Quality of footage from this camera is good for AVCHD. I'm only giving it a 3 because of the lens. Manual focus with this camera was extremely difficult. The focus ring does not have hard stops, and it ramps the focus speed depending on how fast you turn the focus ring. For example, if you turn slowly, moving from 15ft to infinity might be 1/2 full rotation of the focus ring. If you turn the focus ring quickly, it changes to 1/8 full rotation of the focus ring. It was nearly impossible to accurately rack focus accurately and repeatedly. If I ever rent this camera again, I would rent different/supplemental lenses.
Sony NEX-VG30 Camcorder with 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Power Zoom Lens
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Notes: A SD memory card is not included.
The Sony NEX-VG30 Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder is an improvement over the NEX-VG20 featuring a new broadcast style power zoom lens better control over zooming in and out like a handycam The VG30 shoots in HD resolution at 24p and 60p recording modes and comes with surround-sound microphone and full manual controls.
Similar to the VG10 and VG20, the new VG30 continues to offer the ergonomics and stabilization of traditional video-cameras. The VG30 maintains the same megapixel count with 16.1 at 6 frames per second. It continues to provide control over in-camera image and color processing with Sony's CinemaTone technology.
Video manual controls include: expanded focus for getting quick precision focus; zebra mode to monitor for over/under-exposure, 8 white balance modes for perfect color temperature and focus peaking to keep your shots in sharp focus.
The camera features a surround-sound microphone built-in with the ability to adjust each of the four stereo capsules to your specific audio needs. Also available is an input for plugging in external microphones and mounting them onto the hot shoe. There is a headphone jack to keep precise control over your audio levels. Additionally, the Sony VG30 has an HDMI output for viewing your video on a compatible HDTV or on an external monitor.
The included 18-200mm Power Zoom features a ‘see-saw’ style zoom control similar in operation to Sony’s Handycam camcorders. The lens features silent autofocus and optical image stabilization giving you smooth and stabilized video even at 200mm. The camcorder has a bright, high-resolution 3" LCD screen that swivels 180° allowing you to keep focused at awkward angles and two dedicated record buttons for low-angle shooting.
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