Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder and Lens

Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder and Lens

Impressive film-like recording, in-camera effects and an 11x powered optical zoom lens. The included 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens brings your subjects closer with smooth and silent zooming. To keep things clear, built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization is perfect for hand-held action sequences. Best of all, the VG30 still delivers phenomenal shallow depth-of-field and breathtaking quality from its 16.1MP APS-C sensor. Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder and Lens


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 Mode3, 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 124

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 Mode3

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode3 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).

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Camera Type Interachangeable lens HD Camcorder
Lens Mount E-mount
Imaging Sensor
Imaging Sensor Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor(23.5 x 15.6mm)
Processor BIONZ Image processor
Anti Dust Charge protection coating on Filter
Pixel Gross Approx. 16.7 megapixels
Still Image Mode JPEG/JPEG+RAW/RAW
Still Image Size 3:2 L (16.0M): 4912 x 3264 M (7.1M): 3568 x 2000 S (4.0M): 2448 x 1624
Video Mode HD PS:Approx.28Mbps/FX:Approx.24Mbps/FH:Approx.17Mbps/HQ:Approx.9Mbps/LP:Approx.5Mbps; STD HQ:9Mbps
Audio Format Dolby® Digital 5.1ch, Dolby® Digital 5.1Creator; Dolby® Digital 2ch stereo
Microphone/Speaker Built-in Microphone/Monoral Speaker
Mic Level Control Yes(31steps)
Lens Type E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS(SELP18200)
Aperture Circular
Aperture (Max.) Included SELP18200: F3.5(wide end) - F6.3(tele end)
Aperture (Min.) Included SELP18200: F22(wide end) - F40(tele end)
Optical Zoom 11.1x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) Photo Mode: 27mm-300mm; Video Mode: 32.4mm-360mm (35mm equivalent) (included SEL18200 lens)
Filter Diameter 67mm
Angle of View 76 degrees
Focus Control
Focus System Contrast AF
Exposure System
Picture Effect(s) Movie and Still:Posterization,Pop color,Retro Photo, Partial Color, High constrastMonochrome, Toy Camera; Still Only:Soft Focus,Miniature
Noise Reduction Yes
Gain Control Auto/manual(0dB-30dB)
WB Shift Yes(G7-M7 15steps, A7-B7 15steps)
Drive System
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speeds Auto: 1/48-1/10000 (movie: 24p), 1/60-1/10000 (movie: other), 30s-1/4000 (Still)
Manual: 1/3-1/10000 (movie: 24p), 1/4-1/10000 (movie: other), 30s-1/4000 (Still)
Flash Type Multi interface Shoe
Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes Auto/Forced/Slow Sync./Rear Sync./Prohibited
Convenience Features
Quick On Yes
Self Timer Approx.10sec.(Still Image)
Red-Eye Reduction Yes(On/Off)
Date / Time Stamp Yes(Rec Date and Time, Camera info)
View & Index Event
Advanced Features
Assignable Dial Yes(Exposure/Gain(ISO)/Iris/Shutter Speed/AE Shift/WB Temp./WB B-A/WB G-M Set)
Tracking Focus Yes
Audio Level Display Yes
CinemaTone Gamma/Color Yes
x.v.Color Yes
SD Output 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 Port(s) mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
Remote Commander RMT-835
A/V Remote Terminal Video/S Video/Audio/Component Out/Remote
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) Approx.4 1/8in x 5 5/8in x 11 5/8in (With supplied lens and hood)
Weight (Approx.) Approx.3lb 5oz(NP-FV100)(with SELP18200 LENS)
Power Consumption (in Operation) HD:4.2W(with SELP18200 Lens); STD:4.0W(with SELP18200 Lens)
Supplied Software Vegas® Movie Studio HD Platinum 12 included via download to PC4
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term 1 Year Parts & 90 days labor
Advanced Features
Face Detection Yes (Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority)
Priority Setting (for Face Detection) Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority
View & Index Event
Auto Control Yes
Face Touch Yes
Auto Non Flicker Yes
Gain Control Auto/manual(0dB-30dB)
Convenience Features
Digital Picture Effects/Picture Effects Movie and Still:Posterization,Pop color,Retro Photo, Partial Color, High constrast Monochrome, Toy Camera; Still Only:Soft Focus,Miniature
Erase/Protect Yes/Yes
Manual/Auto Lens Cover Manual
Media/Battery Indicator Yes(recordable time, free and used media space)/Yes(recordable time, remaining capacity)
Multiple Language Display English, Simplified English, Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Latin American Spanish
One Touch Disc Burn Yes (Menu)
S/S & Zoom button on LCD Yes(Touch Panel , S/S Only)
Still Image Playback Options Slide Show
