Sony's New NEX-VG30


Sony has announced the NEX-VG30 interchangeable lens camcorder. With E-Mount lenses and a 16.1MP Exmor APS-C sized CMOS sensor, the NEX-VG30 will yield a beautiful, cinematic image with shallow depth of field and low noise characteristics. This newest iteration of the VG series will also offer videographers some welcome upgrades over NEX-VG20.

Among the most notable advancements, 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 lossless digital zoom. This ground-breaking, new type of digital zoom is achieved by cropping the sensor in real time, as pioneered by Sony’s NEX-EA50UH, and entails no loss of resolution.

The new viewfinder is another well-received addition. The NEX-VG30 will have an XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF, a display originally developed for Sony’s still cameras as a replacement for an optical viewfinder. And what a replacement it is. The XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF features 100% coverage and 2,359,000-dot resolution, so you will see exactly what the sensor is reading. When it comes to working in low light, the EVF even presents a distinct advantage over optical viewfinders.

The NEX-VG30 will also retain many of the great features of its VG predecessors. The built-in Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone will return, offering exceptional front-side directivity and stereo separation. The new camera will also shoot 16MP JPEG and RAW photographs at up to 6 frames per second, and 25 AF points will provide ample coverage for accurate focusing, even when the subject is far from the center of the frame.

Sony sees the NEX-VG30 as the preëminent “prosumer” level camera, and there are a few features that even established professionals will appreciate. A multi-interface shoe will accommodate an optional XLR attachment, bringing the finest quality microphones into play. Walking that fine line between pro and prosumer, a single memory card slot will accommodate Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo or SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, both of which have developed into professional-grade media.

The NEX-VG30 will be available “body only” or with the Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Servo Zoom Lens. In addition to compatibility with Sony’s ever-expanding line of E-Mount lenses, 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 adapter (sold separately) you can attach the full selection of A-Mount lenses, which includes current Sony models and dozens of Minolta legacy lenses. Also included with your purchase is a free download of Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11, video editing software that allows you to add effects, background music, titles, text, transitions and more.

Sensor Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor
Resolution Approx. 16.1 MP effective
Crop Factor 1.5x
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Processor BIONZ image processor
File Formats HD Video: AVCHD 2.0 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
SD Video: MPEG2-PS
Recording Media 1 slot (Memory Stick Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC)
Built-in Mic Quad-capsule stereo microphone
Burst Mode (Stills) 16.1 MP RAW & JPEG Stills at up to 6 fps
Focus Area Multi-point AF (25 points)
Digital Zoom 2x Lossless Digital Zoom
Power Zoom Variable speed (Requires 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Power Zoom Lens)
Video Output HDMI
Audio Input 1/8" (3.5mm)
Audio Output 1/8" (3.5mm)
LCD Monitor 3.0" Wide Xtra Fine touch-screen LCD with TruBlack technology
LCD Resolution 921K dots
EVF High-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder (with eye sensor)
EVF Resolution 2359K dots

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Hi All,

i want to ask that is that possible to broadcast live straming from this Camra which is mention above ???

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Here is the video link for the problem (mentioned below)

I am using 2 of this camera units in my institute for classroom recording. Camera is fixed on tripod, and angle is fixed. We do not change anything for the duration of the classes. Since November, there is a strange problem I am facing. Some recordings come perfectly fine - in around 20% cases, the recordings have flicker around the Professor's profile (body). Rest (board etc.) is perfect. The flickers continue for 10 to 40 seconds, and then it is ok again. Then again the flicker starts at some point, and so on. This is ruining my recordings. So this makes is a bad show as video is ruined (during those parts). Secondary problem is that the audio track then misses the lip-sync for some time. Then it corrects itself.

Is this a lens problem?
Is this a memory card problem?

Even in post production, I am unable to solve this issue. PLEASE HELP, What can I do to solve this problem??



Just got my VG30 and really like it, except for one major PITA: the motor noise from the lens, which is picked up by the built-in mic at any speed. Will the XLR-K1M kit mount far enough away so that the noise won't be recorded? Thanks

My sony vg30 cannot record without heavy light, , how can I adjust it

Which tripod should be used with nex-vg30? I mean the remote control tripod. Can I use vct-60av?

Can you guys help me to compare about the sony nex-vg30 and the canon xa10

The Sony VG30 and the Canon XA10 are different style camcorders.

The XA10 is normal video camera, servo zoom, fast auto-focus and XLR inputs.
The VG30 is a cine style camera with a large image sensor and interchangeable lenses.

Both are good cameras but serve different purposes. The XA10 is a much better all around camera whereas the VG30 would be better suited towards film making.

I've owned the Canon xa10 for at least a year or more; and last weekend I shot a 5 hour cooking class with my friends new Sony VG30 with the servo zoom lens on a big Manfrotto tripod with video head.

