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Sony Handycam NEX-VG20 Camcorder Review

A melding of the Handycam camcorder and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.

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Video Sharpness

The Sony NEX-VG20 didn't do a terrible job in our sharpness test, but its performance wasn't as good as we hoped it would be. In its highest-quality recording mode, the 1080/60p option, the VG20's video showed a horizontal sharpness of 700 lw/ph and a vertical sharpness of 650 lw/ph. Like we said, these numbers aren't bad, but they are still worse than the top consumer camcorders we've run through this test.

Shooting with its 60i video setting, the VG20 managed a horizontal sharpness of 650 lw/ph and a vertical sharpness of 550 lw/ph—results that are a notch below the camcorder's 60p sharpness numbers. Again, these numbers are good, but they aren't close to being great. More on how we test video sharpness.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Ease of Use
  12. Handling
  13. Controls
  14. Features
  15. Recording Options
  16. Hardware
  17. Sony Handycam HDR-CX700V Comparison
  18. Canon Vixia HF G10 Comparison
  19. Panasonic HC-X900M Comparison
  20. Conclusion
  21. Photo Gallery
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