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

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About the Sony NEX-VG30H

Impressive film-like recording, in-camera Picture Effects, an included 11x powered optical zoom lens and more make capturing your creative vision a reality with the Sony NEX-VG30 interchangeable lens HD camcorder. With approximately 19.5x the surface area of conventional camcorder sensors, the 16.1MP APS-C sensor delivers phenomenally shallow depth-of-field and breathtaking quality. To keep things clear, built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization is perfect for hand-held action sequences and shooting in unsteady situations. Premium video is supported with premium sound via the Quad Capsule Spatial Array Surround microphone, while the built-in XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder produces high-contrast playback with fine detail. The included 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens brings your subjects closer with smooth and silent zooming.

Sony NEX-VG30H Includes

  • Sony NEX-VG30H Camcorder
  • Sony SEL18200 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 OSS Zoom Lens
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FV70
  • Component A/V Cable
  • Body Cap
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Large Eye Cup
  • AC Adapter
  • Audio Video Connecting Cable
  • Power Cord
  • USB Cable
  • Lens Hood
  • Wind Screen
  • Remote Commander RMT-835
  • Battery CR2025 (for Remote)
  • Software
  • Sony 1 Year Warranty

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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 E-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 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 RMT-835
A/V Remote Terminal Video/S Video/Audio/Component Out/Remote
Accessory Shoe Multi interface Shoe
DVDirect Yes (DVD Writer supported, sold separately)
Direct Copy Yes
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 Yes
Remote Terminal Integrated into A/V Remote terminal
Still Image Mode JPEG/JPEG+RAW/RAW
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 HD
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 Yes(Off/On)
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 6fps
Drive Mode Photo Mode: Single-shot/Continuous/Bracket 0.3EV/Bracket 0.7EV
Self-timer 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 Yes
Gain Control Auto/manual (0dB-30dB)
WB Shift Yes (G7-M7 15 steps, A7-B7 15 steps)
Backlight Compensation Yes (Auto)
Color Temperature Yes
D-Range Optimizer Yes
Exposure Compensation AE Shift(Dial/Touch Panel)
Exposure Settings Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel); Manual (Dial)
ISO Still Mode Only: Auto, Manual (100 to 25600)
Manual Exposure Assist Zebra Pattern Display
Metering 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
Viewfinder 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
Software 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
Weight 3.13 lbs (1.4kg) with NP-FV70 supplied battery and SELP-18200 lens
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