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  • 16.1MP Exmor® APS-C HD CMOS Sensor for cinematic HD video
  • Direct power zoom w/ variable zoom speed control
  • Sony E-mount 18-200mm OIS image-stabilized zoom lens included
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  • Built-in Microphone
  • Noise Reducing
  • HD Compatible
  • Touch Sensitive Screen

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Display Size 3 inches 3.5 inches 2.7 inches 3.5 inches
Dimensions 8.5 inches x 12.4 inches x 6.6 inches 7.1 inches x 9.1 inches x 5.2 inches x x 5.83 inches x 9.84 inches x 4.76 inches
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  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 6.6 x 8.5 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0097CXFJU
  • Item model number: NEX-VG30H
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,313 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 11, 2012

Product Description

Product Description

Sony® NEX-VG30H Interchangeable Lens Camcorder (& 18-200mm zoom lens). For a more in-depth look, check out the Sony® Interchangeable Lens Camcorder comparison chart.

From the Manufacturer

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Sony make . believe
Introducing the Sony®
NEX-VG30H Interchangeable
Lens Camcorder



Impressive film-like recording with breathtaking quality from its 16.1MP
APS-C sensor. Expand your reach with the smooth digital zoom or powered optical zoom on select lenses. Built in XGA OLED Tru-Finder produces high contrast playback with fine detail. Premium video is supported with premium sound via Quad Capsule Spatial Array Sound microphone.
NEX-5  
Accepts α DSLR A- and E-Mount Lenses 16.1MP RAW Still Images at up to 6fps Picture Effects.
Using the LA-EA2 adaptor , you can attach the full selection of α A- and E-mount system lenses, dozens of Minolta A-mount lenses, and an installed base of millions of lenses worldwide. Operational restrictions apply.
Enjoy incredible DSLR-quality detail and clarity with 16.1MP RAW still images and even catch fast action sequences with a continuous burst rate of up to 6fps.
Picture Effects adds a new level of expression to photos and video, making ordinary images and scenes come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes

Technology

16.1MP Exmor® APS-C HD CMOS sensor
With approximately 19.5 times the surface area of conventional camcorders, the 16.1MP Exmor® APS-C HD CMOS sensor makes getting cinematic video with a shallow depth of field video a breeze.
Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone
High quality video requires high quality audio. The Quad Capsule Spatial Array stereo microphone contains four precision placed microphone capsules that are perfectly angled at 45 degrees to provide exceptional front-side directivity and stereo separation.
Comprehensive Manual Control
Aperture priority, shutter speed priority or manual exposure control can all be accessed while shooting video via a control dial or easy-access buttons. With extensive manual control of Iris, you will be able to adapt to almost any lighting condition to get the best shot.
Direct power zoom w/ variable zoom speed control
The NEX-VG30 was built with an all new powered zoom seesaw lever for variable and constant speed electronic zooming. The easily accessible lever supports 2x digital zoom that can be used with both variable and fixed focal length lenses.
Accepts α DSLR A- and E-mount lenses
Using the LA-EA2 adaptor with translucent mirror technology and a built-in AF motor (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of α A- and E-mount system lenses, which includes all current models, dozens of Minolta A-mount lenses, and an installed base of millions of lenses worldwide. Operational restrictions apply.
Advanced controls with expanded focus, zebra, and peaking
The NEX-VG30 provides advanced capture and control features that are often considered the domain of professional cameras including expanded focus for precise manual focus control, zebra and peaking for precision focus and exposure adjustments.

Product description and full feature list
The NEX-VG30H Interchangeable Lens Camcorder is equipped with the latest technology to bring you
incredible entertainment quality. Explore the full range of features and options below.
 

16.1MP Exmor® APS-C HD CMOS sensor
With approximately 19.5 times the surface area of conventional camcorders, the 16.1MP Exmor® APS-C HD CMOS sensor makes getting cinematic video with a shallow depth of field video a breeze.

Direct power zoom w/ variable zoom speed control
The NEX-VG30 was built with an all new powered zoom seesaw lever for variable and constant speed electronic zooming. The easily accessible lever supports 2x digital zoom that can be used with both variable and fixed focal length lenses..

XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ EVF w/ eye sensor
There’s never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder™ OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.

Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone
High quality video requires high quality audio. The Quad Capsule Spatial Array stereo microphone contains four precision placed microphone capsules that are perfectly angled at 45 degrees to provide exceptional front-side directivity and stereo separation.

Mic/Headphone jacks
Dedicated mic and headphone inputs allow for attachment of external microphones (like shotgun microphone ECM-CG50 for pin point sound recording) and headphones to monitor sound.

Vegas® Movie Studio HD Platinum 12
Included free of charge via download, Sony Vegas® Movie Studio HD Platinum 12 allows you to easily add video effects, background music, titles, text, transitions, and much more. Everything you need to create dramatic HD movies like a pro. Share your creations via DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ media, or upload to the web – all from one easy to use program.

16.1MP RAW Still Images at up to 6fps
Enjoy incredible DSLR-quality detail and clarity with 16.1MP RAW still images and even catch fast action sequences with a continuous burst rate of up to 6fps.

Accepts α DSLR A- and E-mount lenses5
Using the LA-EA2 adaptor with translucent mirror technology and a built-in AF motor (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of α A- and E-mount system lenses, which includes all current models, dozens of Minolta A-mount lenses, and an installed base of millions of lenses worldwide. Operational restrictions apply.5 Videographers may also use the LA-EA1 mount adaptor for standard A-mount lens compatibility.

Comprehensive Manual Control
Aperture priority, shutter speed priority or manual exposure control can all be accessed while shooting video via a control dial or easy-access buttons. With extensive manual control of Iris, you will be able to adapt to almost any lighting condition to get the best shot.


CinemaTone presets and 24p recording for cinematic quality video
For extra control over image expression, CinemaTone technology is used to deepen the color and recreate film-like color tones. Combined with 24p recording, you’ll have some of the tools you need to fulfill your need for cinematic expression.

Optical SteadyShot™ w/ Active Mode3
Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Active Mode3 built-in supplied lens compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video.

Advanced controls with expanded focus, zebra, and peaking
The NEX-VG30 provides advanced capture and control features that are often considered the domain of professional cameras including expanded focus for precise manual focus control, zebra and peaking for precision focus and exposure adjustments.

Multi-Interface Shoe
Unlike conventional camcorders, the NEX-VG30 also features a newly developed Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Handycam® accessories, thus raising the potential for photo/movie shooting. Attach an optional XLR adapter to the Multi-Interface shoe to elevate audio quality.

Picture Effects
Picture Effects adds a new level of expression to photos and video, making ordinary images and scenes come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. (Movie and Still: Posterization,Pop Photo, Partial Color, High contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera)(Still Only:Soft Focus,Miniature)

25-point Auto Focus
Twenty five AF points cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame.7

AF/MF switch for creative control
Whether you’re shooting video or still images the attached lens will auto focus quietly and quickly, however if you want to utilize MF, this simple switch will put you in the driver’s seat.

Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor, especially when you're changing lenses in-between video

Removable Flash Media slot
For convenient storage and sharing of your images and videos, the media card slot accepts Memory Stick Duo™ / Memory Stick PRO Duo™ / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ media and SD/SDHC/SDXC media (all sold separately).






© 2012 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony is not responsible for typographical and photographic errors. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Sony, BIONZ, BRAVIA, Exmor, InfoLITHIUM, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, PlayMemories Home, Smile Shutter, Stamina, Theatre Sync, Sweep Panorama, and the Sony make.believe logo are trademarks of Sony. AVCHD is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Mac OS and iMovie are trademarks of Apple Computers, Inc. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Image quality is very good.
isaac dominguez
All essential controls are easily within reach and the camcorder itself is well balanced.
Doc Jim
In all I think is a good buy and I hope I am going to enjoy it for the coming years.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Doc Jim on December 11, 2012
First, please note this review covers the Sony NEX-VG30H camcorder. All NEX-VG30H camcorders come with a 200mm zoom lens included in the package. This review does NOT pertain to the Sony NEX-VG30 camcorder which does NOT come with an included 200mm zoom lens. Note the picture of the item being reviewed has a zoom lens on it.

