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Best-ever Full HD video image quality, audio and ergonomics: Sony introduces the Handycam® NEX-VG20E

24 August 2011

E-mount system interchangeable lens camcorder with 16.1 megapixels, AVCHD 50p/25p and new touch-screen.

NEX-VG20 main 2

  • Effective 16.1megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
  • AVCHD Full HD video plus 50p and 25p progressive modes
  • DSLR-quality 16 megapixel stills with RAW support*
  • Improved audio with Quad Capsule Spatial Array microphone and stereo/5.1 sound recording
  • Manual controls and revised ergonomics with new hand grip, Assignable Dial and dedicated function keys
  • 7.5cm (3”) Xtra Fine LCD touch-screen with Tru-Black technology
  • Widened choice of E-mount lenses

The new Handycam® NEX-VG20E camcorder from Sony broadens creative possibilities for shooting cinematic Full HD video and high-resolution still photos.

Offering comprehensive manual controls, the NEX-VG20E lets videographers explore the artistic potential of the growing range of E-Mount lenses. With refined ergonomics, improved imaging quality and upgraded sound, it provides several enhancements over the acclaimed NEX-VG10E – the world’s first consumer HD camcorder with interchangeable lenses.

With a resolution of 16.1 effective megapixels, the Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor assures outstanding video image quality, with extremely low noise in low light. It also captures pristine 16 megapixel still photos, with RAW format support for all the post-processing flexibility that’s familiar to DSLR users*.

Whether you’re shooting video or stills, the large sensor rivals the expressive picture quality of a DSLR camera. This allows the creation of beautiful background defocus ('bokeh') effects with your E-mount lens collection.

Full HD video shooting in AVCHD format is now complemented by a choice of 50p and 25p (progressive) frame rate options. Footage shot at 25p can be enhanced with Cinema Tone Gamma™ and Cinema Tone Colour™ for an even richer, more cinematic look.

Dialogue and other sounds are captured by the precision Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone that now supports stereo and 5.1 channel surround. There’s a new audio level control, plus pro-style jacks for an external mic and monitoring headphones.

Several ergonomic refinements let videographers shoot HD video and stills in even greater comfort. The camcorder’s handgrip has been redesigned that offers excellent stability. Allowing manual adjustment of exposure, iris and other settings, the pro-style control dial can now be accessed even when LCD panel is closed.

Button layout has also been revised with ‘hard’ function keys, direct access to each shooting mode (Iris, Shutter speed, Program AE), a second REC button for low-angle shots and expanded focus button – all sited for intuitive operation without taking your eye from the electronic viewfinder.

Shots can also be framed and reviewed on the 7.5cm/3" Xtra Fine LCD that features TruBlack technology for clear, high contrast images. The screen can be rotated over a 270 degree range for easy framing in any position, even with the camera held low. Touch panel operation simplifies fingertip operation of shooting functions.

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, this versatile lens offers smooth, quiet autofocus operation during movies and still shooting.

There is now a choice of seven E-mount lenses to cover virtually any shooting situation. Also available, the optional LA-EA2 lens mount adaptor gives even wider compatibility with the established family of A-mount optics. Translucent Mirror Technology supports high-speed phase-detection AF that keeps even fast-moving subjects in focus.

The Handycam NEX-VG20E Full HD E-mount system camcorder from Sony is available from November 2011.

Notes to editors


* Effective 16 megapixel still image resolution in JPEG mode

Key technical specifications

Camera

Camera Type

Interchangeable Lens Digital HD Video Camera Recorder

Lens Compatibility

Sony E-Mount lens

Lens Mount Type

E-Mount

Imaging Sensor

Imaging Sensor

Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor(23.5 x 15.6mm)

Processor

BIONS image processor

Anti Dust

Charge protection coating on Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism

Pixel Gross

Approx. 16.7 megapixels

Effective Picture Resolution

Approx. 16.1 megapixels(3:2 Still)/Approx. 13.6 megapixels(16.9 movie)

Colour Filter System

RGB Primary colour filters

Focal Length Conversion Factor

1.5 x

Recording

Media Type

Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (Mark 2)

Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™

SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card(Class 4 or Higher)

Still Image File Format

DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible

Still Image Mode

JPEG/JPEG+RAW/RAW

Still Image Max Effective

16.0 megapixels

Still Image Size(Photo Mode)

