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Sony Handycam NEX-VG20 Camcorder Review

A melding of the Handycam camcorder and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.

June 22, 2012
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The Panasonic HC-X900M, while a very good camcorder, was something of a disappointment for us this year. Sure, Panasonic loaded it with a lot of good features and it's 1080/60p record mode produced arguably the best video image we've seen all year, but the camcorder represented no significant upgrade over its predecessor: the Panasonic HDC-TM900. Compare this to the Sony NEX-VG20, which was outfitted with a host of upgrades over the previous Sony VG10.

The saving grace for the X900M is its price. Panasonic launched the camcorder earlier this year with a $1200 price tag, but now you can find it for less than $1000 from reputable online retailers. Even Panasonic has knocked $100 off the MSRP on its own website. This makes it one of the cheapest flagship models available, so it's a good fit if you want top-notch image quality without breaking the bank.

But as far as unique features and innovative design goes, the Sony NEX-VG20 is, by far, the more interesting camcorder of the two.


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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Ease of Use
  12. Handling
  13. Controls
  14. Features
  15. Recording Options
  16. Hardware
  17. Sony Handycam HDR-CX700V Comparison
  18. Canon Vixia HF G10 Comparison
  19. Panasonic HC-X900M Comparison
  20. Conclusion
  21. Photo Gallery
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