Sony HDR-TD20V HD 64GB Flash Memory 3D Camcorder, Exmor CMOS Sensors, 20.4 Megapixel Resolution, 160x Digital/10x Optical Zoom, 3.5" LCD Display

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About Sony HDR-TD20V

The Sony HDR-TD20V Full HD 3D Handycam Camcorder features dual full HD sensors that shoot true 3D videos with 1920 x 1080 60p/24p resolution. Capture eye-popping home movies that will blow your friends and family away when viewed on your 3D HDTV or the sufficient 3.5" LCD TruBlack display, which requires no special 3D glasses. Of course, those 3D movies can also be viewed in 2D. Plus, the camera can record straight 2D movies and capture digital stills as well. It features an internal 64GB embedded flash memory for storing your footage. The HDR-TD20V utilizes two "Exmor R" sensors, which capture 1920 x 1080 3D video and are back-illuminated for excellent shooting, even in low light conditions.

Other features that facilitate the camcorder's impressive video quality include full HD 2D 1920 x 1080 60p/24p recording and dual wide-angle Sony G lenses that has a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting in both 2D and 3D modes. Sony's Optical SteadyShot image stabilization also boosts the overall video quality. Plus, there's a 10x optical zoom and 17x extended zoom. In order to match the audio recording with the high-quality video, the camcorder features a 5.1 channel surround sound microphone with wind noise reduction, which helps keep the all-encompassing dynamic audio as clear as possible.

In addition to the integrated microphone, there are also microphone and headphone jacks, as well as integrated Clear Phase stereo speakers for true, dynamic audio during field playback. The HDR-TD20V is even equipped with a manual control dial, Active Interface Shoe for attaching various Intelligent Accessories, an HDMI type-C mini output, a built-in light and flash for the 20.4 megapixel still image capture function, Highlight Playback, Event Browse, Intelligent Auto and Golf Shot. Plus, the HDR-TD20V is capable of Direct Copy to an external HDD without the need for a PC. However, if you do want to connect to your computer, the USB cable is built-in to the camcorder

Sony HDR-TD20V Features

  • Double Full HD 3D Consumer camcorder: This Handycam HDR-TD20V utilizes two Full HD sensors to capture true 1920x1080 3D video for a more immersive 3D experience. Most 3D cameras achieve the 3D affect by splitting a 1920x1080 signal in to two 960x540 channels in order to squeeze them onto one sensor
  • 3D Ready 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD display (1229K): The LCD is also 3D ready, enabling you to view your 3D content directly on the camera's LCD without the need for 3D glasses
  • TruBlack technology: TruBlack technology brings remarkably higher contrast and brightness to the camcorder's 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD display, delivering more natural, realistic colors and easier viewing in bright conditions by reducing glare
  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p/24p recording6 with 20MP still image capture: Capturing 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution lets you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60p recording6 and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV
  • 64GB embedded Flash Memory: The built-in 64GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 25 hours of 2D high definition video footage (HD LP mode), or up to 5 hours of High definition 3D video
  • Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor for superb low-light video: Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Dual Wide Angle G Lenses to capture everything you want: Experience the pinnacle of Sony lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images
  • Tracking Focus follows selected subjects: Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a touch of the LCD and have the focus follow the selected object
  • 10x Optical Zoom in 3D mode: Zoom in on your subjects even in 3D mode with 10x optical zoom
  • 17x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action: Get even closer to your subject from afar with 17x extended zoom. Extended zoom works in conjunction with 10x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality
  • Manual Control (Iris/Shutter/Exposure/White Balance): Get the most out of your camcorder with enhanced manual controls. The assignable dial allows for control of focus, exposure, white balance, iris and shutter speed
  • Easily switch between 2D/3D with dedicated switch: A dedicated switch allows for easy switching from recording 2D to 3D. In 3D mode, only 3D content will be displayed for playback, however when in 2D mode, all content will be displayed and played back in 2D
  • 5.1ch Surround mic for vivid and dynamic surround sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording
  • Expanded recording/monitoring with mic/headphone jack: Features dedicated mic and headphone inputs for expanded audio recording options and convenient monitoring of audio with headphones (external microphones and headphones sold separately)
  • Event Browse groups photos/videos for you for easy reference: Event Browse conveniently groups your images and videos together for easier viewing. The date range that Event Browse groups your pictures and videos is easily adjusted to suit your needs
  • Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you: Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions
  • Active Interface Shoe to attach intelligent accessories: The Active Interface Shoe lets you mount Intelligent Accessories, such as external lights and microphones, which can help extend the capabilities of your camcorder
  • Direct Copy to external HDD without PC: Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer
  • Clear Phase stereo speakers for true and dynamic sound: Bring your video alive with Clear Phase stereo speakers with linear phase correction. Drawing on Sony's high-end audio expertise, renown S-Master digital amplifier technology is utilized to produce more true-to-life sound
  • Wind noise reduction for clear voice recording: Wind Reduction reduces noise and interference that is produced when wind passes over the microphone, giving you a clearer and more enjoyable sound experience
  • Golf Shot: Building on the slow-motion capture capabilities of Smooth Slow Record, Golf Shot captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images, which can be viewed/printed individually or as a composite "sequence shot" image
  • Built-in Flash for still photography: The built-in flash will help you shed light on your subjects when shooting still images, giving you more flexibility when capturing memories
  • Intelligent Auto (180 different scene combinations possible): Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction
  • HDMI cable supplied for easy viewing on compatible HDTV: A 3D ready HDMI (full to mini) cable supplied for easy viewing on compatible HDTV