16.0 megapixels 3:2 (4912 x 3264)

13.6 megapixels 16:9 (4912 x 2760)

8.4 megapixels 3:2 (3568 x 2368)

7.1 megapixels 16:9 (3568 x 2000)

4.0 megapixels 3:2 (2448 x 1624)

3.4 megapixels 16:9 (2448 x 1376)

Video Format

HD:MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD™ ver.2.0 format compatible

STD:MPEG2-PS

Video Mode(Resolution)

HD:1920x1080/50p, 25p, 50i(FX,FH), 1440x1080/50i (HQ,LP)

STD:720x576/50i

Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR)

HD PS:Approx.28Mbps/FX:Approx.24Mbps/FH:Approx.17Mbps/HQ:Approx.9Mbps/LP:Approx.5Mbps

STD HQ:9Mbps

Video Signal

HD:HDTV 1080/50p, 25p, 50i

STD:PAL colour, CCIR standards

Progressive Mode

HD:50p/25p, Progressive recording

Photo Capture from Movie

2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)

307K pixels 4:3 (640x480)

230K pixels 16:9 (640x360)

Audio Format

Dolby® Digital 5.1ch, Dolby® Digital 5.1Creator

Dolby® Digital 2ch stereo

Microphone/Speaker

Built-in Microphone

Monoral Speaker

Wind Position

Yes(Auto)

Wind Noise Reduction

Yes(Off/On)

Mic Level Control

Yes(31steps)

Play List Edit

-

Viewfinder

Type

Swivel EVF 0.43 Xtra Fine 1152k dots equivalent w/

Brightness control

Diopter Adjustment

Yes

Field of View

100%

LCD Display

LCD Type

3.0 Xtra Fine LCD™ 270 degree swivel display w/ TruBlack™ technology

Touch Panel

Yes

Angle Adjustment

Opening Angle:max.90 deg., Turning Angle:max.270 deg.

Brightness Control

Yes (Menu)

Coverage

100%

Live View

Yes

Real time image-adjustment display

Exposure Compensation, WB

Histogram

Yes

Grid Display

Yes(Off/On)

Focus Control

Focus System

Contrast AF

Focus Points

25 points

AF Modes

Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus

Direct Manual Focus

Yes

Focus Area

Multi Point AF(25 points)

Manual Focus Assist

Magnified display for precise manual focus

Peaking Display

Focus Sensitivity

0 EV to 20 EV ( at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)

Focus Features

Tracking Focus

Exposure System

Metering Modes

Multi-segment, touch spot

Metering

63 Segment metering from CMOS image sensor

Metering Sensitivity

0EV-20EV ( at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)

Exposure Compensation

AE Shift(Dial/Touch Panel)

Exposure Settings

Auto

Flexible Spot(Touch Panel)

Manual(Dial)

D-RangeOptimizer

Yes

ISO

Still Mode Only: Auto, Manual(100 to 25600)

Backlight Compensation

Yes(Auto)

Noise Reduction

Yes

Creative Style

-

White Balance Mode

Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor

WB Shift

Yes

Colour temperature

-

Minimum Illumination

9 lux(1/50 Shutter Speed F3.5)

Manual Exposure Assist

Zebra Pattern Display

Drive System

Drive Mode

Photo Mode: Single-shot/Continuous/Bracket 0.3EV/Bracket 0.7EV

Shutter Type

Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type

Continuous Shooting Speed

6fps

Self-timer

Approx.10sec.(Still Image)

Shutter Speed Auto Control Range

1/50-1/4000 (movie) , 30s-1/4000 (Still)

Shutter Speed(Manual Shutter)

1/4-1/8000 (movie) , 30s-1/4000 (Still)

Convenience Features

Built-in USB Cable

-

Quick On

Yes

Manual/Auto Lens Cover

Manual

S/S & Zoom button on LCD

Yes(Touch Panel , S/S Only)

Red Eye Reduction

Yes(On/Off)

Digital Picture Effects/Picture Effects

-/-

Date/Time Stamp

Yes(Rec Date and Time, Camera info)

Erase/Protect

Yes/Yes

Media/Battery Indicator

Yes(recordable time, free and used media space)/Yes(recordable time, remaining capacity)

On Screen Main Indicators

Zoom Position

Flash Status

Recording/Playback/Editing Media

Recording Status

Recording Mode

Recording Image Quality(HD/STD)

