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Sony NEX-VG30H Interchangeable Lens Handycam Camcorder with 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens Kit

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  • Direct power zoom w/variable zoom speed control
  • Includes Camcorder Only
  • Interchangeable Lens
  • Secure Digital (SD)
  • Standard Definition
  • High Definition
  • Jack Mic Input
  • Memory Stick
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About Sony NEX-VG30H

Bring your cinematic vision to life.
Whatever your genre, whatever your shooting style, take your moviemaking to the next level with the Sony NEX-VG30 interchangeable lens HD camcorder and lens. Record richly-detailed, film-like footage with breathtaking quality thanks to its 16.1MP APS-C size sensor. Capture incredible audio via the Quad Capsule Spatial Array Surround microphone to fully realize your masterpiece. The included 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens brings your subjects closer with smooth and silent zooming.

A bigger, better sensor.
The NEX-VG30 camcorder features the same sensor format that Sony builds into its standard size DSLR cameras. With approximately 19.5 times the surface area of conventional camcorder sensors, the 16.1MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor makes capturing high-quality, cinematic video with a shallow depth of field a breeze.

Greater control of zoom.
Take advantage of direct power zoom with variable zoom speed control. Featuring an all-new powered zoom seesaw lever for variable and constant speed electronic zooming, you'll experience expanded freedom and flexibility when composing your shots. The easy-to-access lever support 2x digital zoom that can be used with both variable and fixed focal length lenses.

Includes an 18-200mm lens.
Included with your NEX-VG30 camcorder is a Sony E-mount f/3.5-6.3 18-200mm OSS zoom lens featuring an 11x zoom ratio for superior versatility. With six selectable zoom speeds, you'll find the perfect option for every production. Designed to shoot video, this lens features a smooth and silent AF system coupled with Optical Steadyshot image stabilization with Active Mode3, giving you the flexibility of a removable lens coupled with the ergonomics and ease-of-use of a Handycam® camcorder.

A viewfinder like no other.
There's never been anything like the high-contrast Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, it's truly a gem. Boasting 2359K dots for ultra-high resolution, images pop with richness, clarity and detail. A high contrast ratio lends superb depth, while motion blur is reduced to a minimum. You can even see the results of camera adjustments in real time through the viewfinder.

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

Microphone and headphone jacks.

Sony NEX-VG30H Features

  • 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
  • High contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF w/ eye sensor
  • Quad Capsule Spatial Array Surround (5.1) microphone
  • Mic/Headphone jacks with audio level control and XLR adapter compatibility
  • Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 included via download to PC
  • High resolution 16.1MP RAW & JPEG still image capture @ 6fps
  • Utilizes Sony E-mount and A-mount (via adapter, sold sep.) lenses
  • Comprehensive Manual Control with easy access to control dial
  • CinemaTone presets and 24p native recording for cinematic quality video
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode
  • Advanced controls with expanded focus, zebra, and peaking
  • Multi-interface shoe for versatile attachment of accessories
  • Make your photos and video pop with Picture Effects
  • BIONZ image processor for high speed data processing
  • HDMI output
  • Analog Output for playback with virtually any monitor
  • Direct copy function to Ext. HDD w/o PC for easy & secure archiving
  • AF/MF switch for creative control
  • Additional record button on grip for easy angled shooting
  • Remote Control for ease of use and creative flexibility
  • Advanced Anti-Dust Technology helps keep imager clean
  • Media Card Slot for Memory Stick Duo and SD media
  • 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.
  • Sony E-mount 18-200mm OSS image stabilized zoom lens included: The new NEX-VG30H ships with a new Sony E-Mount 3.5-6.3 OSS zoom lens. The new lens provides an 11x zoom ratio for superior versatility. Take advantage of 6 selectable zoom speeds. The result is convenient and smooth zooming for your productions.
  • 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 Mode: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode 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.
  • AF/MF switch for creative control: Whether you're shooting video or still images, the included 18-200mm 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 sessions.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11: Included free of charge via download, Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Accepts DSLR A-mount and E-mount lenses: Using the LA-EA2 adapter (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of 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. An LA-EA1 mount adapter is available for standard A-mount lenses.
  • 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.

