Sony NEX-VG20H HD Camcorder

11x Opt, 3" LCD - MPN: NEXVG20H
Product Details
Description
Take your videography to the next level with this interchangeable lens HD Handycam camcorder and included 18-200mm zoom lens. Featuring a 16.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor for superb depth of field, shoot professional-looking HD videos without the cost or complexity of pricier equipment. Record 1920x1080/24p AVCHD video with smoother motion, shoot DSLR-like photos and capture 5.1-channel audio with the Quad Capsule Spatial Array microphone. For greater creative control, swap out different lenses for different shots and shooting conditions. A convenient 3-inch touch-panel LCD with TruBlack technology offers superb contrast and reduced glare for easy framing of your subjects and simple control.
Summary
Product Title Sony NEX-VG20H HD Camcorder
Manufacturer Sony
Power Score 4.0 | 11 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Sony NEX-VG20H Interchangeable Lens Camera
4 Star Review  videomaker.com - May 1, 2012

For this price you get a solid camera with many available interchangeable lenses and more on the way.

Read the full review »

Best Prosumer Camcorder under $5000
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Mar 14, 2012

Bestcovery experts have rated the Sony NEX-VG20H HD Camcorder as a best pick for the Best Prosumer Camcorder under $5000. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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User Reviews
Phenomenal Camera
5 Star Review   By DON1 on Sony - Official Store - Sep 13, 2012   

As a contributor for various video websites, I travel with my partner around the globe 4 month out of a year. Was using Canon 5D II for couple of years, got fed up with all the known problems shooting video. Now my gear is 100% Sony VG-20 with e-mount lenses. For online HD video, the image quality produced from VG20 sensor is more than adequate. The low-light performance can be better though. Being a one-person operation (my partner host the show), I use a rig to mount other gears as needed; my fully loaded rig include z-flash lights, Zoom H4N, wireless mic receivers, external monitor, audio headset, shot gun mic, battery pack. Somehow I can NOT power external monitor (connected via HDMI) and ZOOM H4N together, the statics noise force me to power ZOOM H4N with its own battery. Not a huge problem, but sometimes annoying. Whenever possible, I capture audio along with the video. Up to 4 audio feeds with ZOOM H4N can be fed to VG-20, it'd be nice if I can mix the ext.audio feed with the build-in mic. Even better if it has 2 XLR-phantom-inputs, with volume control! Placing VG-20 on a tripod and rolling, I use NEX-5N as B-Camera to capture more footage. They have the same sensor and support e-mount lenses, just keep in mind that NEX 5N has less audio handling & sometimes overheating. Numerous times I use NEX 5N, small tripod, and ZOOM H4N to get the job done! After shooting intensively for many months under almost every conceivable situations, I must say that I am very happy with SONY VG-20 + NEX 5N combo.

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Sony lies about features
3 Star Review   By zeniu17 on Sony - Official Store - Mar 12, 2012   

Overall a beautiful camcorder with huge potential. Feels artificially crippled - like others have already described. I purchased two of these recently and am experiencing the same problem I experienced on the NEX-5n. The problem manifests itself as what looks like the colors in the picture are suddenly flipping between warmer to colder settings - as if the white balance shift was going crazy. I returned several NEX-5n cameras back to the store because of this problem. Now I'm seeing the same thing happening on these NEX-VG20 camcorders - they might end up back at the store if I don't find a solution for this very soon.

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Exactly What I Was Looking For
5 Star Review   By DJCFOOT on Sony - Official Store - Jan 15, 2012   

The camera is phenomenal, it does so much, and you dont lose the desire of enjoying it after day one, I wish there were more white balance options or color settings but you can't complain, it does so much and allows the videographer to have full control. I'm very satisfied with this product and would highly recommend it

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Great Promises from Sony, Failure to Deliver
5 Star Review   By FireStorm on Sony - Official Store - Jan 6, 2012   

