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Sony NEX-VG20 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder (Body Only)

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Sony NEX-VG20 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder (Body Only)
Key Features
  • APS-Size 16.1 Mp Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • Sony E-Mount for NEX Lenses
  • 1920 x 1080 Recording Up to 60p
  • 28 Mb/s AVCHD to Memory Stick Duo / SD
The Sony NEX-VG20 Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder (Body Only) is the updated, second generation of the large-sensor Handycam camcorder, featuring an even higher-resolution CMOS chip and new 24p & 60p recording modes at 1920 x 1080 resolution. Like its predecessor, the NEX-VG10, the VG20 has an APS-sized sensor and an E-mount for attaching Sony's growing family of compatible lenses, and so the camcorder enables the shallow depth of field for which DSLR video cameras are so highly prized. But the NEX-VG20 also succeeds where DSLRs fall short. Physically a camcorder, it's specifically designed for shooting motion video with ease and comfort.

In fact, the ergonomics of this second-generation NEX camcorder are greatly improved. The NEX-VG20 features a new grip and belt design for more comfortable handheld operation. New buttons enable more efficient operation: there are new direct-access hard keys near the rear of the body, an expanded focus button for better manual focus, and a second REC button that's more easily accessible during low-angle shooting, for when you're holding the NEX-VG20 by its pro-style handle.

Of course, the VG20 keeps the features that made its predecessor such a standout. The APS HD CMOS sensor is significantly larger than a conventional camcorder's, and it's large enough to grant you creative control over what's in focus and what's not, facilitating cinematic-looking video. Manual control over all significant image parameters furthers this intimate level of engagement with captured image.

And unlike with DSLR cameras, there's a swiveling LCD screen, to show you what's in the frame as you shoot from any angle – the 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD now swivels 270°. It's also now a touchscreen, for direct control over menu functions. When the LCD panel is closed, the assignable control dial is now accessible to the operator.

Further enhancements for the NEX-VG20 include the capture of RAW still images (up to the sensor's 16.1 Mp size, of course) and 5.1 surround-sound recording with audio level control. Like the VG10, the NEX-VG20 records AVCHD files (up to 28 Mb/s) to either Memory Stick or SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, and it adds Direct Copy of these files to hard drives.

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Sony NEX-VG20 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Interchangeable Lenses
  • 3Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
  • 4Long-Lasting Battery
  • 5Wide 3.0" Touchscreen LCD
  • 6Quad-Capsule Microphone
  • 7Manual Controls
  • 8Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
  • 9Up to 28 Mb/s AVCHD Video
  • 10HDMI Output for HD Viewing
  • 11Media Card Slot

The Sony NEX-VG20 Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder (Body Only) is the updated, second generation of the large-sensor Handycam camcorder, featuring an even higher-resolution CMOS chip and new 24p & 60p recording modes at 1920 x 1080 resolution. Like its predecessor, the NEX-VG10, the VG20 has an APS-sized sensor and an E-mount for attaching Sony's growing family of compatible lenses, and so the camcorder enables the shallow depth of field for which DSLR video cameras are so highly prized. But the NEX-VG20 also succeeds where DSLRs fall short. Physically a camcorder, it's specifically designed for shooting motion video with ease and comfort.

In fact, the ergonomics of this second-generation NEX camcorder are greatly improved. The NEX-VG20 features a new grip and belt design for more comfortable handheld operation. New buttons enable more efficient operation: there are new direct-access hard keys near the rear of the body, an expanded focus button for better manual focus, and a second REC button that's more easily accessible during low-angle shooting, for when you're holding the NEX-VG20 by its pro-style handle.

Of course, the VG20 keeps the features that made its predecessor such a standout. The APS HD CMOS sensor is significantly larger than a conventional camcorder's, and it's large enough to grant you creative control over what's in focus and what's not, facilitating cinematic-looking video. Manual control over all significant image parameters furthers this intimate level of engagement with captured image.

And unlike with DSLR cameras, there's a swiveling LCD screen, to show you what's in the frame as you shoot from any angle – the 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD now swivels 270°. It's also now a touchscreen, for direct control over menu functions. When the LCD panel is closed, the assignable control dial is now accessible to the operator.

