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Sony NEX-VG30
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Sony NEXVG30E Camcorder

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16.7MP CMOS 11.1x 2x Sep 2012
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23 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The editor of one expert review site concluded that they would recommend this Sony camcorder. This video camera received a "Recommended Product" award from Digitaltrends.com.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

Camcorder expert review website Digitaltrends.com scored this Sony camcorder 90%. This means that video camera experts think this big sensor size camcorder is one of the better big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Sony is one of the superior video camera brands according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Sony also has good reviews for its big sensor size video cameras.

Good Size

Several customers who reviewed the product concluded that it was compact. Three years ago Uk.hardware.info said “The NEX-VG10 had the same hardware at its foundation as the NEX compact system cameras.”.

Good Product Quality

One person said in their reviews that it was good quality. Digitaltrends.com wrote “Large sensor delivers great video and photo quality”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Sony NEX-VG30 owner who bought it reckoned that it was noisy. Digitaltrends.com said “Some audio focusing noise with certain Alpha lenses” in their review of this camcorder and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Good Quality Lens

One customer reckoned that the product had a good autofocus.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony NEX-VG30 owner said in their reviews that the Sony NEX-VG30 had a good viewfinder. Three years ago expert review site Reviewed.com said in their Sony NEX-VG30 review “An improved electronic viewfinder”.

Reasonably Priced

One Sony NEX-VG30 reviewer who purchased it reckoned that it was cheap. Digitaltrends.com mentioned “At $2,700, you could buy almost 10 budget compact camcorders that shoot high-def.” . One Sony NEX-VG30 reviewer concluded that it was good value for money. Expert review site Reviewed.com said in their Sony NEX-VG30 review “The biggest change with the VG30 is its price”.

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony NEX-VG30 has an interchangeable lens, unlike most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the NEX-VG30 which do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The NEX-VG30 has an HDMI port. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-VG30 also have an HDMI port.

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Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders of this type and age, the Sony NEX-VG30 is Full HD.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The NEX-VG30 supports a better memory card type than most big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to it support an SDHC memory card. This Sony video camera also support MS PRO Duo Mark 2 and MS Pro-HG Duo and SD memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all big sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder is MS Pro-HG.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

Camcorders of this spec and age have movie megapixel counts of between 1.1MP and 17MP. When compared to other big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the movie megapixel count of the Sony NEX-VG30 of 16.1 megapixels is one of the highest.

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4912 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The Sony NEX-VG30 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4912 x 3264. That's 93% more still image resolution than the most common still image resolution of 3840 x 2160. In addition, this camcorder supports a still image resolution of 4912 x 2760. Camcorders of this age and spec still image resolutions range from 640 x 360 to 6016 x 4016.

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Has a Built-In Display

The NEX-VG30 has a built-in display, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The NEX-VG30 has a fairly high display resolution (921,600 pixels) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years. The display resolutions of video cameras of this type and age range from 91,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Value

With a maximum aperture value of 6.3, the Sony NEX-VG30 has a quite high maximum aperture value compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-VG30. Across all the comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the NEX-VG30 the maximum aperture values range from 1.6 to 10.

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4912 X 3264 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Sony NEX-VG30 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 4912 x 3264 pixels. That's over eight times the maximum image resolution of the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. The best maximum image resolution of all camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the NEX-VG30 is 6592 x 3712 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Very Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The average viewfinder screen size of big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the NEX-VG30 is 0.38", and the viewfinder screen sizes range from 0.2" to 0.5". When compared to other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the NEX-VG30 that we have assessed, the viewfinder screen size of the NEX-VG30 of 0.5 inches is one of the largest.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony NEX-VG30 is more than most big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-VG30.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Two Cables Included

The NEX-VG30 has a greater number of included cables than most big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This Sony video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the NEX-VG30. The cable included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The NEX-VG30 does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the NEX-VG30.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

The NEX-VG30 has a quite small digital zoom (only 2 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the NEX-VG30. Similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the NEX-VG30 have digital zooms of between 2x and 1,500x.

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Not 3D Compatible

The NEX-VG30 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the NEX-VG30 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The NEX-VG30 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-VG30, the Sony NEX-VG30 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The NEX-VG30 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also do not have a built-in projector.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

Across all the comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years the minimum illumination range from 1lx to 17lx, and the average minimum illumination is 5.2lx. At 9 lux, the NEX-VG30 has a fairly big minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture

The lowest minimum aperture of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the NEX-VG30 is 1.1, the highest is 11, and the average minimum aperture is 2.7. With a minimum aperture of 3.5, the NEX-VG30 has a quite high minimum aperture compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony NEX-VG30

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

Sony released the NEX-VG30 over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the NEX-VG30 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the NEX-VG30.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 11.1 times zoom factor, the Sony NEX-VG30 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the NEX-VG30.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders of this type and age.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Geotagging
Progressive Scan
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
S-Video in Port
Networking
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Lens Hood Included
Other Features
Auto Focus
Noise Reduction
Auto Exposure
Electrical Viewfinder
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

1 Award

Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product

Expert Reviews

(5)
26 September 2013

Besides the added zoom control, the biggest change with the VG30 is its price. The camcorder retails for $1,799 body-only, which is $200 more than the VG20 original sold for in 2011. If you want...

14 August 2013

Yes, the NEX-VG30H costs more than three-times the price of a typical high-end HD camcorder, but the VG30 isn't interested in playing on that level. It's designed to give you professional-quality...

Digitaltrends.com

Lens interchangeability with Emount and Alphamount lenses
Depthoffield control for cinematic storytelling
Large sensor delivers great video and photo quality
Superb surround audio capture
Can get very expensive if you add additional lenses
Too cumbersome for onehanded use
Some audio focusing noise with certain Alpha lenses
25 April 2013

The NEX-VG30 is a significant improvement over the NEX-VG10 that we tested previously. We did not test the VG20, but it's safe to say that the differences are smaller, with the main one being the...

1 May 2013

In 2010 bracht Sony haar eerste consumenten-videocamera met verwisselbare lenzen op de markt. De NEX-VG10 maakte gebruik van dezelfde technische basis als de NEX compacte systeemcamera's, maar was... Read more…

2 July 2013

Da una parte lo smartphone e le handycam da battaglia, dall'altra le Red e le 4k professionali, ma nel mezzo? Sony ha la serie delle Nex VG, che si posizionano come camcorder semiprofessionali di... Read more…

User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 9 January 2013 by Ale

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... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Large Clear LCD
Good Image Stabilization
No image stabilization
No XLR
Poor Sound
No External Mic Input
Complicated To Operate
Reviewed 22 October 2015 by Rex
Rex would recommend the Sony NEX-VG30EH

I really like this camera. It sits nicely in that prosumer territory, kind of like a Canon 5DMkIII does with DSLR's. It's performance across the board is pretty good & fairly reliable, massively... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Great Zoom
Flakey Auto Focus
Poor Battery Life
Poor In Low Light
Variable Quality Exposure

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony nexvg30, sony nexvg30h, sony nexvg30e
Barcodes 00027242860629, 00027242860834, 04905524908879, 04905524908930, 05013493227477

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