Sony NEX-VG20 Interchangeable Lens 1920x1080 Full HD Handycam Camcorder Body with E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens

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About Sony NEX-VG20

The Sony NEX-VG20H 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. The VG20H comes with a versatile 11x lens (18-200mm - 32.4-360mm equivalent in the 35mm world for video), an f/3.5-6.3 OSS model that is video-optimized to silently autofocus while providing optical image stabilization for potentially shaky shots. Though it shares strengths with DSLRs, the NEX-VG20H also succeeds where those cameras 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-VG20H 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-VG20H by its pro-style handle.

Of course, the VG20H 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 270deg.. 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-VG20H 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-VG20H records AVCHD files (up to 24 Mb/s) to either Memory Stick or SD/SDHC/SDXC cards and it adds Direct Copy of these files to hard drives.

Sony NEX-VG20 Features

  • 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 and AF as well as Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses (via optional LA-EA2 A-mount adapter) to open up a world of creative options
  • CinemaTone presets and 24p recording for cinematic quality video: For extra control over image expression, CinemaTone technology is used to deepen the color and recreate film-like color tones
  • Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone: High quality video requires high quality audio
  • Accepts a DSLR A- and E-mount lenses: Using the LA-EA2 adaptor (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of a A- an E-mount system lenses, which includes 27 current models, dozens of Minolta A-mount lenses and an installed base of millions of lenses worldwide
  • Eight White Balance Modes: These help you get the shot by optimizing the camera for specific shooting situations. Select from Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash and Custom modes
  • Removable Flash Media slot: For convenient storage and sharing of your images and videos, the media card slot accepts Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media and SD/SDHC/SDXC media (all sold separately)
  • AF/MF switch for creative control: Whether you're shooting video or still images, the included 18-200mm lens will auto focus quietly and quickly, however if you want to utilize MF, this simple switch will put you in the driver's seat
  • Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor: The same sensor format that Sony builds into the standard size a DSLRs. With approximately 19.5 times the surface area of conventional camcorders, the Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor makes getting cinematic video with a shallow depth of field video a breeze
  • 16.1MP RAW Still Images at up to 6fps: Enjoy incredible DSLR-quality detail and clarity with 16.1MP RAW still images and even catch fast action sequences with a continuous burst rate of up to 6fps
  • Mic/Headphone jacks: Dedicated mic and headphone inputs allow for attachment of external microphones (like shotgun microphone ECM-CG50 for pin point sound recording) and headphones to monitor sound
  • 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD 270o swivel display (921k pixels): TruBlack technology brings remarkably higher contrast and brightness to the camcorders 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD Touch Screen display, delivering more natural, realistic colors and easier viewing in bright conditions by reducing glare
  • Dual Accessory Shoes (Alpha Hot/ Universal Cold): The dual accessory shoes open the door to many accessories for both still and video photography, including shotgun microphones and external flash lighting
  • Auto HDR (Photo Mode): High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by taking three consecutive shots very quickly with different exposure values, then combining the best highlight/shadow detail from them for one incredible shot
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO): Dynamic Range Optimizer improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows while maintaining highlight detail. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off
  • HDMI output for HD viewing: Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV via the camera's HDMI output (HDMI cable not included)
  • Up to 24Mbps AVCHD 2.0 video: The NEX-VG20 can capture video in full 1920x1080 high definition at up to 24Mbps for amazing clarity and detail, ideal for recording on to Blu-ray Disc media since the AVCHD 2.0 codec is highly compatible with the Blu-ray Disc format
  • E-mount SEL18200mm OSS zoom lens: The Sony E-mount 18-200mm OSS lens provides an 11x zoom ratio for superior versatility
  • Optical SteadyShot w/ Active Mode3: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode3 built-in supplied lens compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video
  • Full Manual Control: With full manual control of Iris, Shutter Speed, Gain, White Balance, Recording Volume, via convenient hot keys and jog dial, you will be able to adapt to almost any lighting condition to get the best shot
  • Six Creative Style settings: Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation and sharpness to your personal taste
  • Anti Motion Blur (Photo Mode): Perfect for situations with poor lighting or when using a telephoto lens, Anti Motion Blur mode will take 6 consecutive shots in a split second, taking the best of each individual image and creating a single image with superb clarity and detail
  • 25-point Auto Focus: Twenty five AF points cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame
  • Anti-Dust Technology: Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust

Sony NEX-VG20 Specifications

Shutter Speeds
Auto: 1/30 - 1/4000 (Movie), 30 seconds - 1/4000 (Still); Manual: 1/4 - 1/4000 (Movie), 30 seconds - 1/4000 (Still)
Continuous Shooting Speed
Drive Mode
Photo Mode: Single-shot, Continuous, Self Timer
2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
AF Modes
Single-shot AF 7, Continuous AF 7, Direct Manual Focus 7, Manual Focus
Focus Area
Multi Point AF (25 points), Center Weighted AF, Flexible Spot AF 7
Focus Features
Tracking Focus
Focus Points
25 points 7
Focus Sensitivity
0 EV to 20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)
Focus System
Contrast AF
Manual Focus Assist
Magnified display for precise manual focus Peaking Display
Power Consumption (in Operation)
HD:4.4W(with SEL 18200 Lens), STD:4.2W(with SEL 18200 Lens)
Battery Type
InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series) NP-FV70/FV100
Power Consumption(View Finder Operation)
HD:4.0W(with SEL 18200 Lens), STD:3.8W(with SEL 18200 Lens)
Power Requirements
7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Angle Adjustment
Opening Angle:max.90 deg., Turning Angle:max.270 deg
Brightness Control
Backlight Bright Control: Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
Grid Display
Yes (On/off)
LCD Type
3.0 Xtra Fine LCD 270 degree swivel display w/ TruBlack technology
Live View
Yes, (Constant AF Live View)
Real-time image adjustment display
Exposure Compensation, WB
Touch Panel
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
Photo Mode: 27mm-300mm; Video Mode: 32.4mm-360mm (35mm equivalent) (included SEL18200 lens)
Aperture (Max.)
F3.5 (wide end) - F6.3 (tele end) (included SEL18200 lens)
Aperture (Min.)
F22 (wide end) - F40 (tele end) (included SEL18200 lens)
Aperture Blade
7 blades (Circular aperture)
Aspheric Elements
4 (5 surface)
Direct Manual Focus
Distance Encoder
Maximum Magnification
0.35x (APS-C)
Diopter Adjustment
Field of View
Viewfinder Type
Swivel EVF 0.43 Xtra Fine w/ 1152K dots and Backlight Brightness Control"
Lens Mount
Anti Dust
Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Effective Picture Resolution
Approx. 16.1 megapixels(3:2 Still)/Approx. 13.6 megapixels(16.9 movie)
Focal Length Conversion Factor
Flash Compensation
+/-2EV,1/3EV steps
Flash Modes
Auto/Forced/Slow Sync./Rear Sync./Prohibited
Flash Type
Auto-lock accessory shoe (alpha)
Supplied Software
PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2
Operating System Compatibility
Windows XP SP2 (32bit), Vista SP2 (32/64 bit), Windows 7 (32/64 bit)
Backlight Compensation
Color Temperature
2500 - 9900k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
D-Range Optimizer
Yes: (Auto, Level 1-5, off)
Exposure Compensation
±2EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Settings
Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
Still Mode Only: Auto, Manual(100 to 25600)
Manual Exposure Assist
Zebra Pattern Display
Still Mode Only: 63 Segment metering from CMOS image sensor
Metering Modes
Still Mode Only: Multi-segment, touch spot
Metering Sensitivity
Still Mode Only: 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/2.8 lens)
Minimum Illumination
9 lux (Shutter speed: 1/60 sec, Iris: F3.5, Gain: Auto)
Noise Reduction
Long exp.NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: Auto
WB Shift
White Balance Mode
Sequence Number
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
Face Detection
Priority Setting (for Face Detection)
Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority
Still Image Size 3:2: L (16.0M)
4912 x 3264 M (7.1M): 3568 x 2000 S (4.0M): 2448 x 1624
Video Mode
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080/ 60p/24p 60i (FX/FH); FX- 24Mbps, FH - 17Mbps; 1440x1080/60i HQ -9 Mbps
Color Space
sRGB, AdobeRGB
Media Type
Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card (both sold separately)
Photo Capture from Movie
2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080), 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480), 230K pixels 16:9 (640x360)
Recording and Playback Times
HD:60p/24p, Progressive recording
Still Image File Format
DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Still Image Max Effective Resolution
16.0 megapixel
Still Image Mode
Still Image Size(Photo Mode)
L (16.0M): 4912 x 3264 M (7.1M): 3568 x 2000 S (4.0M): 2448 x 1624
Video Format
HD: AVCHD 2.0 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)), STD:MPEG2-PS
Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 captured @ 30p (29.97p), recorded in AVCHD 60i (59.95i)
Video Signal
NTSC color, EIA standards
Wind Noise Reduction
Wind Position
Manual / Auto Lens Cover
Media/Battery Indicator
Yes(recordable time, free and used media space)/Yes(recordable time, remaining capacity)
Menu Customization
Multiple Language Display
English, Simplified English, Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Latin American Spanish
One Touch Disc Burn
Yes (Menu)
Power Save Mode
Auto Shut-off (5 minutes)
Quick On
Red-Eye Reduction
S/S & Zoom button on LCD
Yes(Touch Panel, S/S Only)
SD Output
Composite Video Out(A/V connecting cable(supplied)) Component Video Out(Component A/V cable(supplied)) S Video Out(A/V connecting cable with S Video(sold separately))
Accessory Shoe
Dual (Alpha shoe and Cold Shoe)
Yes(DVD Writer supported(sold separately))
Docking Station
3-5/8 inch x 5-1/8 inch x 8-3/4 inch (91mm x130mm x223mm)
1 lb 6 oz (645g)

Sony NEX-VG20 Reviews

Reviewed by 1 customers




from Yakima, WA

After a month of having this camera I have found it to be a disappointment at best. It is poorly designed and is very hard to work with out moving the camera around to look at the buttons. The Lens that came with this camera is a very poor lens at a high price. I would not buy it again if I had the chance to get my money back.


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Shopper  hi is the camera record in pal mode? thnks yuval
CHIP L  The short answer is "no," but Sony certainly must sell a PAL version. The NEX-VG20 I purchased is NTSC only (I live in the U.S.) On the bottom of the camera is a sticker that states the camera is NTSC. I looked at the specifications in the user's manual and it specifically states the camera is NTSC and no comment is made about PAL or other formats.
Shopper  which memory card is the best for this camera?
SHOUA L  Hi!! I am experimenting with multiple cards. If you are shooting video, I suggest you used SDHC card in class 10 and above. I haven't the little one so I don't know about the little-sony duo pro. Any brand with class 10 is fine.
Nick O  Is there any mount or hot-shoe to connect an external mic, like the sony VCT-80AV?
PATRICK C  I am not familiar with the Sony tripod bu the NEX-VG20 has 2 hot shoes on the handle just before the microphone. One is powered and the other is unpowered. The VG20 can take a microphone with a mini plug. It does not have an XLR input.
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