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Sony Handycam HDR-UX20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-UX20. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the battery and image quality. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability, while some have doubts about the size and zoom.

usability, portability, design, image quality, battery

durability, price, zoom, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-UX20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-UX20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the battery and design. The portability and usability also get good reviews, whereas there are some mixed comments about the image quality.

usability, portability, design, battery

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-UX20 4MP DVD Hybrid Plus High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 8GB Flash Memory & 15x Optical ZoomSony HDR-UX20 4MP DVD Hybrid Plus High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 8GB Flash Memory & 15x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Good Gear (

High-def cam with multitude of recording options


With a choice of three recording formats (DVD, Memory Stick and inbuilt memory), Sony's HDR-UX20 is the king of the hybrids. It delivers reasonable high-def visuals for the asking price, but some of the issues that plague DVD camcorders remain unchecked.

Three recording formats, solid video performance, lots of modes and features

Requires a Blu-ray player for AVCHD DVDs, questionable build quality, the touch screen is too small

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Michael Perlman (

Sony Handycam HDR-UX20 Camcorder Review


The Sony HDR-UX20 ($999 MSRP) is the company's top high definition DVD camcorder for 2008, compressing video in the AVCHD format. While the UX20 has benefited from a number of upgrades since last year, Sony has clearly split the DVD and hard disk drive...

The Sony HDR-UX20 is a good camcorder in bright light, and we love all the media choices, which could really save your neck if you're out on a shoot. But it's just not a viable choice when you consider the price of the UX20 and the huge increase in...

May, 2008

Expert review by: Alfredo Padilla (

Sony HDR-UX20 First Impressions Camcorder Review


The HDR-UX20 is Sony's top of the line DVD camcorder this year. Capturing in the AVCHD format at an improved 1920 x 1080 resolution, the UX20 is outfitted with both an 8GB of internal flash memory and a MemoryStick PRO Duo card slot, both of which can...

Jan, 2008


Expert review by: (

Sony HDR-UX20


The Sony HDR-UX20 is a great camcorder but it definitely has to be what you're looking for. First of all you have to want a DVD camcorder, which has its niche, but may not be the best way to record and store media. Then you have to be willing to pay a...

The option to record in HD is especially nice for those wanting to share their videos via the HDTV at your friends house

A bigger price tag then most comparable DVD camcorders

A little pricey but if you're willing to pay it you'll land yourself a decent camcorder.

Consumer review by: varma (

Pretty good camcoder


This camcoder is pretty nice as it has triple media storage and easy to share.

Sep, 2009

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes


Minimum illumination:5


Colour of product:Black


Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:960 x 220


Built-in Flash: Yes

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):1490000
Optical sensor resolution:2360000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:180
Filter Size:3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):40 - 600
Focal length range (f-f):3.1 - 46.5
Optical Zoom:15

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Lens focal range:1.8 - 2.6
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video Out:SD, HD

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/425


Internal storage capacity:8


Video formats supported:AVCHD, MPEG2

Weight & Dimensions

Height :9.3

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes