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Model

Sony NEX-VG20Panasonic AG-HMC151
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Manufacturer Sony Information on Sony

Panasonic Information about Panasonic

Name NEX-VG20AG-HMC151
European name ?NEX-VG20AG-HMC151E
US name ?NEX-VG20 AG-HMC150
lowest US price (2199) $3199 $
On the market since November 2011 September 2008
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?Good
Good
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? AVCHD
AVCHD
Recording Medium SDHC card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
SDXC card
SD Card
SDHC card
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/24p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/25p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/30p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/50p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/60p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/24p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/25p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/30p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/50p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/60p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
Max Bitrate ?28 Mbit/s24 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
MPEG4
on-board memory ?  
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?Sony
Leica
Optical Zoom ?11 x13 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?32,5 mm28 mm
Filter diameter ?67 (kit lens)
mm
72 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optical
ND Filter ?No
3
Exchangable optics ?Yes
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?13
Size of image sensor ?APS-C (23.415.6mm)
1/3 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?16700000 Pixel 518400 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CCD
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
presets
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/8.0001/2.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/41/24
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
AE-Shift
Infrared recording ?No
No
Expanded Focus ?Yes
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?70%
100%
50-105%
Histogram ?Yes
waveform
adjustable sharpness ?No
Yes
Adjustable color ?No
Yes
Cinegamma ?Yes
Yes
Black Strech ?No
No
Knee ?No
Yes
Colorbars ?No
Yes
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
No
Custom Presets ?No
Yes
Set Time Code ?No
Yes
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
No
 
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
  Out
HDMI ? Out
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
--
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?Mini-jack
XLR
Headphones ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Lanc ?No
 
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ?1 x 1 x Standard Hotshoe
 
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 1300 g 
Weight (with battery)   
Battery type Sony NP-FV70
 
Battery capacity   
Charger ?internal
external
Remote control No
Yes
Size
Height 91 mm 
Width 130 mm 
Depth 223 mm 
Relative Size ?260
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?Color
Color
Viewfinder format ?16:916:9
Viewfinder pixels ?1152000 Pixel 235000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,0 Inch3,5 Inch
Display format ?16:94:3
Display pixels ?921600 Pixel 210000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
No
External controls
Manual Zoom ? Ring
Rocker
Ring
Manual Focus ? Ring
Ring
Manual Aperture ?bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Wheel
Focus switcher ?Yes
Yes
ND Filter ?No
Yes
Exp Lock ?No
 
Gain ?No
Yes
White balance ?No
Yes
Push AF ?No
Yes
Audio Levels ?No
Yes
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
13
Audio

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Audio Formats ?AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
 
Microphone ?Mini-jack external
5.1 Internal
external XLR
Audio Control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Audio levels ?Viewfinder
Screen
Viewfinder
Screen
Still

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Recording Medium ?Memory Stick Duo
SDHC card
 
Medium included ?No
 
Effective pixels ?  
Resolutions ?4912 x 3264 
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
 
Flash ?No
 
Misc.

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Specials  -in the US named AG-HMC150
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Test results

Test pictures
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luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
 
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ?
 
Manufacturers URL  Website Panasonic
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Very goodSatisfactory
Resolution ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Color performance ?GoodGood
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodGood
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSatisfactory
Wide Angle ?Very good Excellent
Configuration / image ?Very goodVery good
Configuration / sound ?SatisfactoryVery good
Handling ?GoodVery good
Portability ?GoodSatisfactory
Photo function ?Very goodPoor
Optics ?GoodVery good
Dynamics ?GoodVery good
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
396395
Pros + APS-C chip with interchangeable lens
+ complete manual control over iris, shutter, gain, white balance
Good wide angle
+ Professional controls
Cons - Image characteristics can not be changed
- no motorized zoom
- Scaling artifacts
- low sharpness due to pixel shift
- 4:3 display with low resolution
Conclusion A large imaging sensor and manual control when filming, coupled with the handling of a classic camcorder.This combination is offered by no other manufacturer in this price range.But due to the fixed image characteristics a flat film look can not be achieved.Since the image quality is comparable only to medium-level HDSLR, the device offers few advantages over the DSLR-competitors besides the familiar form factor.A zoom rocker or an ND filter would be a nice addition.Furthermore Sony needs to realise that to a large extent it is the manual control settings that make companies like Red, Canon or Panasonic successful in the large-format sensor world.As it brings many important functions and operating controls the Panasonic AG-HMC151 is a solid choice for semi-professionals.We especially liked the clever layout of the buttons and switches as well as the 35mm adapter-friendly design with a lock-focus function and the integrated waveform monitor.The AVCHD images make an overall balanced impression.But buyers searching for maximum sharpness will have to look elsewhere.The display with its low resolution is no longer state of the art.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
NEX-VG20 Review
AG-HMC151 Review
external reviews/tests   
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