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Sony NEX-VG20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 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. Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The size and price also get good views. Reviews are divided on the portability. Some have doubts about the zoom.

usability, price, size, image quality, design

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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. People are impressed by the reliability and size. The durability and image quality are also appreciated, but there are mixed views on the price and portability.

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

Jun, 2016

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. People really like the battery and usability. The durability and image quality also get good reviews, but 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)

Jun, 2016

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...

Jun, 2012

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

Jun, 2012

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...

Jan, 2012

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

Mar, 2012

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

Jan, 2012

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

Jan, 2012

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

Dec, 2011

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

Dec, 2011

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

Dec, 2011

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

Nov, 2011
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Product Specifications

Display

HD type: No

Graphics

Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1

Processor

Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: 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
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Processor package size:31