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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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22 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

Experts in video cameras love this video camera and have given it three awards.

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

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on eleven expert reviews from sites including Digital Versus, PC Advisor.co.uk, camcorderinfo.com and CNET.com.au the average expert rating of this Sony camcorder is 85%.

Good Brand

We calculated the average reviews for all Sony video cameras and also specifically for Sony big sensor size video cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.

Good Size

Some Sony NEX-VG20 owners thought it was compact. Expert website Pcadvisor.co.uk said in their Sony NEX-VG20 review four years ago “The Sony VG20 takes the benefits of a Compact System Camera and combines them”.

Reasonably Priced

Several Sony NEX-VG20 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good value for money. Videomaker.com mentioned “For this price you get a solid camera with many available interchangeable lenses”. Cnet.com.au mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert website CNET.com.au “The NEX-VG20 offers excellent value for anyone who prefers shooting video on a camcorder-style body rather than on a video-enabled SLR”.

Good Product Quality

One Sony NEX-VG20 reviewer concluded that this camcorder was good quality. Digitalversus.com said in their review of this camcorder on expert website Digital Versus four years ago “Image quality is excellent and sound has been upped to 5.1”.

Robust

One person who reviewed it considered that it was well made.

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony NEX-VG20 has an interchangeable lens, unlike most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the NEX-VG20 which do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of other video cameras with an interchangeable lens currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ810[plb_2109575_price].

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think the Sony NEX-VG30[plb_1543923_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras of this type and age, the NEX-VG20 has an image stabiliser.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the NEX-VG20, the NEX-VG20 has an HDMI port.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the NEX-VG20, the Sony NEX-VG20 is Full HD.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The NEX-VG20 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. Most big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this Sony camcorder 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).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of a similar age and spec to the NEX-VG20.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera is MS Pro-HG.

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

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Very High Movie Megapixel Count

The lowest movie megapixel count of video cameras of a comparable type and age to the NEX-VG20 is 1.1MP, the highest is 17MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 8.5MP. When compared to other video cameras of this type and age that we have checked the movie megapixel count of, the NEX-VG20's movie megapixel count of 16.1 megapixels is one of the highest.

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Very High Megapixel Count

When compared to other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the NEX-VG20 that we have checked, the NEX-VG20's megapixel count of 16.7 megapixels is one of the highest. The megapixel counts of camcorders of a similar type and age to the NEX-VG20 range from 2MP to 17MP.

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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 the most common still image resolution of 3840 x 2160. Across all video cameras of a similar age and type to the NEX-VG20 the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Has a Built-In Display

The NEX-VG20 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-VG20.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Value

The NEX-VG20 has one of the higher maximum aperture values (6.3) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. The average maximum aperture value of big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the NEX-VG20 is 4, and the maximum aperture values range from 1.6 to 10.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The NEX-VG20 has a quite high display resolution (921,600 pixels) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. Similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the NEX-VG20 have display resolutions of between 91,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels.

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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 the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. Across all camcorders that have been around for more than two years the worst maximum image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 6592 x 3712 pixels.

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Fairly High Battery Capacity

Similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the NEX-VG20 have battery capacities of between 700mAh and 5,800mAh. The NEX-VG20 has one of the higher battery capacities (2,060 milliamperes * hour) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the NEX-VG20 is more than most big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on similar spec camcorders that have been available 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 the most frequently supported video resolution on big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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8 Reasons Against

Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

At only 5 megabits per second, the NEX-VG20 has a fairly small bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. Camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the NEX-VG20 have bitrates at maximum video resolution of between 5 Mbit/s and 50 Mbit/s.

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Not 3D Compatible

The NEX-VG20 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the NEX-VG20 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The NEX-VG20 does not have a night mode, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the NEX-VG20 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the NEX-VG20, the Sony NEX-VG20 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the NEX-VG20, the Sony NEX-VG20 does not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ810[plb_2109575_price].

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Heavy

Similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the NEX-VG20 have weights of between 65g and 3.3kg, and the average weight is 670g. The NEX-VG20 is one of the heavier similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago (645 grams) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The Sony NEX-VG20 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture

Camcorders that came out around the same time as the NEX-VG20 have minimum apertures of between 1.1 and 11. With a minimum aperture of 3.5, the NEX-VG20 has one of the higher minimum apertures amongst camcorders of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony NEX-VG20

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the NEX-VG20 over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Sony NEX-VG20 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 11 times zoom factor, the Sony NEX-VG20 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the NEX-VG20.

If you are looking for a video camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ810[plb_2109575_price] (12x) which also has a higher rating.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shoe Mounting Point
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
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
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Mode
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
HD-Ready
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Continuous Shooting Mode
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Audio Dubbing
Microphone Connection
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
DV Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
S-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
Included Battery
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Lens Hood Included
Wrist Strap Included
Shoulder Strap
Other Features
Night Mode
Auto Focus
Noise Reduction
Spotlight
Aperture Range
Auto Exposure
BRAVIA Sync
Lens Cap Included
Backlight
Demonstration Mode
X.v.Color Support
Technical Details
Full HD

3 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(16)
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, 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, 00662578166221, 03610170534839, 03610170539759, 04905524829105, 04905524829143, 05013493204096, 05212015402686

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