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Sony unveils NEX-VG900 full-frame camcorder, VG30 APS-C model and 18-200 lens

By dpreview staff on Sep 12, 2012 at 04:00 GMT

Photokina 2012: Sony has announced the NEX-VG900, a full-frame NEX camcorder along with the VG30 APS-C model and an 18-200mm powerzoom lens for APS-C E-mount cameras. The VG900 is built around the company's 24MP sensor that also appears in the SLT A99 and RX1 and confirms the theory that the E-mount can accommodate a 36x24mm sensor. The lack of full-frame E-mount lenses means the VG900 must be used with an adapter such as the LA-EA3 which allows the use of full-frame A-mount lenses. The SELP-18200 E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 adds a third 18-200mm lens to the NEX system, this time with a lever-controlled powered zoom for video work. The VG900 will sell for around $3,300 with A-mount adapter, the VG30 will cost $2,700 with 18-200mm or $1,800 body-only.

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Press Release:

SONY INTRODUCES WORLD’S FIRST 35MM FULL-FRAME HANDYCAM® CAMCORDER

Latest Interchangeable Lens Video Camera Allows Virtually Limitless Creative Expression

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 11, 2012 – Today Sony Electronics unveiled the world’s first consumer 35mm full-frame interchangeable lens camcorder - the new NEX-VG900 Handycam® camcorder - for expressive, powerful imaging. Sony’s flagship model is joined by the NEX-VG30H which builds on the success of the NEX-VG20H model, sharing the same APS-C image sensor while adding several enhancements.

“Our new interchangeable lens camcorder offerings allow demanding videomakers the control and flexibility they need to bring their creative vision to life,” said Hidenori Toyoda, director of the camcorder business at Sony Electronics. “We’re excited to deliver revolutionary products like our full-frame model to the consumer market for unparalleled quality and value.”

NEX-VG900 Handycam® Camcorder

Realizing supreme imaging quality and generous creative options, Sony’s NEX-VG900 is the first Handycam camcorder with a 35mm sensor to fully exploit the artistic potential of interchangeable lenses. With a resolution of 24.3 effective megapixels, the camcorder’s Exmor® CMOS sensor is around 40 times larger than its equivalent in standard consumer camcorders and more than twice the size of the APS-C sensor found in other interchangeable lens Handycam models. It captures full-frame, 24 megapixel still photos, with RAW format support for all the post-processing flexibility and quality expected from a pro-class DSLR camera. The sensor also allows the creation of distinctive ‘bokeh’ (defocus) effects; high sensitivity for extremely clear, low-noise images; and effortless reproduction of smooth, true tonal gradation.

Beautiful, film-like results can be achieved by shooting video in 24p progressive mode with CinemaTone Gamma™ and CinemaTone Color™ presets to precisely control cinematic grading effects. Additionally, AVCHD™ version 2.0 standard 60p recording maximizes 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, Picture Effects add a new level of expression to content. Modes like Posterization, which creates a high contrast abstract look by heavily emphasizing primary colors or black and white; Retro Photo, which creates the look of an aged photo with sepia color tones and faded contrast; Pop Color, which produces a vivid look by emphasizing color tones; and Partial Color, which produces stunning monochrome photos containing a single designated color (red, green, blue or yellow) are just a few of the effects that make ordinary images and scenes come to life.

A convenient seesaw lever allows slow, smooth zoom capability that is almost impossible to achieve when zooming manually, for added creative control and pro-quality imagery. Yielding impressive results, the lever adjusts optical zoom when using compatible E-mount lenses that feature a built-in zoom drive and controls electronic zoom when using the camcorder with fixed focal lenses. As an extra refinement, the NEX-VG900 camcorder 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 lenses that are optimized 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 lenses at their designated focal length.

Extensive manual settings and options combined with ergonomic refinements give videographers greater control and comfort. Aperture priority, shutter speed priority and manual exposure are all customizable while white balance can be adjusted to suit any scene. Similarly, iris, shutter speed, and gain adjustments can easily be made via direct access keys. And the camcorder’s pro-style display peaking function is complemented by a one-touch focus magnification button on top of the grip.

