NEX-VG900/PRO (NEXVG900/PRO)Discontinued

Full-frame 35mm Full HD Exmor CMOS sensor AVCHD camcorder with interchangeable lens, XLR-K1M XLR microphone kit and PrimeSupport

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Overview

Take complete control - the VG900’s full-frame sensor captures more of the world
The NEX-VG900/PRO consists of the NEX-VG900 AVCHD camcorder with a pro audio microphone kit.

The VG900 camcorder is built around a 24.3 megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor that captures more of the world in bright, lifelike detail with rich colour and tone. With manual controls for iris, shutter speed and gain on the side of the camera, you can make on-the-fly changes as you roll. Choose from a wide range of lenses for any shooting situation. You can also directly fix an E-mount lens with manual or power zoom, or use the supplied lens adapter to attach full-frame A-mount lenses for even more creative freedom.

Capture precise dialogue and other sounds in stereo or 5.1 channel surround sound with the precision Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone. Or use the XLR-K1M XLR adaptor kit, made up of the XLR-A1M adaptor and ECM-XM1 bidirectional monaural microphone, for further sound recording versatility and enhanced audio quality.
High resolution 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor camcorder with 24.3 effective megapixels
Large size sensor accurately reproduces tonal gradations for beautiful, true-to-life images.
Supports 24p recordings and RAW still images with Cinema Tone controls
Give your HD videos that cinematic look, with more depth and detail even in low-light. The 35mm Full Frame sensor for HD videos can shoot in 25p, 50i, 50p and movie standard 24p frames per second – it gives you scope to shoot anything from classic movies to action.
Interchangeable lenses for limitless creativity
The supplied LA-EA3 lens adaptor makes it easy to use high-quality lenses from the comprehensive Sony A-mount line-up, as well as new additions to the E-mount lens line-up featuring internal zoom drive.
Supplied with XLR-K1M XLR audio adaptor kit
Includes XLR-K1M adaptor and ECM-XM1 bidirectional monaural microphone.

