Sony NEX-VG900 Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Camcorder

Sony NEX-VG900 Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Camcorder

Sony NEX-VG900 Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 24.3MP Full Frame 35mm Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • E-Mount Lens Compatibility
  • A-Mount Lens Compatibility via Adapter
  • Quad Capsule Microphone & 5.1 Sound
  • Tru-Finder OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Cinematone Gamma / Color
  • Picture Effect Modes
  • Seesaw Lever Smooth Zoom
  • Uncompressed 1080 HDMI Output
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Sony NEX-VG900 overview

  • 1Description

The Sony NEX-VG900 Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Camcorder is the first Handycam camcorder with a 35mm sensor to fully exploit the artistic potential of interchangeable lenses. With a resolution of 24.3 effective megapixels, the camcorder's Exmor CMOS sensor is around 40 times larger than its equivalent in standard consumer camcorders and more than twice the size of the APS-C sensor found in other interchangeable lens Handycam models. With a wider view, surprising low-light sensitivity and robust defocusing capabilities thanks to an ultra-shallow depth of field, you can tell your story in dramatic fashion. The NEX-VG900 also captures full-frame, 24 megapixel still photos, with RAW format support for all the post-processing flexibility and quality expected from a pro-class type camera. The sensor also allows the creation of distinctive bokeh (attractive defocus) effects; high sensitivity for extremely clear, low-noise images; and effortless reproduction of smooth, true tonal gradation.

Besides the new 35mm sensor, the NEX-VG900 also offers you even more creative control with numerous options to help you create the image the way you envision it. Beautiful, film-like results can be achieved by shooting video in 24p progressive mode with CinemaTone Gamma and CinemaTone Color presets to precisely control cinematic grading effects. Additionally, AVCHD version 2.0 standard 60p recording maximizes the range of creative options for movie-makers to explore. Even greater flexibility is provided by a choice of new Picture Effect modes, enabling easy creation of artistic in-camera treatments.

The NEX-VG900 also provides you even more flexibility and creative options by including a LA-EA3 adapter to utilize A-Mount lenses. When it comes to lenses having more options and flexibility is always advantageous. With the LA-EA3 you can use A-mount lenses and take full advantage of wide-angle shooting at the lens's designed focal length with no cropping.

Please note: When using A-Mount lenses with the LA-EA3 adapter, there may be limitations in some features and functionality - including autofocus support. Please visit Sony's support website for detailed lens compatibility charts.

24.3MP FullFrame 35mm Exmor CMOS Sensor
Full-frame sensors deliver a more professional look. With an advanced, 24.3MP full-frame 35mm Exmor HD CMOS sensor helping you capture your unique perspective, everything looks more cinema-like. With a wider view, staggering low-light sensitivity and robust defocusing capabilities thanks to an ultra-shallow depth of field, you can tell your story in a more dramatic fashion.
E-Mount and A-Mount Lens Compatibility
The NEX-VG900 also provides you even more flexibility and creative options by including a LA-EA3 adapter to utilize A-Mount lenses, in addition to the camera's standard E-Mount. When it comes to lenses having more options and flexibility is always advantageous. With the LA-EA3 you can use A-mount lenses and take full advantage of wide-angle shooting at the lens's designed focal length with no cropping.
Tru-Finder OLED Electronic Viewfinder
Frame your subject more accurately with the Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder that conveniently turns on as you position your eye against it. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED also reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.
Quad Capsule Microphone & 5.1 Sound
The integrated Quad Capsule Spatial Array 5.1 ch surround microphone can record with forward and rearward directivity as well as 5.1-channel surround sound with impressively low noise and high clarity. A new Multi Interface Shoe allows attachment of an optional XLR adapter kit for even more sound-capture versatility.
Full Manual Control
With full manual control of iris, gain, and shutter you will be able to adapt to almost any lighting condition to get the best shot. Also, the iris, shutter speed, and gain adjustments can easily be made via direct access keys. And the camcorder's pro-style display peaking function is complemented by a one-touch focus magnification button on top of the grip.
Uncompressed HDMI Output
Easily record Full 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI connection in 24p, 60p and 60i frame-rates.
Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 12 Download
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.
In the Box
Sony NEX-VG900 Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Camcorder
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70)
  • AC Adaptor
  • Power Cord
  • Component A/V Cable
  • A/V Connecting Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Body Cap
  • A-Mount Adaptor (LA-EA3)
  • Wind Screen
  • Large Eye Cup
  • Remote Commander (RMT-835)
  • CD-ROM (Handycam Application Software)
  • Operating Guide
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony NEX-VG900 specs

