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Old August 24th, 2011, 01:29 AM   #1
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NEX-VG20 in November

It's official, Same body as VG10 but all the extras missing on the VG10.
Peaking, expanded focus, extra record button, touch screen, 25p 50i 50p lcd swivels
and you can buy the body only.

NEX-VG20 - First look review - YouTube
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Old August 24th, 2011, 03:41 AM   #2
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Re: NEX-VG20 in November

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Old August 24th, 2011, 06:35 AM   #3
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Re: NEX-VG20 in November

I really like this camera. It has all the features that were curiously missing on the VG10. It seems Sony does listen to its customers.
The focusing assists - peaking, expanded focus - and manual audio control are great. 1080/60P and 24P. I like the body only purchasing option.
Anybody want to buy my gently used VG10 body?
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:20 AM   #4
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Re: NEX-VG20 in November

Are there zebras or false color exposure assists?
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:31 AM   #5
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Are there zebras or false color exposure assists?
I don't think so.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:44 AM   #6
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Re: NEX-VG20 in November

Sony style lists the VG20 as having Zebras and peaking in the specs,
in fact they seem to have thrown in the whole Handycam firmware on top of the NEX menus
which means you have cinetone and cinecolour modes as well as the NEX type picture profiles
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:48 AM   #7
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Re: NEX-VG20 in November

Oops! You are correct, Paul. The specs do indeed mention zebras. Even better!
I saw a demo video of the VG20 and they never showed this feature. Good news for us, then.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 06:01 PM   #8
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Re: NEX-VG20 in November

Blast. No XLR inputs. I'm trying to figure out my next camera at the moment, and this one was looking like a pretty serious contender. My XH-A1 is starting to show it's age when I look at all this narrow DOF stuff out there now.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:42 PM   #9
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Re: NEX-VG20 in November

wonder if it has mic in and hdmi out

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Old August 24th, 2011, 08:01 PM   #10
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wonder if it has mic in and hdmi out

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It has a stereo mini-jack input and a mini-HDMI out port.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 08:03 PM   #11
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Re: NEX-VG20 in November

Yes, it has both.
Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder | NEX-VG20 | Sony USA
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Old August 24th, 2011, 08:23 PM   #12
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Re: NEX-VG20 in November

Would you know if the hdmi output is clean ?

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Old August 27th, 2011, 09:27 AM   #13
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Re: NEX-VG20 in November

Ric -- The specs are not clear on this, but people are recording clean VG10 HDMI out with Nanoflash and Ninja -- I don't see why the VG20 would be any less capable.

With in-camera headphone monitoring, full manual control of audio, clean HDMI out and 1080/60p -- if the VG20's new image processor is as good as the GH2 at eliminating moire...goodbye, Panasonic ;-)

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Old August 27th, 2011, 12:37 PM   #14
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Re: NEX-VG20 in November

I agree though I heard that a new gh2 firmware is coming down the road shortly. But I don't know if I can wait till november, not that I have an imediate need. In what do the vg20 specs outshine the gh2?
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Old August 27th, 2011, 02:33 PM   #15
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1. The VG20 has full manual audio control, the GH2 does not.
2. The VG20 has a headphone jack for in-camera audio monitoring, the GH2 does not.
3. The VG20 has focus peaking and zebras, the GH2 does not.
4. The VG20 shoots 1080/60p, the GH2 does not.
5. The VG20 has a 5.1 channel surround sound mic, the GH2 does not.
6. The VG20 has 2 record buttons, the GH2 has 1.
7. The VG20 has an APS sensor, larger and with less crop than the GH2's micro 4/3 sensor.
8. For those who someday want to rent or buy a pro camcorder, the VG20 shares lens mounts with the FS100 and its even larger Super 35mm sensor, while the GH2 shares mounts with the comparatively small micro 4/3 sensor AF100.
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