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Sony NEX-VG30 Camcorder

16.7MP 1/8 1.4kg Sep 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
One industry award
Does not have a good battery life
Unacceptable noise level
7 Reviews + 1 Award
Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product

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Reviews

One Industry Award

This video camera received a "Recommended" award from websites Digitaltrends.com who thought that this big total megapixels camcorder was good.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

This Sony video camera received a rating of 90% from video camera expert review site Digitaltrends.com.

Sony Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Based on 4,270 user and expert reviews (including 352 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its camcorders. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its big total megapixels video cameras compared to other manufacturers. 91% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Other Features

Features Noise Reduction

The Sony NEX-VG30 features noise reduction, as do most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

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Features Auto Exposure

The Sony NEX-VG30 features auto exposure, as do most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera.

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Features Auto Focus

The Sony NEX-VG30 features auto focus. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also feature auto focus.

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Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

Two customers who reviewed it concluded that it did not have a good battery life. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Poor Battery Life”. Two years ago Rex wrote in his Sony NEX-VG30 review “You can loose half a battery in a few days even if it's fully switched off so make sure you're prepared for that”.


Still Image

4912 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The NEX-VG30 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 4912 x 3264 pixels. That's 58% more maximum image resolution than a 3680 x 2760 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Across all video cameras that have been around for more than two years the best maximum image resolution is 6784 x 3816 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The NEX-VG30 has a batteries included, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The NEX-VG30 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago also have an AC adapter included.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The NEX-VG30 has a face detection. Most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder also have a face detection.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The NEX-VG30 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

Similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera have display resolutions (numeric) of between 230,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 921,600 pixels, the NEX-VG30 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Sony NEX-VG30 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the HDR-CX730E, or the NEX-VG20 both from Sony.

If this Sony camcorder display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-X920 (£679.99) (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The NEX-VG30 has a shoe mounting point. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years also have a shoe mounting point.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The NEX-VG30 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder do have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The NEX-VG30 does not have a built-in light, unlike most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Image Sensor

Very High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The NEX-VG30 has one of the highest effective megapixels (movie) (16.1 megapixels) amongst camcorders of this age. The effective megapixels (movie) of comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera range from 1.1MP to 17MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 9.5MP.

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Only 1.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has an 1.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The NEX-VG30 features back light compensation, as do most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera is 1lx, the biggest is 17lx, and the average minimum illumination is 4.9lx. The Sony NEX-VG30 has a fairly big minimum illumination (9 lux) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Design

Nice Design

Two owners reckoned that it was good looking.

Robust

One owner considered that it was well made. Ale said in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “Great solid build, very strong body -Video”.

One customer reckoned that it was reliable. Rex said “It's performance across the board is pretty good & fairly reliable, massively better than a Canon XA10 I had for a while” in his review of this camcorder and rated the product 7 stars.

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Depthoffield Control for Cinematic Storytelling

Three customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use. Digitaltrends.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Depthoffield control for cinematic storytelling” but in spite of that they only scored the product 1 stars. Four years ago Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Easy to Use” in their Sony NEX-VG30 review.

Large Sensor Delivers Great Video and Photo Quality

Three people wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. Digitaltrends.com said “Large sensor delivers great video and photo quality” in their Sony NEX-VG30 review. Bhphotovideo.com said four years ago “Great Picture Quality”. Ale wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Great product, very good quality videos” and rated it 8 stars.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Two owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good value for money. Four years ago expert review site Digitaltrends.com said “At $2,700, you could buy almost 10 budget compact camcorders that shoot high-def.” in their review of this camcorder. Expert website Reviewed.com said “The biggest change with the VG30 is its price” in their review of the Sony NEX-VG30.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The NEX-VG30 is Full HD. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder also are Full HD.

There are a number of other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the HDR-CX730E, the NEX-VG20, or the HDR-AS15 all from Sony.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The NEX-VG30 supports HDMI, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

Alternative video cameras which support HDMI currently available which you might want to look at include the HDR-CX730E, or the NEX-VG20 both from Sony or the Panasonic HC-V707 which has better reviews.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The NEX-VG30 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Has a Microphone in

The Sony NEX-VG30 has a microphone in. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have a microphone in.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Sony NEX-VG30 does not support PictBridge. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not support PictBridge.

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Lens System

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony NEX-VG30 has an interchangeable lens. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera do not have an interchangeable lens.

Other video cameras with an interchangeable lens currently available which you might want to consider include the NEX-VG20, or the HDR-PJ810 both from Sony which has better reviews.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Number

At 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 launched more than two years ago. The average maximum aperture number of big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 4, and the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.6 to 11.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of video cameras of this age and spec is 170x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,500x. With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the Sony NEX-VG30 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you would prefer a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-X920 (£679.99) (40x), or the Sony HDR-PJ810 (160x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture Number

Video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.1 and 11. At 3.5, the Sony NEX-VG30 has a quite high minimum aperture number compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera.

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Average Optical Zoom

The NEX-VG30 has a relatively average optical zoom (11.1 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the HC-X920 (£679.99) (12x and higher rated), or the HC-W850 (20x and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-PJ810 (12x and higher rated).

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two owners who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it was compact. Uk.hardware.info gave the product a rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this camcorder “The NEX-VG10 had the same hardware at its foundation as the NEX compact system cameras.”.

Two people mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was heavy and bulky.

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Heavy

At 1.4 kilograms, the NEX-VG30 is quite heavy compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder the weights range from 59g to 3.8kg, and the average weight is 590g.

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Audio

Some Audio Focusing Noise With Certain Alpha Lenses

One person considered that it was noisy. Digitaltrends.com said “Some audio focusing noise with certain Alpha lenses”.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The NEX-VG30 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The NEX-VG30 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

One person considered that it was noisy. Digitaltrends.com said “Some audio focusing noise with certain Alpha lenses”.


Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who reviewed it considered that it had a good viewfinder. Reviewed.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “An improved electronic viewfinder” yet they only gave this camcorder a score of 3 stars.

Good Zoom

Three people who reviewed this camcorder thought it had a good zoom. Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of the Sony NEX-VG30 “Zoom rangeperformance”. One person wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had a good lens. Digitaltrends.com mentioned in their Sony NEX-VG30 review “Lens interchangeability with Emount”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Good Image Stabilization” however they only gave it a score of 18.8 out of 100.

One owner who reviewed it thought it had a good autofocus.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camcorder has been on the market since April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony nexvg30h
Barcodes 00027242860834, 04905524908879, 04905524908930, 05013493227477

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