Sony Handycam NEX-VG20 Camcorder Review
A melding of the Handycam camcorder and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.
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.
- Product Tour
- Color Performance
- Low Light Performance
- Motion Performance
- Sharpness Performance
- Sample Videos
- Ease of Use
- Recording Options
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