Convenience Features(details)
Quick Format (Initialize) Memory Card
Fast Playback About 5 times/10 times/30 times/60 times
Image Management File Repair Yes
Slow Playback Forwad:1/5 speed, Reverse:1/2 speed
Drive System
Continuous Shooting Speed 6fps
Drive Mode Photo Mode:Single-shot/Continuous/Bracket 0.3EV/Bracket 0.7EV
Self-timer Approx.10sec.(Still Image)
Exposure System
Backlight Compensation Yes(Auto)
Color Temperature Yes
D-Range Optimizer Yes
Exposure Compensation AE Shift(Dial/Touch Panel)
Exposure Settings Auto
Flexible Spot(Touch Panel)
ISO Still Mode Only: Auto,Manual(100 to 25600)
Manual Exposure Assist Zebra Pattern Display
Metering Still Mode Only: 63 Segment metering from CMOS image sensor
Metering Modes Still Mode Only: Multi-segment, touch spot
Metering Sensitivity Still Mode Only: 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/2.8 lens)
Minimum Illumination 9 lux(1/60 Shutter Speed F3.5)
White Balance Mode Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor/WB Temp
Flash Compensation Yes(+/-2EV , 1/3EV Step)
Focus Control
Focus Area Multi Point AF(25 points)
Focus Features Tracking Focus
Focus Points 25 points
Focus Sensitivity 0 EV to 20 EV ( at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)
Manual Focus Assist Magnified display for precise manual focus
Peaking Display
Imaging Sensor
Color Filter System RGB Primary color filters
Focal Length Conversion Factor 1.5x
Accessory Shoe Multi interface Shoe
DVDirect Yes(DVD Writer supported(sold separately))
Direct Copy Yes
HD Output HDMI (mini)
HDMI Terminal Yes (mini)
Headphone Jack Stereo Minijack
Memory Card Slot Single slot accepts: - Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media - SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory card
Microphone Input Stereo Minijack
PhotoTV HD Yes
Remote Terminal integrated into A/V Remote terminal
LCD Display
Angle Adjustment Opening Angle:max.90 deg., Turning Angle:max.270 deg
Brightness Control Yes(Menu)
Coverage 1
Grid Display Yes (On/off)
Histogram Yes
LCD Type 3.0 Xtra Fine LCD 270 degree swivel display
Live View Yes, (Constant AF Live View)
Real-time image adjustment display Exposure Compensation, WB
Touch Panel Yes
Aspheric Elements 4 (5 surface)
Digital Zoom Yes(×2.0)
Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length) 93.2 x 99mm (wide end) , 93.2 x 174.0mm (tele end)
Direct Manual Focus Yes
Focal Distance f = 18 - 200mm (f = 23/32inch - 7 7/8 inch)
Lens Groups-Elements 12 groups, 17 elements (5 aspheric surfaces, 1 ED-glass element)
Lens Mount Type Sony E-Mount
Lens Stabilization Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode(included SELP18200 lens)
Lens Weight 22.9oz. (649g)
Maximum Magnification 0.35x (APS-C)
Minimum Focus Distance 1ft(wide end) - 1.6ft (tele end) (0.3m(wide end) - 0.5m (tele end))
Battery Type jInfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower Meter System (V Series) NP-FV70/FV100
Charge on camcorder (Charging time with supplied Battery) Yes(Approx. 3h 15min)
Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation) HD:4.6W(with SELP18200 Lens); STD:4.4W(with SELP18200 Lens)
Power Requirements 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card (both sold separately)
Photo Capture from Movie 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080), 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480), 230K pixels 16:9 (640x360)
Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media) (2ch) HD:60p/24p, Progressive recording
Still Image File Format DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Still Image Max Effective Resolution 16.0 megapixels
Still Image Size (Photo Mode) L (16.0M): 4912 x 3264 M (7.1M): 3568 x 2000 S (4.0M): 2448 x 1624
Video Signal HD:HDTV 1080/60p, 24p, 60i
STD:NTSC color, EIA standards
Wind Noise Reduction Yes(Off/On)
Wind Position Yes(Auto)
Color Temp. Adjust Yes
Diopter Adjustment Yes
Field of View 1
Type Swivel EVF 1.3cm (0.5 type) 2359kdots
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) Approx. 3 5/8inch × 5 1/8inch × 8 3/4inch (91mm x130mm x223mm)
Weight (Approx) (Main unit only) Approx. 1 lb 6 oz (650g)
Zoom Control
Digital Zoom Yes(×2.0)
Power Zoom Control Yes
Zoom Lever Yes
Zoom Speed Variable/Fix max32Steps

What's in the Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack(NP-FV70) (1)
  • AC Adaptor (1)
  • Power Cord (1)
  • Component A/V Cable (1)
  • A/V Connecting Cable (1)
  • USB Cable (1)
  • Body cap (1)
  • Zoom Lens(E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS) (1)
  • Lens hood (1)
  • Lens front cap (1)
  • Lens rear cap (1)
  • Wind screen (1)
  • Large eye cup (1)
  • CD-ROM("Handycam" Application Software) (1)
  • Remote Commander(RMT-835 with Battery(CR2025)) (1)
  • Operating Guide(1)