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Sony NEX-VG30
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Sony NEX-VG30 Camcorder

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16.7MP CMOS 11.1x 2x Sep 2012
Total Megapixels Sensor Type Optical Zoom Digital Zoom Release Date
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22 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The writer at Digitaltrends.com decided that concluded that they would endorse this Sony video camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Excellent Expert Reviews

This video camera received a rating of 90 out of 100 from expert review website Digitaltrends.com. If all the camcorders of a comparable spec and age are ranked by average expert review score then this big total megapixels camcorder is in the top 12%.

Good Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all Sony camcorders and also specifically for Sony big total megapixels camcorders and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

Good Size

A number of customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was compact. Four years ago expert review site Uk.hardware.info mentioned in their review of this camcorder “The NEX-VG10 had the same hardware at its foundation as the NEX compact system cameras.”.

Good Product Quality

One Sony NEX-VG30 owner who bought this camcorder concluded that it was good quality. Digitaltrends.com said in their Sony NEX-VG30 review “Large sensor delivers great video and photo quality” .

Acceptable Noise Level

One person who bought the Sony NEX-VG30 wrote that it was noisy. Digitaltrends.com said “Some audio focusing noise with certain Alpha lenses” in their review of the Sony NEX-VG30.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who bought the product considered that it had a good autofocus.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony NEX-VG30 owner who reviewed it concluded that it had a good viewfinder. Reviewed.com wrote “An improved electronic viewfinder” in their review of this camcorder.

Reasonably Priced

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

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The NEX-VG30 has an interchangeable lens. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the NEX-VG30 do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], and the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Sony NEX-VG30 has an HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the NEX-VG30.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price], and the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price] all from Sony is also worth considering.

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Electrical Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has an Electrical viewfinder type, which is the most commonly found viewfinder type on video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Sony NEX-VG30 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it support an SDHC compatible memory cards. This camcorder also support MS PRO Duo Mark 2 and MS Pro-HG Duo and SD compatible memory cardss. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all big total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to the NEX-VG30.

An MS PRO compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type across comparable types of camcorder.

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

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Very High Effective Megapixels (movie)

When compared to other camcorders of this type and age, the NEX-VG30's effective megapixels (movie) of 16.1 megapixels is one of the highest. The average effective megapixels (movie) of big total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the NEX-VG30 is 9.3MP.

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Has a Built-In Display

The NEX-VG30 has a built-in display. Most of the other big total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also have a built-in display.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price], or the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price] all from Sony.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Number

Video cameras of this type and age have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.6 and 10. With a maximum aperture number of 6.3, the Sony NEX-VG30 has a quite high maximum aperture number compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Large Viewfinder Screen Size

When compared to other big total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as the NEX-VG30 that we have checked, the NEX-VG30's viewfinder screen size of 0.5 inches is one of the largest. The viewfinder screen sizes of camcorders of a similar spec and age to the NEX-VG30 range from 0.24" to 0.5".

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4912 X 3264 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The NEX-VG30 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 4912 x 3264 pixels. That's over five times the maximum image resolution of a 2304 x 1296 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution. The best maximum image resolution of all comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 6592 x 3712 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on video cameras of this age and type.

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Has Two Cables Includeds

The number of included cables found on the NEX-VG30 is more than most big total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years. This Sony video camera has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the NEX-VG30. The cables included "AV" is also found on this video camera.

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Dolby Digital Audio System

This video camera has a Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1 audio system, which is typical of many big total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Has One White Balance

The number of white balance modes found on the NEX-VG30 is more than most big total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on camcorders of this age and spec.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The NEX-VG30 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-VG30 do have an image stabilizer.

It is worth also looking at other video cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price], or the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,500x. At only 2 times zoom factor, the NEX-VG30 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

If this Sony camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price] (160x), or the FDR-AX100[pl_2109545_price] (160x) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Not Full HD

Most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the NEX-VG30 are not Full HD. The NEX-VG30 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to look at the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price], or the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The NEX-VG30 is not 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of this age and type are also not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The NEX-VG30 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and type are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

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

Alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might want to look at include the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The NEX-VG30 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a night mode.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

At 9 lux, the Sony NEX-VG30 has a quite big minimum illumination compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the NEX-VG30. The average minimum illumination of camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the NEX-VG30 is 5.1lx.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture Number

The lowest minimum aperture number of video cameras of a comparable age and type to the NEX-VG30 is 1.1 and the highest is 11. At 3.5, the Sony NEX-VG30 has a quite high minimum aperture number compared to most of the other big total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony NEX-VG30

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on big total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This video camera was released over four years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

The NEX-VG30 has a fairly typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

We compared all the other 3" screen size camcorders to this camcorder and we think the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], and the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price] both from Sony or the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 11.1 times zoom factor, the NEX-VG30 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the NEX-VG30.

If you are looking for a video camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price] (12x), the FDR-AX100[pl_2109545_price] (12x), or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] (12x) all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shoe Mounting Point
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Geotagging
Progressive Scan
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Audio Dubbing
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
PictBridge
S-Video in
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Lens Hood
Wrist Strap Included
Other Features
Night Mode
Auto Focus
Noise Reduction
Spotlight
Aperture Range (F-F)
Auto Exposure
Lens Cap Included
Backlight
Electrical Viewfinder
X.v.Color Support
Technical Details
Full HD

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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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