Sony HDR-UX20E features 1920 x 1080i Full HD Recording, 1/6" CCD, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens with15x Optical / 180x Digital Zoom and 2.7" Clear Photo LCD Plus with Touch Panel.
The 8GB of internal memory in the Sony HDR-UX20 8GB Hybrid DVD/Flash Memory 'PAL' Camcorder sets it apart from its counterpart the UX10. This hybrid system not only records to the internal memory but like the UX10 also to mini-DVD and Memory Stick media, for immediate playback or quick uploading to your PC or Memory Stick compatible device. Whether you're recording your child's softball game or a family outing every minute will be captured in full 1920 x 1080 HD for brilliant, clear video and still images.
The 2.3Mp ClearVid CMOS sensor boasts stunning video and still footage. The BIONZ image processor supercharges images and handles the Dynamic Range Optimizer that controls tough lighting situations for you in-camera. The HDR-UX10 provides 4Mp still images with amzaing clarity thanks to the Progressive Shutter System. In addition, Face Detection technology offers an alternative for finding the scene you want fast while the built-in zoom mic enables the clearest audio for all your videos.
Full 1920 x 1080 HD
Record in the true clarity and detail of full 1920 x 1080 HD.
Hybrid recording lets you capture video or still images to the 8GB internal memory, mini-DVD and Memory Stick PRO Duo and Memory Stick Duo media. Mini-DVDs can be played back in most DVD players (SD), computers, Blu-ray Disc players and Play Station 3 video game consoles. Use the Memory Stick media for quick and easy emailing, transferring to PCs, printing or using with compatible Memory Stick devices. Also burn video from the internal Memory and Memory Stick to DVD in-camera.
2.3Mp 1/5" Advanced HAD CCD Sensor
The 2.3Mp 1/5" Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD sensor gives your video and still images better than ever clarity, accuracy and detail with 2.3Mp (effective) pixels. The BIONZ image processor provides faster response times from the camera and noise reduction for perfect pixels. Exmor technology provides high resolution images with outstanding detail and rich tones, further improving this already spectacular image sensor.
BIONZ Image Processor
Sony's BIONZ Image Processor uses hardware based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry to provide the camera with a faster response time and prolong battery life. The BIONZ also removes noise from the image prior to RAW data conversion for the cleanest video possible and handles the Dynamic Range Optimization processing.
Face Detection for Video & Still Images
The BIONZ processor enables the Face Detection technology on the HDR-UX10 camcorder. This system recognizes up to 8 faces anywhere in a frame automatically adjusting focus, exposure and color for the most natural skin tones in each image while leaving background images unchanged.
Dynamic Range Optimizer 2
Never worry again about capturing images on bright days or in low-light conditions. The BIONZ processor powers this high-speed processing engine that automatically adjusts the scene for you. Bright highlights are brought down, preventing whiteout and preserving detail even on the sunniest of days. In low-light or backlit settings the Dynamic Range Optimizer brings out detail in shadows resulting in a natural and clear scene.
Built-In Zoom Mic with 5.1 Channel Recording
When your camera's zoom goes in for the close-up so does the built-in zoom mic. The mic focuses on the sound coming from your subject, letting all other noises fall into the background for clear and accurate dialogue and sound.
The Exmor technology featured in the 2.3Mp ClearVid CMOS sensor provides high resolution and sensitivity that results in rich, detailed stills and video.
On Screen Zoom & Record Buttons
Never worry about hitting the zoom or record buttons when you're in the middle of filming again. With convenient placement on the LCD frame unconventional shots are easier than ever.
Film Roll Index 2
Sony makes finding scenes quick and user-friendly with the Film Roll Index 2. Much like the chapters in a book the index helps you find the video scenes you want by previewing the beginning. You also have the option to display scenes at intervals of 3, 6 and 12 seconds or 1 and 5 minutes.
Face Index 2
The ingenious Face Index 2 technology lets you find the video scene you want by face. Choose from the faces displayed in the index and the scenes in which that person appears will be selected.
