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Sony introduces first 35mm full-frame Handycam®

12 September 2012


NEX-VG900E interchangeable lens Full HD camcorder

  • 24.3 effective megapixel Exmor full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Compatible with full-frame A-mount lenses via supplied adaptor (also compatible with growing range of E-mount lenses)
  • Full HD 50p/25p/24p progressive movie recording
  • Extensive manual controls and ‘seesaw’ zoom lever
  • Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone for high-quality stereo and 5.1ch sound
  • High contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder
  • 7.5 cm (3.0”) XtraFine touch panel LCD

Video makers can embrace the limitless expressive power of full-frame imaging with the new Handycam® NEX-VG900E E-mount interchangeable lens Full HD camcorder from Sony.

It’s joined by the Handycam® NEX-VG30E that builds on the success of the NEX-VG20E, sharing the same APS-C image sensor as its predecessor while adding several enhancements.

Handycam® NEX-VG900E

Offering supreme imaging quality and generous creative options, it’s the first Handycam® with a 35mm sensor to fully exploit the artistic potential of interchangeable lenses by Sony and Carl Zeiss.

With a resolution of 24.3 effective megapixels, the Sony-developed Exmor CMOS sensor inside the NEX-VG900E is around 40 times larger than the equivalent in ordinary consumer camcorders. It’s also more than twice the size of the APS-C sized sensor found in other interchangeable lens Handycam® models.

As well as permitting beautiful ‘bokeh’ (defocus) effects with the growing range of α lenses, its high sensitivity assures extremely clear, low-noise images. The large sensor size assures effortless reproduction of the finest tonal gradations, helping the most demanding cinematographer fully realise their creative vision.

The sensor also allows the NEX-VG900E to shoot full-frame 24.0 effective megapixel still photos, with all the quality you’d expect from a pro-class DSLR camera. Still images can be shot in RAW format for total post-processing freedom.

Beautiful, film-like results can be achieved by shooting video in 25p/24p progressive mode, with Cinema Tone Gamma™ and Cinema Tone Colour™ offering precise control over cinematic colour grading effects. AVCHD version 2.0 standard 50p recording is additionally supported, maximising the range of creative options for movie-makers to explore. Even greater flexibility is provided by a choice of new Picture Effect modes, enabling easy creation of artistic ‘in-camera’ treatments whether you’re shooting HD video or stills.

Video shooting is further enhanced by a ‘seesaw’ lever that allows smooth, polished zoom control. The lever adjusts optical zoom when using compatible E-mount lenses that feature built-in zoom drive. The lever controls electronic zoom when using the camcorder with fixed focal lenses for impressive creative results.

As an extra refinement, the NEX-VG900E switches automatically from full-frame operation to APS-C mode when an E-mount or A-mount DT lens is attached. This allows users to get the most out of their collection of DT lenses that are optimised for cameras with a smaller APS-C image sensor.

The camcorder also comes supplied with the LA-EA3 adaptor that lets photographers use full-frame A-mount DSLR lenses at their designated focal length.

There’s a generous palette of control options and manual settings to satisfy the demanding video enthusiast. Aperture priority, shutter speed priority or manual exposure, are all selectable and white balance can be adjusted manually to suit the demands of any scene. Iris, shutter speed, and gain adjustments can be easily made via logically-positioned direct access keys. Accurate manual focusing is assisted by the camcorder’s pro-style display peaking function, complemented by a one-touch focus magnification button on the top of the grip.

Serious videographers will welcome the detail-packed XGA OLED Tru-Finder that offers high-contrast image monitoring with superbly natural colour rendition. Complementing the Tru-Finder, there’s an adjustable XtraFine touch-panel LCD monitor, with Sony’s unique technology for high contrast images with rich, deep blacks.

High-quality audio is a crucial part of the HD video experience with the NEX-VG900E. A unique Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone features four omnidirectional capsules that can be switched for stereo or 5.1ch surround recording. Recording levels are adjustable, with accurate visual confirmation provided by an audio level meter on the LCD display. There’s also a headphone jack for direct monitoring of sounds being recorded.

The new Multi Interface Shoe provides compatibility with accessories including the optional XLR-K1M adaptor kit that adds a high-quality mono shotgun mic and pro-standard XLR connections.

Handycam® NEX-VG30EH/VG30E

Sharing many of the pro-oriented enhancements of the NEX-VG900E, the Handycam® NEX-VG30E succeeds the acclaimed NEX-VG20E. With a resolution of 16.1 effective megapixels, the new camcorder’s Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor assures outstanding image quality with the range of interchangeable E-mount lenses.

Like the NEX-VG900E, it’s possible to shoot smooth, cinematic Full HD video footage at either 50p, 25p or 24p (progressive) frame rates, supported by a palette of artistic Picture Effect modes.

The NEX-VG30E also features the same XGA OLED Tru-Finder, comprehensive manual controls and ‘seesaw’ style zoom lever as the NEX-VG900E.

