Sony NEX-VG30 Camcorder with 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Power Zoom Lens

Sony NEX-VG30 Camcorder with 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Power Zoom Lens

Sony NEX-VG30 Camcorder with 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Power Zoom Lens

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  • Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Power Zoom Lens
  • Exmor APS-C Sized 16.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • Direct Power Zoom with Variable Speed
  • XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF with Eye Sensor
  • Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone
  • Microphone Jack with Audio Level Control
  • Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 12 Download
  • High Res 16MP RAW and JPEG Stills @ 6fps
  • Compatible with Sony E-Mount Lenses
  • Comprehensive Manual Controls
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Sony NEX-VG30 overview

  • 1Description

The Sony NEX-VG30 Camcorder with 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Power Zoom Lens is an interchangeable lens camera for cinematic video and DSLR quality photographs, featuring a 16.1MP Exmor APS-C sized CMOS sensor, an XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF, a Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone, a BIONZ image processor and the Sony E-mount for Sony E-Mount lenses. NEX-VG30 presents a significant upgrade from Sony's NEX-VG20, adding a seesaw lever for power zoom, a Multi Interface shoe, a much improved electronic viewfinder, Picture Effects and the option for an external XLR adapter (sold separately).

18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Power Zoom Lens
Sony's 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Power Zoom lens features silent auto-focus, optical image stabilization and an 11x zoom ratio. Used in conjunction with the VG30's APS-C sized sensor the 35mm equivalent angle-of-view will be 27mm on the wide end and 300mm on the long end of the zoom range. The 18-200mm Power Zoom lens offers the flexibility of a removable lens with the ergonomics and operability of a Handycam camcorder.
16.1MP Exmor APS-C CMOS Sensor
With approximately 19.5 times the surface area of conventional camcorders, the 16.1MP Exmor APS-C sized CMOS sensor will generate cinematic video with a shallow depth of field and excellent low noise characteristics. When it comes to film-like video there is simply no substitute for sensor size.
Direct Power Zoom with Variable Speed
The NEX-VG30 was built with a powered zoom seesaw lever, which will operate the new 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Power Zoom Lens and, when used in conjunction with manual zooms or even prime lenses, it will facilitate a 2x digital zoom.
XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF with Eye Sensor
The Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder features 2,359,000 dot resolution and a high contrast ratio. The EVF allows you to see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail. It exhibits excellent handling of motion blur and, in extremely light or dark environments, it presents a distinct advantage over other monitoring options.
Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone
A carry over from earlier VG series camcorders, this is not your average built-in microphone. The Quad Capsule Spatial Array stereo microphone contains four precision placed microphone capsules that are angled at 45 degrees to provide exceptional front-side directivity and stereo separation.
Microphone Jack with Audio Level Control
A 3.5mm audio input jack provides an interface for external microphones, such as shotgun microphone ECM-CG50 (sold separately), and audio level controls facilitate clean recordings in excessively loud or quiet environments. Additionally, Sony's XLR Adapter and Microphone Kit (XLR-K1M sold separately) can provide a microphone, two XLR inputs, audio control dials and a shock mount. A dedicated headphone jack aids users in monitoring sound.
Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 12
Included free of charge via download, Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 12 allow you to add video effects, background music, titles, text, transitions, and more. Share your creations via DVD and Blu-ray Disc or upload videos to the web, all from one easy to use program. Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 12 features up to 20 tracks, 64-bit power, 20 Sony Sound Series Music Tracks and interface enhancements.
High Resolution RAW and JPEG Stills
NEX-VG30 also shoots DSLR-quality, 16.1MP RAW and JPEG format still photographs. A continuous burst mode captures photos at up to 6 frames per second.
Sony E-Mount Lenses
NEX-VG30 features the Sony E-Mount, which enables the ever expanding line of Sony E-Mount lenses. What is more, the E-Mount's short focal flange distance of 18mm makes it compatible with a wide range of lens adapters. For instance, using the LA-EA2 adaptor (sold separately) you can attach the full selection of A-Mount lenses, which includes current Sony models and dozens of Minolta legacy lenses.
Comprehensive Manual Controls
Aperture priority, shutter speed priority or manual exposure control can all be accessed while shooting video via a control dial or easy-access buttons. With extensive manual control of Iris, you will be able to adapt to almost any lighting condition to get the best shot.
CinemaTone Presets and 24p
For extra control over image expression, CinemaTone technology is used to recreate film-like color tones. 24p recording represents a concept established by the motion picture industry's standard of 24 frames per second. Recording in this mode renders motion with a more film-like look than the NTSC video standard 30p.
Advanced controls
The NEX-VG30 provides advanced capture and control features that are often considered the domain of professional cameras including expanded focus for precise manual focus control, zebra and peaking for precision focus and exposure adjustments.
Flash Media Slot
For capturing and sharing videos and photographs, the media card slot accepts Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.
Multi-Interface Shoe
Unlike conventional camcorders, the NEX-VG30 also features a newly developed Multi-Interface Shoe that expands compatibility with Handycam accessories. Attach an optional XLR adapter (sold separately) to the Multi-Interface shoe to enable the highest quality external microphones.
Picture Effects
Picture Effects add a new level of expression to photos and video, lending ordinary images and scenes a distinctive look by emphasizing certain attributes. Posterization, Pop Photo, Partial Color, High contrast Monochrome and Toy Camera are available for stills and video. Additional effects, Focus and Miniature, are reserved for stills mode.
Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor.
In the Box
Sony NEX-VG30 Camcorder with 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Power Zoom Lens
  • E PZ 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens
  • Lens Hood
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • NP-FV70 V-Series Rechargeable Battery Pack (1960mAh, 6.8-8.4V)
  • Body Cap
  • Large Eye Cup
  • Component A/V Cable
  • A/V Connecting Cable
  • Operating Guide
  • AC Adaptor
  • Power Cord
  • USB Cable
  • Wind Screen
  • Remote Commander (RMT-835) with Battery (CR2025)
  • Software (Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 12 included via download to PC4)
  • CD-ROM ("Handycam" Application Software)
  • 1 Year Parts & 90 Day Labor Limited Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Sony NEX-VG30 specs