Sony HDR-TD20V Specifications

Color Filter System
ClearVid array
Effective Picture Resolution
3540K pixels (4:3) (3D)/ 3540K pixels (4:3) (2D)
Imaging Sensor
1/3.91" (4.6mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Pixel Gross
2x 5430K pixels (3D)/ 5430K pixels (2D)
BIONZ Image processor
Still Image Size 4:3
Movie Mode (2D): 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384); Photo Mode (2D): 15.3 megapixels 4:3 (4512x3384)
Video Mode
3D HD 3D: 28Mbps; HD PS: 28Mbps/ FX: 24Mbps/ FH: 17Mbps/ HQ: 9Mbps/ LP: 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps
Audio Format
Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1Creater; Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
Dual Record
20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384)
Internal Media
Flash Memory 64GB
Media Type
Internal Flash Memory; Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Mic Level Control
Yes (2steps)
Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear Phase Stereo Speaker
Photo Capture from Movie
2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080); 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480); 230K pixels 16:9 (640x360)
Recording and Playback Times (2ch)
3D HD 3D: 4h55m ( 4h55m); HD PS: 4h55m ( 4h55m); HD FX: 5h45m ( 5h45m); HD FH: 7h55m ( 7h55m); HD HQ: 13h55m ( 10h35m); HD LP: 24h ( 19h45m); STD HQ: 14h25m ( 13h15m)
Still Image File Format
DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Still Image Max Effective Resolution
20.4 megapixels
Still Image Mode
3D Still Image: Not available / 2D Still Image: JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9
Movie Mode (2D): 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384); Photo Mode (2D): 15.3 megapixels 4:3 (4512x3384)
Video Actual (Pixel)
3D HD:2x 3980K pixels(16:9) / 2D HD, STD:5020K pixels(16:9), 3760K pixels(4:3)
Video Format
3D HD: MVC (original format); HD: MPEG4-AVC/ H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible; STD: MPEG2-PS
Video Resolution
3D HD: 2x 1920x1080/60i; 2D HD:1920x1080/60p(PS),24p(FX,FH),60i(FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i(HQ,LP); STD: 720x480/60i
Video Signal
NTSC color, EIA standards
Wind Noise Reduction
Yes (Off /On)
Wind Position
Yes (Auto)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
Movie Mode: 3D: 34.4mm - 400.8mm; 2D: 29.8mm - 298mm (16:9), 36.3mm -363mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8mm - 298mm (16:9),36.3mm - 363mm (4:3)
Digital Zoom
160x (2D only)
Extended Zoom
17x (2D only)
Focal Distance
f = 3.2mm - 32mm (3D); f = 5/32inch - 1 5/16iinch (3D); f = 3.2mm - 32mm (2D); f = 5/32inch - 1 5/16inch (2D)
Lens Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot Image stabilization w/ Active mode (wide (3D)/ Wide to Tele (2D))
Lens Type
G Lens
Minimum Focus Distance
3D: 30cm (Wide), 3.6m (Tele); 2D: 1cm (Wide), 80cm (Tele), 38cm (Tele Macro)
Optical Zoom
10x (3D) / 12x (2D)
Steady Shot Mode
Active: 31.7mm - 538mm (16:9), 35.1mm - 409.7mm (4:3)
Angle Adjustment
Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Brightness Control
Yes (Menu)
Grid Display
Guide Frame (2D only)
LCD Type
3.5" Xtra Fine LCD 3D display (1229K) w/ TruBlack technology
Touch Panel
Shutter Speeds
Self-timer: 10sec. (Still Image); Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/60-1/10000; Shutter Speed Auto Control Range:.13 -1/10000; Shutter Speed (Smooth Slow Rec):.25 50 - 1/10000; Auto (Auto Slow Shutter OFF): 1/60 - 1/10000; Scene Selection:.13 - 1/10000; LOW LUX: 1/30 - 1/10000 (2D only)
Drive Mode
Photo Mode (2D only): Single-shot / Self-timer
Auto Iris Control
F1.8 - F10.0
Backlight Compensation
Yes (Auto)
Exposure Compensation
AE Shift (Touch Panel)
Exposure Settings
Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)
Metering Modes
Multi-segment (3D/ 2D) / Spot (2D only)
Minimum Illumination
Standard: 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) (2D only)
Noise Reduction
Scene Mode(s)
Auto / Twilight / Twilight Portrait / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow (2D only)
White Balance Mode
Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Audio Level Display
Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot Image stabilization w/ Active mode (wide (3D) / Wide to Tele (2D))
Intelligent Auto
Portrait / Baby / Walk / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro / Low light
Priority Setting (for Face Detection)
Auto / Child Priority / Adult Priority (2D only)
Smile Shutter technology
Dual Capture / Always On / Off (2D only)
Smooth Slow Rec
Yes (2D only)
Date / Time Stamp
Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info)
Manual / Auto Lens Cover
Media/Battery Indicator
Yes (recordable time, free and used media space) / Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
Multiple Language Display
English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portuguese; Canadian French; Latin American Spanish
One Touch Disc Burn
Yes (Menu) (2D only)
Power Save Mode
Auto Shut-off (5minutes)
Quick On
Yes (Power On by LCD)
Red-Eye Reduction
Yes (On / Off)
S/S & Zoom button on LCD
Yes (Touch Panel)
Still Image Playback Options
Slide Show
Video Playback Options
Highlight Playback (HD Movie Only); Highlight Playback Save and Share (Translate into STD quality); Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase); Highlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
AF Illuminator
Yes (2D only)
AF Modes
Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
Focus Area
Full range Focus (3D/ 2D) / Spot Focus (2D only)
Focus Type
Tracking Focus (2D only)
Focus System
Contrast AF
Flash Compensation
Yes (3 steps) (2D only)
Flash Coverage
0.3m - 1.5m (2D only); 11 7/ 8 inch - 59.13 inch (2D only)
Flash Metering System
Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes
Auto / Forced / Prohibited (2D only)
Flash Type
Built-in Flash
SD Output
Composite Video Out (A/V connection cable (supplied)); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (sold separately)); S Video Out (A/V connection cable with S Video (sold separately))
Remote Jack
Integrated into A/V Remote terminal
Remote Commander
A/V Remote Terminal
Video / S Video / Audio / Component Out / Remote
Accessory Shoe
Yes (Active Interface Shoe)
Direct Copy
HD Output
HDMI Out (mini) (supplied); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (sold separately))
HDMI Terminal
Yes (mini)
Headphone Jack
Stereo Minijack
Memory Card Slot
Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/ SDHC/ SDXC media compatible
Microphone Input
Stereo Minijack
USB Port(s)
TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
Power Consumption
3D HD: 1.8W; HD: 3.5W; SD:3.3W
Battery Type
Info LITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (NP-FV70)
Power Requirements
7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
2.25 inch x 2.87inch x 5.25 inch (63.5mm x 71.5mm x141.5mm)
1.0 lbs (460g) Main unit only
Mfr #