Superior audio has always been a crucial part of the E-mount Handycam camcorder lineup. A unique Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone features four omnidirectional capsules that supports stereo or 5.1 channel surround. 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 two pro-standard XLR connections.

Handycam® NEX-VG30H/VG30

Sharing many of the pro-oriented enhancements of the NEX-VG900 camcorder, the Handycam® NEX-VG30H model succeeds the acclaimed NEX-VG20H camcorder. With a resolution of 16.1 effective megapixels, the new camcorder’s Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor assures outstanding image quality with the family of interchangeable E-mount lenses. Like the NEX-VG900 camcorder, it can capture smooth, cinematic Full HD video footage at 60p, or 24p (progressive) frame rates and high-resolution still photos, supported by a wide range of artistic Picture Effect modes. It also features the same XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ EVF, comprehensive manual controls and the same seesaw style zoom lever as the NEX-VG900 model.

The NEX-VG30H camcorder comes supplied as a kit with the new SELP-18200 E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Power Zoom lens that provides a versatile range from wide angle to telephoto. Offering smooth, quiet Auto Focus operation and Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization, the lens also features an additional switch on the barrel for further controlling zoom speeds.

The new camcorders are compatible with Sony’s Memory Stick PRO-HG™ Duo HX series as well as Sony’s full line of SD memory cards. Available in capacities up to 32 GB, both media enable necessary transfer speeds for stable and optimal performance of Sony hardware features such as full HD movie shooting.

Pricing and Availability

The Handycam NEX-VG900 35mm full-frame camcorder (body-only) with LA-EA3 adaptor will be available in November for about $3,300 and the NEX-VG30H Full HD E-mount system camcorder will also be available at that time for $2,700. A body-only version, the NEX-VG30 model, will be available for $1,800. These interchangeable lens camcorders and their accessories will be sold at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) as well as other authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network. Follow #Handycam on Twitter for the latest Sony camcorder news.

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Total comments: 69
Jurka
By Jurka (Nov 14, 2012)

No single focus point.
No fullframe E mount, just A mount.
No ND filter.

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MYNEWS TV
By MYNEWS TV (Dec 1, 2012)

According to Sonyalpharumors.com :
Five new E-mount Rokinon/Samyang lenses released and preorders!
QUESTION: what will the difference be using the same Samyang-type lens on the a-mount (with a-mount adapter) vs using the same focal length on the fixed e-mount?
Looking at some other replies, will this mean
e-mount = 1.5 crop factor & more DOF
a-mount = 1x crop factor & less DOF?

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mondotv
By mondotv (Oct 11, 2012)

Some things to keep in mind with the VG900. You can purchase an XLR adapter (hot shoe mount comes with shotgun apparently) but of course that adds expense.
No inbuilt NDs.
Not a world camera - region specifc for 50/60 Hz - big pain for professionals and probably nothing to do with the actual hardware - a firmware restriction from Sony to differentiate it from their pro cams.
We need to wait to see dynamic range, aliasing, moire, rolling shutter and of course low light performance.
Hoping for big things..

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MYNEWS TV
By MYNEWS TV (Dec 1, 2012)

I have seen 50p/25p/24p options on some European websites, but on B&H, Amazon etc it all shows 60p/30p/24p
Where in UK/NZ should I buy?

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jayboydog
By jayboydog (Sep 21, 2012)

repeating what's been posted here, the VG-900 accomodates E-mount lenses for APS-C size segment of the sensor, Full frame is used with A-mount lenses using the included LAEA3 adapter, and third party lenses with an appropriate adapter. what are the other still frame specs?

perhaps identical to SLT-A99 ?? $2,799.99 (body only)
•ISO 100-25,600
•Up to 6 frame-per-second continuous shooting with AF
what AF types ? 19pt,11 cross type
•Multi-area
•Selective single-point
•Tracking
•Single
•Continuous
•Phase Detect (with LAEA3)?
•Face Detection
i realize VG-900 is vid cam, how nice is the still frame use?