The NEX-GV30EH comes supplied as a kit with the new E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Power Zoom lens that provides a versatile range from wide angle to telephoto. Offering smooth, quiet AF operation and Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation, the lens also features an additional ‘seesaw’ lever on the barrel for smooth, professional-style zoom control with adjustable speeds.

The Handycam® NEX-VG900E and NEX-VG30E camcorders from Sony are available in Europe from November and December respectively.

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Notes to editors


Key Specifications

Features

NEX-VG900E

NEX-VG30EH/NEX-VG30E

Type

Interchangeable Lens Digital HD Video Camera Recorder

Lens Compatibility

Sony E-mount lens system. Can also use A-mount lenses with supplied mount adaptor LA-EA3

Sony E-mount lens system. Can also use A-mount lenses with optional mount adaptor LA-EA2

Image Sensor

35mm Full-Frame Exmor HD CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.9mm)

Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 x 15.6mm)

Processor

BIONZ™ image processor

Effective resolution

Approx. 24.3 megapixels (3:2 Still)

Approx. 20.3 megapixels (16.9 movie)

Approx. 16.1 megapixels (3:2 Still)

Approx. 13.6 megapixels (16.9 movie)

Video format

HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD™ ver.2.0 format compatible

SD: MPEG2-PS

Movie Recording Rate (Average Bit Rate/VBR)

HD: PS Approx.28Mbps/ FX Approx.24Mbps/ FH Approx.17Mbps/ HQ Approx.9Mbps/ LP Approx.5Mbps

SD: HQ Approx. 9Mbps

Video mode

HD:1920x1080/50p, 25p, 24p, 50i (FX,FH), 1440x1080/50i (HQ,LP)

SD:720x576/50i

Audio format

Dolby® Digital 5.1ch, Dolby® Digital 5.1 Creator

Dolby® Digital 2ch stereo

Viewfinder

Swivel OLED EVF 1.3cm (0.5-type) with approx. 2359k dots

With 100% field of view and diopter adjustment; colour temp. adjustment

LCD

7.5cm (3.0-type) Xtra Fine LCD 270-degree swivel display with touch panel operation; brightness control; real-time display of exposure compensation & WB; histogram; grid on/off

Focusing system

Manual focus; with autofocus (AF) available under the following conditions:

- Both contrast AF and focal plane phase detection AF are available during standby mode of 24p and still image mode when using LA-EA3 mount adaptor (NB: some lenses do not support phase detection AF)

- Phase detection AF is available when using LA-EA2 mount adaptor

- Contrast AF is available when using E-mount lenses

Manual focus, contrast AF

Exposure system

99-segment metering from image sensor with multi-segment and touch spot modes;

Metering sensitivity - 2 to 17EV ( at ISO 100 conversion with F1.4 lens); Exposure settings: Auto, Flexible Spot (touch panel) and Manual (dial)

63-segment metering from image sensor with multi-segment and touch spot modes;

Metering sensitivity 0 to 20EV ( at ISO 100 conversion with F2.8 lens); Exposure settings: Auto, Flexible Spot (touch panel) and Manual (dial)

White Balance modes

Auto/One push/Outdoor/Indoor/WB Temp + B-A/G-M adjustment for respective modes

Minimum illumination

8 lux (1/50 Shutter Speed F3.5)

9 lux (1/50 Shutter Speed F3.5)

Manual exposure assist

Zebra pattern display

Digital zoom

X2.0, with power zoom control and zoom lever (variable / fixed max. 32 steps)

Shutter speed auto control range (sec.)

1/48-1/10000 (movie 24p), 1/50-1/10000 (movie other), 30s-1/8000 (still)

1/48-1/4000 (movie 24p),

1/50-1/4000 (movie other), 30s-1/4000 (still)

Picture Effects

Movie and still photos: Posterisation, Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera

Still only: Soft Focus, Miniature

Other features

Audio Level Display; Cinema Tone Gamma™, Cinema Tone Colour™; Assignable dial; Face Detection; Date/Time Stamp; D-Range Optimiser; One-touch Disc Burn; Mono speaker

Interfaces

Media card slot; component/composite video out/S-Video out; HDMI (mini); USB mini-AB/USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP) (Read only); headphone output (stereo mini-jack); mic input (stereo mini-jack); Multi Interface Shoe; DC in; remote terminal (integrated into A/V remote terminal); A/V remote terminal

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 105 mm × 130 mm × 223 mm (including supplied battery / excluding mount adapter LA-EA3)

Approx. 91 mm × 130 mm × 223 mm (including supplied battery)

Weight

Approx. 825g (main unit)

Approx. 1030g (with supplied NP-FV70 battery)

Approx. 650g (main unit)

Approx. 1420g (with supplied Lens* and NP-FV70 battery)

*NEX-VG30EH only

Supplied accessories

Rechargeable battery NP-FV70; AC adaptor; component AV cable; AV connecting cable; USB cable; body cap; battery cover; wind screen; large eye cup; CD-ROM application software; remote commander

NEX-VG900E only: lens mount adaptor LA-EA3 ()

NEX-VG30EH only: Zoom Lens(E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS); Lens hood; Lens front cap; Lens rear cap

For more information please contact
Daichi Yamafuji


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