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Sony NEX-VG20 Camcorder

16.1MP 645g CMOS Sep 2013
Total Megapixels Full HD Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Three industry awards
Good size
Good product quality
15 Reviews + 3 Awards
reviewed.com Editor's Choice camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice macworld.co.uk Editor's Choice

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Reviews

Three Industry Awards

This camcorder is one of the most highly awarded by experts in camcorders of all the video cameras of a comparable spec and age.

This video camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from review sites Camcorderinfo.com, Macworld.co.uk and Reviewed.com all of whom wrote that this Sony video camera was brilliant.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

This video camera has an average expert rating of 87 out of 100 based on ten expert reviews from sites including Digital Versus, PC Advisor.co.uk, fwdmagazine.be and ljudochbild.se.

Good Brand

Based on 4,270 user and expert reviews (including 352 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its camcorders. Sony also has good ratings specifically within its big total megapixels video cameras range. 91% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two people thought it was compact. Expert website Pcadvisor.co.uk said in their review of this camcorder “The Sony VG20 takes the benefits of a Compact System Camera and combines them” .

Heavy

The average weight of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera is 590g. The NEX-VG20 is quite heavy (645 grams) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Design

Good Product Quality

One customer considered that the Sony NEX-VG20 was good quality. Digitalversus.com said in their review of this camcorder on Digital Versus “Image quality is excellent and sound has been upped to 5.1”.

Robust

One customer who purchased this camcorder thought it was well made.


Lens System

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The NEX-VG20 has an interchangeable lens. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ810 ($1,393.21) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The NEX-VG20 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730E.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Number

Video cameras of this age and spec have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.6 and 11. At 6.3, the NEX-VG20 has a fairly high maximum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture Number

At 3.5, the NEX-VG20 has a fairly high minimum aperture number compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder. Comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.1 and 11.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 11 times zoom factor, the Sony NEX-VG20 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

If this big total megapixels camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-X920 ($699.00) (12x and higher rated), or the Sony HDR-PJ810 ($1,393.21) (12x and higher rated).

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The NEX-VG20 supports HDMI. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera also support HDMI.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders which support HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730E.

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Has an S-Video Out

The Sony NEX-VG20 has an S-Video out, unlike most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years which do not have an S-Video out.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Sony NEX-VG20 has a DC-in jack. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera also have a DC-in jack.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Sony NEX-VG20 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera also have a headphone outputs.

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Has a Microphone in

The Sony NEX-VG20 has a microphone in, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder, the NEX-VG20 does not support PictBridge.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The NEX-VG20 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder 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-CX730E.

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HD-Ready

The NEX-VG20 is HD-Ready. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera also are HD-Ready.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The smallest bitrate at maximum video resolution of camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera is 5 Mbit/s, the biggest is 72 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 34 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 camcorders of this age and spec.

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Other Features

Features Noise Reduction

The NEX-VG20 features noise reduction. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera also feature noise reduction.

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Features Auto Focus

The NEX-VG20 features auto focus. Most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also feature auto focus.

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Image Sensor

Very High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The Sony NEX-VG20 has a very high effective megapixels (movie) (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera. Video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera have effective megapixels (movie) of between 1.1MP and 17MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 9.5MP.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (image)

The Sony NEX-VG20 has one of the higher effective megapixels (image) (16.7 megapixels) amongst video cameras of this age. Big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago have effective megapixels (image) of between 2MP and 25MP.

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Still Image

Has a Continuous Shooting Mode

The Sony NEX-VG20 has a continuous shooting mode, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

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4912 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The NEX-VG20 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 4912 x 3264 pixels. That's 58% more maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 3680 x 2760 pixels. Across all comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years the worst maximum image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 6784 x 3816 pixels.

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White Balance

Features Onepush White Balance

The NEX-VG20 features onepush white balance, as do most of the other video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this video camera.

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Features Outdoor White Balance

The NEX-VG20 features outdoor white balance. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago also feature outdoor white balance.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The NEX-VG20 features indoor white balance. Most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera also feature indoor white balance.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The NEX-VG20 has a shoe mounting point. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder also have a shoe mounting point.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The NEX-VG20 does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The Sony NEX-VG20 does not have a built-in light, unlike most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The Sony NEX-VG20 has a face detection. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder also have a face detection.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The Sony NEX-VG20 has a touchscreen. Most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera also have a touchscreen.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder is 650,000 pixels, and the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At 921,600 pixels, the NEX-VG20 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Average Display Diagonal

The NEX-VG20 has a pretty standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

There are a number of other 3" screen size video cameras currently available which you might want to look at including the Sony HDR-CX730E which has better reviews.

Video cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-X920 ($699.00) (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The NEX-VG20 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The NEX-VG20 has a batteries included, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The NEX-VG20 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony NEX-VG20 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder also have a built-in microphone.

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Battery

Very Long Video Recording Time

Big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have video recording times of between 0.67h and 3.1h. With a video recording time of 3.1 hours, the Sony NEX-VG20 has one of the longest video recording times amongst video cameras of this age.

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Camera

Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The minimum illuminations of big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera range from 1lx to 17lx. The NEX-VG20 has a quite big minimum illumination (9 lux) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Sony released the NEX-VG20.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sonyserviceparts hdrfx1000e, sonyserviceparts nexvg20eh, sonyserviceparts hxrnx70p, sonyserviceparts nexvg10e, sonyserviceparts hxrnx5e, sonyserviceparts hxrnx5n, sonyserviceparts hxrnx5m, sonyserviceparts hvrz5n, sonyserviceparts hvrz5e, sonyserviceparts hvrz5p, nexvg20ehbdiyg, sony nexvg20e
Barcodes 00088515719969, 03610170534839, 03610170539759, 04905524829105, 04905524829143, 05013493204096, 05212015402686

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