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Sep 19, 2012)

I wonder about this 3rd 18-200 - is it based on the old decent 18-200 or on the new "bad-IQ but lighter" 18-200 LE?

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Shynn
By Shynn (Sep 17, 2012)

wow.... sony release lots of camera this year. VG900, VG30, RX1,RX100,A57, A99, NEX 6, NEX 5R.... is the "end" really coming? @_@

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Jakob Varming
By Jakob Varming (Sep 28, 2012)

The End is near and we all want it in HD!

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plukem
By plukem (Sep 14, 2012)

About VG-900 use with only NEX lenses... in "still" mode it captures 24Mpixel or 11~16 Mpixel - APS cropped?

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Sep 19, 2012)

Read above: "It captures full-frame, 24 megapixel still photos"

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Sep 19, 2012)

Sorry, with NEX lenses... I see.

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SteveNunez
By SteveNunez (Sep 13, 2012)

According to B&H, Sept 27th is the day it's available!

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Pontoneer
By Pontoneer (Sep 13, 2012)

SeeRoy , some of these upmarket domestic or 'semi-pro' camcorders do have remote control mini jack sockets and zoom demand remote accessories ,

Some tripod makers , such as Manfrotto , also make accessory panning handles with zoom remote and other functions built in .

I agree with your comments about stability , which is generally best with a heavier ENG type camcorder , although these days I am happier to lug around something smaller and lighter and use either a monopod , tripod or a steadicam type rig where required .

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (Sep 13, 2012)

Why do all these new-fangled camcorders have to be held out in front of the operator? They're like viewfinder-less still cameras.
Back when I operated TV/video cameras professionally the camera always sat on my shoulder - which current full size (ie much larger) eng/efp cameras still do today. But it isn't only weight that's the consideration; there's the question of stability. A camera sitting on the shoulder with the right hand holding the lens servo and a viewfinder against the face is nicely triangulated, just like a still camera in the same format.
Whilst I'm complaining one essential that I never see mentioned is a zoom servo remote cable. When a video or film camera's on a tripod the zoom servo - assuming a zoom rather than a prime lens - needs to be remoted back to the pan-bar, along with the run switch. Otherwise you see people operating the camera with the right arm laying along the top of the device - which makes it almost impossible to control pan and tilt accurately.

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John Koch
By John Koch (Sep 15, 2012)

Shoulder-mount videocams still exist, but a compact model with a good OIS (and maybe a monopod or fancy stabilizer) will be much easier to tote about and be easier to use. The VG models are probably intended for tripod use, although they could be carried about too. The HXR-NX30U, which houses the lens and sensor in a gyro, is the most stable hand-held device there is.

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (Sep 26, 2012)

You make good points, SeeRoy. It's important to remember these are fundamentally consumer products, not professional, and the overwhelming majority of consumers want something that is small, compact, and fits in a small bag, and think a shoulder mount cam looks big, ungainly and really, really goofy.

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bradleyg5
By bradleyg5 (Sep 13, 2012)

Finally I can use full frame Leica M lens on a video camera!

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mosc
By mosc (Sep 12, 2012)

I don't understand the mount choice on the VG900. If the E-mount 1.5x crop works well then you're basically saying the FF sensor is a waste for video (which I always thought that it was). If you need FF to take advantage of your $3300 camcorder, why not just give it a FF A-mount? That's the only FF lenses you sell anyway. It's not like the space savings advantage of the shorter flange distance on the E-mount lenses is going to save a significant volume on a shoulder mount camcorder.

It's like they're setting themselves up to highlight the stupidity of their own product. Use an e-mount and get the same video quality! You sell a VG30 for way less with e-mount. Why would having a camcorder with FF and an e-mount be a good thing?