Features

24.3 megapixel 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor with progressive recordings
The NEX-VG900E has a large CMOS image sensor that is the same area as a full 35mm film frame. This enables you to create clear, low-noise images with a narrower depth-of-field, providing excellent selective focus control. The camcorder allows you to shoot in high-resolution AVCHD version 2.0 standard 50p mode, or in 24p mode with Cinema Tone Gamma™/Cinema Tone Color™ for a film-like look that offers broad expressive potential. There is also a range of new picture effects that can be used to “personalise” your creations without the need for further editing.
XLR-K1M XLR audio input adaptor with ECM-XM1 microphone for even further sound recording versatility and enhanced audio quality
The XLR-K1M XLR audio input adaptor kit is supplied with the NEX-VG900/PRO package. It features the XLR-K1M adaptor and ECM-XM1 bidirectional monaural microphone. The microphone and adaptor attach to the camcorder via its Multi Interface Shoe.
Outstanding imagery with full-frame A-mount interchangeable lenses
The NEX-VG900 makes it possible to take advantage of an extensive range of lenses for broad expressive capability in a wide range of video shooting situations. It directly mounts high-quality E-mount lenses, and with the supplied LA-EA3 adaptor can also mount full-frame lenses from the thorough Sony A-mount lens line-up, delivering their full angle of view as well as allowing manual focus to be used for cinematic follow focus effects.
XGA OLED electronic viewfinder (Tru-Finder)
High-contrast monitoring with natural colour rendition, and a zoom seesaw lever for both variable and constant speed electronic zooming that is comfortable and easy to use while shooting.
Zoom seesaw lever supports 2x electronic zoom
The NEX-VG900 features a zoom seesaw lever that is easily accessible while holding the camcorder in the normal way. With optional lenses that feature built-in zoom drive* the lever controls optical zoom, and with non-zoom lenses it controls electronic zoom (up to 2x, speed variable in 32 steps). This allows slow, smooth zooming that is almost impossible to achieve when zooming manually, for added creative control and pro-quality imagery.
* E-mount lenses for APS-C sensors.
Operation and design optimised for video shooting
The NEX-VG900 grip is designed to fall easily into the palm of the hand when the camera is held in shooting position. The grip strap is large for comfort, and has been carefully designed to offer the greatest possible stability. Low-angle shots can be handled comfortably by gripping the NEX-VG900 from above and rotating the LCD monitor to a position at which it can be easily viewed. The second start/stop and focus magnification buttons are easily accessible from this position as well. When shooting in bright outdoor conditions simply moving your eye to the eye sensor equipped viewfinder automatically switches from monitor to viewfinder for easier viewing. A control dial on the side of the unit enables adjustment of manual settings while the LCD monitor is in the closed position.
Comprehensive manual controls
Aperture priority, shutter speed priority, or manual exposure control can be easily controlled via direct keys that have been carefully designed and positioned for optimum accessibility. Zebra pattern display is provided for extra adjustment accuracy. In situations where AF doesn’t lock onto the desired subject, the user can switch to manual mode and accurately make the necessary focus adjustment while using the peaking function and one-touch focus magnification button provided on the top of the grip.
Large, high-resolution touch-panel monitor
The LCD monitor is a large “Xtra Fine” 3.0 type with 920,000 dot resolution, wide 16:9 aspect ratio, and LED backlighting. Fine subject details and tonal gradations are faithfully reproduced, making it easy to focus with accuracy while viewing the LCD monitor. The NEX-VG900 monitor additionally functions as a touch-panel for efficient, intuitive operation.
Headphone jack
Accurate sound monitoring capability is important to ensure that top-quality sound is being recorded to match the visual imagery. The NEX-VG900 features a headphone jack that allows direct headphone monitoring of the sound being recorded.
Extended recording times
The supplied NP-FV70 will allow operation for more than two hours*, or the optional NP-FV100 battery can be used for more than five hours* operation.
*Times may vary according to the lens used.
Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone for high-quality stereo / 5.1 surround sound
The NEX-VG900 features a unique Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone that is comprised of four independent microphone capsules in a special configuration. A level meter on the LCD panel allows accurate visual level monitoring so that appropriate adjustments can be made as required. Played back on a high-quality home theatre system, the combination of beautiful imagery and stunning sound adds up to a memorable viewing experience.
Optional lighting options
The Multi Interface Shoe makes it possible to use an add-on flash for bounce lighting, high-speed sync, and other professional lighting techniques, thus answering the needs of many users who want to shoot top-quality video while being able to achieve the same exquisite image quality in still capture as well.
APS-C mode allows shooting with E-mount and A-mount DT lenses
Switching to the APS-C mode allows the full-frame NEX-VG900 sensor to function as an APS-C size sensor. When the auto APS-C mode is selected, the NEX-VG900 automatically switches to APS-C mode when an E-mount or A-mount DT lens is mounted.
DSLR-class still images with RAW capture capability
The NEX-VG900 employs a 24.3 megapixel 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS image sensor that can capture DSLR-class still images as well as videos. Up to three images can be shot per second with high-level still camera quality. RAW format is supported so the user has full access to the widest possible range of post-processing options to bring his or her creative vision to realisation.
LA-EA3 adaptor for full-frame A-mount lenses supplied
The NEX-VG900/PRO comes supplied with an LA-EA3 adaptor that allows mounting of full-frame A-mount lenses, allowing wide angle shooting at the lens’s designed focal length (i.e. no “equivalent” focal length due to a smaller sensor), and delicate use of defocusing that is only possible with a full-frame system.
Memory card slot accepts two types of memory cards
In addition to Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, and Memory Stick XC-HG Duo type memory cards, the NEX-VG900 supports a number of SD card types so that users can select memory cards that best match the computer and peripherals they use as well as their workflow, for maximum convenience and versatility.

