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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
Has an interchangeable lens
Supports HDMI
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

Experts in camcorders love this big total megapixels video camera and have given it three awards.

Three expert review sites all thought that this camcorder was exceptional and gave it their highest award. This video camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from Camcorderinfo.com, Macworld.co.uk and Reviewed.com.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on ten expert reviews from sites including Digital Versus, PC Advisor.co.uk, ljudochbild.se and Lydogbilde.no this Sony camcorder has an overall expert rating of 87 out of 100.

Sony Has Good Camcorder Reviews

We checked 4,268 expert and user reviews (including 352 verified purchases) for Sony camcorders and found that on average Sony has good reviews. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically for its big total megapixels video cameras. 91% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Three Years Ago

It was September 2013 when this big total megapixels video camera was released.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Sony NEX-VG20 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

We compared all the other 3" screen size camcorders to this camcorder and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-X920 (£679.99) (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Touchscreen

The NEX-VG20 has a touchscreen. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera also have a touchscreen.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 921,600 pixels, the NEX-VG20 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 230,000 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels.

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Lens System

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony NEX-VG20 has an interchangeable lens. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an interchangeable lens currently available which you might want to look at including the Sony HDR-PJ810 which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony NEX-VG20 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this camcorder.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available including because of its better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730E.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.6 to 11, and the average maximum aperture number is 4. The Sony NEX-VG20 has one of the higher maximum aperture numbers (6.3) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 11 times zoom factor, the NEX-VG20 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

If this camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-X920 (£679.99) (12x and higher rated), or the Sony HDR-PJ810 (12x and higher rated).

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Quite High Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.1 to 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.6. With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the Sony NEX-VG20 has a fairly high minimum aperture number compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The NEX-VG20 is Full HD, as are most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

It may also be worth considering one of the other Full HD video cameras currently available including the Sony HDR-CX730E which has better reviews.

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HD-Ready

The NEX-VG20 is HD-Ready. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age 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 typical of many camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Sony NEX-VG20 supports HDMI, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available that you might want to consider including the Sony HDR-CX730E which has better reviews.

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Has an S-Video Out

The NEX-VG20 has an S-Video out. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder do not have an S-Video out.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

Most of the other video cameras of this age and type only have one USB 2.0 port, however the Sony NEX-VG20 has two USB 2.0 ports.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The NEX-VG20 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this video camera.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The NEX-VG20 does not support PictBridge. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera also do not support PictBridge.

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Has a Microphone in

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

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The NEX-VG20 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder also have a headphone outputs.

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Other Features

Features Noise Reduction

The Sony NEX-VG20 features noise reduction. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder also feature noise reduction.

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Features Auto Exposure

The NEX-VG20 features auto exposure, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder.

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Features Auto Focus

The NEX-VG20 features auto focus, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Sony NEX-VG20 has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

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

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Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The NEX-VG20 does not have a built-in light, unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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White Balance

Features Onepush White Balance

The NEX-VG20 features onepush white balance. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago also feature onepush white balance.

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Features Outdoor White Balance

The NEX-VG20 features outdoor white balance, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The Sony NEX-VG20 features indoor white balance. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also feature indoor white balance.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The NEX-VG20 has a face detection, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The NEX-VG20 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

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

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The NEX-VG20 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sony NEX-VG20 has a batteries included. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this camcorder also have a batteries included.

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Still Image

Has a Continuous Shooting Mode

The NEX-VG20 has a continuous shooting mode, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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4912 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The Sony NEX-VG20 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 4912 x 3264 pixels. That's over eight times the maximum image resolution of a 1600 x 1200 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Across all video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera the best maximum image resolution is 6784 x 3816 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

With a weight of 645 grams, the Sony NEX-VG20 is one of the heavier video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. Similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder have weights of between 59g and 3.8kg, and the average weight is 580g.

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Image Sensor

Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

At 16.1 megapixels, the NEX-VG20 has a quite high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder. Big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder have effective megapixels (movie) of between 1.1MP and 5,100,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 140,000MP.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (image)

The effective megapixels (image) of camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder range from 2MP to 25MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 11MP. The Sony NEX-VG20 has one of the higher effective megapixels (image) (16.7 megapixels) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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16.1 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 16.1 megapixels sensor video camera.

If this camcorder total megapixels is too small for you then you might want to look at the Samsung NX210 (20.3MP).

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Battery

Very Long Video Recording Time

Across all the big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder the video recording times range from 0.67h to 3.1h, and the average video recording time is 1.8h. When compared to other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the video recording time of the Sony NEX-VG20 of 3.1 hours is one of the longest.

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Camera

Quite Big Minimum Illumination

Across all the camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera the minimum illuminations range from 1lx to 17lx. With a minimum illumination of 9 lux, the NEX-VG20 has one of the bigger minimum illuminations amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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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

Sony NEX-VG20 Review Sources

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