I guess the answer could be that they want to make e-mount for larger sensors, a full frame NEX camera. Then there would be a need for the flexibility the VG900 offers to use those as-yet-unseen lenses on a camcorder.

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (Sep 12, 2012)

What they are offering is flexibility.

By putting E-mount on this camera, users can use either E-mount or Alpha lenses with an adapter. If they gave this camera an Alpha mount, users with E-mount lenses would be out of luck.

In addition, for those who need to go really, really wide or want razor thin DOF, they can shoot in FF mode. For those who need to go long, or would like deeper DOF, Crop mode works better.

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viking79
By viking79 (Sep 13, 2012)

It could also mean that they plan to make some E mount 135 format lenses.

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MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (Sep 13, 2012)

The short flange distance also makes adapters for just about all other ff lenses possible. There are already are a bunch of NEX adapters, but it's unlikely many have the clearance necessary for ff. I'm sure some of the established makers already have products ready to go, or close to it. For Leica fans who always wanted a serious video camera, here it is. Just need an adapter.

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mosc
By mosc (Sep 14, 2012)

MarkInSF, I didn't think about that. The short flange distance does bring in a whole range of FF lenses that make more sense on the 900 than anything else video wise.

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MYNEWS TV
By MYNEWS TV (Dec 1, 2012)

QUESTION: what will the difference be using the same Samyang-type lens on the a-mount (with a-mount adapter) vs using the same focal length on the fixed e-mount?
Looking at some other replies, will this mean
e-mount = 1.5 crop factor & more DOF
a-mount = 1x crop factor & less DOF?

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Sep 12, 2012)

How come no one makes a 16x9 sensor?

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Roberto Mettifogo
By Roberto Mettifogo (Sep 12, 2012)

one sensor is good for videocameras and still cameras...

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (Sep 26, 2012)

Sony does - look up the Sony PMW- F3 or NEX-FS100. But those are full-on professional videocams. These are intended to be more general purpose video+stills cameras.

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Sep 12, 2012)

DPR you should have posted the VG900 in it's own post from the VG30 since people here don't have a clue about the difference from what I see.

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thomas2279f
By thomas2279f (Sep 12, 2012)

Wow excellent camcorder - Sony seems to have all cameras covered; compact, mirrorless, aps, full frame and Camcorders available in A & E mount.

Still weakness exist in A mount with lens not matching up with Canon lineup and why did Sony stick with the konica minolta Hotshoe all this time - should have replaced it with first Sony DSLR model with adaptor available to use the old flash guns.

What I don't like are the suped up prices of new lenses in Canon EF and Sony A Mounts - way overboard although the prices for E mount lens are fair.

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Superka
By Superka (Sep 12, 2012)

moire and aliasing problems are still there with this sensor? Then better buy Black Magic.

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Roberto Mettifogo
By Roberto Mettifogo (Sep 12, 2012)

lot of aliasing and moirè in Black MAgic too... you don't notice it much because the few demos out there are made on tripod when lines are filmed.

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (Sep 26, 2012)

Keep in mind with the Black Magic cam you get to deal with a large 2.7x crop factor. Makes shooting wide angles a pain in the backside. Also, file sizes will be massively larger and post-production will be more intensive.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 12, 2012)

NM

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (Sep 12, 2012)

... oops.

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Deleted-pending
By Deleted-pending (Sep 12, 2012)

SONY rocks ! Their new 24MP sensor seems to be the way to go for a perfect harmony between resolution, high iso capacity and video down scalling ! : the only problem is they own the right on their codec, so Nikon will not for the moment have the privilege to implant 60P in full HD.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Sep 12, 2012)

Some criticized the VG20 because of flimsy plugs, awkward buttons, and absence of advanced controls: basically the sensor of a $650 NEX5n inside a $2,000 camcorder body with a fancy mic and a tad more heat dispersion. Video shot with large sensors and narrow DOF also seems to demand a stationary camera with controlled scenes. Action video of uncontrolled subjects or complex motion (sports, dancers, or even weddings) may fare better with something like Sony's HXR-NX30U, which combines a smaller sensor and "balanced optical steady shot," which employs a gyro.