    Sensor Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
    Resolution 16.7 MP
    Color Filter RGB
    Crop Factor 1.5x
    Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
    Processor BIONZ image processor
    Drive System Shutter: electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
    Auto Shutter Speeds: 1/48-1/10000 (movie: 24p), 1/60-1/10000 (movie: other), 30s-1/4000 (Still)
    Manual Shutter Speeds: 1/3-1/10000 (movie: 24p), 1/4-1/10000 (movie: other), 30s-1/4000 (Still)
    Continuous Shooting Speed: 6 fps
    Drive Mode (Photo Mode): Single-shot/Continuous/Bracket 0.3EV/Bracket 0.7EV
    Drive Mode (Self-timer): Approx. 10 sec. (Still Image)
    Focus Control Focus System: contrast AF
    Focus Area: 25 point AF
    Focus Features: tracking focus
    Focus Sensitivity: 0 - 20 EV (ISO 100 at f/2.8)
    Manual Focus Assist: magnified display, peaking display
    Flash Flash Type: multi interface shoe (flash unit not included)
    Flash Metering System: Pre-flash TTL
    Flash Modes: Auto/Forced/Slow Sync./Rear Sync./Prohibited
    Flash Compensation: +/-2EV, 1/3EV step
    Digital Zoom x2
    Gain Control Auto/manual (0 - 30dB)
    Metering Still Mode Only: 63 segment metering from CMOS image sensor
    Metering Modes (still mode only): multi-segment and touch spot
    Metering Sensitivity (still mode only): 0 - 20EV (ISO 100 at f/2.8)
    Minimum Illumination 9 lux (1/60 shutter speed f/3.5)
    White Balance Modes Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor/WB Temp
    Kit Lens E PZ 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS(SELP18200)
    Recording Media 1 slot (Memory Stick Duo or SD/SDHC/SDXC)
    File Formats HD Video: AVCHD 2.0 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
    SD Video: MPEG2-PS
    Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2ch Stills: JPEG, RAW, JPEG+RAW
    Video Signal HD:HDTV 1080/60p, 24p, 60i; STD:NTSC color, EIA standards
    Still Image Resolution: 16MP (4912 x 3264), 7.1MP (3568 x 2000), 4MP (2448 x 1624), 2.1MP (1920 x 1080), 307K (640 x 480), 230K (640 x 360)
    HD Video Output HDMI (mini)
    SD Outputs Composite Video Out (A/V connecting cable supplied)
    Component Video Out (Component A/V cable supplied)
    S Video Out (A/V connecting cable with S Video sold separately)
    USB mini-AB/USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
    Power DC input
    Audio Headphone jack (stereo minijack)
    Microphone input (stereo minijack)
    Shoe Mounts Multi interface hot shoe (x1)
    Cold shoe (x1)
    LCD Monitor Type: 3.0" Xtra Fine touchscreen LCD with 921K dots and TruBlack technology
    Max Opening Angle: 90°
    Max Turning Angle: 270°
    EVF High contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder with 2359K dots and eye sensor
    Other Features Assignable Dial, Tracking Focus, Audio Level Display, CinemaTone Gamma/Color, x.v.Color, Face Detection, Priority Setting (for Face Detection), View & Index: Event, Anti-dust charge protection coating on filter, Power zoom control, Zoom lever, Variable zoom speed, DVDirect, Wind Noise Reduction, Mic Level Control, Picture Effects, Noise Reduction, Backlight Compensation, D-Range Optimizer, Exposure Compensation, Zebra Pattern Display, Histogram
    Power Consumption HD: 4.2W (with SELP18200 lens), 4.6W (with viewfinder and SELP18200 lens)
    SD: 4.0W (with SELP18200 lens), 4.4W (with viewfinder and SELP18200 lens)
    Power Requirement 7.2V (battery pack), 8.4V (AC Adapter)
    Dimensions 3.63 x 5.13 x 8.87" (91 x 130 x 223 mm) including projecting parts
    4.13 x 5.63 x 11.63" (103 x 140 x 294 mm) including projecting parts, lens, lens hood, and battery
    Weight Camcorder body only: 1.43 lb (650 g)
    With the supplied lens and battery: 3.13 lb (1420 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.7 x 8.8 x 7.5"

