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The VG‑XT3 vertical battery grip can be used to supplement the camera battery or when holding the camera rotated to take pictures in portrait (“tall”) orientation.

AShutter button

B[Q] (quick menu) button

C[Fn1] (function 1) button

DControl lock

EFront command dial/role selection button

FLock screw knob

GEyelet for camera strap

HTripod socket


JLock screw

KCompartment for connector cover supplied with camera

L[AE-L] button

MRear command dial/focus assist button

N[AF-L] button

OFocus stick (focus lever)

PIndicator lamps

QPerformance selector

RBattery tray

SBattery-chamber cover latch

TConnector cover

U9 V DC-IN connector

All controls perform the same function as the matching controls on the camera.

Attaching the Vertical Battery Grip

Check that the camera is off before attaching or removing the vertical battery grip.

The camera vertical battery grip contact cover (A) can be stored in the grip. Keep the grip contact cap (B) in a safe place when not in use.

Fully tighten the lock screw knob after attaching the grip.

Do not touch the contacts.

After removing the grip, replace the grip contact cover (A) and contact cap (B).

The grip is not waterproof, and caution is required to prevent the entry of dirt, dust, water, noxious gases, salt, and other foreign matter. Do not place the grip on wet surfaces. Before use, be sure that the battery tray and battery-chamber cover are fully closed.

Inserting and Removing Batteries

Insert the batteries as shown.

The batteries can be removed as shown.

Be sure the camera is off before exchanging batteries.

Use only NP-W126S batteries.

Battery Level

When a vertical battery grip is connected, the camera battery level display shows the camera battery level and the level of the batteries inserted in the VG‑XT3.

The display shows the level of inserted batteries only.

When a full complement of batteries are inserted in the camera and the VG-XT3, the batteries will be used in the following order:

AThe left grip battery (L)

BThe right grip battery (R)

CThe camera battery

Charging the Batteries

The batteries in the VG‑XT3 can be charged when the camera is off or the grip is removed from the camera. Connect the grip’s supplied AC‑9VS AC power adapter to the 9V DC-IN connector.

The indicator lamps will light green while the battery charges; the lamp on the left shows the status of the left battery, the lamp on the right the status of the right battery.

Indicator lamp Battery status
Off Charging complete
On Charging in progress
Blinks Charging fault

The batteries charge simultaneously; charging takes about two hours.

The batteries will not charge while the camera is on, but power will be supplied to the camera.

Use only the supplied AC power adapter.

For more information, see “Charging the Battery” and “For Your Safety”.

Using the AC-9VS Power Adapter

Connect the power cable to the AC-9VS and plug it into a power outlet.

The supplied power cable is for use exclusively with the AC-9VS. Do not the adapter with other cords or the cable with other devices.

The shape of the plug varies with the country or region of purchase.