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Sony NEX-VG30

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An enormous and huge 16.7MP 1.8" camcorder
16.7MP 1.8" Yes 1.4kg Sep 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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Sony NEX-VG30 Review

With excellent reviews but good features, we have ranked the Sony NEX-VG30 number 206 across all camcorders.
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3 Reviews + 1 Award
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Good Features
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3 Years Old
Overall Score
53
Average

Why Has it Scored 54?

It has very good expert reviews and good user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others. This camcorder has received a "Recommended" award from Digitaltrends.com. Canon camcorders also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer camcorders with better features are available. However this Sony camcorder has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest video cameras 2017.
The NEX-VG30 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Quite big total megapixels
Very large optical sensor size
Heavy
Very small optical zoom

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Sony NEX-VG30 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

One Industry Award

The expert at review site Digitaltrends.com recommend this Sony video camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

Camcorder expert review website Digitaltrends.com scored this camcorder 90%. If all the camcorders are ranked by average expert review score then this video camera is in the top 8%.

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Sony Has Very Good Camcorder Reviews

We checked 7,546 expert and user reviews (including 2,213 verified purchases) for Sony camcorders and found that on average Sony has very good ratings compared to other brands. 90% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Features

Quite Big Total Megapixels

The smallest total megapixels of camcorders is 0.3MP, the biggest is 210MP, and the average total megapixels is 8.2MP. The NEX-VG30's total megapixels of 16.7MP is in the biggest 10% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature.

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Heavy

The NEX-VG30's weight of 1.4kg is in the heaviest 11% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature. The lightest camcorder is 50g weight, the heaviest is 7.5kg, and the average weight is 520g.

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Very Large Optical Sensor Size

The Sony NEX-VG30's optical sensor size of 1.8" is very large compared to most other camcorders. It is in the largest 1% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature. Across all the video cameras the optical sensor sizes range from 0.12" to 1.8", and the average optical sensor size is 0.37".

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of camcorders range from 1x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 25x. The Sony NEX-VG30's optical zoom of only 11.1x is fairly small compared to most other camcorders. It is in the smallest 21% of all video cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Average Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony NEX-VG30's maximum video resolution of 1,920 pixels is relatively typical compared to most other camcorders. It is in the highest 80% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Sony NEX-VG30 does not have an image stabilizer, unlike most other camcorders. 66% of camcorders have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of camcorders is 1.5x, the biggest is 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 430x. The digital zoom of the NEX-VG30 of only 2x is in the smallest 2% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature.

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Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the NEX-VG30 of 3" is relatively typical compared to most other video cameras. It is in the largest 68% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature.

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Supports HDMI

HDMI

The NEX-VG30 supports HDMI, as do 67% of camcorders.

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4912 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The NEX-VG30 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4912 x 3264. That's over two times the resolution of a 3200 x 2400 camcorder, which is the most common resolution supported by video cameras. This video camera also supports a still image resolution of 4912 x 2760. The resolution of all video cameras ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of video cameras range from 1.6 to 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 5. The maximum aperture number of the Sony NEX-VG30 of 6.3 is fairly high compared to most other camcorders. It is in the highest 21% of all video cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony NEX-VG30 has a built-in microphone, as do 52% of camcorders.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most other camcorders, the NEX-VG30 does not support PictBridge. 97% of camcorders do not support PictBridge.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The effective megapixels (movie) of camcorders range from 0.41MP to 5,100,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 23,000MP. The NEX-VG30's effective megapixels (movie) of 16.1MP is very high compared to most other camcorders. It is in the highest 1% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Microphone in

The NEX-VG30 has a microphone in. 77% of camcorders do not have a microphone in.

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Features Auto Focus

The NEX-VG30 features auto focus. 89% of camcorders do not feature auto focus.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The NEX-VG30 does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth noting that 86% of camcorders also do not have a built-in flash.

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Has a Face Detection

The NEX-VG30 has a face detection, unlike 72% of camcorders which do not have a face detection.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Sony NEX-VG30 features noise reduction. 99% of camcorders do not feature noise reduction.

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture number of the Sony NEX-VG30 of 3.5 is in the highest 8% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature. The average minimum aperture number of all camcorders is 2.2, with the lowest being 1.1 and the highest being 22.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony NEX-VG30 has an interchangeable lens, which is unusual. 94% of camcorders do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Sony NEX-VG30 has a shoe mounting point, unlike 95% of camcorders which do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Full HD

Full HD

The NEX-VG30 is Full HD. 74% of video cameras also are Full HD.

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the NEX-VG30 in September 2013.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

sony nexvg30h

Barcodes:

00027242860834, 04905524908879, 04905524908930, 05013493227477

Sony NEX-VG30

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