Specifications

Camera
Camera Type
Interchangeable Lens Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
Lens Compatibility
Sony E-Mount lens
Lens Mount Type
E-Mount
Colors
Colors
(B)Black
Imaging Sensor
Imaging Sensor
35mm Full-Frame Exmor HD CMOS sensor(35.8 x 23.9mm)
Processor
BIONS image processor
Anti Dust
Charge protection coating on Filter
Pixel Gross
Approx. 24.7 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution
Approx. 24.3 megapixels(3:2 Still)/Approx. 20.3 megapixels(16.9 movie)
Color Filter System
RGB Primary color filters
APS-C compatible mode
Yes(Auto/On/Off)
Focal Length Conversion Factor
1.0 x(Full Frame)/1.5 x(APS-C)
Recording
Media Type
Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (Mark 2)
Media Type
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™
Media Type
Memory Stick XC-HG Duo™
Media Type
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card(Class 4 or Higher)
Still Image File Format
DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Still Image Mode
JPEG/JPEG+RAW/RAW
Still Image Max Effective
24.0 megapixels
Still Image Size(Photo Mode)
24.0 megapixels 3:2 Full size (6000 x 4000)
Still Image Size(Photo Mode)
20.3 megapixels 16:9 Full size(6000 x 3376)
Still Image Size(Photo Mode)
10.3 megapixels 3:2 Full size (3936 x 2624)
Still Image Size(Photo Mode)
8.7 megapixels 16:9 Full size (3936 x 2216)
Still Image Size(Photo Mode)
4.6 megapixels 3:2 Full size (2640 x 1760)
Still Image Size(Photo Mode)
3.9 megapixels 16:9 Full size (2640 x 1488)
Still Image Size(Photo Mode)
10.3 megapixels 3:2 APS-C size (3936 x 2624)
Still Image Size(Photo Mode)
8.7 megapixels 16:9 APS-C size (3936 x 2216)
Still Image Size(Photo Mode)
4.6 megapixels 3:2 APS-C size (2640 x 1760)
Still Image Size(Photo Mode)
3.9 megapixels 16:9 APS-C size (2640 x 1488)
Still Image Size(Photo Mode)
2.0 megapixels 3:2 APS-C size (1728 x 1152)
Still Image Size(Photo Mode)
1.7 megapixels 16:9 APS-C size (1728 x 976)
Video Format
HD:MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD™ ver.2.0 format compatible
Video Format
STD:MPEG2-PS
Video Mode(Resolution)
HD:1920x1080/50p, 25p, 24p, 50i(FX,FH), 1440x1080/50i (HQ,LP)
Video Mode(Resolution)
STD:720x576/50i
Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR) *1 *2
HD PS:Approx.28Mbps/FX:Approx.24Mbps/FH:Approx.17Mbps/HQ:Approx.9Mbps/LP:Approx.5Mbps
Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR) *1 *2
STD HQ:9Mbps
Video Signal
HD:HDTV 1080/50p, 25p, 24p, 50i
Video Signal
STD:PAL color, CCIR standards(NTSC color, EIA standards at 24p)
Progressive Mode
HD:50p/25p/24p, Progressive recording
Audio Format
Dolby® Digital 5.1ch, Dolby® Digital 5.1Creator
Audio Format
Dolby® Digital 2ch stereo
Microphone/Speaker
Built-in Microphone
Microphone/Speaker
Monoral Speaker
Wind Position
Yes(Auto)
Wind Noise Reduction
Yes(Off/On)
Mic Level Control
Yes(31steps)
Play List Edit
-
Viewfinder
Type
Swivel EVF 1.3cm(0.5 type) 2359kdots
Diopter Adjustment
Yes
Field of View
100%
Color Temp. Adjust
Yes
LCD Display
LCD Type
3.0 Xtra Fine LCD™ 270 degree swivel display
Touch Panel
Yes
Angle Adjustment
Opening Angle:max.90 deg., Turning Angle:max.270 deg.
Brightness Control *3
Yes(Menu)
Coverage
100%
Live View
Yes
Real time image-adjustment display
Exposure Compensation, WB
Histogram
Yes
Grid Display
Yes(Off/On)
Focus Control
Focus System
Contrast AF
Focus Points
25 points
AF Modes
Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
Focal plane phase detection AF
Yes(Contrast AF Assist at Still & 24p,25p movie Stand-by mode with several A-mount lens)
Direct Manual Focus
Yes
Focus Area
Multi Point AF(25 points)
Manual Focus Assist
Magnified display for precise manual focus
Manual Focus Assist
Peaking Display
Focus Features
Tracking Focus
Exposure System
Metering Modes