HDMI Connection with Bravia Sync (CEC) Technology
This HDMI connection allows HD video and 5.1 channel audio signals to transfer from the camcorder to a compatible HDTV via one cable using Bravia Sync (CEC) technology. Control the HDTV and the camcorder with the Bravia TV remote as well thanks to the HDMI.
Switchable HD/SD Format Recording
Capture and playback in either high definition (HD)4 or standard definition video.
Active Interface Shoe
The Active Interface Shoe is Sony's proprietary hot shoe. This shoe enables Intelligent Accessory lights and microphones to run off the camcorder's power.
x.v. Color Technology
x.v. Color technology brings almost twice as many (1.8x) viewable colors into the RGB color in your videos resulting in rich, natural color in every scene.
Progressive Shutter System
This feature progressively scans your still images using an interlaced scanning system for detail and accuracy.
Photo TV HD Viewing with HDMI Output
The HDMI output to the Bravia HDTV and other compatible HDTVs lets you view photos with HD accuracy in either standard screen (4:3) or widescreen (16:9). On select Bravia HDTV models your photos will automatically be shown with improved gradation, sharpness and color.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lenses have been designed especially for consumer camcorders. These lenses offer the sharpness and quality of professional lenses. The T coating reduces and prevents flare and glare in your images.
DVD Recording Format
The DVD format records with MPEG-2 compression for audio and video that mimics MiniDV quality. DVD+RW has the advantage of instant playback without finalization in DVD players (SD), Blu-ray Disc players, computers and PlayStation 3 video game consoles. DVD-R/-RW and R DL compatible formats can all be finalized in-camera.
Don't ever miss the key moment again! One press of the Quick On button puts the camcorder into sleep mode, when you press the button a second time it comes on, ready to record.
2.7" Wide Hybrid Touch Panel Clear Photo LCD Plus Display
The widescreen touch panel 2.7" LCD display rotates up to 270° for optimal recording from any angle.
Memory Stick PRO Duo Media Slot
The Memory Stick PRO Duo Media slot allows you to insert Memory Stick PRO Duo and Memory Stick Duo media (sold separately) for capturing video and still images.
InfoLITHIUM Battery with AccuPower Meter System
The InfoLITHIUM Battery with the AccuPower Meter System is one smart rechargeable battery. View remaining battery or charging time (in minutes) on the LCD or viewfinder so you always know where you're at with battery life. These batteries are not subject to memory effect, which shortens battery life when you charge too often. Charge whenever you want without worry.
Super NightShot Plus Infrared System
Ever want to record at night or in low light but can't? Well now you can. The Super NightShot Plus Infrared System records with a slow shutter speed to capture video even in complete darkness (0 lux) providing video with both color and clarity.
Stamina Battery Power Management System
The Stamina Battery Power Management System lets the camcorder extend InfoLITHIUM battery life for extra long recording.
Give your video a creative look in camera and upon playback when you add Monotone, Sepia or Pastel picture effects.
Easy Handycam Button
Sony knows that camcorders can be complicated at times. That's why they give you the option to keep things simple with the Easy Handycam Button. This option locks out more complicated features. Only the buttons essential to recording remain unlocked, letting you concentrate on capturing and enjoying the moment.
Sensor 1/5" ClearVid CMOS sensor with Exmor technology
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Zoom 15x Optical
Filter Size 30mm
HD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Image Stabilization SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilization
Lux 5 lux
Line In Recording No
A/V Dubbing No
Tape Loading N/A
Display Type Wide touch panel Clear Photo Plus (211k pixels)
Display Size 2.7"
Viewfinder Color wide 16:9 (123k pixels)
Manual Controls Focus, Exposure, White Balance
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Mic Yes
Accessory Shoe Active Interface Shoe
Fade Resistance Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Yes - flash
No - light
Digital Still Mode
Still Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick Duo
Output USB: Hi-speed
Digital A/V: via USB
Component Video: RCA via A/V breakout cable
Composite Video: RCA via A/V breakout cable
Analog Audio L/R: RCA via A/V breakout cable
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
Power Requirements Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2 3/8 x 3 3/4 x 5 3/8" (58 x 93 x 134mm)
Weight 1 lb 3 oz (560g)
This is a "PAL" product and CANNOT be used in the USA. It is designed for use with video products built to PAL TV standards.