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VG30 Interchangeable-Lens Handycam®



  • Shoot pro-quality video with a large, DSLR sized APS-C sensor with 16.1 megapixels
  • Explore a new dimension in creative artistry. Capture beautifully detailed, cinematic video images plus high-quality audio in cinematic 24 frames per second
  • Add an E-mount lens with a power zoom and smoothly focus in on your subject with up to 11x magnification
  • A BIONZ processor ensures clear, detailed video and still images plus quick, responsive shooting

Quick Specs

  • Type: Digital
  • Style: Digital Video Camera
  • Width: 4.125"
  • Height: 5.625"
  • Depth: 11.625"
  • Energy Star Rated: No

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16.1MP Exmor ® APS-C HD CMOS sensor With approximately 19.5 times the surface area of conventional camcorders, the 16.1MP Exmor ® APS-C HD CMOS sensor makes getting cinematic video with a shallow depth of field video a breeze.

Direct power zoom w/ variable zoom speed control The NEX-VG30 was built with an all new powered zoom seesaw lever for variable and constant speed electronic zooming. The easily accessible lever supports 2x digital zoom that can be used with both variable and fixed focal length lenses.

Sony E-mount 18-200mm OSS image stabilized zoom lens included The new NEX-VG30H ships with a new Sony E-Mount 3.5-6.3 OSS zoom lens. The new lens provides an 11x zoom ratio for superior versatility. Take advantage of 6 selectable zoom speeds. The result is convenient and smooth zooming for your productions. Made to shoot video, it also includes a silent auto-focus system coupled with Optical Steadyshot image stabilization with Active Mode 3 , giving you the flexibility of a removable lens with the ergonomics and operability of a Handycam ® camcorder.

XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF w/ eye sensor There's never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED 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 Spatial Array Stereo Microphone High quality video requires high quality audio. The Quad Capsule Spatial Array stereo microphone contains four precision placed microphone capsules that are perfectly angled at 45 degrees to provide exceptional front-side directivity and stereo separation.

Mic/Headphone jacks Dedicated mic and headphone inputs allow for attachment of external microphones (like shotgun microphone ECM-CG50 for pin point sound recording) and headphones to monitor sound.

Vegas ® Movie Studio HD Platinum 12 4 Included free of charge via download, Sony Vegas ® Movie Studio HD Platinum 12 allows you to easily add video effects, background music, titles, text, transitions, and much more. Everything you need to create dramatic HD movies like a pro. Share your creations via DVD, Blu-ray Disc media, or upload to the web - all from one easy to use program. 4

16.1MP RAW Still Images at up to 6fps Enjoy incredible DSLR-quality detail and clarity with 16.1MP RAW still images and even catch fast action sequences with a continuous burst rate of up to 6fps.

Accepts α DSLR A- and E-mount lenses5 Using the LA-EA2 adaptor with translucent mirror technology and a built-in AF motor (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of α A- and E-mount system lenses, which includes all current models, dozens of Minolta A-mount lenses, and an installed base of millions of lenses worldwide. Operational restrictions apply. 5 Videographers may also use the LA-EA1 mount adaptor for standard A-mount lens compatibility.

Comprehensive Manual Control Take full control over Iris, Gain and Shutter via easily accessible buttons on the side of your camera. With full manual control you will be able to adapt to almost any lighting condition to get the best shot.

CinemaTone presets and 24p recording for cinematic quality video For extra control over image expression, CinemaTone technology is used to deepen the color and recreate film-like color tones. Combined with 24p recording, you'll have some of the tools you need to fulfill your need for cinematic expression.

Optical SteadyShot w/ Active Mode 3 Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode 3 built-in supplied lens compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video.

Advanced controls with expanded focus, zebra, and peaking 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.

Multi-Interface Shoe Unlike conventional camcorders, the NEX-VG30 also features a newly developed Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Handycam ® accessories, thus raising the potential for photo/movie shooting. Attach an optional XLR adapter to the Multi-Interface shoe to elevate audio quality.

Picture Effects Picture Effects adds a new level of expression to photos and video, making ordinary images and scenes come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. (Movie and Still: Posterization,Pop Photo, Partial Color, High contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera)(Still Only:Soft Focus,Miniature)

25-point Auto Focus Twenty five AF points cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame. 7

AF/MF switch for creative control Whether you're shooting video or still images the attached lens will auto focus quietly and quickly, however if you want to utilize MF, this simple switch will put you in the driver's seat.

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, especially when you're changing lenses in-between video sessions.

Removable Flash Media slot For convenient storage and sharing of your images and videos, the media card slot accepts Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media and SD/SDHC/SDXC media (all sold separately).