Sony HDR-TD20V Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Vacations, field trips,independent filmmakers


from Florida

Amazing 3D camcorder, it truly surpassed my expectations .Picture quality awesome, some nice features unfortunately the lack of manual controls as well as the 60i video stream only in 3D, and the lack of 24p in 3D are the only reasons I will give this product a 4 out of 5. It will be nice to see Sony in the future come-up with something at this price point with more manual features as well as 24p/60p or even slow motion, it will be amazing with this new technology they are coming out with lately. I must admit, I was very skeptical about ''3D'' for while until I saw with my own eyes the capabilities and innovations that Sony is putting out...Good Job Sony ! I definitely recommend this HANDYCAM to an amateur, semipro or a pro wanting to do high-end 3D capture for any event. I love Sony products, but his HANDYCAM is fantastic!

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Sony should wake up & do justice for new buyers


from Houston

The latest instrument should have all the old features added to it. Sony plz mail me whn you cover these two Cons. Am just eagerly waiting for it.


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Questions about this item:

August M  Does The HDR-TD20 Have A Zebra Level Indicator That works In 2d and 3d For Adjusting Proper Video Level ?
Andrew R  The manufacturer's operating guide does indicate that this unit does have a Zebra highlight indicator but does not specify any limitations with the Zebra indicator.
Lisa C  I want to buy SONY HDR-TD20V, Can you tell me if it has CHINESE MENU?If Multiple Language can display in english?
Helen O  Unfortunately this device does not offer chinese language support. This device supports the following languages; English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Latin American Spanish
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