I have had this camera for a few weeks now and have had time to run it through it's paces. I'm going to do something different and list what I think the pros and cons are to this camera.
Pros:
Zoom control can be programmed to either do digital zoom or operate the power zoom on the lens.
The power zoom on the lens can be programmed for slow, medium or fast zoom using a switch on the side of the lens.
Has both mic and headphone jacks
The electronic viewfinder is crispy clear and allows you to focus it for YOUR vision, eliminating the need to wear glasses or contacts when using the viewfinder. Exposure, battery info, sound level info and more and unobtrusively displayed iin the viewfinder.
All essential controls are easily within reach and the camcorder itself is well balanced.
Picture quality is sharp and clean under most conditions that I have tried it in including motion at 40 mph while shooting out a car window, still scenes such as downtown buildings and people walking, walks in the park and so on. For faster motion than that, I would probably set the cam in 60p mode 28mp/s and downconvert later if needed. I shot mostly in 60i mode at 24mp/s. In brightly lighted conditions, depth of field is awesome with this cam and it does better than most camcorders I've tried in low light conditions as well.
The software isn't too bad but I've seen better video editing software out there than what this comes with.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2012
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OK, I'll go first... I've been looking for a replacement for my hdr-fx1000 that does 1080p60 for sports video (hdr-fx1000 is 1080i60). The nex-vg30 seems to have a lot going for it so I ordered one. Here are my limited (so far), impressions of the product after messing around a few hours at home.

The nex-vg30 feels wonderful to hold. It's solid and well balanced in shooting position. It's a little front heavy when you hold it with one hand when not shooting. The materials seem nice and everything fits well with the exception of the lens hood which gets tangled up with the lens zoom controls when it's in the stored position. The lens will retract all the way with the lens hood in the stored position, but I'm a little concerned that it's rubbing the zoom control.

Speaking of zoom control, there is good news and bad news... The good news is that there is a zoom rocker on the body of the camera that will power zoom the selp18200 lens. The lack of power zoom has derailed all my attempts at using DSLRs as video cameras to date. This one seems very smooth and responsive. The bad news is that the body rocker can control the motorized zoom or the digital zoom, but not both at once. Ideally it would have controlled the optical zoom until it was maxed out and then kicked in the digital zoom. This makes the digital zoom almost useless. I know, digital zoom isn't a great thing, but I had hoped to get away with it on occasion since the camera has a large sensor, and I had high hopes that the video quality would hold up for non critical stuff. I do find the zoom mechanical noise to be rather high at this point. The onboard mic definitely picks up zoom noise in a moderately quiet environment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cris Fair on October 9, 2013
I make cooking and travel videos, and have been looking at replacing my Sony AX2000 for a camera with a more vivid picture that can reproduce bright colors and has a shallow depth of field.

So... I went out and got a Sony NEX VG30h. Here is my review.

PRO's
- Beautiful, bright, sharp, vivid (did I mention beautiful?) picture.
- Good optical and sensor-crop zooms
- Good battery life
- Body feels good
- Excellent auto focus with face detection (can set to follow adult or kid faces)
- Excellent touch focus on screen
- Good manual lens controls
- Enough manual options to make good videos for a semi-pro

Cons
- The menu is a cluster f... It does not make logical sense. It seems that some items from the menu are there one time, and then are missing at other times. I somehow turned on focus peaking and have not been able to turn it off now for a few days. Just can't find it on the menu to turn it off. Sony really did not make a good menu flow. And, it's touch screen, which smudges the screen. I prefer menus with actual physical buttons and/or wheels and/or roller buttons.
- No XLR.. seriously, Sony? You make a camera this nice, and you can't add XLR connectors? So, I've been using my AX2000 to record the audio, and it has taken me forever in post to sync up the sound. would prefer to have XLR connectors for this camera.
- The on board microphone is louder than most on-boards, but captures too much ambient sound. But it's not bad for on-board.
- Only has a single SD card slot. The AX 2000 has a dual SD card slot.
- The zoom rocker is set to sensor-crop focus, so I have to zoom manually. This is because I can't find the setting in the damn menu!!
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