    Sony NEX-VG30 reviews

    NEX-VG30 Camcorder with 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Power Zoom Lens is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from DISSAPOINTED I bought this camera after reading the reviews of how great and cinamatic it was!! The bottom line is the footage in low light is ridiculous! I have a A6000 which produces sharp noiseless footage even with the kit lens. I have tested all settings on the VG30 for low light, the image quality is awful,I even bought the Sony 50mm F1.8 fast lense and still grainy. The same lens on my A6000produced amazing footage with no noise what so ever when I tested both cameras in the same location with the same lense. Bright daylight and the VG30 is good but it should be for the price, overcast or lowlight situations= forget it. Dont believe the hype its rubbish..
    Date published: 2015-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from All-around great product I began my videography career with a small Panasonic HC series. I needed the video camera body to record long 2-3 hour plays and concerts. After a few years, I began using my Canon Rebel T3i for my short films to reproduce the popular cinematic look. I loved both of my cameras, but I needed something that could meet all of my needs in one device. That's when I found the NEX-VG30. With the body and recording capabilities of a video camera combined with the large imaging device and interchangeable lenses of my DSLR, this truly is a perfect camera. From weddings and short films to travel shows and commercial productions, this camera has never let me down.
    Date published: 2015-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from VG30 is meeting my expectations. I use this for serious amateur videography. I do a lot of run-and-gun shooting so I need the auto features most of the time - they work well. My former camera did not. B&H's used department bought my old one - interestingly after seeing the camera they paid me more than they had estimated - quite a pleasant surprise. The only feature I miss is not having a pre-record option which would be a nice addition to a prosumer level camera. Otherwise it is sharp and focues well and the power zoom work very well. So far, I'm very satisfied. I was surprised that the camera did not include a strap - Sony should include that.
    Date published: 2013-02-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous little camera I have this camera and an EA50 and an a6000 still camera. I am fortunate to have a good number of lenses including 4 by Zeiss. All cameras get the same result so it is which form factor you want to use. I keep reaching for the VG30 because it is great on a tripod and a wonderful hand held tool. Important to remember to have stabilized lenses for hand held work. I have been using this equipment professionally for over a year and find it all trouble-free and of superb quality. Picture quality is stunning.
    Date published: 2014-11-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great step up for DSLRs videographers PROS : -Great solid build, very strong body -Video and photo quality are very good -kit lens is actually very good (18-200mm power zoom) -handy record button in front of the camera and in the touchscreen itself when filming yourself -Size is not too bulky, specially when filming with prime lenses -Pretty good sound recording CONS : -Doesn't come with a battery charger (charges through camera) -A 3k camera that doesn't have a timelapse mode?!!! seriously?! -manual focus button switch is very hard to get to while filming -AFocus from 0.5m or less is a bit unresponsive some times (tried with different lenses already) -very front heavy with the kit lens -photos in low light conditions are not as good as the videos overall: Great product, very good quality videos, it's perfect for those who have been frustrated filming with DSLRs for a long time... Although it misses very important features (timelapse or maybe more options of frame rates) its a very nice camera... I hope Sony adds a timelapse mode in future firmwares
    Date published: 2013-01-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great camcorder I use this camera mostly for interviews. I love the shallow depth of field (like a DSLR) AND the ability to shoot for long periods of time without worrying about over-heating. It also takes great photos. It's a bit awkward to use hand-held, but I'm sure I can get used to it. I've only had the camera about 2 weeks.
    Date published: 2013-04-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exquisite control and pictures I bought this camera because I am a nature photographer and wanted 60P, SD card (non-tape) recording, 20X zoom and manual controls. It delivered spectacularly in all but the 20X. Yes, I know it is not 20X, but Sony literature says it has 2X lossless digital zoom. Right and wrong. It is 2X but not lossless. At 20 X the video is unacceptably soft. I will say the controls are difficult to find in the heat of focusing on a little warbler flitting in the trees. But the viewfinder and LCD panel are so sharp it is very easy to find the subject (nearly impossible with camcorders with less than 450K viewfinder or LCD.) If you stay at 10X and under, this camera is a dream come true. Surround Sound is excellent. Mastering this camera will take you a while, but you will love it. Regretably, 90% of my videos are at 20X (wishing for 30 or 40X), so it was not usable. For that reason only, I returned it. B&H is #1 ... great, personal, quick service. I've bought thousands of dollars of camera equipment from them and always been happy.
    Date published: 2012-12-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still Learning! I bought this camera to film athletic events (mostly track and field). I wanted to move up a notch from a regular camcorder. The camera feels great. Definitely no easier to use than DSLR for video as a mater of fact without controls directly for ISO and Shutter speed could be tougher to learn. So far not so great in low light. Comes with small battery. The microphone picks up the lens noise.
    Date published: 2012-12-13
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