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Model

Sony HDR-TD20 (3D)Sony NEX-VG20
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Manufacturer Sony Information on Sony

Sony Information on Sony

Name HDR-TD20 (3D)NEX-VG20
European name ?HDR-TD20 (3D)NEX-VG20
US name ?HDR-TD20 (3D)NEX-VG20
lowest US price (1599) $ (2199) $
On the market since March 2012 November 2011
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
MVC 3D
AVCHD
Recording Medium SD Card
SDHC card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
built-in flash memory
SDXC card
SDHC card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
SDXC 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 1920 x 1080/50i 3D
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i 3D
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60p
Max Bitrate ?28 Mbit/s28 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
MPEG4
on-board memory ?64 GB 
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?Sony
Sony
Optical Zoom ?10 x11 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?33,4 mm32,5 mm
Filter diameter ?- mm67 (kit lens)
mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optically and electronically
ND Filter ?No
No
Exchangable optics ?No
Yes
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?21
Size of image sensor ?1/3, 91 inches
APS-C (23.415.6mm)
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?4000000 Pixel 16700000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
WB-Shift
auto
manual
presets
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/auto
1/8.000
Maximum shutter time ?auto
1/4
Apperture control ?auto
auto
manual
Infrared recording ?No
No
Expanded Focus ?No
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?70%
100%
70%
100%
Histogram ?No
Yes
adjustable sharpness ?No
No
Adjustable color ?No
No
Cinegamma ?Yes
Yes
Black Strech ?No
No
Knee ?No
No
Colorbars ?No
No
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
No
Custom Presets ?No
No
Set Time Code ?No
No
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
No
No
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
 
HDMI ?Out mini
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
--
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Headphones ?3.5 mm mini-jack
Mini-jack
Lanc ?No
No
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ? AI
1 x 1 x Standard Hotshoe
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 460 g1300 g
Weight (with battery)   
Battery type Sony NP-FV70
Sony NP-FV70
Battery capacity   
Charger ?internal
internal
Remote control Yes
No
Size
Height 71 mm91 mm
Width 63 mm130 mm
Depth 130 mm223 mm
Relative Size ?526
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?No
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?- Color
Viewfinder format ?- 16:9
Viewfinder pixels ? 1152000 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,5 Inch3,0 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?1229000 Pixel 921600 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
Yes
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Zoom ring multi-assigned
Ring
Manual Focus ?bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Ring
Manual Aperture ?bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
assignable custom key
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Focus switcher ?No
Yes
ND Filter ?No
No
Exp Lock ?No
No
Gain ?No
No
White balance ?No
No
Push AF ?No
No
Audio Levels ?No
No
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
No
1
Audio

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

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Recording Medium ?Memory Stick Duo
SD Card
built-in flash memory
SDHC card
SDXC card
Memory Stick Duo
SDHC card
Medium included ? No
Effective pixels ?3540000 Pixel  
Resolutions ?6016 x 3384 - Max
4912 x 3264
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
No
Misc.

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Specials 3D Full HD recording with 2 separate lenses / signal transducersGPS 
Product Shots

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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 Sony 
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Very goodVery good
Resolution ?Very goodSatisfactory
Color performance ?GoodGood
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodVery good
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSufficient
Wide Angle ?GoodVery good
Configuration / image ?SufficientVery good
Configuration / sound ?PoorSatisfactory
Handling ?GoodGood
Portability ?GoodGood
Photo function ?SatisfactoryVery good
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
352396
Pros - Sharp 2D and 3D images
- Compact size
+ APS-C chip with interchangeable lens
+ complete manual control over iris, shutter, gain, white balance
Cons - little manual control
- Image characteristics can not be changed
- no motorized zoom
- Scaling artifacts
Conclusion Compared to the previous model the sharpness of the camera has once more been improved, so the camera delivers pleasing images in the automatic mode.The compact size might also be a convincing argument, because nowhere else do you get similar 3-D quality with this camera size.More manual control however is offered by the competition.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.
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Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
HDR-TD20 Review
NEX-VG20 Review
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Forum posts   


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