August 24, 2011
Sony launches NEX-VG20 Handycam Camcorder capable of 1080p60 recording
The new Handycam NEX-VG20 camcorder from Sony allows videographers to explore the artistic potential of the growing range of E-Mount lenses for shooting cinematic Full HD video and high-resolution still photos. The new camcorder offers several enhancements over Sony’s acclaimed NEX-VG10 – the world’s first consumer HD camcorder with interchangeable lenses – including comprehensive manual controls, improved imaging quality and upgraded sound. Full HD video shooting in the AVCHD format is now complemented by a choice of 24p and 60p (progressive) frame rate options. Dialogue and other sounds are captured by the precision Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone that now supports stereo and 5.1 channel surround. The camcorder also offers a new audio level control.
With a resolution of 16.1 effective megapixels, the camcorder’s 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. The sensor also allows the creation of background defocus (‘bokeh’) effects with a user’s E-mount lenses.
The NEX-VG20H camcorder comes with the SEL18200 F3.5-6.3 E-mount lens. With a wide 11x optical zoom range and built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, this versatile lens offers smooth, quiet autofocus operation during movie and still shooting. The new camcorder is compatible with Sony’s Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX series as well as Sony’s full line of SD memory cards. The Handycam NEX-VG20H Full HD E-mount system camcorder will be available this November with a retail price of about $2,199. A body-only version, the NEX-VG20, will be available for $1,599.