This is a great camera. It is a perfect fit for what I was looking for and does everything it’s supposed to REALLY well. I was a fan of the large sensor DSLR cameras, but I was not a fan of their form factor (or lack of audio input), so this was a great answer for me. I large sensor camera that takes great video and stills; it records fabulous audio and has interchangeable lenses; It’s small and lightweight as well. There are lot of complaints out there about it not having all the features that were laid out in the description on the Sony site, but to me, less is more in some cases and I don’t like a lot of options ‘in camera’. Just allow me to get a nice raw, white balanced image and the rest can be done in post. Even if you don’t use a post-production solution like the one that comes free with this camera (Vegas), it still takes great shots right off the card. I agree that it would be nice to have more hardware buttons including an audio gain knob, but all the settings are still accessible from the touch screen and as long as I can change them at least, that’s fine with me. Although it’s not perfect (and no camera is…yet), It’s pretty close to perfect for what I need and I have no complaints. I hope Sony continues with their interchangeable lens camcorders and keeps them alive with many more E-Mount lenses. : ) Happy shooting.

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Sony lies about features
1 Star Review   By NEXZ on Sony - Official Store - Dec 30, 2011   

Why is face tracking focus turned off when white balance is selected? This does not make any sense. The user has to choose between focus or white balance control. The user can't have both. Thanks for nothing Sony.

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This is a mixed review
4 Star Review   By PiedraLibre on Sony - Official Store - Dec 9, 2011   

In the sony propaganda (not a bad word, just the truth) they talk about having a "stereo headphone jack for precise audio monitoring". Don't let this trick you into thinking you have any control over the audio with this camera. It has a built-in automatic audio regulator that I have found no way to disable, which sucks when using external audio hardware. For example, when I'm interviewing someone, if they stop talking for a few seconds, the on-board audio regulator decides it needs to increase mic sensitivity to record the room tone, and then when the subject opens their mouth again, the first syllable clips before the NEX system readjusts to their levels. So anything even remotely professional will require sound being recorded separately and then synced later. - The LCD viewer doesn't flip 180 degrees, so it's hard to film yourself on camera with a tripod (i.e. for news style stand-up reporting) - Autofocus is kind of schizo. It often can't decide what to focus on when nothing either in the frame or in the position of the camera is changing. - No timelapse in the video function. And in the photo function, you cant set a timer to take intermittent photos over an hour either. Like the things listed above, these sorts of things are the petty little tricks that sony uses to get you to move up to a more expensive model, to get firmware changes that cost them next to nothing. On the whole though, I have filmed quite a few mini-docs with this and it has treated me really really well in some brutal conditions. It's very very tough...or at least mine is. And people often comment on how beautiful the footage is!

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Could have been the best camcorder.
1 Star Review   By JAMJAM on Sony - Official Store - Dec 2, 2011   

Until sony recognizes that this camera is missing the advertised ability to make picture adjustments, people should hold off on buying it. This camera has either been shipped with incomplete firmware or SONY has intentionally crippled it while forgetting to let their marketing team in on their dirtily little secret.

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Missing advertised features
2 Star Review   By CBarce on Sony - Official Store - Nov 29, 2011   

I probably was one of the first to have this camera in the US. I bought this camera because of its large image sensor, its potential for great low light performance, and potential for great image. When I received camera, initial shots were very promising. Then I started to look for the advertized saturation, sharpness and contrast controls supposedly in the Scenes Selection menu, but it is not there as advertized in Sony Style page. As a matter of fact, there is no Scene Selection Menu at all. Neither were half of the white balance settings promised. Also, there was no dynamic range adjustment, again as advertized on Sony Style page. I have spent a month dealing with Sony support, hoping that the camera was going to be upgraded with firmware, because its image is so promising. I get no one willing to say Sony is going to do anything. Eventually, Sony support points me to Customer relations. As it is, the camera is like driving a car that can only go straight. It shoots well in many circumstances, but it does not let you adjust some very important aspects of the image. It is indeed strange, because the VG 10, and the less expensive Nex cameras have the capabilities. It is clear that Sony has decided to cripple this camera, probably because they want serious users to buy the expensive and overpriced NEXFS100. And one months later, Sony is still advertizing the features as being in the camera. I think I am going to have to return the unit to Sony and demand my money back. Sad day for me because I thought I was going to be back with Sony for a while.

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switch from Canon 5DII to Sony VG-20
5 Star Review   By fatgfilms on Sony - Official Store - Oct 13, 2011   

thank you sony for releasing this earlier than november. this is a nice bday gift for me. been waiting for this for a long time!

