Sony NEX-VG20 User Manual (en)

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Interchangeable 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) 
to open up a world of creative 
options. 
Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor 
The same sensor format that 
Sony builds into the standard 
size α DSLRs. With approximately 
19.5 times the surface area of 
conventional camcorders, the 
Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor 
makes getting cinematic video 
with a shallow depth of field video 
a breeze.
Up to 24Mbps AVCHD™ 2.0 
video  
The NEX-VG20 can capture video 
in full 1920x1080 high definition at 
up to 24Mbps for amazing clarity 
and detail, ideal for recording 
on to Blu-ray Disc™ media since 
the AVCHD™ 2.0 codec is highly 
compatible with the Blu-ray Disc 
format.   
CinemaTone presets and 24p 
recording for cinematic quality 
video
For extra control over image 
expression, CinemaTone 
technology is used to deepen 
the color and recreate film-like 
color tones. Combined with 24p 
recording, you’ll have some of the 
tools you need to fulfill your need 
for cinematic expression.
16.1MP RAW Still Images at up 
to 6fps 
Enjoy incredible DSLR-quality detail 
and clarity with 16.1MP RAW still 
images and even catch fast action 
sequences with a continuous burst 
rate of up to 6fps.   
Quad Capsule Spatial Array 
Stereo Microphone  
High quality video requires high 
quality audio. The Quad Capsule 
Spatial Array stereo microphone 
contains four precision placed 
microphone capsules that are 
perfectly angled at 45 degrees 
to provide exceptional front-side 
directivity and stereo separation. 
Mic/Headphone jacks
Dedicated mic and headphone 
inputs allow for attachment 
of external microphones (like 
shotgun microphone ECM-CG50 
for pin point sound recording) and 
headphones to monitor sound.
Optical SteadyShot™ w/ Active 
Mode3  
Optical SteadyShot™ image 
stabilization with Active Mode3 
built-in supplied lens compensates 
for greater degrees of camera 
shake to deliver stunningly smooth 
video. 
Accepts α DSLR A- and E-mount 
lenses5
Using the LA-EA2 adaptor (sold 
separately), you can attach the full 
selection of α A- an E-mount system 
lenses, which includes 27 current 
models, dozens of Minolta A-mount 
lenses, and an installed base 
of millions of lenses worldwide. 
Operational restrictions apply.5
Sony Vegas
®
 Movie Studio HD 
Platinum 11
Included free of charge via 
download, Sony Vegas
®
 Movie 
Studio HD Platinum 11 allows 
you to easily add video effects, 
background music, titles, text, 
transitions, and much more. 
Everything you need to create 
dramatic HD movies like a pro. 
Share your creations via DVD, 
Blu-ray Disc™ media, or upload to 
the web – all from one easy to use 
program.
Full Manual Control 
With full manual control of Iris, 
Shutter Speed, Gain, White 
Balance , Recording Volume, via 
convenient hot keys and jog dial, 
you will be able to adapt to almost 
any lighting condition to get the 
best shot. 
Advanced controls with 
expanded focus, zebra, and 
peaking
The NEX-VG20 provides advanced 
capture and control features that 
are often considered the domain 
of  professional cameras including 
expanded focus for precise 
manual focus control, zebra and 
peaking for precision focus and 
exposure adjustments. 
3.0" Xtra Fine LCD™ 270o swivel 
display (921k pixels) 
TruBlack™ technology brings 
remarkably higher contrast and 
brightness to the camcorders 
3.0” Xtra Fine LCD™ Touch Screen 
display, delivering more natural, 
realistic colors and easier viewing 
in bright conditions by reducing 
glare. The swivel display also allows 
for easy viewing of the LCD in 
different shooting positions. 
Dual Accessory Shoes (Alpha 
Hot/ Universal Cold)
The dual accessory shoes open 
the door to many accessories for 
both still and video photography, 
including shotgun microphones 
and external flash lighting.
Six Creative Style settings
Control how the camera processes 
your images with six finishing 
styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, 
Landscape, Sunset and B&W. 
You can even fine-tune contrast, 
saturation, and sharpness to your 
personal taste.
Auto HDR (Photo Mode)  
Unleash your creativity with Sony’s new interchangeable lens 
Handycam
®
 NEX-VG20 camcorder. Featuring a 16.1-megapixel Exmor™ 
APS HD CMOS sensor for gorgeous depth of field, this camcorder is in 
a class of its own. Record  1920x1080/24p AVCHD™ video for smooth 
cinematic scene content and  capture DSLR-like photos in RAW and 
JPG.   
NEX-VG20