Sony’s New Full-Frame Video Camera Makes Waves
The new full frame VG900 and its smaller-sensor sibling, the VG30, were announced today. Alongside Sony’s other announcements, the VG900 is now the third camera to use the a99 DSLR‘s 24-megapixel sensor (the other being the compact RX1)…
At the same 24p, 60p, and 60i frame rates that the a99 can capture, the VG900 can capture incredible footage, fast and slow, with an amazing amount of depth of field, thanks to its 35mm frame. Built around the E-mount, the camera can also accept APS-C-coverage lenses and will automatically crop down to accommodate the new coverage while keeping the same 1080p resolution. A digital 2x zoom also helps when you’re in a tight spot without sacrificing your resolution output.
The VG30, apart from downsizing to an APS-C sensor, is largely the same camera.
You can find the VG900 for a quite reasonable $3200 at an unknown release date or the VG30 for $1800 in November. A new 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 OSS lens will be bundled as a kit for a $400 savings over buying the camera and lens separately, too.
Of note, the VG900 is compatible with many of the same accessories as the a99 DSLR (and other Sony Alpha DSLRs). It also has an Alpha-mount converter so you can use the same lenses you currently enjoy using on your Sony DSLRs. This kind of interchangeability is what I’ve always wanted to see — it’s the future. Sony’s been in the dumps in terms of its stock; and I’ll bet this thinking will really help them turn around. They’ve certainly upped the game.