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tt321
By tt321 (Sep 12, 2012)

Sony seems in love with the 11x zoom concept.

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (Sep 26, 2012)

Most of the HD consumer videocams have a 10x or 11x zoom lens, regardless of manufacturer. Sony is simply extending that to the large sensor market/arena.

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Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Sep 12, 2012)

Now, the sensor used by this Sony consumer type camcorder is larger than their professional camera F65! But what's the difference in image quality if both cameras are using the same lens...

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Plastek
By Plastek (Sep 12, 2012)

Camcoder is more then just a sensor. Just as DSLR is more then just a sensor.

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (Sep 26, 2012)

The folks shooting with an F65 are not using consumer lenses. Ever. They are using PL mount glass. Look up the prices, they are amazing.....That sensor is also optimized exclusively for motion picture use. High megapixel stills are irrelevant to users of that cam.

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spidermoon
By spidermoon (Sep 12, 2012)

VG900 with FF sensor E-Mount and not native FF E-mount lense, that's quite ironic :) Hopefully, they put a 250$ adapter in the box (street price of la-ea2) . Strange marketing, as usual for sony ;)

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danichtfuer
By danichtfuer (Sep 12, 2012)

They do. Read the first paragraph.

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ET2
By ET2 (Sep 12, 2012)

LAEA2 only workks in APSC crop mode. A99 requires LAEA3 but it comes with the camera

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vtinitus
By vtinitus (Sep 12, 2012)

i think it's actually a quite smart step: the short flange distance of the mount allows plenty of adapters that can really make use of the full frame sensors--from cheap (but lovely) m42 lenses to quality leica glass, just the available stills lenses provide more options than one can ever use and there are also plenty of film lenses.

i must say that sony really impressed me today. along with the ip5 my wet tech dreams will soar for weeks--until i realize how few of them i'll eve be able to afford (or need).

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abi170845
By abi170845 (Sep 12, 2012)

And I'm wondering why people still use a dslr for making music videos and such? this is cheaper than using a dslr plus spending more money on the dlsr rigging devices.

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Roberto Mettifogo
By Roberto Mettifogo (Sep 12, 2012)

most of them invested a lot in lenses when 5DmarkII came out, now they want to keep their investment. Same for GH2, hacked is incredible, I need very good reason to buy new set of lenses for sony before I stop using my hacked GH2 with all my m43 lenses.

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ReinisBone
By ReinisBone (Sep 13, 2012)

I would really like to know any advantages of this against a dslr in music video. I can't find any. Why do dslr's lose?

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love_them_all
By love_them_all (Sep 12, 2012)

Sony - this is nuts. You released the VG900 that takes 24mp still image why not just do the same thing in a NEX body already?

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Dennis Linden
By Dennis Linden (Sep 12, 2012)

I'll take this and a rx1 please and thank you

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Absolutic
By Absolutic (Sep 12, 2012)

Richard is there more info on 18-200 lens, since it seems to be the most compact 18-200 lens that could be used on NEX Cameras, like NEX-6/7? I want to see how it looks like and weight and such?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Sep 12, 2012)

I'm afraid we don't yet have any details beyond what's in the release. It's the only one of these products we've not seen in the office.

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Fiatopichan
By Fiatopichan (Sep 12, 2012)

It's great. I doubt when the NEX full frame will come.

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Sep 12, 2012)

This.....Will sell well.....

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Nathaniel George Weir
By Nathaniel George Weir (Sep 12, 2012)

wow... What would've been truly epic is if they made that sensor 2 megapixels for ridiculously lowlight video.

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TailsNZ
By TailsNZ (Sep 12, 2012)

I said the same thing on Engadget a few hours ago, and someone replied "Keep in mind a full-frame 24MP sensor is just 11MP in APS-C terms. So this camera has much larger photosites than most cameras.