In my opinion, the VG30 has much better image quality than the xa10. In post production, any time I crop (zoom in) with xa10 footage, the image quality "falls apart" quickly. The image quality of the VG30 was gorgeous to me on the live big HDMI monitor (I took a quick look at the file on a Mac computer -it looks darker- but I haven't edited it yet).

I've been wanting to sell my xa10 for some time but haven't because it has the convenience of built in XLR inputs on the handle and if I'm shooting a speech or something like that; it does the job. Now, I really want to sell the xa10 and maybe get the VG30 or something comparable. BTW: I record audio on a Zoom H4n and Tascam DR100 so I really don't need the XLRs on the camcorder.

On thing that is really good on the VG30 is the servo zoom lens plus image stabilization. Amazingly smooth for me on zooms, pans and tilts. On tilts, I first thought the head was slipping after stopping but the stabilization was gently overshooting and then smoothly going back. Nice.

I've owned the Sony Z-1 for many years but never use now. I have the Sony Nex 7 which I love with the Zeiss 1.8 24mm lens. I have a Stedicam Merlin.

To me, there is no comparison between the two. I would personally take the VG30.

I have a teenager that snowboards, races mountain bikes, and performs classical music concerts on piano and violin. I need an all in one camera. The sports action is extremely fast and I film 10 or more kids in one bike race and if your not ready you wind up with nothing. I have tried to have my Sony HDR-SR12 on a tripod and take stills with another camera with limited success. I need to be able to film and take stills at the same time. I have to be able to follow the rider with camera in very rugged terrain. His piano concerts are often in low light conditions. I cannot afford to buy this camera and then upgrade my PC to process the video. I have an extremely fast laptop with Windows 7 that processes the HDR-12 video with no problem. Here are my questions?

1. Will this work well in low light conditions?
2. Is Windows 7 sufficent to process the video and is it compatible with the supplied Vegas software?
3. Can I take still pictures and video simultaneously, if so what will their MP be?

Thank you so much B&H is the best!

For what you described you will be using the camera for I do not feel the NEXVG30 would be the best option. It is decent in low light and will edit fine in Vegas on a fast laptop, however you cannot take still photos while in the video mode. The camera requires you to switch to the photo mode in order to take stills. Also for fast motion and sports videography I do not recommend a cine style camera like this as a video camera will have a faster zoom and auto focus.

With that being said and reading what you will be using the camera for, I would recommend the Sony HXRNX30. For a camera in this price range it handles very well in low light, can take stills while shooting video and has the Balanced Optical SteadyShot for great stabilization. For the concert video it also includes a shotgun microphone and 2 XLR inputs for adding additional mics if needed.

This camera will work great both for the sports and concert filming.

how does this camera compare to the vg20? Does it get better quality or more features that are worth the extra 700 dollars? Thanks.

Hello - Worth every penny if you need the added features:

The 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).

The Sony XLR-K1M Adapter and Microphone Kit features an ECM-XM1 shotgun microphone and an XLR-A1M adapter, allowing connection of your camera to professional-level microphones, mixing consoles and sound studios. The adapter features two XLR channels with separate controls, providing recording level adjustment, attenuation and wind noise reduction. Mic/Line input switching for each channel is also provided to simplify post-shooting editing.

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Originally the VG20 had a record time of about 2.5 hours (according to the specs found on its description on this site) does anyone know if that number has been increased or has it remained at 2.5 hours??

The video quality is well. Tip: if you need to edit in FCP on Mac, you'd better transcode AVCHD to Apple ProRes 422 MOV, so you don't need to render.

I have an X100 and love it to bits. It has a tiny lens and all the manual crtonols you could ask for. It may have a fixed 35mm lens, but I find that ideal for 70% of my shooting. I went through my old Canon G9 photos and realised that almost all of them were taken at the widest (35mm) setting. Just the same with my camcorder footage.

What about clean uncompressed 8/422 HDMI live output for external recording / monitoring?
VG900 has that explicitly but here I find not a single word whatsoever.

Besides specification mentions cinematone presets; are these the same found in VG900?

Hello Mark K. -

I can confirm  an 8 bit unncompressed signal from the HDMI output, but all efforts to pin SONY down on the 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 question have been met with no definitive response.

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Any idea what the XLR option will cost?

No mention of frame rates?

Sony makes no mention of essential LANC input for remote zoom.

It does not have a LANC port on it. It does have an AV/remote port though which can be adapted for LANC.

AV Remote to LANC

You can control with a Sony RM-1BP LANC remote the control of zoom, focus, and record start/stop.

as good as the sensor is, if it aint got dual backup recording, it aint worth it.
plus, you have to buy the xlr extension?

Wow! I was thinking of investing in the VG20 and I already have the Sony A77, but now I can't wait for the VG30 to become available here in the UK. Well done Sony!

Re: Sony VG900 & Sony VG30

Does the sensor line skip or down convert to get its 1080p images?

Unfortunately there is no information available from Sony on how the image is derived from the sensors of those two cameras.