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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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If we had to pick one Sony product that the NEX-VG20 is most similar to (other than its predecessor, the VG10), we'd probably go with the Sony NEX-5N digital camera. The VG20 and the 5N have similar internal specs—same size sensor and pixel count, same lens mount, and similar video performance overall. But the VG20 is officially a Handycam camcorder, not a camera, so the HDR-CX700V from 2011 is still a very apt comparison.

The CX700V was a flagship model in Sony's Handycam line, so its menus and recording features are very similar to what you'd find on the VG20. So, in one sense, the VG20 handles a lot like the CX700V. But the CX700V doesn't have the option of using multiple lenses, nor did it do as well as the VG20 in our low light video tests (remember, it's got a totally different image sensor). Compared to the VG20, the CX700V has more automatic controls, better autofocus, and, most surprisingly, a fancier control wheel for adjusting exposure.

The price difference between these two models is significant, but it may not be as wide as you think. The CX700V, even though it is a 2011 model, still sells for around $1300 online. The VG20, without a lens mind you, retails for $1599. But the extra $300 bucks gives you the power to use multiple lenses with the camcorder, which is far better than any manual control or feature you get on the CX700V.


/r:render

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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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