some tips and tricks for overcoming these limitations. Film-like video with shallow depth of field is where the VG900 really excels, and this video provides some beautiful samples. For more information, please visit our NYC SuperStore, contact us on the phone at 1-800-606-6969, or via Live Chat.

Sensor 35mm CMOS Sensor
Color Filter RGB
Pixel Gross 24.7
Effective Pixels 24
System NTSC
Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Recording Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Video Format High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (28 Mbps)
1440 x 1080i / 24 fps (9 Mbps)
Standard Definition
720 x 480i / 24 fps (9 Mbps)
Still Image Resolution RAW: 24.0 Megapixel, 6000 x 4000
RAW: 10.3 Megapixel, 3936 x 2624
RAW: 4.6 Megapixel, 2640 x 1760
Channels 2-Channel Stereo
Audio Format Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital 2ch
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3"
Image Stabilization None
Shockproof Rating Not Specified By Manufacturer
Lux 8 (minimum)
Interval Recording Not Specified By Manufacturer
Shutter Speed 1/48-1/10000 sec.
1/60-1/10000 sec.
1/3-1/10000 sec.
1/4-1/10000 sec.
1/8000-30 sec.
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - No
Accessory Shoe Hot
Tripod Mount Not Specified By Manufacturer
Inputs None
Outputs 1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x Composite Video (out)
1x Component Video (out)
1x S-Video Output
1x USB Mini-B
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
Languages English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
System Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Charging Method AC Adapter
Charging Time 3.25 hours
Power Adapter 8.4-VAC
Power Consumption Operating: 5.2 W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.2 x 5.1 x 8.8" / 106.7 x 129.5 x 223.5mm
Weight 2.4 lb / 1089 g

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Good review, and showed me both the plus and con of the camera.

This is an outstanding video that clearly presents the pros and cons of this product.

A good rapid overview calling out some benefits and a couple of serious negatives. Too much time spent on the Rokinon lens which may be a nice accessory but it's not what I was looking for in a review.

Hi there,
Thanks for the quick review. Quite a few important tips in a short clip.
It would be nice to have a text info following the video review (or in the review web page) for comparing the features of competing brands and models that fit in that category.
Something like: ok, I liked this but if I like to have XLR built in, what do I loose? or what price tag increase?
Something in the realm of Snapsort.com feature matrix / highlights that you can A & B things or radio buttons you can filter or restrict the selection.
One of the ones I would be really curious to see for product search is to select the bit dept for the image or F stops of dynamic range and see how many affordable camcorders you end up with.
I mean, would you like to pick up a camera because the sensor is a bit bigger or certain handy feature but then you find out you keep clipping the whites or loose the definition in the dark spots? or the color representation is not accurate and natural?