    Sensor 1-Chip 35 mm CMOS
    Color Filter RGB
    Sensor Resolution 24.7 MP
    Effective Pixels 24 MP
    System NTSC
    Recording Media x Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    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 2.0-Channel Stereo
    Audio Format Dolby Digital 2ch
    Dolby Digital 5.1
    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 3"
    Screen Resolution 921,600 Dots
    Resolution 1920 x 480
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Rotation Opening Angle: 90°
    Turning Angle: 270°
    Screen Size .5"
    EVF Resolution 2,359,296 Dots
    Shutter Speed 1/48 - 1/10000 Second ()
    1/60 - 1/10000 Second ()
    1/3 - 1/10000 Second ()
    1/4 - 1/10000 Second ()
    1/8000 - 30 Second ()
    Image Stabilization None
    Lux 8 (minimum)
    White Balance Modes Auto
    Indoor 1
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Built-In Light/Flash Light - No
    Flash - No
    Accessory Shoe 1 x Multi Interface Shoe
    1 x Cold
    Input/Output Connectors
    Inputs None
    Outputs 1 x Mini-HDMI (Type C)
    1 x Composite Video
    1 x Component Video
    1 x
    1 x USB Mini-B
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    Menu Languages English
    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
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.2 x 5.1 x 8.8" / 106.7 x 129.5 x 223.5 mm
    Weight 2.4 lb / 1089 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.7 x 8.3 x 6.9"