  • Shoot pro-quality video with a large, DSLR sized APS-C sensor with 16.1 megapixels
  • Explore a new dimension in creative artistry. Capture beautifully detailed, cinematic video images plus high-quality audio in cinematic 24 frames per second
  • Add an E-mount lens with a power zoom and smoothly focus in on your subject with up to 11x magnification
  • A BIONZ processor ensures clear, detailed video and still images plus quick, responsive shooting
  • Pick the right E-mount lens for any scene, or use your favorite A-mount DSLR lenses by Carl Zeiss® and Sony (requires adapter)
  • Capture all the detail with Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 video shooting (AVCHD format) at 24 mbs for increased detail and clarity
  • Shoot smooth, Full HD video footage with a choice of cinematic 24 frames per second, or standard 25/50p frame rates
  • Shoot stills with DSLR-like picture quality and shallow depth of field for professional looking shots
  • An adjustable LCD touchscreen offers easy fingertip operation
  • The Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone has four omnidirectional capsules, for stereo or 5.1ch surround sound recording
  • It's all at your fingertips with an assignable dial, direct access keys, and a second REC button for low-angle shots
  • The Advanced Dynamic Range Optimizer Adjusts exposure and contrast for natural results in high-contrast scenes and backlit portraits
  • An optional XLR adapter lets you add professional standard lighting, microphones and more
  • Connect directly to an HD TV or PC and view your videos in cinematic Full High Definition
  • Slip in a high-capacity media card and shoot Full HD video (up to 470 min with 32 GB card) with no tapes or discs to worry about
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 3 5/8 in x 5 1/8 in x 8 3/4 in (Approx. 91 mm x 130 mm x 223 mm)
Weight Approx.1 lb 6 oz (Approx. 650 g), (NP-FV30 supplied and with SELP18200 lens: Approx.3 lb 2 oz, Approx.1420 g)
Sensor Type APS-C size Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Effective Pixels (Video) Approx. 13.6 megapixels (16:9)
Effective Pixels (Still Image) Approx. 16.1 megapixels (3:2)
Lens Type Sony E-Mount lens
Digital Zoom 2.0x
Exposure Modes Multi-segment, touch spot
Exposure Compensation AE Shift (Dial/Touch Panel)
Backlight Compensation Yes (Auto)
Minimum Illumination 9 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed F3.5)
ISO Sensitivity Still Mode Only: Auto (100-3,200); Manual (100 to 25,600)
White Balance Modes Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor/WB Temp
Viewfinder Type Swivel EVF 1.3 cm (0.5 type) 2359k dots
Screen Type 3.0 Xtra Fine LCD 270 degree swivel display
Angle Adjustment Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Brightness Control Yes (Menu)
Shutter Speed 1/48-1/10000 (movie_24p), 1/60-1/10000 (movie other), 30s-1/4000 (Still)
Focus Type Contrast AF
Focus Mode Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
Focus Area Multi Point AF (25 points)
Image Processor BIONZ® image processor
Self-Timer Approx.10 sec.(Still Image)
Picture Effect Movie and Still: Posterization, Pop color, Retro Photo, Partial Color, High contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Still Only: Soft Focus, Miniature
Other Shooting Functions Face Detection, Cinematone
Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL
Flash Mode Auto/Forced/Slow Sync./Rear Sync./Prohibited
Flash Compensation Yes (+/-2 EV , 1/3 EV Step)
Compatible Recording Media Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo , Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick XC-HG Duo , SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Recording Format (Video) HD:MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD ver. 2.0 format compatible, STD: MPEG2-PS
Recording Format (Still Image) DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Video Resolution HD: 1920 x 1080/60 p, 24 p, 60 i(FX, FH), 1440 x 1080/60 i (HQ, LP), STD: 720 x 480/60 i
Video Recording Rate (ABR / VBR) HD PS: Approx.28 Mbps/FX: Approx. 24 Mbps/FH: Approx. 17 Mbps/HQ: Approx. 9 Mbps/LP: Approx. 5 Mbps, STD HQ: 9 Mbps
Still Image Size (Photo Mode) 16.0 megapixels 3:2 (4,912 x 3,264), 13.6 megapixels 16:9 (4,912 x 2,760), 8.4 megapixels 3:2 (3,568 x 2,368), 7.1 megapixels 16:9 (3,568 x 2,000), 4.0 megapixels 3:2 (2,448 x 1,624), 3.4 megapixels 16:9 (2,448 x 1,376)
Still Image Size (Movie Mode) 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1,920 x 1,080), 307K pixels 4:3 (640 x 480), 230K pixels 16:9 (640 x 360)
Progressive Mode HD: 60 p/24 p, Progressive recording
Microphone Built-in Zoom Microphone
Audio Recording Format Dolby® Digital 5.1ch, Dolby® Digital 5.1 Creator, Dolby® Digital 2ch stereo
Speaker Monaural Speaker
Input and Output Terminals Composite Video Out, HDMI Out, Multi/Micro USB Terminal
Lens Cover Manual
Supplied battery NP-FV70
Power Consumption (Viewfinder) HD: 4.6 W (with SELP18200 Lens), STD: 4.4 W (with SELP18200 Lens)
Power Consumption (LCD Screen) HD: 4.2 W (with SELP18200 Lens), STD: 4.0 W (with SELP18200 Lens)

Quick Specs

  • Appearance

  • Type: Digital
  • Style: Digital Video Camera

  • Dimensions

  • Width: 4.125"
  • Height: 5.625"
  • Depth: 11.625"

  • Features

  • Energy Star Rated: No

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