Unleash your creativity with Sony’s new interchangeable lens Handycam camcorder. Featuring a 16.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor for gorgeous depth of field, this camcorder is in a class of its own. Record 1920×1080/24p AVCHD video with smoother motion, capture DSLR-like photos in RAW and JPG, and capture 5.1-channel audio with the Quad Capsule Spatial Array microphone. To add even more creativity, choose from numerous A- and E-mount lens attachments. For easy framing of your subjects and simple control, the VG20 features a 3″ touch-panel LCD with TruBlack technology for superb contrast and reduced glare.
From the Manufacturer
Unleash your creativity with Sony’s new interchangeable lens Handycam camcorder. Featuring a 16.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor for gorgeous depth of field, this camcorder is in a class of its own. Record 1920×1080/24p AVCHD video with smoother motion, capture DSLR-like photos in RAW and JPG, and capture 5.1-channel audio with the Quad Capsule Spatial Array microphone. To add even more creativity, choose from numerous A- and E-mount lens attachments. For easy framing of your subjects and simple control, the VG20 features a 3-inch touch-panel LCD with TruBlacktechnology for superb contrast and reduced glare.
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.
Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
The same sensor format that Sony builds into the standard size α DSLRs. With approximately 19.5 times the surface area of conventional camcorders, the Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor makes getting cinematic video with a shallow depth of field video a breeze.
Up to 24Mbps AVCHD 2.0 video
The NEX-VG20 can capture video in full 1920×1080 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.
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.
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.
E-mount SEL18200mm OSS zoom lens
The Sony E-mount 18-200mm OSS lens provides an 11x zoom ratio for superior versatility. Made to shoot video, it also includes a silent auto-focus system coupled with Optical Steadyshot image stabilization with Active Mode, giving you the flexibility of a removable lens with the ergonomics and operability of a Handycam camcorder.
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.
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.
Optical SteadyShot w/ Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode built-in supplied lens compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video.
Accepts α DSLR A- and E-mount lenses
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.
3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD 270 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.
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.
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.
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.
Six Creative Style settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.
Eight White Balance Modes
These help you get the shot by optimizing the camera for specific shooting situations. Select from Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, and Custom modes.
Auto HDR (Photo Mode)
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by taking three consecutive shots very quickly with different exposure values, then combining the best highlight/shadow detail from them for one incredible shot. Ideal for situations where severe backlighting is present and other high-contrast scenes. (Recommended for still subjects.)
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures best highlight detail from three shots and combines them for one incredible shot.
Anti Motion Blur (Photo Mode)
Perfect for situations with poor lighting or when using a telephoto lens, Anti Motion Blur mode will take 6 consecutive shots in a split second, taking the best of each individual image, and creating a single image with superb clarity and detail. Ideal for minimizing subject movement in low lighting conditions.
Handheld Twilight (Photo Mode)
Great for shots in the evening or times with little available light, Handheld Twilight mode will reduce the effect of camera shake when shooting a stationary subject by taking 6 consecutive shots then combining them all to create an image that you would have been almost impossible otherwise.
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.
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.
AF/MF switch for creative control
Whether you’re shooting video or still images, the included 18-200mm lens will auto focus quietly and quickly, however if you want to utilize MF, this simple switch will put you in the driver’s seat.
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)
Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 Included free of charge via download, Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 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.
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).