    Sony NEX-VG900 reviews

    NEX-VG900 Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Camcorder is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great camera, but some big weaknesses I was so excited to get this camera. It takes a beautiful picture and it's great to have on-board sound, but I think Sony is ridiculous for not releasing a full-frame e-mount lens at the same time. Without it, there's no autofocus or image stabilization. And to make it even worse, the expanded focus feature they have only magnifies the center of the picture, so if you place your subject in the middle third like most people do, you can't see if they're in focus. Why Sony did this is beyond me. This could be such an amazing camera, but instead, it's only mediocre. So come on, Sony, get with it. All I'm trying to do is give you even more money.
    Date published: 2013-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from full frame camcorder with clean HDMI out With low cost adapters the VG900 should work with most full-frame and APS-C lenses out there. It also has settings to work in FF or 1.5x crop APS-C mode. It shoots FF 6000x4000 24mp Raw stills with shutter speeds from 30-1/8000 sec in auto or manual modes. It shoots 1080p60 ,1080p24 or 1080i60 with full manual control and uncompressed full 1080p HDMI output like the A99 and no other FF DSLR shoots 1080p60. It has the same 2359K dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder w/ eye sensor like the A99 and NEX-7 but has adjustable angle. It has a huge battery bay for using extra large Sony NP-FV100 3900mAh battery that are low cost from 3rd party vendors.
    Date published: 2012-11-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great performance, easy to use This is my first foray away from the all-in-one camcorders and I would rank it a great success! The camera is among the least expensive of the 'professional' camcorders, but definitely delivers professional performance. The large sensor size gives excellent quality in low-light conditions. The color reproduction is great. I found this to be very easy to use. I would strongly recommend it for the ametuer videographer looking to bring your videos to the next level.
    Date published: 2014-04-09
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I hoped for I was hoping to use this camcorder as a B camera to my Sony FS700 but a number of issues make that less that optimal. The chip shows a large amount of moire/stairstepping that makes the image markedly inferior to the FS700. I was also hoping to use it with an Atmos Ninja to record ProRes422 directly, but in the 1080 setting it will only record interlaced 1080, not 1080P like the FS700. This requires a trip through Compressor to de-interlace. All in all a great idea that was implemented poorly.
    Date published: 2013-05-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this camera I am a motion graphic artist with over 20 years creating animated graphics. I was looking for a platform to generate still and video elements to incorporate into my work. The VG900 is a thing of beauty. I prefer the camcorder form factor over the DSLR as most of my work deals with video. It's light weight and conveniently ergonomic for my taste. The ability to switch from fully automatic program AE to program priority to fully manual is seamless. I have paired it with a SAL 2470z and this glass matched with the image gathering capabilities of the VG900 work beautifully. I also have the Sony XLR A1M shotgun mic and everything fits into a Lowpro AW250 backpack for a great mobile package. The only complaint I have is that the image stabilization and auto focus do not work with the SAL 2470z while in movie mode. The auto focus does work in photo mode but the face detection and image stabilization do not. Sony tech support tells me they are aware of this but I do not know what they plan to do about it
    Date published: 2012-11-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loving it! I love this camera! It's perfect for someone like me who's looking for a great dslr quality video but requires the longevity recording time. The full-frame feature, plus the million lens you can interchange, is amazing when trying really experimenting with your movies image and feel. My only problem with this camera is that i wish the touchscreen was a little more resistant to force. If i have to go though the menu touching the screen, i don't want to feel the screen moving every time i apply a little pressure, i'd kind of like it to be like touching a wall. BUT other than that this camera is FANTASTIC.
    Date published: 2013-10-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little video camera I was searching for a lightweight, full frame video camera for personal use in place of my accessory requiring and resultantly heavy PMW-F3. The VG900 filled that role. While it does not replace the F3 in terms of dynamic range, codec and such, the weight and footprint factors, along with the ability to shoot in full manual mode, helped to make my choice. I know that there have been reviews deriding the camera's image quality in terms of sharpness and artifacts, however, I have found that by using full frame lenses in FF mode the incidence of stepping and moire seen in certain circumstances only, is negligible at best. And since Sony saw fit to avoid in-camera sharpening, a touch of same in an editing platform serves to remedy that issue. In summary, the FF sensor, along with the form factor and ability to use, with an adapter, just about any existing DSLR lens, makes this camera a great choice for anyone seeking a FF video camera within a reasonable price range.
    Date published: 2013-06-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Expensive, but great for Prosumers I am an amateur documentarian, and thus far the NEX VG900 has been a dream to work with. Pros:-Full frame sensor allows me to capture rich details-Dedicated quick buttons on the side of the camera gives me quick access to change aperture, gain, and shutter speed-Quality HD viewing screen makes it easy to see what I am actually recording in terms of color, exposure, saturation, etc.Cons:-The build of the camera feels a little cheap, perhaps my bias is that with such amazing stuff going on inside, that the outside would be made out of something tougher. It feels like it will shatter if I accidentally drop it.-The attached microphone is only good in certain situations. When I was recording an interview outside, and was trying to capture some of the ambient noises of the space around us, the microphone recorded a lot of high frequencies (hissing) and not much of the low frequencies. I am sure that if I understood the microphone better, I could EQ the levels to the appropriate place.-Only shoots in 60p, 60i, and 24pAll in all, the cons really have more to do with my limited knowledge and personal preference as opposed to anything inherently wrong with the camera. I would like to see this camera come down in price. For its cost I would love to see it shoot some fluid slo-mo, or have something else going on for it. Someone else said it like this: This isn't a Swiss Army Knife (full of lots of trinkets, most which are horribly ineffective), this IS however an incredible Hammer. Meaning, if it has what you want in a camera, it does the job very well. The footage I have taken so far is gorgeous, and I am very pleased with the camera.
    Date published: 2013-09-12
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