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Product Details
Description
Take your videography to the next level with this interchangeable lens HD Handycam camcorder and included 18-200mm zoom lens. Featuring a 16.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor for superb depth of field, shoot professional-looking HD videos without the cost or complexity of pricier equipment. Record 1920x1080/24p AVCHD video with smoother motion, shoot DSLR-like photos and capture 5.1-channel audio with the Quad Capsule Spatial Array microphone. For greater creative control, swap out different lenses for different shots and shooting conditions. A convenient 3-inch touch-panel LCD with TruBlack technology offers superb contrast and reduced glare for easy framing of your subjects and simple control.
Summary
Product Title Sony NEX-VG20H HD Camcorder
Manufacturer Sony
Power Score 4.0 | 11 Reviews
Additional Specifications
Parent Retsku: B0063OAYH6
Expert Reviews
Sony NEX-VG20H Interchangeable Lens Camera
4 Star Review  videomaker.com - May 1, 2012

For this price you get a solid camera with many available interchangeable lenses and more on the way.

Read the full review »

Best Prosumer Camcorder under $5000
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Mar 14, 2012

Bestcovery experts have rated the Sony NEX-VG20H HD Camcorder as a best pick for the Best Prosumer Camcorder under $5000. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Phenomenal Camera
5 Star Review   By DON1 on Sony - Official Store - Sep 13, 2012   

As a contributor for various video websites, I travel with my partner around the globe 4 month out of a year. Was using Canon 5D II for couple of years, got fed up with all the known problems shooting video. Now my gear is 100% Sony VG-20 with e-mount lenses. For online HD video, the image quality produced from VG20 sensor is more than adequate. The low-light performance can be better though. Being a one-person operation (my partner host the show), I use a rig to mount other gears as needed; my fully loaded rig include z-flash lights, Zoom H4N, wireless mic receivers, external monitor, audio headset, shot gun mic, battery pack. Somehow I can NOT power external monitor (connected via HDMI) and ZOOM H4N together, the statics noise force me to power ZOOM H4N with its own battery. Not a huge problem, but sometimes annoying. Whenever possible, I capture audio along with the video. Up to 4 audio feeds with ZOOM H4N can be fed to VG-20, it'd be nice if I can mix the ext.audio feed with the build-in mic. Even better if it has 2 XLR-phantom-inputs, with volume control! Placing VG-20 on a tripod and rolling, I use NEX-5N as B-Camera to capture more footage. They have the same sensor and support e-mount lenses, just keep in mind that NEX 5N has less audio handling & sometimes overheating. Numerous times I use NEX 5N, small tripod, and ZOOM H4N to get the job done! After shooting intensively for many months under almost every conceivable situations, I must say that I am very happy with SONY VG-20 + NEX 5N combo.

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Sony lies about features
3 Star Review   By zeniu17 on Sony - Official Store - Mar 12, 2012   

Overall a beautiful camcorder with huge potential. Feels artificially crippled - like others have already described. I purchased two of these recently and am experiencing the same problem I experienced on the NEX-5n. The problem manifests itself as what looks like the colors in the picture are suddenly flipping between warmer to colder settings - as if the white balance shift was going crazy. I returned several NEX-5n cameras back to the store because of this problem. Now I'm seeing the same thing happening on these NEX-VG20 camcorders - they might end up back at the store if I don't find a solution for this very soon.

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Exactly What I Was Looking For
5 Star Review   By DJCFOOT on Sony - Official Store - Jan 15, 2012   

The camera is phenomenal, it does so much, and you dont lose the desire of enjoying it after day one, I wish there were more white balance options or color settings but you can't complain, it does so much and allows the videographer to have full control. I'm very satisfied with this product and would highly recommend it

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Great Promises from Sony, Failure to Deliver
5 Star Review   By FireStorm on Sony - Official Store - Jan 6, 2012   