Further enhancements for the NEX-VG20 include the capture of RAW still images (up to the sensor's 16.1 Mp size, of course) and 5.1 surround-sound recording with audio level control. Like the VG10, the NEX-VG20 records AVCHD files (up to 28 Mb/s) to either Memory Stick or SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, and it adds Direct Copy of these files to hard drives.

Interchangeable Lenses
The NEX-VG20 is compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses which are optimized for video shooting with silent-operation auto-focus – as well as Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses (via optional A-mount adapter) to open up a world of creative options
Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
This is the same sensor format that Sony builds into the standard-size α DSLRs. With approximately 19.5x the surface area of conventional camcorder sensors, the Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor makes getting cinematic video with a shallow depth of field a breeze
Long-Lasting Battery
The NEX-VG20 uses a V-Series battery, and with the supplied NP-FV70 you get continuous recording time up to 145 minutes
Wide 3.0" Touchscreen LCD
The camcorder's 3.0" widescreen Xtra Fine touchscreen LCD (921,000 dots) features TruBlack technology and swivels 270°
Quad-Capsule Microphone
Integrated into the handle of the NEX-VG20, the Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone captures stereo audio, with left and right elements oriented 90° from each other. The camera also captures 5.1-channel surround, and features advanced signal processing and audio level control
Manual Controls
For the ultimate in visual creativity, the NEX-VG20 features manual control not just focus but also iris, shutter speed, gain, and white balance
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video
Up to 28 Mb/s AVCHD Video
The NEX-VG20 can capture video in full 1920 x 1080 high definition at up to 28 Mb/s for amazing clarity and detail, in 24p, 60i, and 60p progressive frame rate modes
HDMI Output for HD Viewing
Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV or HDMI-enabled field monitor via the camera's HDMI output (mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable not included). The VG20 continues to show live video on its LCD screen even as video is output via HDMI
Media Card Slot
For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC media (Class 4 or higher recommended). (Memory card is required. All are sold separately.)

Sony NEX-VG20 Specs

Imaging
Resolution
Approx. 16.1 Mp effective (3:2 still)
Approx. 13.6 Mp effective (16:9 movie)
Sensor
Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Color Filter: RGB primary color filters
Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
File Formats
HD Video: AVCHD 2.0 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
SD Video: MPEG2-PS
Stills: JPEG, RAW, JPEG+RAW; DCF version 2.0 compatible, EXIF version 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
File Size
Photo Mode:
16 Mp: 4912 x 3264
7.1 Mp: 3568 x 2000
4.0Mp: 2448 x 1624
Color Spaces
sRGB, AdobeRGB
Focus System
Contrast AF
AF Modes
Single-Shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
Focus Area
Multi-point AF (25 points), Center-weighted AF, Flexible spot AF
Number of Focusing Points
25
Focusing Sensitivity Range
0-20 EV (at ISO 100 conversion with f/2.8 lens – not included)
Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Minimum Illumination
9 lux (shutter speed: 1/60 sec, f/3.5, auto gain)
Image Stabilization
In lens (not included)
Crop Factor
1.5x
Optics
Lens
Sold separately
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount (Compatible with A-mount via adapter – not included
Display
LCD Monitor
3.0" Wide Xtra Fine touchscreen LCD (921,000 dots) with TruBlack technology
Tilting Angle Adjustment
270°
90° angle of opening
Brightness Control
Backlight Bright Control: Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
Coverage
1
Grid Lines
Yes (on/off)
Camera Live View
Yes, constant AF live view
Image Adjustment
Real-time image adjustment display: Exposure compensation, WB
Touchscreen
Yes
Viewfinder
0.43" 1152K-dot Xtra Fine EVF with Backlight Brightness Control
Diopter Correction
Yes
Field of View
1
Recording
Signal System
NTSC color, EIA standards
Recording Media
Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/Pro-HG HX Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
Video Format
HD: AVCHD 2.0 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
SD: MPEG2-PS
Recording Rate
1920 x 1080 @ 60p/24p/60i (PS/FX/FH); PS: 28 Mb/s; FX: 24 Mb/s; FH: 17 Mb/s
1440 x 1080 @ 60i (HQ); HQ: 9 Mb/s

