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Sony NEX-VG30
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Sony NEX-VG30 Camcorder

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16.7MP CMOS 11.1x Sep 2012
Sensor Size Full HD Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
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22 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This video camera received a "Recommended" from Digitaltrends.com who decided that this big sensor size camcorder was good.

Excellent Expert Reviews

This Sony video camera received an expert rating of 90% from Digitaltrends.com. This puts this video camera in the top 14% of all the camcorders of this age and type when ranked by average expert review score.

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Sony big sensor size video cameras have good reviews on average and across all camcorders Sony is one of the superior brands.

Good Size

Two Sony NEX-VG30 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was compact. Expert review site Uk.hardware.info said “The NEX-VG10 had the same hardware at its foundation as the NEX compact system cameras.” in their review.

Good Product Quality

One customer who reviewed the Sony NEX-VG30 reckoned that it was good quality. Digitaltrends.com said “Large sensor delivers great video and photo quality” .

Acceptable Noise Level

One Sony NEX-VG30 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was noisy. Digitaltrends.com wrote “Some audio focusing noise with certain Alpha lenses”.

Good Quality Lens

One person considered that the Sony NEX-VG30 had a good autofocus.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person wrote in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Expert website Reviewed.com mentioned three years ago “An improved electronic viewfinder” .

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The NEX-VG30 has an interchangeable lens. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Sony NEX-VG30 has an HDMI port.

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Full HD

Full HD

The NEX-VG30 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The NEX-VG30 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the NEX-VG30.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera.

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

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

The movie megapixel counts of big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-VG30 range from 1.1MP to 17MP. At 16.1 megapixels, the NEX-VG30 has a very high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the NEX-VG30.

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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. This Sony camcorder also supports a still image resolution of 4912 x 2760. The still image resolution of all similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Has a Built-In Display

The NEX-VG30 has a built-in display. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-VG30 also have a built-in display.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The average display resolution of camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the NEX-VG30 is 610,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 91,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The Sony NEX-VG30 has a quite high display resolution (921,600 pixels) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the NEX-VG30.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Value

The maximum aperture values of big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 1.6 to 10. The NEX-VG30 has a quite high maximum aperture value (6.3) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the NEX-VG30.

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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 eight times the maximum image resolution of a 1600 x 1200 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Video cameras of this type and age maximum image resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 6592 x 3712 pixels (best).

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Very Large Viewfinder Screen Size

Across all the big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the NEX-VG30 the viewfinder screen sizes range from 0.2" to 0.5", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.38". The Sony NEX-VG30 has a very large viewfinder screen size (0.5 inches) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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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 have been around for around the same time as it. This Sony video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the NEX-VG30.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Has Two Cables Included

The Sony NEX-VG30 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This 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 around the same time as the NEX-VG30. The cable included "AV" is also found on this Sony camcorder.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sony NEX-VG30 does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the NEX-VG30 which have an image stabiliser.

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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. Across all the camcorders of a similar type and age to the NEX-VG30 the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,500x, and the average digital zoom is 160x.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony NEX-VG30 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the NEX-VG30 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the NEX-VG30 does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the NEX-VG30 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Sony NEX-VG30 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the NEX-VG30 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the NEX-VG30 is 1lx and the biggest is 17lx. The NEX-VG30 has one of the bigger minimum illumination (9 lux) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture

Camcorders that are a similar age to the NEX-VG30 have minimum apertures of between 1.1 and 11. With a minimum aperture of 3.5, the NEX-VG30 has one of the higher minimum apertures amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

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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 typical of many big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This big sensor size camcorder was released over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

The NEX-VG30 has a fairly average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the NEX-VG30.

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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 similar age and type to the NEX-VG30.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Geotagging
Progressive Scan
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Audio Dubbing
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
S-Video in Port
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Wrist Strap Included
Other Features
Night Mode
Spotlight
Aperture Range
X.v.Color Support
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
Barcodes 00027242860629, 00027242860834, 04905524908879, 04905524908930, 05013493227477

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