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Sony NEX-VG20
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Sony NEX-VG20 Camcorder

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16.1MP 645g CMOS Sep 2013
Sensor Size Full HD Weight Sensor Type Release Date
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19 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

This Sony video camera has received three awards from experts.

This video camera received an "Editor's Choice" from Camcorderinfo.com, Macworld.co.uk and Reviewed.com all of whom concluded that this big sensor size camcorder was outstanding.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on eleven expert reviews from sites including Digital Versus, PC Advisor.co.uk, camcorderinfo.com and CNET.com.au this video camera has an average expert rating of 85 out of 100.

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Based on 3,509 expert and owner reviews, Sony has good ratings for its video cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically within its big sensor size video cameras range compared to other manufacturers.

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony NEX-VG20 has an interchangeable lens, unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and type which do not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative video cameras with an interchangeable lens currently available which you might want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ810 ($1,393.21) which has better reviews.

Other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to consider include the Sony NEX-VG30 ($1,149.99).

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The NEX-VG20 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ810 ($1,393.21).

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony NEX-VG20 is Full HD. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the NEX-VG20 also are Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other Full HD video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ810 ($1,393.21).

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The NEX-VG20 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the NEX-VG20 also have an HDMI port.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ810 ($1,393.21).

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

At 16.1 megapixels, the NEX-VG20 has a very high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age. The movie megapixel counts of big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1.1MP to 17MP.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Sony NEX-VG20 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it. In addition, this video camera support MS PRO, MS Pro-HG Duo and MS Pro-HG Duo HX and SD memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the NEX-VG20.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Very High Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the NEX-VG20 is 9.8MP. When compared to other big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the NEX-VG20 that we have assessed, the megapixel count of the NEX-VG20 of 16.7 megapixels is one of the highest.

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4912 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the NEX-VG20 is 4912 x 3264. That's 93% more still image resolution than a 3840 x 2160 camcorder, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the NEX-VG20 the best still image resolution is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and type, the NEX-VG20 has a built-in display.

There are a number of other video cameras with a built-in display currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ810 ($1,393.21).

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Fairly High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, the NEX-VG20 has a quite high display resolution compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the NEX-VG20. The lowest display resolution of comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the NEX-VG20 is 91,000 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Value

The NEX-VG20 has a quite high maximum aperture value (6.3) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years. The lowest maximum aperture value of big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.6 and the highest is 10.

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4912 X 3264 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Sony NEX-VG20 is 4912 x 3264 pixels. That's over eight times the maximum image resolution of a 1600 x 1200 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution. The worst maximum image resolution of all video cameras that were released around the same time as the NEX-VG20 is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 6592 x 3712 pixels.

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Fairly High Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the NEX-VG20 range from 700mAh to 5,800mAh. At 2,060 milliamperes * hour, the NEX-VG20 has a quite high battery capacity compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The Sony NEX-VG20 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras that were released more than two years ago. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the NEX-VG20.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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7 Reasons Against

Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

Across all the big sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years the bitrates at maximum video resolution range from 5 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s. The Sony NEX-VG20 has a quite small bitrate at maximum video resolution (only 5 megabits per second) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the NEX-VG20, the NEX-VG20 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony NEX-VG20 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras that have been around for more than two years are not waterproof. The Sony NEX-VG20 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a built-in projector. The NEX-VG20 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

Alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector that you might also want to look at include the Sony HDR-PJ810 ($1,393.21) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the NEX-VG20 is more than most camcorders of this spec and age. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the NEX-VG20.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture

Big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have minimum apertures of between 1.1 and 11. The NEX-VG20 has one of the higher minimum apertures (3.5) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Sony NEX-VG20

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the NEX-VG20 over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the NEX-VG20 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

If this Sony video camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony FDR-AX100 ($1,365.64) (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 645 grams, the NEX-VG20 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-VG20.

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Average Optical Zoom

The NEX-VG20 has a pretty average optical zoom (11 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the NEX-VG20.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the FDR-AX100 ($1,365.64) (12x and higher rated), or the HDR-PJ810 ($1,393.21) (12x and higher rated) both from Sony.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Mode
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Audio Dubbing
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
DV Port
Component Video Out Port
PictBridge
S-Video in Port
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Lens Hood Included
Wrist Strap Included
Shoulder Strap
Other Features
Night Mode
Spotlight
Aperture Range
BRAVIA Sync
Lens Cap Included
Backlight
Demonstration Mode
X.v.Color Support
Technical Details

3 Awards

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Expert Reviews

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22 June 2012

Ever since DSLR cameras started recording video, we've been waiting for a product like the Sony NEX-VG20 to come along. People love the way DSLRs and system cameras capture video, and they love...

Camcorderinfo.com

22 June 2012

Ever since DSLR cameras started recording video we've been waiting for a product like the Sony Handycam NEX-VG20 to come along. People obviously love the way DSLRs and system cameras capture...

Reviewed.com

1 June 2012

Because we don't have access to the gadget for a full product analysis we are not able to provide you any certain conclusion. According to Sony, their NEX-VG20 will come in two versions which will...

The removable lens nature doesn?t only stretch to the feature set of the Sony VG20, as the image quality reflects. With the amount of manual controls on offer, as well as the inputs and...

30 April 2012

Macworld.co.uk

It may seem strange to take the innards of a recently introduced still camera ? the Sony NEX-5N ? and place them into a camcorder while maintaining the removable lens feature. The Sony VG20 takes... Read more…

30 April 2012

The removable lens nature doesn?t only stretch to the feature set of the Sony VG20, as the image quality reflects. With the amount of manual controls on offer, as well as the inputs and...

16 March 2012

For this price you get a solid camera with many available interchangeable lenses and more on the way.Sony Electronics Inc...

13 March 2012

The Sony NEX-VG20 is a good update of the VG10 that's not too far from perfect. Image quality is excellent and sound has been upped to 5.1. Although the depth of field is no match for the Canon...

18 January 2012

Given the price of other large-sensor, interchangeable-lens systems, the NEX-VG20 offers excellent value for anyone who prefers shooting video on a camcorder-style body rather than on a...

14 February 2012

Le NEX-VG20 est une bonne amélioration face à l'ancienne version au point d'être presque parfait. La qualité d'image est très bonne et l'audio passe au 5.1. Certes, la profondeur de champ...

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nexvg20, nexvg20e, nexvg20eb, nexvg20eh, nexvg20ehb, nexvg20ehbdiyg, sonyserviceparts hvrz5, sonyserviceparts hvrz5n, sonyserviceparts hxrnx5, sonyserviceparts hvrz5e, sonyserviceparts hvrz5p, sonyserviceparts nexvg10, sonyserviceparts hxrnx5e, sonyserviceparts nexvg20, sonyserviceparts hxrnx5n, sonyserviceparts hxrnx5m, sonyserviceparts hxrnx70, sonyserviceparts hxrnx70p, sonyserviceparts nexvg10e, sonyserviceparts nexvg20e, sonyserviceparts nexvg20eh, sonyserviceparts hdrfx1000, sonyserviceparts hdrfx1000e
Barcodes 00027242785618, 00088515719969, 03610170534839, 03610170539759, 04905524829105, 04905524829143, 05013493204096, 05212015402686

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