Sony NEX-VG30H Specifications

Media Format
Quick Format (Initialize): Memory Card
Camera Type
Interachangeable lens HD Camcorder
Lens Mount
Imaging Sensor
Imaging Sensor: Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 x 15.6mm)
Processor: BIONZ Image processor
Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on Filter
Pixel Gross: Approx. 16.7 megapixels
Color Filter System: RGB Primary color filters
Focal Length Conversion Factor: 1.5x
Lens (SEL18200 included)
Lens Type: E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS (SELP18200)
Aperture : Circular
Aperture (Max.): F3.5 (wide end) - F6.3 (tele end)
Aperture (Min.): F22 (wide end) - F40 (tele end)
Optical Zoom : 11.1x
Focal Length (35mm equiv.): Photo Mode: 27mm-300mm / Video Mode: 32.4mm-360mm
Filter Diameter: 67mm
Angle of View: 76°
Aspheric Elements: 4 (5 surface)
Digital Zoom: Yes (x2.0)
Direct Manual Focus: Yes
Focal Distance: f = 18 - 200mm (f = 23/32" - 7 7/8")
Lens (SEL18200 included) cont.
Lens Groups-Elements: 12 groups, 17 elements (5 aspheric surfaces, 1 ED-glass element)
Lens Mount Type: Sony E-Mount
Lens Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/Active mode (included SELP18200 lens)
Max Magnification: 0.35x (APS-C)
Minimum Focus Distance: 1ft, 0.3m (wide end) - 1.6ft, 0.5m (tele end)
Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length): 3.7 x 3.9", 93.2 x 99mm (wide end) / 3.7 x 6.9", 93.2 x 174mm (tele end)
Focus Control
Focus System: Contrast AF
Focus Area: Multi Point AF (25 points)
Focus Features : Tracking Focus
Focus Points : 25 points
Focus Sensitivity : 0 EV to 20 EV ( at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)
Manual Focus Assist: Magnified display for precise manual focus; Peaking Display
Flash Type: Multi interface Shoe
Flash Metering System: Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes: Auto/Forced/Slow Sync./Rear Sync./Prohibited
Flash Compensation: Yes (+/-2EV , 1/3EV Step)
SD Video Output
Composite Video Out (A/V connecting cable supplied)
Component Video Out (Component A/V cable supplied)
S Video Out (A/V connecting cable with S Video (sold separately)
USB Port
mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
Remote Commander
A/V Remote Terminal
Video/S Video/Audio/Component Out/Remote
Accessory Shoe
Multi interface Shoe
Yes (DVD Writer supported, sold separately)
Direct Copy
HD Output
HDMI (mini)
HDMI Terminal
Yes (mini)
Headphone Jack
Stereo Minijack
Memory Card Slot
Single slot accepts: - Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media - SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory card
Microphone Input
Stereo Minijack
PhotoTV HD
Remote Terminal
Integrated into A/V Remote terminal
Still Image Mode
Still Image Size 3:2
L (16.0M): 4912 x 3264
M (7.1M): 3568 x 2000
S (4.0M): 2448 x 1624
Video Recording
Video Frame Rate
PS: Approx. 28Mbps
FX: Approx. 24Mbps
FH: Approx. 17Mbps
HQ: Approx. 9Mbps
LP: Approx. 5Mbps
STD HQ: 9Mbps
Audio Format
Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator; Dolby Digital 2ch stereo
Microphone Speaker
Built-in Microphone/Monoral Speaker
Mic Level Control
Yes (31 steps)
Photo Capture from Movie
2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080), 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480), 230K pixels 16:9 (640x360)
Still Image File Format
DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Still Image Max Effective Resolution
16.0 megapixels
Still Image Size (Photo Mode)
L (16.0M): 4912 x 3264
M (7.1M): 3568 x 2000
S (4.0M): 2448 x 1624
Video Signal
HD: HDTV 1080/60p, 24p, 60i
STD: NTSC color, EIA standards
Wind Noise Reduction
Wind Position
Yes (Auto)
Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speeds
Auto: 1/48-1/10000 (movie: 24p), 1/60-1/10000 (movie: other), 30s-1/4000 (Still) Manual: 1/3-1/10000 (movie: 24p), 1/4-1/10000 (movie: other), 30s-1/4000 (Still)
Continuous Shooting Speed
Drive Mode
Photo Mode: Single-shot/Continuous/Bracket 0.3EV/Bracket 0.7EV
Approx. 10sec. (Still Image)
Picture Effects
Movie and Still: Posterization, Pop color, Retro Photo, Partial Color, High constrast, Monochrome, Toy Camera; Still Only: Soft Focus, Miniature
Noise Reduction
Gain Control
Auto/manual (0dB-30dB)
WB Shift
Yes (G7-M7 15 steps, A7-B7 15 steps)
Backlight Compensation
Yes (Auto)
Color Temperature
D-Range Optimizer
Exposure Compensation
AE Shift(Dial/Touch Panel)
Exposure Settings
Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel); Manual (Dial)