This is a great camera. It is a perfect fit for what I was looking for and does everything it’s supposed to REALLY well. I was a fan of the large sensor DSLR cameras, but I was not a fan of their form factor (or lack of audio input), so this was a great answer for me. I large sensor camera that takes great video and stills; it records fabulous audio and has interchangeable lenses; It’s small and lightweight as well. There are lot of complaints out there about it not having all the features that were laid out in the description on the Sony site, but to me, less is more in some cases and I don’t like a lot of options ‘in camera’. Just allow me to get a nice raw, white balanced image and the rest can be done in post. Even if you don’t use a post-production solution like the one that comes free with this camera (Vegas), it still takes great shots right off the card. I agree that it would be nice to have more hardware buttons including an audio gain knob, but all the settings are still accessible from the touch screen and as long as I can change them at least, that’s fine with me. Although it’s not perfect (and no camera is…yet), It’s pretty close to perfect for what I need and I have no complaints. I hope Sony continues with their interchangeable lens camcorders and keeps them alive with many more E-Mount lenses. : ) Happy shooting.

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Sony lies about features
1 Star Review   By NEXZ on Sony - Official Store - Dec 30, 2011   

Why is face tracking focus turned off when white balance is selected? This does not make any sense. The user has to choose between focus or white balance control. The user can't have both. Thanks for nothing Sony.

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This is a mixed review
4 Star Review   By PiedraLibre on Sony - Official Store - Dec 9, 2011   

In the sony propaganda (not a bad word, just the truth) they talk about having a "stereo headphone jack for precise audio monitoring". Don't let this trick you into thinking you have any control over the audio with this camera. It has a built-in automatic audio regulator that I have found no way to disable, which sucks when using external audio hardware. For example, when I'm interviewing someone, if they stop talking for a few seconds, the on-board audio regulator decides it needs to increase mic sensitivity to record the room tone, and then when the subject opens their mouth again, the first syllable clips before the NEX system readjusts to their levels. So anything even remotely professional will require sound being recorded separately and then synced later. - The LCD viewer doesn't flip 180 degrees, so it's hard to film yourself on camera with a tripod (i.e. for news style stand-up reporting) - Autofocus is kind of schizo. It often can't decide what to focus on when nothing either in the frame or in the position of the camera is changing. - No timelapse in the video function. And in the photo function, you cant set a timer to take intermittent photos over an hour either. Like the things listed above, these sorts of things are the petty little tricks that sony uses to get you to move up to a more expensive model, to get firmware changes that cost them next to nothing. On the whole though, I have filmed quite a few mini-docs with this and it has treated me really really well in some brutal conditions. It's very very tough...or at least mine is. And people often comment on how beautiful the footage is!

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Could have been the best camcorder.
1 Star Review   By JAMJAM on Sony - Official Store - Dec 2, 2011   

Until sony recognizes that this camera is missing the advertised ability to make picture adjustments, people should hold off on buying it. This camera has either been shipped with incomplete firmware or SONY has intentionally crippled it while forgetting to let their marketing team in on their dirtily little secret.

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Missing advertised features
2 Star Review   By CBarce on Sony - Official Store - Nov 29, 2011   

I probably was one of the first to have this camera in the US. I bought this camera because of its large image sensor, its potential for great low light performance, and potential for great image. When I received camera, initial shots were very promising. Then I started to look for the advertized saturation, sharpness and contrast controls supposedly in the Scenes Selection menu, but it is not there as advertized in Sony Style page. As a matter of fact, there is no Scene Selection Menu at all. Neither were half of the white balance settings promised. Also, there was no dynamic range adjustment, again as advertized on Sony Style page. I have spent a month dealing with Sony support, hoping that the camera was going to be upgraded with firmware, because its image is so promising. I get no one willing to say Sony is going to do anything. Eventually, Sony support points me to Customer relations. As it is, the camera is like driving a car that can only go straight. It shoots well in many circumstances, but it does not let you adjust some very important aspects of the image. It is indeed strange, because the VG 10, and the less expensive Nex cameras have the capabilities. It is clear that Sony has decided to cripple this camera, probably because they want serious users to buy the expensive and overpriced NEXFS100. And one months later, Sony is still advertizing the features as being in the camera. I think I am going to have to return the unit to Sony and demand my money back. Sad day for me because I thought I was going to be back with Sony for a while.

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switch from Canon 5DII to Sony VG-20
5 Star Review   By fatgfilms on Sony - Official Store - Oct 13, 2011   

thank you sony for releasing this earlier than november. this is a nice bday gift for me. been waiting for this for a long time!

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