Excerpt: The Sony NEX-VG30 is an amazing camera for this price range because it features an APS-C sized sensor like those found on many high end DSLRs; a rare find for most prosumer cameras. While the camera comes with an 18-200mm power zoom lens, it also features an E-mount so other Sony lenses can be used.
Conclusion: Yes, the NEX-VG30H costs more than three-times the price of a typical high-end HD camcorder, but the VG30 isn’t interested in playing on that level. It’s designed to give you professional-quality video (and stills) without going professional.
Pros: Lens interchangeability with E-mount and Alpha- mount lenses, Depth-of-field control for cinematic storytelling., Large sensor delivers great video and photo quality, Superb surround audio capture
Cons: Can get very expensive if you add additional lenses, Too cumbersome for one-handed use, Some audio focusing noise with certain Alpha lenses