Still Mode Only: Auto, Manual (100 to 25600)
Manual Exposure Assist
Zebra Pattern Display
Still Mode Only: 63 Segment metering from CMOS image sensor
Metering Modes
Still Mode Only: Multi-segment, touch spot
Metering Sensitivity
Still Mode Only: 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/2.8 lens)
Minimum Illumination
9 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed F3.5)
White Balance Mode
Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor/WB Temp
LCD Display
Angle Adjustment - Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg
Brightness Control: Yes (Menu)
Coverage: 1
Grid Display: Yes (On/off)
Histogram: Yes
LCD Type: 3.0 Xtra Fine LCD 270 degree swivel display
Live View : Yes, (Constant AF Live View)
Real-time image adjustment display: Exposure Compensation, WB
Touch Panel: Yes
Color Temp. Adjust: Yes
Diopter Adjustment: Yes
Field of View: 1
Type: Swivel EVF 1.3cm (0.5 type) 2359k dots
Zoom Control
Digital Zoom: Yes (x2.0)
Power Zoom Control: Yes
Zoom Lever: Yes
Zoom Speed: Variable/Fix max 32 Steps
Supplied Software: Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 included via download to PC4
Advanced Features
Assignable Dial: Yes (Exposure/Gain(ISO)/Iris/Shutter Speed/AE Shift/WB Temp./WB B-A/WB G-M Set)
Tracking Focus: Yes
Audio Level Display: Yes
CinemaTone Gamma/Color: Yes x.v.Color: Yes
Face Detection: Yes (Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority)
Priority Setting (for Face Detection): Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority
View & Index: Event
Convenience Features
Quick On: Yes
Self Timer: Approx.10 sec. (Still Image)
Red-Eye Reduction: Yes (On/Off)
Date / Time Stamp: Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info)
View & Index: Event
Easy Handycam/Help Function: Yes/Yes
Erase/Protect: Yes/Yes
Manual/Auto Lens Cover: Manual
One Touch Disc Burn: Yes (Menu)
S/S & Zoom button on LCD: Yes (Touch Panel, S/S Only)
Still Image Playback Options: Slide Show
Media/Battery Indicator
Yes (recordable time, free and used media space) / Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
Multiple Language Display
English, Simplified English, Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Latin American Spanish
Battery Type
InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series) NP-FV70/FV100
Power Consumption in Operation
HD: 4.2W (with SELP18200 Lens); STD: 4.0W (with SELP18200 Lens)
Power Consumption ViewFinder Operation
HD: 4.6W (with SELP18200 Lens); STD: 4.4W (with SELP18200 Lens)
Charge on Camcorder Time
Approx. 3h 15 min (with supplied battery)
Power Requirements
7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adapter)
Dimensions WxHxD
4.1 x 5.5 x 11.6" (103 x 140 x 294mm) with supplied lens and hood
3.13 lbs (1.4kg) with NP-FV70 supplied battery and SELP-18200 lens
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Very nice cine cam in a small package.


As an old news guy who always tried to make my footage look more like film, this little gem is a blessing. I can produce an image that has that nice warm filmlike look with shallow depth of field in a size that I can carry anywhere, even on planes. I have the XLR adaptor so I can get great sound too. I'm retired now but I wish these were around back when I was on the street. It's a lot of fun to work with and Jimmy at Adorama was a pleasure to deal with and it was delivered in two days.


Amazing Starter Camcorder


I have always wanted a professional camcorder to start shooting videos with professional quality. Yet the problem with professional camcorders are always the extreme prices. This camcorder has an amazing price for the quality of shots you will get. Crisp shots, and great microphone to capture the action. Another perk about this camcorder is the ability to purchase the Alpha NEX Camera Mount Adapter. I have acquired older Minolta Lenses from my grandfather and they work great! I haven't had to buy any new lenses so far. The only problem I seem to have is the noise that the lens makes while in autofocus. I don't have any NEX E mount lenses yet so I am not sure if there is any noise while in autofocus. I am still experimenting with this camcorder, but it just keeps surprising me at how amazing a camcorder and camera this is. Very, Very pleased with this purchase!! I would highly recommend this camcorder to any person who would like to start filming and is on a budget.

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