Overview: The VG-C3EM Vertical Grip is designed for the
α9 (ILCE-9) and
(ILCE-7RM3) digital SLR cameras. It comes with a battery
magazine, which can hold one or two NP-FZ100 Lithium-Ion batteries. No batteries
are included with the Vertical Grip. When installed, the VG-C3EM adds
approximately 2" to the overall height, and approximately 9.6 ounces to the
overall weight of the camera (not including batteries).
Controls: The Vertical Grip is equipped with several
controls, conveniently placed for use when the camera is in the vertical
(portrait orientation) position. The controls include a shutter button, front
control dial, rear control dial,
Control (C1 and C2) buttons, AF On (shooting)/Zoom In (playback) button, AE Lock
(shooting)/List (playback) button, a multi-selector, and a Grip Control Lock
Installation: The VG-C3EM Vertical Grip fastens to the
bottom of the α9 and α7RIII. After removing the camera's battery cover (and attaching it to
the grip for safe keeping), the guide bar slides into the camera's battery
compartment, and the attachment screw threads into the camera's tripod socket.
The grip has its own tripod receptacle for mounting the camera to a tripod in
vertical orientation. The electrical contacts on the grip and camera interface
with each other to provide full functionality for the controls and battery power
from the grip to the camera.
Battery Life: You can use one or two
NP-FZ100 batteries in the VG-C3EM Vertical Grip. When two batteries are used,
the remaining level of both battery packs is displayed graphically (segmented
battery icon) in the LCD monitor, while the remaining power in the battery in
use will be shown as a percentage. The battery with the least amount of
remaining power will be used first. When exhausted, the unit will automatically
switch to the next battery pack.
Battery Charging: You can charge the battery pack(s) while
the Vertical Grip is attached, using the AC adapter and USB cable supplied with
the camera. When charging two battery packs, the one with less power is charged
first. Charging time for fully exhausted batteries is 4 hours 55 minutes for one
battery, and 9 hours 50 minutes for two batteries. You can also charge the
batteries with a computer (via USB), however, charging time will be longer.
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