Most modern dSLRs use binning techniques to reduce resolution. The days of line-skipping are long gone. Which is why video from these sensors have little aliasing artifact.

Also, lets keep in mind that you need more than 2MP to make a true 2MP image. With bayer sensors you lose a significant amount of resolution during the debayering process and just as much with the AA filter. For this reason, you actually need around 3-4MP to make a true 2MP image (this is why Arri Alexa uses 3.5k to make a 2K image, and Red uses a 5K sensor to make a 4K image with their Epic)."

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Martin Datzinger
By Martin Datzinger (Sep 12, 2012)

Could you please tell me a single DSLR that performs pixel binning for video capture?

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Noirist
By Noirist (Sep 12, 2012)

No current DSLR performs pixel binning for video capture; they ALL perform line skipping. The only large sensor mirrorless cameras that perform pixel binning are the Panasonic GH1 and GH2.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 12, 2012)

So the image is not a PS after all. $1800 is cheap for a FF. Come on SONY, announce NEX-FF before end of year for $1800 or less and you'll win big.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Sep 12, 2012)

It's $3,300 for the full-frame one. The APS-C VG30 is $1,800.

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jpr2
By jpr2 (Sep 12, 2012)

except for one photo there was not a word about what LA-EA3 can do and is good for??

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ET2
By ET2 (Sep 12, 2012)

LAEA3 is an adapter that allows all full-frame A mount lenses to be used on the camcorder/e-mount cameras

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 12, 2012)

Sorry Mr. Butler. I read "or $1,800 body-only" and think "wow, that cheap for a FF" before realizing that's for VG30.

LA-EA3 just so you can use both A-mount and E-mount on the camcorder. Kinda make sense since no A-mount lens is powerzoom.

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jpr2
By jpr2 (Sep 12, 2012)

still not clear how does LA-EA3 operate (except regulating flange distance for alpha lenses)?

what is different from LA-EA1?

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zstan
By zstan (Sep 12, 2012)

LA-EA1 is a full frame - APSC mount. LA-EA3 is a full frame-full frame mount. the translucent mirror is much bigger

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ET2
By ET2 (Sep 12, 2012)

LAEA is just a regular adapter with no glass. Works only on APSC Nex or in crop mode for VG900

LAEA2 has built in SLT mirror and PDAF sensor so A-mount lenses can use PDAF AF. Works only on APSC Nex or in crop mode for VG900

LAEA3 works with fullframe VG900 -- nothing else known about it yet

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SteveNunez
By SteveNunez (Sep 12, 2012)

The VG900 is a winner. This year has become incredible blurring the line between professional high end cameras and these lower cost prosumer models.......hacked GH2's and Blackmagic cameras and the newly announced GH3 and these new Sonys are really allowing prosumers to create professional looking imagery at low price points........now if only Apple would implement native AVCHD editing the world would be nearly perfect!
I'm wondering if Canon, Nikon, Pentax etc/nex adapters can be used with this camera for use with adapted manual lenses like with other NEX models.....shoot without lens mounted mode.

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MitsBuchanan
By MitsBuchanan (Sep 12, 2012)

Guys I 've heard of a silly rumour, tha VG900 does not have autofocus capability in video! could someone please confirm this is not true?

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Justindp
By Justindp (Sep 23, 2012)

I highly doubt that. One of the main differences between the laea2 and the one is the slt mirror which allows autofocus with the alpha lenses (which can be incredibly noisy considering they are not built for video however depending on your application for the video can be useful none the less). One of the raves about their higher end fs700 is the face detection and autofocus capabilities. From professional standpoint the autofocus on the fs700 is about the closest I have ever seen to actually being a useful autofocus with little or no pecking. I highly doubt Sony would leave out autofocus on the 900 but who knows Sony is full of surprises.

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (Sep 26, 2012)

Didn't see the rest of the responces until after posting for whatever reason...deleted original.

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