Photo Size

AE Parameters

Histogram

Multiple Language Display

English, Simplified English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, Italian, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian,

Portuguese, Greek, Thai, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Roma

Menu Customization

-

Power Save Mode

Auto Shut-off(5minutes)

Still Image Playback Options

Slide Show

Remote Control

Yes

Self Recording

Yes

One Touch Disc Burn

Yes(Menu)

Colour Slow Shutter

-

Easy Handycam/Help Function

-/-

Advanced Features

Audio Level Display

Yes

Anti Motion Blur

-

Auto High Dynamic Range

-

Pre-installed "PMB Portable"

-

Cinematone

Yes

S-Master

-

Assignable Dial

Yes(Exposure/Gain(ISO)/Iris/Shutter Speed/AE Shift/WB Shift Set)

Embedded GPS

-

Face Detection

Yes

Priority Setting( for Face Detection)

Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority

Smile Shutter

-

Golf Shot

-

Smooth Slow Rec

-

Intelligent Auto

-

View&Index

Event

NightShot® infrared System

-

x.v.Color™

Yes

Shockproof

-

Flash

Flash Type

Auto Lock accessory Shoe

Flash Metering System

Flash Modes

Flash Compensation

Pre-flash TTL

Auto/Forced/Slow Sync./Rear Sync./Prohibited

Yes(+/-2EV , 1/3EV Step)

HD Output

HDMI Out(mini)(sold separately)

Component Video Out(Component A/V cable(supplied))

3D HD Output

-

USB Port(s)

mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)

BRAVIA® Sync™

Yes

PhotoTV HD

Yes

DVDirect

Yes(DVD Writer supported(sold separately))

Headphone Jack

Stereo Minijack

Microphone Input

Stereo Minijack

Direct Copy

Yes

Accessory Shoe

Yes(Auto Lock accessory Shoe)

Docking Station

-

PictBridge Compatible

-

DC IN

Yes

Remote Terminal

integrated into A/V Remote terminal

HDMI Terminal

Yes(mini)

A/V Remote Terminal

Video/S Video/Audio/Component Out/Remote

Weights and Measurements

Dimensions(Approx.)(WxHxD including supplied battery)

Approx. 91mm x 130mm x 223mm

Approx. 3 5/8in x 5 1/8in x 8 3/4in

Weight(Approx) (Main unit only)

645g

1lb 6oz

Weight(Approx.) (Total)

Approx.1290kg(NP-FV70)(supplied battery)(with SEL18200 LENS)

Approx.2lb 13oz(NP-FV70)(supplied battery)(with SEL18200 LENS)

Approx.1390g(NP-FV100)(with SEL18200 LENS)

Approx.3lb (NP-FV100)(with SEL18200 LENS)

Power

Battery Type

InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (V Series) NP-FV70/FV100

Charge on camcorder(Charging time with supplied Battery)

Yes(Approx. 3h 15min)

Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation)

HD:4.0W(with SEL 18200 Lens)

STD:3.8W(with SEL 18200 Lens)

Power Consumption (in LCD Operation)

HD:4.4W(with SEL 18200 Lens)

STD:4.2W(with SEL 18200 Lens)

Power Requirements

7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)

In the Box

Supplied Accessory

Rechargeable Battery Pack(NP-FV70) (1)

AC Adaptor (1)

Power Cord (1)

Component A/V Cable (1)

A/V Connecting Cable (1)

USB Cable (1)

Body cap (1)

Battery cover (1)

Wind screen (1)

Lager eye cup (1)

CD-ROM("Handycam" Application Software) (1)

Remote Commander(RMT-835 with Battery(CR2025)) (1)

"Operating Guide"(1)

warranty card (1)

Camera(details)

Auto Non Flicker

Yes

Gain Control

Auto/manual(0dB-30dB)

Auto Control

Exposure, Colour, Focus

Face Touch

Yes

Smile Sensitivity

-

Convenience Features(details)

TV Connect Guide

-

Image Management File Repair

Yes

Fast Playback

About 5 times/10 times/30 times/60 times

Slow Playback

Forwad:1/5 speed, Reverse:1/2 speed

Date&Time, Summer Time, Area Set

Yes

Auto Date&Time, Area Adjustment by GPS

-

Quick Format(Initialize)

Memory Card

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