Sony NEX-VG20


Product Description

The Sony NEX-VG20 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 × 1080 resolution. Like its predecessor, the NEX-VG10, the VG20 has an APS-sized sensor and an E-mount for attaching Sony’s growing family of compatible lenses, and so the camcorder enables the shallow depth of field for which DSLR video cameras are so highly prized.

The NEX-VG20 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-VG20 by its pro-style handle.

Of course, the VG20 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 270°. 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-VG20 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-VG20 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.

Recording Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC , Memory Stick Duo (one shared slot).
Record Time (per Gigabyte)
FX 24 Mbps – 5min, FH 17 Mbps – 6min, HQ 9 Mbps – 12min
1920x 1080, 1440x 1080
Frame Rates
60p, 60i, 30p, 24p
Battery Life (approximate)
Audio Input
mini Jack.
  • Camcorder
  • Battery (NP-FV70)
  • Battery Charger w/cord
  • AC Adapter w/cord
  • USB Cable
  • Wind screen for mic

Native Lens Mount: E Mount

Available Adapters:

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10 days $16.00 $108.00 $124.00 $12.40
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30 days $35.00 $236.00 $271.00 $9.03
45 days $46.00 $308.00 $354.00 $7.87
60 days $54.00 $360.00 $414.00 $6.90
90 days $70.00 $464.00 $534.00 $5.93
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
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4 days $60.00 $15.00
7 days $80.00 $11.43
10 days $108.00 $10.80
14 days $140.00 $10.00
21 days $188.00 $8.95
30 days $236.00 $7.87
45 days $308.00 $6.84
60 days $360.00 $6.00
90 days $464.00 $5.16

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