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10x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 1" 460g Jan 2012
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Sony HDR-TD20VE Review

With excellent reviews and features, we have ranked the Sony HDR-TD20VE number 321 across all camcorders.
4 Reviews + 1 Award
6 Years Old
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 72?

It has very good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 83%. This camcorder has received a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews. HP camcorders also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer video cameras with better features are available. However this Sony camcorder has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest video cameras 2018.
The HDR-TD20VE has some great features:
Has an image stabilizer
Manual control (2d only) - assignable dial gives precise user control over focus, white balance, exposure, AE shift, iris and shutter speed
Golf shot (2d only) - automatically captures a high-speed burst of images to freeze fast-moving action at exactly the right moment
BRAVIA sync - directly control camcorder playback functions via remote of connected BRAVIA television
HDMI output - transmits two stereoscopic full HD video signals for viewing on any compatible 3d HD television
Direct copy - transfer video footage - including 3d - direct to an external hard disk drive without pc: playback with fun camcorder features
LED video light / flash - illuminate your subject for great results at parties, indoor shooting and night-time scenes
Face detection and smile shutter (2d only) - capture clear, natural portraits: automatically shoot still photos of smiling faces during video recording
Stereo speaker with s-master amplifer technology - high quality linear phase speaker system delivers clear, natural stereo sound when playing back your clips
Closer voice for clearer dialogue and speech - boosts microphone directionality and optimises processing to reduce noise and background sounds when faces are detected
Auto wind noise reduction - advanced processing reduces wind noise for clearer outdoor sountracks; automatically adjusts processing to match wind strength
High quality 5.1ch surround sound - sensitive microphone design captures dialogue and surround sound with superb clarity
GPS inside / map index - automatic geotagging of clips and photos by gps: see where video clips were shot with built-in map on LCD
Quick AF - autofocus locks onto subject at high speed for clear, sharply-focused images, even in low-light conditions
Tracking focus (2d only) - select an object on the touchscreen and keep autofocus locked on moving subjects, even if they're not people: ideal for pets
Intelligent AUTO (iauto) mode - recognizes up to 180 combinations of face detection, scene settings and handheld/tripod shooting: adjusts for best results
Highlight playback - automatically edits together movie highlights and still photos with music and transitions: burn the results to DVD or share online (can be saved in 2d only)
Supports HDMI
64GB internal memory - records on internal 64gb memory plus additional recording on optional memory card (memory stick pro duo' or sd/sdhc)
Larger than average display diagonal
4512 x 3384 still image resolution
Full HD camcorder captures every moment in incredible 3d
Double full HD (1920x1080) 3d recording - separate lens/sensor capture full-resolution HD images for each eye; with 3d depth adjustment for natural, comfortable results
Full HD 1920x1080 50p recording (2d only) - full HD recording at very high bit rate with 50p progressive shooting mode for highest image quality and smoothness
25p progressive recording mode (2d only) - shoots full HD images at 25 frames per second to achieve cinematic feel with your video footage
Double G lens with 10x optical zoom - two lenses capture images for left/right eyes; with extended zoom 12x (3d) / 17x (2d) and 33.4mm wide angle (3d) / 29.8mm (2d)
Easy interface with event browse - intuitive playback solution groups your camcorder footage and still photos by events: allows easy searching to favourites
Optical steadyshot with enhanced active mode - with 3-way shake-cancelling for stable images, even while walking. now offers enhanced stabilisation at all zoom settings
Double 1/3.91 type exmor R' CMOS sensor - two separate sensors capture detail-packed video images for each eye with reduced image noise, especially in low light
Double BIONZ processor - high-speed image processors for enhanced image quality and responsive performance
Up to 20.4 megapixel still photo (2d only) - by pixel super resolution technology ensures extremely detailed, high quality still images
8.8cm/3.5" xtra fine 3d LCD - enjoy 3d and 2d playback on the extra-large touchscreen with ultra-high (1229k dot) resolution: no 3d glasses needed
Connect and quick charge with built-in USB cable - USB cable stows neatly in camcorder's hand strap. connect handycam to your computer and transfer videos or recharge battery
PlayMemories home - built-in software allows easy transfers to PC for editing, printing, disc burning, emailing and web uploads

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Sony HDR-TD20VE In-Depth Analysis

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One Industry Award

One expert review site concluded that they would endorse this Sony camcorder. This was from Trusted Reviews who gave it an "Recommended".

Good Expert Reviews

Based on four expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Les and this Sony camcorder has an average expert rating of 83%. If all the camcorders are ranked by average expert review score then this camcorder is in the top 20%.

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Sony Has Very Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We checked 9,817 expert and owner reviews (including 2,796 verified purchases) for Sony camcorders and found that on average Sony has very good reviews. 91% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Released Over Six Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-TD20VE in January 2012.


Average Optical Zoom

The HDR-TD20VE's optical zoom of 10x is relatively standard compared to most other camcorders. It is in the biggest 38% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Resolution

This camcorder has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found resolution on camcorders.

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Average Optical Sensor Size

The Sony HDR-TD20VE's optical sensor size of 0.256" is relatively average compared to most other camcorders. It is in the largest 45% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature.

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Heavier Than Average

Across all the video cameras the weights range from 50g to 7.5kg, and the average weight is 570g. The Sony HDR-TD20VE's weight of 460g is heavier than average when compared to most other camcorders. It is in the heaviest 26% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-TD20VE has an image stabilizer. 69% of video cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Average Digital Zoom

The HDR-TD20VE's digital zoom of 120x is relatively standard compared to most other camcorders. It is in the biggest 44% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature.

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Supports HDMI


The Sony HDR-TD20VE supports HDMI, as do 70% of camcorders.

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Larger Than Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the HDR-TD20VE of 3.5" is larger than 96% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature. Across all the camcorders the display diagonals range from 1.3" to 9", and the average display diagonal is 3".

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4512 X 3384 Still Image Resolution

The HDR-TD20VE supports a maximum still image resolution of 4512 x 3384. That's over seven times the resolution of the most common resolution of 1920 x 1080. The resolution of all camcorders ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4912 x 3680 (best).

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-TD20VE is Full HD, as are 70% of camcorders.

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Larger Than Average Internal Storage Capacity

The smallest internal storage capacity of video cameras is 0.1GB, the largest is 220GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 27GB. The internal storage capacity of the Sony HDR-TD20VE of 64GB is in the largest 12% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature.

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The HDR-TD20VE is 3D, which is unusual. 96% of camcorders are not 3D.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most other video cameras, the Sony HDR-TD20VE does not support PictBridge. 97% of video cameras do not support PictBridge.

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Has a Microphone in

The Sony HDR-TD20VE has a microphone in, unlike 75% of video cameras which do not have a microphone in.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony HDR-TD20VE has a built-in microphone, as do 54% of video cameras.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

sony hdrtd20ve


04905524857412, 04905524857429, 04905524857450

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