Sony HDR-TD20VE reviews: Flash and memory card storage Full HD 3D camcorder

18 customer reviews

+ This camcorder scores high on image quality. - It scores poorly on weight.

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8.7 out of 10 based on 18 reviews.
Sony HDR-TD20VE: 3D, 10x optical zoom camcorder using SDXC card. See full product description

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David, Oldham Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent features
Bad points:
No viewfinder, no advice on how to produce 3D blu ray discs
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Mar 2013

kevin, phalempin, france Experienced amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
overall i like the sony camcorder but i am stimm learning how to use it all.
Bad points:
battery time, had a problem with turning off the flash light when i dont need it
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 4.0
Image quality 7.0
Features 8.0
Sound quality 6.0
Battery life 2.0
Weight 5.0
Value for money 3.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Dec 2012

cris, Ebbw vale Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
It is quite lightweight and has excellent stability to stop the image from shaking. Good resolution
Bad points:
I cannot find a way of editing the 3d into a compatible program to create movies.

Limited playability with file types. Consequently I have to play through the camera. Each clip is not in a file so I cannot break apart and load through my playstation.

Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Apr 2013

A, MERTHYR TYDFIL Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Video picture quality
Still picture quality
Battery life
Bad points:
Difficulty seeing lcd screen in bright sunlight
3d Video could be better
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Jun 2012

PAUL, Essex Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Stunning 3D video, just like a Blu-ray blockbuster.
Excellent quality stills too.
Switch to SSDD from HDD storage reduced weight considerably (Have the previous top end HDD model).
Waiting for other devices to catch up with 3D support is only reason bad points is so long. The picture is stunning on full HD 3D active shutter TV.
Bad points:
Sony support is rubbish.

PS3 fails to play 3D files copied to its hard drive or burnt to DVD in 3D, 2D viewing only despite PS3 supporting the the AVCHD 2.0 3D video format.

My brand new flagship Sony KDL-55HX853 also fails to recognise the format as 3D. I've tried via DLNA over the network and also the option to attach an external hard drive.

If you want to play 3D video it has to be direct off the camera or a hard drive connected to it. Burning Blu-ray should work but I don't have a burner yet.

Mildly annoying that it doesn't take 3D stills. You also can't take 2D stills while shooting 3D video. In fact 2D and 3D operations including playback and settings are restricted to their seperate modes, selected via a rather stiff sliding selector switch.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Sep 2012

Rowan, Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I am stunned by how good this product is. I love 3D and this delivers a truly incredible picture. LOVE IT!
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Aug 2013

Bryan, Uk Professional videographer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
It's a great camcorder with a great picture . 3d is what you would expect .
Bad points:
It's a real pain trying to export the footage especially 3 d when working on a Mac and using anything other than Vegas.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 5.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Jun 2013

This Sony HDR-TD20VE is reviewed on Expert Reviews

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
3D Yes
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format Flash and memory card
Connections HDMI
Type of memory card SDXC
Type of memory card Memory Stick Pro
Digital zoom ratio 120
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 64
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Weight (g) 460
Screen size (Inches) 3.5
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.4
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 33.4
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 400.8
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2012-04-26

Also known as: Sony HDRTD20, HDR-TD20, Sony Handycam, SONY HDR-TD20

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Manufacturer's Description

TD20VE Double Full HD 3D Flash Memory camcorder

Full HD camcorder captures every moment in incredible 3D

Up to 4hr Full HD 3D on 64GB memory, Dual G Lens with 10x optical zoom, 8.8cm/3.5" 3D LCD, GPS

  • Shoot 3D in Double Full HD
  • Enjoy 3D video on camcorder LCD or TV
  • Very high quality imaging and advanced features


  • Double Full HD (1920×1080) 3D recording – Separate lens/sensor capture full-resolution HD images for each eye; with 3D depth adjustment for natural, comfortable results.
  • Full HD 1920×1080 50p recording (2D only) – Full HD recording at very high bit rate with 50p progressive shooting mode for highest image quality and smoothness
  • 25p progressive recording mode (2D only) – Shoots Full HD images at 25 frames per second to achieve cinematic feel with your video footage
  • 64GB internal memory – Records on internal 64GB memory plus additional recording on optional memory card (Memory Stick Pro Duo™ or SD/SDHC)
  • Double G Lens with 10x optical zoom – Two lenses capture images for left/right eyes; with extended zoom 12x (3D) / 17x (2D) and 33.4mm wide angle (3D) / 29.8mm (2D)
  • Optical SteadyShot with enhanced Active Mode – With 3-Way Shake-Cancelling for stable images, even while walking. Now offers enhanced stabilisation at all zoom settings
  • Double 1/3.91 type Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor – Two separate sensors capture detail-packed video images for each eye with reduced image noise, especially in low light
  • Double BIONZ processor – High-speed image processors for enhanced image quality and responsive performance
  • Up to 20.4 Megapixel still photo (2D only) – By Pixel Super Resolution Technology ensures extremely detailed, high quality still images
  • 8.8cm/3.5" Xtra Fine 3D LCD – Enjoy 3D and 2D playback on the extra-large touchscreen with ultra-high (1229k dot) resolution: no 3D glasses needed

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