Dedicated to the Sony Alpha 1, a7 IV, a7R IV, a7S III, and a9 II mirrorless cameras, this VG-C4EM Vertical Grip offers both extended battery and a more comfortable grip when shooting in the vertical orientation. The grip accepts either one or two NP-FZ100 batteries to increase the effective battery life for longer shooting sessions, and the batteries can be charged in the grip while attached to the camera via the body's USB port. The grip's design maintains the same layout as the camera body itself, and includes a secondary shutter button and Multi-Selector for intuitive use. The grip is built from magnesium alloy and is dust and moisture resistant to match the weather-sealing of the camera itself.
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- For Select Sony Mirrorless Cameras
- Holds One or Two NP-FZ100 Batteries
- Extended Grip for Vertical Shooting
- Second Shutter Button and Multi-Selector
Sony VG-C4EM Overview
Sony VG-C4EM Specs
|Battery Type||2 x Battery Pack (NP-FZ100)|
|Tripod Mounting Thread||1/4"-20 Female|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||5.1 x 4.3 x 2.6" / 128.8 x 108.9 x 67.0 mm|
|Weight||10.23 oz / 290 g|
|Package Weight||1.05 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||6.5 x 5 x 4"|
Sony VG-C4EM Reviews
It makes the camera!
I purchase this along with the A7R5 and in my opinion the grip makes the camera! I always shoot with a grip and it gives you extra battery juice and a nice vertical grip. Also if you do not stow away the battery door from the camera body into the handle of the grip you have just enough space to hide a Apple AirTag into the space where the camera battery door would go. You have to put the AirTag with the Apple Logo down but it slides right in! Now you can LowJack you camera!
I'm not a fan of the Sony vertical grips even though all of my camera's have them. Somehow the lock keeps getting bumped to the unlock position leading to wasted shots when slung over the shoulder on a monopod. Also, the screw gets loose at times leading to loss of power for the camera (not good in sports). It really doesn't add anything except a second battery. I think Canon does a better job with these than Sony.
Does NOT Fit Without Sending To Sony Service
It is becoming a better known issue that this grip will NOT fit properly tightly on a A7R5. The bolt that tightens is TOO long and does NOT allow for a snug weather resistant fit. I'm surprised it's not been mentioned much. Not only that it is anything BUT what I consider designed to fully integrate with the body. It looks like a slap on and by NO means a smooth design where the ends and such fit seamlessly allowing for a look as if it was truly part of the body. The Canon R5 is much the same way. Looks like an add on and NOT integrated.
Very worthwhile Sony A1 add-on
As prior reviewers have noted, it's very well made. What hasn't been noted often is all the buttons on the grip have the same functions as you have programmed for the camera. So C1, C2, AF-ON, shutter release, etc. are identical functions. I use the shutter release for images and video (not the red video button) and it works flawlessly! I've only had the vertical grip a short time but already thinking about more vertical photos and video because it is so much more intuitive than trying to contort your hand for a vertical shot in horizontal camera mode. I held off buying for a while but it will probably never be removed. Two batteries welcome of course.
My new a1 deserves the real deal
I've been using the Vello version of this grip on my a9II and it works okay, but I've wondered how long it will last, having cost about 10% as much as the Sony original. So when I ponied-up for an a1 I decided not to take any chances. The two are remarkably similar, but somehow I have more confidence in the Sony. It has a more substantial feel and just seems more precise. Time will tell if I overpaid 90% for it.
A Must for long Videos!
I started using my Sony A74 for conference video recording, I quickly found out I needed a different way to keep my camera recording, my Vertical grip took care of that and a lot more other issues like overheating, or battery replacement. Is now so easy for me to just take the cartridge out and put 2 new batteries. I love my rig, I highly recommend it, the build quality is great, a bit expensive but is totally worth it. I bought a cage for it, it feels like a tank! I love it!!
Get a grip!
I'm not sure why Sony doesn't make a flagship camera with a larger body, but this grip seamlessly gives you the functionality and grip surface of a Z9 or R3, and double the battery life! This is the only way I can use heavy telephoto or prime lenses on my Sony. The buttons on this grip feel nicer than the ones on the camera.
Does not fit the A7RV
After considering the third party models, I decided to take advantage of the occasional $50 off sale and purchased this grip for the A7RV. As usual, B&H got it to me in a few days, well packaged and factory fresh. Much to my disappointment, it does not fit well on the A7RV. It seems to line up well, but even after tightening the knob for the 1/4-20 stud, a small gap remains between the camera body and the grip. There is also a small but noticeable wiggle that does nothing to instill confidence. This is disappointing for such an expensive accessory. I may try the Vello version. I could put up with a so-so fit for 25% the cost of the OEM version. I did notice another reviewer above mentioned a similar problem. Maybe Sony needs to take a look at this. Sorry B&H, it's coming back, and thank you for your excellent service and understanding in matters like this.
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