Sony NEX-VG20E Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam PAL Camcorder (Body Only)

Sony NEX-VG20E Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam PAL Camcorder (Body Only)

Sony NEX-VG20E Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam PAL Camcorder (Body Only)

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Product Highlights

  • APS-Size 16.1 Mp Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • Sony E-Mount for NEX Lenses
  • 1920 x 1080 Recording Up to 50p
  • 28 Mb/s AVCHD to Memory Stick Duo / SD
  • 3.0" Touchscreen LCD
  • Quad-Capsule Microphone & 5.1 Sound
  • Cinematone Gamma / Color
  • Direct Copy
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Sony NEX-VG20E overview

  • 1Description

The Sony NEX-VG20E Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam PAL Camcorder (Body Only) is the updated, second generation of the large-sensor Handycam camcorder, featuring an even higher-resolution CMOS chip and new 25p & 50p recording modes at 1920 x 1080 resolution. Like its predecessor, the NEX-VG10E, the VG20E 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-VG20E 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-VG20E 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-VG20E by its pro-style handle.

Of course, the VG20E 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-VG20E 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 VG10E, the NEX-VG20E records AVCHD files (now 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-VG20E 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-VG20E 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-VG20E, 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-VG20E 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-VG20E can capture video in full 1920 x 1080 high definition at up to 28 Mb/s for amazing clarity and detail, in 25p, 50i, and 50p 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 VG20E 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.)
In the Box
Sony NEX-VG20E Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam PAL Camcorder (Body Only)
  • AC Adapter
  • NP-FV70 Rechargeable Battery Pack (1960mAh, 6.8-8.4V)
  • Wind Shield
  • USB Cable & USB Driver
  • Body Cap
  • CD-ROM with Picture Motion Browser PC Application
  • Remote
  • 1 Year Parts & 90 Day Labor Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sony NEX-VG20E specs

    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
    4.0 Mp: 2448 x 1624
    Color Spaces sRGB, AdobeRGB
    Focus System Contrast AF

    Auto Focus is only available with Sony E-Mount lenses

    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: 1/50 sec, f/3.5, auto gain)
    Image Stabilization In lens (not included)
    Crop Factor 1.5x
    Lens Sold separately
    Lens Mount Sony E-mount (Compatible with A-mount via adapter – not included
    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 100%
    Signal System HD: HDTV 1080/50p, 25p, 50i
    SD: PAL color, CCIR 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 @ 50p/25p/50i (PS/FX/FH); PS: 28 Mb/s; FX: 24 Mb/s; FH: 17 Mb/s
    1440 x 1080 @ 50i (HQ); HQ: 9 Mb/s
    720 x 576 @ 50i (SD); SD: 9 Mb/s
    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 1/50 sec (movie), 1/4000 to 30 sec (still)
    Manual: 1/8000 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
    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
    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)
    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 (WxHxD) 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) 12.2 x 8.5 x 6.6"

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