These days, every point and shoot camera can capture half way decent video. However, nothing compares to a stand alone, prosumer level handycam such as Sony’s NEX-VG20. This camcorder is a powerhouse thanks a sensor on steroids and interchangeable lens mount system.
The NEX-VG20 can capture full HD video at up to 24mbps in the AVCHD 2.0 codec, which makes it instantly Blu-ray compatible right out of the camera.
Sony has used the same sensor found in their DSLRs. It’s 19.5 times larger than most camcorders and will allow you to create professional looking videos. But that’s just half the optic battle; you’ll need to invest in a decent piece of “glass”. And by glass we mean lenses.
The NEX-VG20 is compatible with Sony’s E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses which are optimized for video shooting with silent operation and AF as well as Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses (via optional LA-EA2 A-mount adapter).
Perched just above the lens is a Quad Capsule Spatial array stereo microphone. It’s can create 5.1-channel surround sound, bring your home movies to a whole new level of realism. Baby screams, the wife yelling at you and the BBQ sizzling in the background will now fire from all speakers.
Other features include a 3-inch touchscreen LCD with a 921k dot resolution, full manual control, dual accessory shoe (hot and cold), an auto HDR mode that capture high rez photos at 3 different exposure levels and produce one contrasty photo, 25-point auto focus, HDMI slot, SD card slot and optical steady shot.
The Sony NEX-VG20 interchangeable lens camcorders will be available this November. The body only version, the NEX-VG20, will cost $1,599, where as the version that includes an SEL18200 F3.5-6.3 E-mount lens, the NEX-VG20H, will cost $2,199.