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Sony NEX-VG20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 reviews of Sony NEX-VG20. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and durability. The size and image quality also get good feedback, but many are less positive about the zoom. There are some mixed opinions about the portability and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony NEX-VG20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony NEX-VG20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Sony NEX-VG20 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the reliability and size. The durability and image quality also get good feedback. The price and portability get mixed comments.

usability, image quality, durability, size, reliability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony NEX-VG20EH 18-200mm Interchangeable Lens Full HD CamcorderSony NEX-VG20EH 18-200mm Interchangeable Lens Full HD Camcorder

2017-12

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony NEX-VG20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Sony NEX-VG20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the battery and usability are overall positive. The durability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the portability.

design, image quality, durability, usability, battery

portability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony NEXVG20 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder (Body Only)Sony NEXVG20 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder (Body Only)

2017-12

Expert review by: Alexandra Savvides (cnet.com.au)

Sony NEX-VG20

 

Given the price of other large-sensor, interchangeable-lens systems, the NEX-VG20 offers excellent value for anyone who prefers shooting video on a camcorder-style body rather than on a video-enabled SLR.

Excellent image and video quality ; Very well made ; Great range of extra accessories and lenses available ; RAW and JPEG stills shooting

No XLR inputs ; Image stabilisation on 18-200mm kit lens not as refined as a traditional camcorder ; Still encounters issues like rolling shutter that plague video-enabled SLRs

Given the price of other large-sensor, interchangeable-lens systems, the NEX-VG20 offers excellent value for anyone who prefers shooting video on a camcorder-style body rather than on a video-enabled SLR. Retailing at a touch under AU$3000 (and even...

2012-01

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

Sony Handycam NEX-VG20

 

Choose your own lens with Sony's latest prosumer Handycam

E-mount lens system lets you use a wide range of lenses; Excellent aperture, shutter speed, and gain controls

Professional color and image controls aren’t available; Zoom control is only available on the lens

Ever since DSLR cameras started recording video we’ve been waiting for a product like the Sony Handycam NEX-VG20 to come along. People obviously love the way DSLRs and system cameras capture video, and they love the ability to work with different...

2012-06

Expert review by: Videomaker (videomaker.com)

Sony NEX-VG20H Interchangeable Lens Camera Review

 

For this price you get a solid camera with many available interchangeable lenses and more on the way.

Great interchangeable lenses, Small/powerful body, 5.1 channel surround audio capturing

Front heavy, Not so smooth zoom ring, Not the best in low light

2012-06

Consumer review by: zeniu17 (sony.com)

Could have been the best camcorder.

 

Overall a beautiful camcorder with huge potential. Feels artificially crippled - like others have already described. I purchased two of these recently and am experiencing the same problem I experienced on the NEX-5n. The problem manifests itself as...

Nice colors,good dynamic range (except highlights),excellent sound,decent 18-200mm lens, good build quality,60p

Missing many settings and features that exist on NEX-5N,problem with white balance stability

2012-03

Consumer review by: DJCFOOT (sony.com)

Phenomenal Camera

 

The camera is phenomenal, it does so much, and you dont lose the desire of enjoying it after day one, I wish there were more white balance options or color settings but you can't complain, it does so much and allows the videographer to have full...

Lightweight, advanced, interchangeable lens

16 megapixel, single button manual control is tedious

2012-01

Consumer review by: FireStorm (sony.com)

Exactly What I Was Looking For

 

This is a great camera. It is a perfect fit for what I was looking for and does everything it’s supposed to REALLY well. I was a fan of the large sensor DSLR cameras, but I was not a fan of their form factor (or lack of audio input), so this was a...

Small, Interchangeable Lenses, Full Featured, Great Audio

A little pricey but not bad considering few competitors

2012-01

Consumer review by: NEXZ (sony.com)

Sony lies about features

 

Why is face tracking focus turned off when white balance is selected? This does not make any sense. The user has to choose between focus or white balance control. The user can't have both. Thanks for nothing Sony.

big sensor

lies about menu controls

2011-12

Consumer review by: PiedraLibre (sony.com)

This is a mixed review

 

In the sony propaganda (not a bad word, just the truth) they talk about having a "stereo headphone jack for precise audio monitoring". Don't let this trick you into thinking you have any control over the audio with this camera. It has a built-in...

