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5.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is and I love it., December 27, 2011
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This review is from: Sony NEX-VG20H Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder with 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens (Electronics)
Here's a short review of mine.

This is not a professional camera, it is something in between your typical HD camcorder and a professional camera (with a bunch of inputs and dials that is too much to deal with for an average person like me). This camera is made for amateur videographers who enjoy making videos and realise that good video isn't just about resolution. This camera is basically a DSLR camera that was redesigned into a Handycam body that is more suitable for taking videos. As you may already know, DSLRs take stunning videos with their large CMOS sensors, but they were not designed for taking videos and have some limitations that make them unsuitable for using it as your primary video camera. Some have video length limit, some overheat after 10 min of video recording, most have a poor built-in microphone, etc. This camera has a large CMOS sensor of a DSLR (20 times larger than a typical camcorder), 5.1 Surround Sound microphone and interchangeable lenses of DSLRs. There are plenty of other "pro" features of this camera, which you can find in the description.

The camera itself is made in Japan and has a nice build quality, it doesn't feel cheap as most of it's body is made out of metal. It is actually pretty heavy with the lens that comes with it. I feel like it's a very good investment and can last a long time and despite of introduction of 3D consumer cameras - it will still be a decent camera to use five, maybe even ten years from now. It has enough "pro" settings, features and configurations (lenses, filters, etc) to keep me busy for years. I don't regret buying it and highly recommend it.

The promotional video for the previous year's model (NEX-VG10) has the following phrase in it that I think explains the purpose of this camera very well: "Reinvent Your Creativity, Discover Your Passion".
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Initial post: Feb 15, 2013 11:49:05 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 15, 2013 11:51:42 AM PST
Matt Eye says:
Although perhaps Sony NEX-7 would rival this camcorder in resolution and quality, it is not phase detection (contrast) and doesn't seem to be as good of algorithms with processing unless you are using a high-end lens (easily over $1K), it probably won't compare well enough but guess that in the end the price gap is much closer. NEX-5, 5N, 7, etc. are made in Malaysia, not Japan, but at least not made in China like Sony DSC-HX5V. Not as well made (plastic) but good performance and features for its time. HX7V and later are made in Japan though. (These are compact, small sensor cameras, which are in a low-end league but still very good in many ways.)

NEX-7 is fine in general. It does overheat, which is a pain, but at least you have an internal microphone jack that most compact cameras do not offer.

Why Sony doesn't have sepia mode in most of their cameras is a drawback for some, but at least newer ones can record in B&W (grayscale). HX5V could record in color only.

Why don't NEX cameras have internal memory and no memory card included? Maybe it is because memory cards cost so little nowadays. Still, what a lame excuse.
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