Multi-segment, touch spot
Metering
99 Segment metering from CMOS image sensor
Metering Sensitivity
EV- 2 -17EV ( at ISO100 conversion with F1.4 lens)
Exposure Compensation
AE Shift(Dial/Touch Panel)
Exposure Settings
Auto
Exposure Settings
Flexible Spot(Touch Panel)
Exposure Settings
Yes
ISO
Still Mode Only: Auto(100 to 6400),Manual(100 to 25600)
Backlight Compensation
Yes(Auto)
Noise Reduction
Yes
Creative Style
-
White Balance Mode
Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor/WB Temp
WB Shift
Yes(G7-M7 15steps, A7-B7 15steps)
Color temperture
-
Minimum Illumination
8 lux(1/50 Shutter Speed F3.5)
Manual Exposure Assist
Zebra Pattern Display
Zoom Control
Digital Zoom
Yes(x2.0)
Power Zoom Control
Yes
Zoom Lever
Yes
Zoom Speed
Variable/Fix max32Steps
Drive System
Drive Mode
Photo Mode:Single-shot/Continuous/Bracket 0.3EV/Bracket 0.7EV
Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Continuous Shooting Speed
3fps
Self-timer
Approx.10sec.(Still Image)
Shutter Speed Auto Control Range
1/48-1/10000 (movie_24p),1/50-1/10000 (movie_other) , 30s-1/8000 (Still)
Shutter Speed(Manual Shutter)
1/3-1/10000 (movie) , 30s-1/8000 (Still)
Convenience Features
Enlarged Still Image Playback
Yes
Built-in USB Cable
-
Quick On
Yes
Manual/Auto Lens Cover
Manual
S/S & Zoom button on LCD
Yes(Touch Panel , S/S Only)
Red Eye Reduction
Yes(On/Off)
Digital Picture Effects/Picture Effects
-/(Movie and Still:Posterization,Pop color,Retro Photo, Partial Color, High constrastMonochrome, Toy Camera)(Still Only:Soft Focus,Miniature)
Date/Time Stamp
Yes(Rec Date and Time, Camera info)
Erase/Protect
Yes/Yes
Media/Battery Indicator
Yes(recordable time, free and used media space)/Yes(recordable time, remaining capacity)
On Screen Main Indicators
Zoom Position
On Screen Main Indicators
Flash Status
On Screen Main Indicators
Recording/Playback/Editing Media
On Screen Main Indicators
Recording Status
On Screen Main Indicators
Recording Mode
On Screen Main Indicators
Recording Image Quality(HD/STD)
On Screen Main Indicators
Photo Size
On Screen Main Indicators
AE Parameters
On Screen Main Indicators
Histgram
Multiple Language Display
English
Multiple Language Display
Traditional Chinese
Multiple Language Display
Simplified Chinese
Multiple Language Display
French
Multiple Language Display
Italian
Multiple Language Display
German
Multiple Language Display
Spanish
Multiple Language Display
Dutch
Multiple Language Display
Russian
Multiple Language Display
Portugese
Multiple Language Display
Greek
Multiple Language Display
Thai
Multiple Language Display
Czech
Multiple Language Display
Hungarian
Menu Customization
-
Power Save Mode
Auto Shut-off(5minutes)
Still Image Playback Options
Slide Show
Remote Control
Yes
Self Recording
Yes
One Touch Disc Burn
Yes(Menu)
Color Slow Shutter
-
Easy Handycam/Help Function
-/-
Advanced Features
Audio Level Display
Yes
Anti Motion Blur
-
Auto High Dynamic Range
-
Pre-installed "PMB Portable"
-
Cinematone
Yes
S-Master
-
Assignable Dial
Yes(Exposure/AE Shift/WB Temp./WB B-A/WB G-M Set)
Embedded GPS
-
Face Detection
Yes
Priority Setting( for Face Detetection)
Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority
Smile Shutter *4
-
Golf Shot
-
Smooth Slow Rec
-
Intelligent Auto
-
View&Index
Event
NightShot® infrared System
-
x.v.Color™
-
Shockproof
-
Flash
Flash Type
Multi interface Shoe
Flash Metering System
Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes
Auto/Forced/Slow Sync./Rear Sync./Prohibited
Flash Compensation
Yes(+/-2EV , 1/3EV Step)
Interface
Memory Card Slot
Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
STD Output
Composite Video Out(A/V connecting cable(supplied))
STD Output
Component Video Out(Component A/V cable(supplied))
STD Output
S Video Out(A/V connectiong cable with S Video(sold separately))
