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Sony NEX-VG20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 reviews of Sony NEX-VG20. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and durability. The size and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the zoom. There are some mixed opinions about the portability and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony NEX-VG20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony NEX-VG20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Sony NEX-VG20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the reliability and size. The durability and image quality also get good comments, but there are mixed reviews on the price and portability.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony NEX-VG20EH 18-200mm Interchangeable Lens Full HD CamcorderSony NEX-VG20EH 18-200mm Interchangeable Lens Full HD Camcorder

Jun, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony NEX-VG20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Sony NEX-VG20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the battery and usability are generally positive. The durability and image quality are also appreciated. There are some negative views about the portability.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony NEXVG20 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder (Body Only)Sony NEXVG20 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder (Body Only)

Jun, 2018

Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing: / No
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1 / Dolby Digital 5.1 / HD
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm


Battery life (max):4.50
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV70
Video recording time:3.10


3D: No
3D compatibility:N
Back light compensation: No
Back Light Compensation (BLC):N
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:BIONZ
Minimum illumination:9
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 16:9


Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
LED indicators:Y
Product Type:Netbook


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Built-in Display:Y / Yes
Display diagonal:39.6 / 7.62 / 76.2
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display resolution (numeric):921600
HD type: No
LED Backlight: No
Touch screen:Y
Touchscreen:No / Yes


Built-in Flash:N / No
Built-in light:N / No
Shoe mounting point: / Yes


Face detection:Y / Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Smile detection: / No


Discrete graphics adapter: No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):16.7
Effective megapixels (movie):16.1
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:16.1


Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad

Lens System

Filter Size:67
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):29 - 322
Focal length range (f-f):18 - 200
Image stabilizer:No / Y
Interchangeable lens:Y / Yes
Maximum aperture number:6.3
Minimum aperture number:3.5
Optical Zoom:11
Wide angle lens system: / No

Light exposure

Scene modes:


Internal Memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD±RW

Other features

Audio system:HD
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto Focus: / Yes
Backlight: / No
BRAVIA Sync: Yes
Demonstration mode: / No
Electrical viewfinder:
Lens cap included: / No
Main camera sensor:
Manual Focus:
Night mode: / No
Noise Reduction:Y / Yes
Spotlight: / No
USB port:
x.v.Color support: / No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Batteries included:Y
Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser (PMB)
Cables included:USB
Lens hood:No / Y
Shoulder strap: / No
Wrist strap included: / No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
DV port: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:
HDMI:Y / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y / Yes
PictBridge:N / No
S-Video In: / No
S-Video Out:Y / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):25
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.1
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5
Processor frequency:2.5
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-3210M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series
Processor Socket:PGA988
Processor threads:4
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:65708
Processor code:SR0N0
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot: Yes


Camera shutter speed:0.25 - 0.000125
Shutter speed (photo):30 - 0.00025 / 30 - 1/4000
Shutter speed (video):1/4 - 1/8000


Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8

Still image

Continuous shooting mode:Y
Image formats supported:JPG, RAW / Raw
Maximum image resolution:4912 x 3264
Still image resolution(s):4912 x 2760,4912 x 3264 / 4912 x 3264


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo HX, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO, MS Pro-HG Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo HX, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:500

Technical Details

Full HD: Yes


Bitrate at maximum video resolution:28 / 5
Capture modes:FH, HQ, LP
Full HD:Y
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080


Viewfinder resolution:1152000
Viewfinder screen size:0.43 / 10.9
Viewfinder Type:Electrical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:22.3 / 223 / 25.3
Height :13 / 130 / 3.32
Weight:2.6 / 645
Width:38.2 / 9.1 / 91

White balance

Indoor white balance:Y / Yes
Onepush white balance:Y / Yes
Outdoor white balance:Y / Yes
White Balance:Auto