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Sony Handycam HDR-UX20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the portability and resolution are generally positive. The memory and battery are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the build quality and value for money.

usability, battery, memory, resolution, portability

value for money, build quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-UX20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 13 reviews)

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Sony Handycam HDR-UX20 Camcorder Review

 

The Sony HDR-UX20 ($999 MSRP) is the company's top high definition DVD camcorder for 2008, compressing video in the AVCHD format. While the UX20 has benefited from a number of upgrades since last year, Sony has clearly split the DVD and hard disk drive...

The Sony HDR-UX20 is a good camcorder in bright light, and we love all the media choices, which could really save your neck if you're out on a shoot. But it's just not a viable choice when you consider the price of the UX20 and the huge increase in...

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Sony HDR-UX20 First Impressions Camcorder Review

 

The HDR-UX20 is Sony's top of the line DVD camcorder this year. Capturing in the AVCHD format at an improved 1920 x 1080 resolution, the UX20 is outfitted with both an 8GB of internal flash memory and a MemoryStick PRO Duo card slot, both of which can...

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Sony HDR-UX20

 

The Sony HDR-UX20 is a great camcorder but it definitely has to be what you're looking for. First of all you have to want a DVD camcorder, which has its niche, but may not be the best way to record and store media. Then you have to be willing to pay a...

The option to record in HD is especially nice for those wanting to share their videos via the HDTV at your friends house

A bigger price tag then most comparable DVD camcorders

A little pricey but if you're willing to pay it you'll land yourself a decent camcorder.

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OK camcorder...... not so impressive!

 

The camcorder is advertised as 'Full 1920X1080'. If you look at the fine print, it is 1920X1080i....(i = interlaced). The video quality is acceptable outdoor, but not great. The video quality from my TV program (in 1080i) looks better than the video...

Plays video on my PS3

DVD is useless. Video is poor indoor. HD is 1080i

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OK camcorder...... not so impressive!

 

The camcorder is advertised as 'Full 1920X1080'. If you look at the fine print, it is 1920X1080i....(i = interlaced). The video quality is acceptable outdoor, but not great. The video quality from my TV program (in 1080i) looks better than the video...

Plays video on my PS3

DVD is useless. Video is poor indoor. HD is 1080i

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Amazon review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-UX20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-UX20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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

This summary is based on the product: SONHDRUX20 - DVD HD Camcorder, 2.7LCD, 2-3/8x3-3/4x5-3/8, Black

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Pretty good camcoder

 

This camcoder is pretty nice as it has triple media storage and easy to share.

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Sony HDR-UX20

 

The HDR-UX20 is Sony's top-of-the-range DVD camcorder, offering AVCHD recording at a maximum resolution of 1920x1080i. While ostensibly a high-definit...

Three recording formats, solid video performance, lots of modes and features

Requires a Blu-ray player for AVCHD DVDs, questionable build quality, the touch screen is too small

With a choice of three recording formats (DVD, Memory Stick and inbuilt memory), Sony's HDR-UX20 is the king of the hybrids. It delivers reasonable high-def visuals for the asking price, but some of the issues that plague DVD camcorders remain unchecked.

Product Specifications

The ultimate in home video flexibility. The HDR-UX20 delivers Hybrid Plus recording technology, giving you the option to record images to DVD media, 8GB internal flash memory, or removable Memory Stick PRO Duo media. The ClearVid CMOS sensor (with Exmor technology) and BIONZ image processor capture Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution for amazingly sharp picture detail, as well as 4 megapixel still photos. For better results, Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization helps reduce blur while Face Detection helps people look their best in every video and photo. And the built-in zoom microphone with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording lets you capture realistic surround sound even when you are far away from your subject.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.3in
Height:3.7in
Weight:1.2lbs
Width:2.3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunrise / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:8GB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-UX20
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.6
Max Focal Length:46.5mm
Min Focal Length:3.1mm
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.99Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.49Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5 ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5" )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:180
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm) / DVD+R (8 cm) / DVD+R DL (8cm) / DVD+RW (8cm) / Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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