Sony NEX-VG20E Handycam: Fun for video and audiophiles

Sony has released its best-ever Handycam – the NEX-VG20E. The problem is, it’s so well-designed that all you’ll want to do is record a mirror. In Full HD. At 50p and 25p. With Tru-Black technology and 16MP stills. Cool.

Aside from looking good on the outside, crack it open and you’ll find an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor that records at 16.1 effective megapixels. The Exmor sensors are famous for their low-light recording (even in the models they put in phones), so expect great night-time performance.


Video recording comes in the AVCHD format, in a choice of 50p and 25p frame rate options. For 25p, you can chose Cinema Tone Gamma and Cinema Tone Colour to give a more filmatic effect to your recordings.

The NEX-VG20E has a comprehensive range of manual controls to let users really get stuck into the settings, with a redesigned handgrip to offer excellent stability and allows manual adjustment of exposure, iris and other settings

The camcorder also boasts the “E-Mount system” which lets users take advantage of the existing range of seven E-Mount lenses from the older cameras in the range.

The demands of sound enthusiasts often go unheard on video cameras, but the NEX-VG20E has a Quad Capsule Spatial Array mic, which supports stereo and 5.1 channel sound, so it should do quality audio recording right out the box.

It’s also got ports for an external mic and monitoring headphones though, so audiophiles can really get stuck in.

The Handycam NEX-VG20EH comes with the SEL18200 F3.5-6.3 E-mount lens. With a wide 11x optical zoom range and built-in Optical SteadyShot.
Get it November 2011.