HD Output
HDMI Out(mini)(sold separately)
HD Output
Component Video Out(Component A/V cable(supplied))
3D HD Output
-
USB Port(s)
mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)(Read only)
BRAVIA® Sync™
-
PhotoTV HD
Yes
DVDirect
Yes(DVD Writer supported(sold separately))
Headphone Jack
Stereo Minijack
Microphone Input
Stereo Minijack
Direct Copy
Yes
Accessory Shoe
Yes(Multi Interface Shoe)
Docking Station
-
PictBridge Compatible
-
DC IN
Yes
Remote Termnal
integrated into A/V Remote terminal
HDMI Terminal
Yes(mini)
A/V Remote Termnal
Video/S Video/Audio/Component Out/Remote
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions(Approx.)(WxHxD including supplied battery) *5
105mm x 130mm x 223mm
Dimensions(Approx.)(WxHxD including supplied battery) *5
4 1/4in x 5 1/8in x 8 7/8in
Dimensions(Approx.)(WxHxD including supplied battery) *5
105mm x 130mm x 227mm (with mount adaptor LA-EA3)
Dimensions(Approx.)(WxHxD including supplied battery) *5
4 1/4in x 5 1/8in x 8 7/8in (with mount adaptor LA-EA3)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only)
825g
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only)
1lb 13oz
Weight(Approx.) (Total) *6
1030g(NP-FV70(supplied battery))
Weight(Approx.) (Total) *6
2lb 4oz(NP-FV70(supplied battery))
Weight(Approx.) (Total) *6
1130g(NP-FV100)
Weight(Approx.) (Total) *6
2lb 7oz(NP-FV100)
Power
Battery Type
InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (V Series) NP-FV70/FV100
Charge on camcorder(Charging time with supplied Battery) *7
Yes(Approx. 3h 15min)
Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation) *8
HD:5.2W
Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation) *8
STD:5.0W
Power Consumption (in LCD Operation) *8
HD:4.7W
Power Consumption (in LCD Operation) *8
STD:4.5W
Power Requirements
7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
In the Box
Supplied Accessory *9
Rechargeable Battery Pack(NP-FV70) (1)
Supplied Accessory *9
AC Adaptor (1)
Supplied Accessory *9
Power Cord (1)
Supplied Accessory *9
Component A/V Cable (1)
Supplied Accessory *9
A/V Connecting Cable (1)
Supplied Accessory *9
USB Cable (1)
Supplied Accessory *9
Body cap (1)
Supplied Accessory *9
Mount Adaptor(LA-EA3) (1)
Supplied Accessory *9
Battery cover (1)
Supplied Accessory *9
Wind screen (1)
Supplied Accessory *9
Large eye cup (1)
Supplied Accessory *9
CD-ROM("Handycam" Application Software) (1)
Supplied Accessory *9
Remote Commander(RMT-835 with Battery(CR2025)) (1)
Supplied Accessory *9
"Operating Guide"(1)
Camera(details)
Auto Non Flicker
Yes
Gain Control
Auto/manual(0dB-30dB)
Face Detection
Auto Control
Exposure,Color,Focus
Face Detection
Face Touch
Yes
Smile Shutter
Smile Sensitivity
-
Convenience Features(details)
TV Connect Guide
-
Image Management File Repair
Yes
Fast Playback
About 5 times/10 times/30 times/60 times
Slow Playback
Forwad:1/5 speed, Reverse:1/2 speed
Date&Time, Area Setting
Date&Time, Summer Time, Area Set
Yes
Date&Time, Area Setting
Auto Date&Time, Area Adjustment by GPS
-
Media Format
Quick Format(Initialize)
Memory Card
Others(details)
Conversion Lens Mode(w/ Optional Lens)
-
5.1ch Center Mic Ready(w/ Optional microphone)
-
Demonstration Mode
-
Pre-Installed High Definition Demo Movie
-
*
*1 Bit Rate is described by system rate(including movie, sounds and others).
*2 PS mode(28Mbps) and FX mode(24Mbp) are peak bit rate.
*3 Backlight brightness will automatically be set "Bright" when connected to AC adaptor.
*4 Not available in the recording mode PS(60p/50p), FX(24p/25p/60i/50i) and FH(24p/25p)
*5 inculding the projecting parts
*6 including a battery pack and a media(if a lens hood is supplied, including it too.).
*7 When using the AC adapater
*8 Recording mode and media are default settings.
*9 The numbers in ( ) are the supplied quantity