1920 x 1080 captured @ 30p (29.97p), recorded in AVCHD 60i (59.95i)
Still Capture
From video: 2.1 Mp 16:9 (1920 x 1080), 0.307 Mp 4:3 (640 x 480), 0.23 Mp pixels 16:9 640 x 360
Audio Format
Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Built-in Mic
Yes, quad-capsule stereo mic
Exposure Control
Color Temperature
2500-9900k with 19-step magenta/green compensation
Backlight Compensation
Yes (auto)
Creative Color Modes
Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
Dynamic Range
Optimizer: (Auto, Level 1-5, off)
Exposure Compensation
±2EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Metering
Still Mode Only: 63-segment metering from CMOS image sensor
Exposure Metering Mode
Still Mode Only: Multi-segment, touch spot
Metering Range @ ISO 100
Still Mode Only: 0-20EV, with f/2.8 lens (not included)
Shutter Speeds
Auto: 1/4000 to 1/30 sec (movie), 1/4000 to 30 sec (still)
Manual: 1/4000 to 1/4 sec (movie), 1/4000 to 30 sec (still)
Exposure Modes
Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
ISO
Still Mode Only: Auto, manual (100 to 25,600)
White Balance Modes
Auto/One-Push/Outdoor/Indoor
White Balance Shift
Noise Reduction
Long Exposure NR: On/off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec
High ISO NR: Auto
Photo Mode
Continuous Shooting
6 fps
Drive Mode
Photo Mode: Single-shot, continuous, self timer
Self Timer
2-sec or 10-sec delay
Flash Control
Flash Compensation: +/-2EV,1/3EV steps
Flash Modes: Auto/Forced/Slow Sync./Rear Sync./Prohibited
Flash Type: Auto-lock accessory shoe (Alpha)
Advanced Features
Advanced User Interface: Easy-to-understand graphic display
Anti Motion Blur: Yes (photo mode only), 6-image layering
Auto High Dynamic Range: Yes (photo mode), Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
CinemaTone Gamma/Color: Yes
Face Detection: Yes
Priority Setting (for Face Detection): Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority
Interface
Input
Microphone jack: stereo mini
DC Input
Output
HDMI (Mini)
Composite SD video (cable supplied)
Component SD video (cable supplied)
S-Video SD (AV connecting cable with S-Video sold separately)
USB (Mini B, with Direct Copy)
Headphone stereo mini
Accessory Shoe
Alpha shoe, cold shoe
Memory Card Slot
1x Memory Stick PRO Duo / SD card slot
Convenience
Menu Language
English, Simplified English, Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Latin American Spanish
Erase/Protect
Yes/yes
Indicators
Battery Level: Recordable time, remaining capacity
Media: Recordable time, free and used media space
Auto Shut-Off
5 minutes (power save mode)
Playback Options
Not specified by manufacturer
Red Eye Reduction
Yes (on/off)
Other Features
Menu customization
Quick on
One-touch disc burn
S/S & Zoom button on LCD (touch-panel, S/S only)
Docking Station
PhotoTV HD
BRAVIA Sync
DVDirect (DVD Writer supported – sold separately)
Tracking focus
Focus assist for manual focus – magnified display for precise manual focus peaking display
Meta-data sequence number: 1
Auto wind position
Wind noise reduction (on/off)
General
Software
PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2 for Windows XP SP2 (32-bit), Vista SP2 (32/64-bit), Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
Operating Temperature
Not specified by manufacturer
Battery Type
InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System Lithium ion battery (V Series: NP-FV70/FV100)
Power Requirement
7.2V DC (battery pack)
8.4V DC (AC adapter)
Power Consumption
4.0W viewfinder operation in HD
Dimensions
Approx. 3.6 x 5.1 x 8.8" (91 x 130 x 223mm)
Weight
Approx. 1.4 lb (645g)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
12.1 x 8.4 x 6.6"

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