The Sony NEX-VG20EH with 18200m Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder (with Lens) 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 x 1080 resolution. Like its predecessor, the NEX-VG10, the VG20H 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 VG20EH comes with a versatile 11x lens (18-200mm ¡V 32.4-360mm equivalent in the 35mm world for video), an f/3.5-6.3 OSS model that is video-optimized to silently autofocus while providing optical image stabilization for potentially shaky shots. Though it shares strengths with DSLRs, the NEX-VG20EH also succeeds where those cameras fall short. Physically a camcorder, it's specifically designed for shooting motion video with ease and comfort.
In fact, the ergonomics of this second-generation NEX camcorder are greatly improved. The NEX-VG20EH 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-VG20EH by its pro-style handle.
Of course, the VG20EH 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 ¡V the 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD now swivels 270¢X. 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-VG20EH 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-VG20H records AVCHD files (up to 28 Mb/s) to either Memory Stick or SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, and it adds Direct Copy of these files to hard drives.
2500-9900k with 19-step magenta/green compensation
Creative Color Modes
Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
Optimizer: (Auto, Level 1-5, off)
¡Ó2EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Still Mode o-nly: 63-segment metering from CMOS image sensor
Exposure Metering Mode
Still Mode o-nly: Multi-segment, touch spot
Metering Range @ ISO 100
Still Mode o-nly: 0-20EV, with f/2.8 lens (not included)
Auto: 1/4000 to 1/30 sec (movie), 1/4000 to 30 sec (still)
Manual: 1/4000 to 1/4 sec (movie), 1/4000 to 30 sec (still)
Program Auto (P),Aperture priority (A),Shutter priority (S),Manu.(M)
Still Mode o-nly: Auto, manual (100 to 25,600)
White Balance Modes
White Balance Shift
Long Exposure NR: o-n/off, available at shutter speeds > 1 Sec.
High ISO NR: Auto
Yes (no auto lens cover)
Yes / Yes
Battery Level: Recordable time, remaining capacity
Media: Recordable time, free and used media space
5 minutes (power save mode)
Not specified by manufacturer
Red Eye Reduction
35mm film equivalent ¡V Video: 32.4-360mm
35mm film equivalent ¡V Photo: 27-300mm
Max: f/3.5-6.3 (W)
Min: f/22-40 (T)
Optical Steadyshot with Active Mode
Sony E-Mount (A-Mount with optional adapter)
Manual, AF, Direct manual focus
Minimum Focus Distance
1' (wide) - 1.6' (tele) (30.5-48.8 cm)
0.35 x (APS-C)
Number of Aperture Blades
7 Circular Aperture
Not specified by manufacturer (4 aspheric elements)
3 x 4" (7.6 x 10.2 cm)
18.5 oz (524 g)
PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2 for Windows XP SP2 (32-bit),
Vista SP2 (32/64-bit), Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System Lithium ion battery
(V Series: NP-FV70/FV100)
7.2V DC (Battery Pack), 8.4V DC (AC adapter)
4.4 W recording HD with included lens
With lens: Approx. 3.8 x 5.2 x 11.6" (97 x 132 x 294mm)
Main unit o-nly: Approx. 1.4 lb (645g)
With NP-FV70 supplied battery & SEL18200 lens:Approx. 2.8 lb (1276 g)