Sony shows full-frame camcorder

Sony has unveiled what is claimed to be the world’s first consumer, full-frame, interchangeable lens camcorder, the NEX-VG900 Handycam.

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.

The NEX-VG900 has a resolution of 24.3-megapixels (effective), using an Exmor CMOS sensor.

It captures full-frame, 24-megapixel still photos, with RAW format support.

Sony says 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.

There’s also AVCHD version 2.0 standard 60p recording.

Picture Effect modes enable easy creation of artistic ‘in-camera’ treatments.

VG30H

A convenient seesaw lever allows slow, smooth zoom capability. 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.

The VG900 switches automatically from full-frame operation to APS-C mode when an E-mount or A-mount DT lens is attached.

Sharing many of the pro-oriented enhancements of the VG900, the Handycam NEX-VG30H succeeds the VG20H.

With a resolution of 16.1-megapixels (effective), the new camcorder’s Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor assures outstanding image quality with the family of interchangeable E-mount lenses, says Sony.

Like the VG900, 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-FinderEVF, comprehensive manual controls and the same seesaw style zoom lever as the VG900.

The VG30H comes supplied as a kit with the new E PZ 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 power zoom lens.

Both camcorders are scheduled for availability in November.

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