Sony announced its new Handycam NEX-VG20 Full HD digital camcorder, which is the successor to the NEX-VG10 – the world’s first consumer HD camcorder with interchangeable lenses. The new VG20 is compatible with E-Mount lenses and can be connected to the optional LA-EA2 lens mount adaptor providing even wider compatibility with the established family of A-mount optics.
The Sony NEX-VG20 features a 16.1 Megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor for Full HD 1080p video recording and capturing 16 Megapixel still images with RAW format support. It shoots Full HD video in AVCHD format with either 24p or 60p progressive frame rate options. Footage shot at 24p can be enhanced with Cinema Tone Gamma and Cinema Tone Color for an even richer, more cinematic look. The camcorder sports also Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone with support for stereo and 5.1-channel surround, and a 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD display with TruBlack technology.
The new Handycam includes several ergonomic refinements, including the redesigned handgrip for excellent stability, a more accesible control dial and 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. The NEX-VG20 comes with the SEL18200 F3.5-6.3 E-mount lens with 11x optical zoom range and built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.
The Sony Handycam NEX-VG20 is compatible with Sony’s Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX series as well as SD memory cards up to 32GB. It is priced at $2199 with the SEL18200 lens, and at $1599 for body-only version.