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Sony Full HD Interchangeable Lens Handycam Camcorder Body - NEX-VG20

Abt Model: NEXVG20 | UPC Code: 027242838000
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Sony Full HD Interchangeable Lens Handycam Camcorder Body, Model NEXVG20

Take your videography to the next level with this interchangeable lens HD Handycam® camcorder. Featuring a 16.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor for superb depth of field, shoot professional-looking HD videos without the cost or complexity of pricier equipment. Record 1920 x 1080/24p AVCHD™ video with smoother motion, shoot DSLR-like photos and capture 5.1-channel audio with the Quad Capsule Spatial Array microphone. For greater creative control, swap out lenses for different shots and shooting conditions. A convenient 3" touchscreen LCD with TruBlack™ technology offers superb contrast and reduced glare for easy framing of your subjects and simple control.

Key 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.

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.

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.

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.

AF/MF switch for creative control
Whether you’re shooting video or still images if you want to utilize MF, this simple switch will put you in the driver’s seat.

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. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor, especially when you're changing lenses in-between video sessions.

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).

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.

Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone
High quality video requires high quality audio. The Quad Capsule Spatial Array stereo microphone contains four precision placed microphone capsules that are perfectly angled at 45 degrees to provide exceptional front-side directivity and stereo separation.

Accepts á DSLR A- and E-mount lenses5
Using the LA-EA2 adaptor (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of α 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. Operational restrictions apply.5

Advanced controls with expanded focus, zebra, and peaking
The NEX-VG20 provides advanced capture and control features that are often considered the domain of professional cameras including expanded focus for precise manual focus control, zebra and peaking for precision focus and exposure adjustments.

Four White Balance Modes
These help you get the shot by optimizing the camera for specific shooting situations. Select from Auto, One Push, Indoor and Outdoor.

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.7

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).

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. Combined with 24p recording, you’ll have some of the tools you need to fulfill your need for cinematic expression.

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.

Sony Vegas® Movie Studio HD Platinum
Included free of charge via download, Sony Vegas® Movie Studio HD Platinum allows you to easily add video effects, background music, titles, text, transitions, and much more. Everything you need to create dramatic HD movies like a pro. Share your creations via DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ media, or upload to the web – all from one easy to use program.

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. The swivel display also allows for easy viewing of the LCD in different shooting positions.

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)

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. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor, especially when you're changing lenses in-between video sessions.



  • Lens Mount : E-mount


  • 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 (in Internal Media) (2ch) : 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 : JPEG/JPEG+RAW/RAW
  • 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 : Yes(Off/On)
  • Wind Position : Yes(Auto)

Drive System

  • 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 : 6fps
  • Drive Mode : Photo Mode: Single-shot, Continuous, Self Timer
  • Self-timer : 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
  • Shutter Type : Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type


  • 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 (in 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)


  • 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)
  • BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
  • DC IN : Yes
  • DVDirect : Yes(DVD Writer supported(sold separately))
  • Direct Copy : Yes
  • Docking Station : Yes
  • HD Output : HDMI (mini)
  • HDMI Terminal : Yes (mini)
  • Headphone Jack : Stereo Minijack
  • Memory Card Slot : Single slot accepts: - Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media - SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory card
  • Microphone Input : Stereo Minijack
  • PhotoTV HD : Yes

Convenience Features

  • Erase/Protect : Yes/Yes
  • Manual/Auto Lens Cover : Manual
  • Media/Battery Indicator : Yes(recordable time, free and used media space)/Yes(recordable time, remaining capacity)
  • Menu Customization : Yes
  • 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 : Yes
  • Red-Eye Reduction : Yes(On/Off)
  • S/S & Zoom button on LCD : Yes(Touch Panel , S/S Only)

Advanced Features

  • 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 : Yes
  • Face Detection : Yes
  • Priority Setting (for Face Detection) : Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority

Focus Control

  • AF Modes : Single-shot AF7, Continuous AF7, Direct Manual Focus7, Manual Focus
  • Focus Area : Multi Point AF (25 points), Center Weighted AF, Flexible Spot AF7
  • Focus Features : Tracking Focus
  • Focus Points : 25 points7
  • Focus Sensitivity : 0 EV to 20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)
  • Focus System : Contrast AF7
  • Manual Focus Assist : Magnified display for precise manual focus Peaking Display


  • 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)


  • Flash Compensation : +/-2EV,1/3EV steps
  • Flash Modes : Auto/Forced/Slow Sync./Rear Sync./Prohibited
  • Flash Type : Auto-lock accessory shoe (alpha)

Exposure System

  • Backlight Compensation : Yes(Auto)
  • 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)
  • ISO : Still Mode Only: Auto,Manual(100 to 25600)
  • Manual Exposure Assist : Zebra Pattern Display
  • Metering : 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 llux (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 : Yes
  • White Balance Mode : Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor

Imaging Sensor

  • 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 : 1.5x


  • Diopter Adjustment : Yes
  • Field of View : 1
  • Type : Swivel EVF 0.43 Xtra Fine w/ 1152K dots and Backlight Brightness Control"

LCD Display

  • Angle Adjustment : Opening Angle:max.90 deg., Turning Angle:max.270 deg
  • Brightness Control : Backlight Bright Control: Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
  • Coverage : 1
  • 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 : Yes

In The Box

  • Sony Vegas® Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 download coupon4
  • Lens rear cap
  • NP-FV70 Lithium ion rechargeable battery
  • Large Eyecup
  • USB cable (Mini B)
  • Body mount cap
  • AC Power cord
  • CD-ROM

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Width: 3.63"
  • Height: 5.13"
  • Depth: 8.75"
Approximate Weight:
  • Unit: 1.38 lbs
  • Shipping: 5 lbs
Warranty Information:
  • Manufacturer Warranty(authorized online retailer): 1 Year Limited Warranty


4. Mac OS® not supported.

5. Attaching Sony A-mount lens requires LA-EA2 adaptor sold sep. Manual focus and full open aperture shooting only.

7. Auto Focus is only available with Sony E-Mount lenses

8. Requires VMC-UAM1 cable, AC power for camcorder, and FAT-32 hard drive less than 2TB (Terabytes) sold sep

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Storage TypeMemory Stick
LCD Screen Size (inches)3"
Total Pixel Count16.1 megapixels
Effective Pixel Count16.0 megapixel
Manual FocusingYes
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor
Built In Video LightNo
Mic InputYes
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still16.1 megapixels
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityYes
Included Removeable MemoryNo
Weight With Battery (pounds)2.81 lbs
Width (inches)3.63"
Height (inches)5.13"
Depth (inches)8.75"
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty90 Days


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Sony Full HD Interchangeable Lens Handycam Camcorder

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Love this camera


from Austin, TX

Comments about Sony Full HD Interchangeable Lens Handycam Camcorder:

This is the camera that the DSLR video revolution has to end on - Interchangeable lenses and full-frame sensor on an expertly-designed camcorder body.

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Interchangeable lense was my idea in 2002.


from hawaii

Comments about Sony Full HD Interchangeable Lens Handycam Camcorder:

I've hade the camera for about a month now, and I love it great vivid video as long as it's in focus! the only thing bad I can say is that they give you a lens with out auto focus and no anti shake. Being that I'm 50 and cant see very well it would help if it hade auto focus. I gust they do that so you half to buy one LOL.

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from Yakima, WA

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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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My First Video Camera


from Salinas, California


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    Comments about Sony Full HD Interchangeable Lens Handycam Camcorder:

    This was my fist video camera and I love it so much. I have filmed many projects, each of them look and sound great. I have also taken many pictures with this camera and they look amazing. The editing software was also an awesome addition. i love it and is so easy to use. I also really love that I can change the lens of this camera. So cool! Definitely a great camera for first time filmmakers.

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