Sony NEXVG20 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder – Great camera for indie filmamking

So what you get is a hybrid camera with a huge cmos sensor, inter-changeable lenses but this camera was made with video production in mind first and photographs second. I used to have canon dslr’s (5d mk ii etc. ) and made the switch to sony and so far i’m really happy with my decision. You can get the same image quality with this camera but it’s made to shoot video for hours and has a great onboard mic. One of the best things is the continuous auto-focus, if you first foray into video was with a dslr this will be a huge bonus, especially if you shoot doc’s. The ergonomics are great, it’s small and light, fits well in my hand, and mounts easily to stabilizers. The image processor is great, slap some nice glass on the camera and you can make some beautiful images. I will probably buy another one to go with the first and my nex-7 which takes the same mount. Only wish it had an xlr in, oh well great camera regardless. Now off to shoot some cats with yarn and bouncy balls.

Perfect dslr companionwhen we first get into the dslr craze we are amazed at the video quality out of the box. But then we run into the battery life issue. Then we realize the sound is subpar. Here is a camera that has top rated battery life and quite possibly the best microphone on the market that will work with your dslr lenses. If you use a $40 fotodiox adapter you will be able to control iris manually from the adapter. If you use a $400 metabones lens adapter, stabilization and possibly autofocus may also work depending on each lens. For the high end shooter, this camera has a clean hdmi out signal, so it will give you prores 4:2:2 with a small investment (a ninja 2 recorder) which has twice the luma / chroma information for color grading later in post production. I use my rokinon eos lenses with the cheap fotodiox adapter on this camera with stunning results. Of course it has to be standing on a fluid head tripod. If you do mostly handheld /run and gun, your best bet is one of the sony e-mount lenses with built-in oss (image stabilization).

Had this camera a few days and so far i’m in love. I have a nikon 18 – 55mm lens on it at the moment and it takes higher quality stills than my actual nikon camera. Not to mention the hd video doesn’t have the 12 minute cap. This camera performs great in ever situation i’ve put it in so far.

First i must admit i am a panasonic fan boy but, i was looking for a interchangeable lens camera under $2000 dollars, and i found it. This camera films in full hd 1080p and 2 frame rates(24p/60p) great for creative filmmaking. I have some dslrs that i film with and they work great together. Though not a ‘dslr killer’ as sony may have wanted it to be, it does have two features that make event videography way easier; continuous filming without overheating and i can film and keep it plugged in at the same time. (though the battery holds a charge for quite sometime. (all of my shoots have been about 2 1/2 hours and the battery hasn’t reached half yet. ) there were were some moire issues but with proper lighting techniques all issues were gone, other than aliasing with close-lined patterns. (not a big deal to me at the moment. ) as for sound, it’s really good maybe, a little to good, so you may have to get separate audio for clean voice audio a good recorder or invest in a xlr audio adapter. I got a lens nex-ef adapter so that my canon ef lenses fit to it and they look great.

  • This made my DSLR a secondary camera
  • Great camera for indie filmamking
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Features of Sony NEXVG20 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder (Body Only) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Interchangeable Lens Full HD Camcorder
  • 16.1MP Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor for cinematic HD video
  • Full HD 1920×1080 up to 24Mbps

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Interchangeable Lens Full HD Camcorder

16.1MP Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor for cinematic HD video

Full HD 1920×1080 up to 24Mbps

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Sony NEXVG20 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder (Body Only) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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