Beautiful image, great hand-held operation, nice onboard mic, fantastic lens, tough mf

No audio control, limited image controls, no timelapse function, not great in low light, autofocus sucks

2011-12

Consumer review by: JAMJAM (sony.com)

Missing advertised features

 

Until sony recognizes that this camera is missing the advertised ability to make picture adjustments, people should hold off on buying it.

potential to be great

missing advertised features

2011-12

Consumer review by: CBarce (sony.com)

Great Promises from Sony, Failure to Deliver

 

I probably was one of the first to have this camera in the US. I bought this camera because of its large image sensor, its potential for great low light performance, and potential for great image. When I received camera, initial shots were very...

Return to handycam format form DSR, great low light and great image generally

No manual control over contrast, saturation and sharpness

2011-11

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio Dubbing: / No
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1 / Dolby Digital 5.1 / HD
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm

Battery

Battery life (max):4.50
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV70
Video recording time:3.10

Camera

3D: No
3D compatibility:N
Back light compensation: No
Back Light Compensation (BLC):N
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:BIONZ
Minimum illumination:9
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 16:9

Design

Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
LED indicators:Y
Product Type:Netbook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Built-in Display:Y / Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:39.6 / 7.62 / 76.2
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display resolution (numeric):921600
HD type: No
LED Backlight: No
Touch screen:Y
Touchscreen:No / Yes

Flash

Built-in Flash:N / No
Built-in light:N / No
Shoe mounting point: / Yes

Focusing

Face detection:Y / Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Smile detection: / No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):16.7
Effective megapixels (movie):16.1
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:16.1

Keyboard

Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad

Lens System

Filter Size:67
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):29 - 322
Focal length range (f-f):18 - 200
Image stabilizer:No / Y
Interchangeable lens:Y / Yes
Maximum aperture number:6.3
Minimum aperture number:3.5
Optical Zoom:11
Wide angle lens system: / No

Light exposure

Scene modes:

Memory

Internal Memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD±RW

Other features

Audio system:HD
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto Focus: / Yes
Backlight: / No
BRAVIA Sync: Yes
Demonstration mode: / No
Electrical viewfinder:
HDMI Out:
Lens cap included: / No
Main camera sensor:
Manual Focus:
Night mode: / No
Noise Reduction:Y / Yes
Spotlight: / No
USB port:
x.v.Color support: / No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Batteries included:Y
Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser (PMB)
Cables included:USB
Lens hood:No / Y
Shoulder strap: / No
Wrist strap included: / No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
DV port: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:
HDMI:Y / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y / Yes
PictBridge:N / No
S-Video In: / No
S-Video Out:Y / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):25
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.1
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5
Processor frequency:2.5
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-3210M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series
Processor Socket:PGA988
Processor threads:4
Stepping:L1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:65708
Processor code:SR0N0
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot: Yes

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:0.25 - 0.000125
Shutter speed (photo):30 - 0.00025 / 30 - 1/4000
Shutter speed (video):1/4 - 1/8000

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8

Still image

Continuous shooting mode:Y
Image formats supported:JPG, RAW / Raw
Maximum image resolution:4912 x 3264
Still image resolution(s):4912 x 2760,4912 x 3264 / 4912 x 3264

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo HX, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO, MS Pro-HG Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo HX, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:500

Technical Details

Full HD: Yes

Video

Bitrate at maximum video resolution:28 / 5
Capture modes:FH, HQ, LP
Full HD:Y
HD type:Full HD
HD-Ready:Y
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Viewfinder:1152000
Viewfinder resolution:1152000
Viewfinder screen size:0.43 / 10.9
Viewfinder Type:Electrical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:22.3 / 223 / 25.3
Height :13 / 130 / 3.32
Weight:2.6 / 645
Width:38.2 / 9.1 / 91

White balance

Indoor white balance:Y / Yes
Onepush white balance:Y / Yes
Outdoor white balance:Y / Yes
White Balance:Auto