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Sony HDR-TD20VE

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Sony HDR-TD20VE Camcorder

1/3 460g CMOS Jan 2012
Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Good brand
Has an image stabilizer
Quite large display diagonal

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Good Brand

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Released Over Five Years Ago

It was January 2012 when Sony released the HDR-TD20VE.


Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

At 460 grams, the HDR-TD20VE has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-TD20VE has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder also have an image stabilizer.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The HDR-TD20VE has a quite small optical zoom (only 10 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. Across all the video cameras that were released more than two years ago the optical zooms range from 1x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 23x.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the PMW-200 (£2,999) (14x), or the PMW-300 (£8,158.80) (14x) both from Sony.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 120 times zoom factor, the HDR-TD20VE has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

At 3.5 inches, the HDR-TD20VE has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type. The average display diagonal of camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera is 3.5".

Camcorders with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Cinema Camera MFT (£1,668) (5" and higher rated), or the Production Camera 4K (£2,622) (5" and higher rated) both from Blackmagic Design.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this video camera is 470,000 pixels, and the display resolutions (numeric) range from 150 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of only 1,229 pixel, the HDR-TD20VE has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-TD20VE is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 720 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on video cameras of a similar type and 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 the most frequently found maximum video resolution on camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Sony HDR-TD20VE supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

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Has a Microphone in

The HDR-TD20VE has a microphone in. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera also have a microphone in.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The HDR-TD20VE has a composite video out. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder also have a composite video out.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The HDR-TD20VE does not support PictBridge, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera also do not support PictBridge.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The HDR-TD20VE has a headphone outputs. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera also have a headphone outputs.

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White Balance

Features Outdoor White Balance

The HDR-TD20VE features outdoor white balance, as do most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The HDR-TD20VE features indoor white balance, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

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Features Onepush White Balance

The HDR-TD20VE features onepush white balance. Most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera also feature onepush white balance.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the HDR-TD20VE does not have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The Sony HDR-TD20VE does not have a built-in light, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this camcorder also do not have a built-in light.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HDR-TD20VE has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony HDR-TD20VE has a built-in microphone. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in microphone.

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Still Image

6016 X 3384 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Sony HDR-TD20VE is 6016 x 3384 pixels. That's over ten times the maximum image resolution of the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. The best maximum image resolution of all comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder is 6784 x 3816 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Storage

Fairly Large Internal Storage Capacity

With an internal storage capacity of 64 gigabytes, the HDR-TD20VE has one of the larger internal storage capacities amongst camcorders of this age. The average internal storage capacity of video cameras that have been around for more than two years is 29GB, and the internal storage capacities range from 2GB to 92GB.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

The HDR-TD20VE has a maximum optical sensor size of 1". That's 11% more optical sensor size than a 1.8" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrtd20ve, sony pixels3d, hdrtd20vescen
Barcodes 04905524857412, 04905524857429, 04905524857450

Sony HDR-TD20VE Review Sources

To prepare this Sony HDR-TD20VE review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,208 product attributes, 23,752 camcorder reviews and 1,754,400 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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