Sony NEX-VG30 is the successor to the much acclaimed Sony NEX-VG20. This one comes with an APS-C sensor. Launched along with the NEX-VG900, the first consumer full frame camcorder, the NEX-VG30 is a camcorder that is ideal for consumers who prefer to shoot great quality videos with a larger sensor but not necessarily wishes to move up to a full frame sensor. Let’s delve a bit further into some of the features of the NEX-VG30.
The NEX-VG30 comes with a 16.1 megapixels sensor. It retains much of the features that the NEX-VG20 had while refining some of them to make it a better working model compared to the older model that it replaces. Just like the older model the NEX-VG30 can shoot still images using its 16.1 megapixels APS-C sensor to good use. It can shoot both JPEG and RAW without any issues and gives photographers who prefer not to depend on the camcorder’s built-in image processing system to shoot images and then process them on his PC.
The TruBlack LCD swivels a functional 270 degrees with 921,000 dots resolution that allows for a better composing window. The electronic viewfinder comes with XGA OLED technology for bright and functional viewing and composing ease. Additionally a new zoom control features allows the camcorder to adjust the zooming function which allows for the zooming to be more precise and more importantly smoother. Sony has introduced the new Multi Interface Shoe which allows the user to plug in a XLR microphone for better audio input. Anyways the camcorder can record 5.1 channel surround recordings for fantastic cinematic experience.
Full HD videos does not come any better on a APS-C sensor than the NEX-VG30 and the fact that this camera can shoot at variable frame rates using the provided 18-200m lens makes it a formidable competitor in the market. With the launch of the NEX-VG30 and the VG900 Sony is trying to stamp out the market with two excellent products. The only thing at this time that can create an issue is the lack of proprietary lenses. However there are many A mount Sony lenses and other compatible A mount lenses from third party lens manufacturers. These can be easily used with the NEX-VG30 with the help of a LA-EA3 mount adapter which has been provided with the camcorder. Probably Sony thought this is the best way to negate the issue of available lenses.
The NEX-VG30 comes with a digital functionality which further extends the reach of the camcorder. This functionality is also introduced into the full frame camcorder, the VG900 which was lunched with this. The digital zoom functionality is better served for the VG900 where the larger sensor size allows for more extraction of this feature.
Pricing-wise the NEX-VG30 will be sold at a price of $ 1,800 for the body only. If one is interested in the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS power zoom lens then he would have to shell out an additional $900. However even at that price he would save $300 considering that the lens alone retails at $1200 separately.
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