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Sony NEX-VG20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the portability and build quality. The design and usability also get good views, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the value for money. Many are negative about the connectivity and color.

image quality, usability, design, build quality, portability

color, connectivity

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 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 70 reviews)

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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...

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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.

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Amazon review summary for Sony NEX-VG20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Sony NEX-VG20 from 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

portability, design, battery, size, image quality

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


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


Product Specifications


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:23.5 x 15.6 mm


Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Near Field Communication: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS Pro-HG / MS Pro
Type of SD Card Interface :SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Format:Memory Card
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder / TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Full HD


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Face Detection Mode: No
HD Video Format:AVCHD
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3