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Sony HDR-TD20V Full HD 3D Handycam Camcorder

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Quick Overview

Designed for capturing your 3D adventures and memories, the Sony HDR-TD20V Full HD 3D Handycam Camcorder features dual full HD sensors that shoot true 3D videos with 1920 x 1080 60p/24p resolution. Capture eye-popping home movies that will blow your friends and family away when viewed on your 3D HDTV or the sufficient 3.5" LCD TruBlack display, which requires no special 3D glasses. Of course, those 3D movies can also be viewed in 2D. Plus, the camera can record straight 2D movies and capture digital stills as well. It features an internal 64GB embedded flash memory for storing your footage. The HDR-TD20V utilizes two "Exmor R" sensors, which capture 1920 x 1080 3D video and are back-illuminated for excellent shooting, even in low light conditions.

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Make 3D movie magic.

Captivate your audience with true 1920x1080 3D footage or gorgeously rich Full HD 2D. Easily switch between 3D and 2D recording on the fly, and forget worrying if your friends (or fans) don't have a 3D-compatible TV or PC. Everything shot in 3D can also be played back in 2D. Also, there's no need to lug around special glasses — with a 3D-ready LCD, you can view content in 3D directly on the camcorder's LCD. Capture frame-worthy 20MP still images to hang on a wall or just on the fridge

.3D to a Higher Degree

Just when you thought shooting in 3D couldn't possibly get any better, the Full HD 3D Handycam® camcorder stepped things up a notch. With two Full HD sensors, this camcorder provides full 1920x1080 resolution on both channels—which makes for a vastly richer, more engaging and immersive 3D

Say Goodbye to Glasses

With the 3D-ready 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD™ display, you can view 3D content directly on the camcorder's LCD—without the need for special glasses. Infused with TruBlack™ technology, the LCD provides superb contrast, brightness and glare reduction—so you can comfortably and accurately review your footage on the fly, even outdoors or in bright light conditions.

Choose Your Own Dimension

Worried you won't be able to share your 3D videos with friends and family who don't yet own a 3D-compatible TV or PC? Problem solved. With 2D playback from 3D recordings, everything that's captured in 3D can be watched in 2D. Now there's really no reason not to record everything in 3D.

High Resolution Solution

Make special occasions even better the second time around by capturing them in rich Full 1920x1080p HD. Shoot in dazzling 60p in 2D mode, or get the look and feel of classic cinematography by recording in a more nostalgic 24p. Switch to still image mode and capture high-quality 20MP 2D photos to share.

See the Big Picture

No, the G doesn't stand for "great"—but it could. Proudly at the pinnacle of Sony lens technology, the G lens is engineered for optimal performance, delivering brilliant color, detailed imagery and 10x optical zoom—even in 3D. And with enhanced wide angle shooting in both photo and video modes, rest assured nothing will be left out of the picture.

Make the Switch

Whether recording or reviewing the cool content you just captured, a dedicated switch allows you to shift easily between 3D and 2D. When switched to 3D mode, only 3D content will be displayed; in 2D mode, both 2D and 3D content will be displayed in 2D. This allows you to record everything in 3D, then choose later whether to playback in 3D or in 2D.



Capture precious memories in immersive 3D with this compact HDR-TD20V Handycam® camcorder. With two Full HD sensors, you can shoot incredible 2D or 3D videos at 1920 x 1080 60p/24p resolution, plus 20.4MP still images. View your 3D videos directly on the expansive 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD™ display–no special glasses required. Easily switch between 2D and 3D recording with a dedicated switch on the body of the camera–plus, everything shot in 3D can also be viewed in 2D. Equipped with 64GB of embedded flash memory, you can record and store up to 25 hours of 2D HD video footage (HD LP mode), or up to 5 hours of HD 3D video.

Double Full HD 3D Consumer camcorder

The Sony® Handycam® HDR-TD20V utilizes two Full HD sensors to capture true 1920x1080 3D video for a more immersive 3D experience. Most 3D cameras achieve the 3D affect by splitting a 1920x1080 signal in to two 960x540 channels in order to squeeze them onto one sensor, thereby limiting resolution on the final output.

64GB embedded Flash Memory The built-in 64GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 25 hours of 2D high definition video footage (HD LP mode), or up to 5 hours of High definition 3D video.

Optical SteadyShotimage stabilization w/ Active Mode

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video, whether you’re shooting in 3D or 2D.

Tracking Focus follows selected subjects

Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a touch of the LCD and have the focus follow the selected object

5.1ch Surround mic for vivid and dynamic surround sound.

Dolby® Digital 5.1 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording.

Event Browse groups photos/videos for you for easy reference

Event Browse conveniently groups your images and videos together for easier viewing. The date range that Event Browse groups your pictures and videos is easily adjusted to suit your needs. When used with the Highlight Playback feature, making and sharing a highlight reel from your event is easy and fun.

Direct Copy to external HDD without PC

Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV4 (HDMI cable required), allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.

Golf Shot

Building on the slow-motion capture capabilities of Smooth Slow Record, Golf Shot captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images, which can be viewed/printed individually or as a composite “sequence shot” image, perfect for analyzing the nuances of a golf swing, tennis serve, and other fast action

HDMI™ cable supplied for easy viewing on compatibleHDTV

A 3D ready HDMI™ (full to mini) cable supplied for easy viewing on compatible HDTV.

3D Ready 3.5” Xtra Fine LCD™ display (1229K) w/TruBlack™ technology

The LCD is also 3D ready, enabling you to view your 3D content directly on the camera’s LCD without the need for 3D glasses. TruBlack™ technology brings remarkably higher contrast and brightness to the camcorder’s 3.5” Xtra Fine LCD™ display, delivering more natural, realistic colors and easier viewing in bright conditions by reducing glare.

Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS sensor for superb low-light video

Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor® R CMOS sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions.

10x Optical Zoom in 3D mode

Zoom in on your subjects even in 3D mode with 10x optical zoom.

Manual Control (Iris/Shutter/Exposure/White Balance)

Get the most out of your camcorder with enhanced manual controls. The assignable dial allows for control of focus, exposure, white balance, iris, and shutter speed.

Expanded recording/monitoring with mic/headphone jack

Features dedicated mic and headphone inputs for expanded audio recording options and convenient monitoring of audio with headphones (external microphones and headphones sold separately).

Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you

Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pinpoint the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel. The easy 2D/3D selector switch allows you to show only 3D video when 3D is selected. For 2D playback of all video, set the switch to 2D and the camera will display 2D and 3D videos for playback on a standard HDTV.

Wind noise reduction for clear voice recording

Wind Reduction reduces noise and interference that is produced when wind passes over the microphone, giving you a clearer and more enjoyable sound experience.

Built-in Flash for still photography

The built-in flash will help you shed light on your subjects when shooting still images, giving you more flexibility when capturing memories.

Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver & NAVTEQ® maps

A built-in GPS receiver makes the HDR-TD20V an ideal choice for travelers. The receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations. Tagged videos and still images can be reviewed and played back using the Map Index function on the camcorder or once downloaded to your PC using the supplied PlayMemories Home software. Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone.

1920x1080 Full HD 60p/24p recording6 w/20MP still image capture

Capturing 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution lets you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60p recording6 and playback via HDMI™ and compatible HDTV providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories. If you’re looking for a film-like quality look to your video, 24p recording is available for you.

Dual Wide Angle G Lenses to capture everything you want

Experience the pinnacle of Sony® lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. In addition, the 29.8mm(2D) and 34.4mm(3D) focal length in Video Mode offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting.

17x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action

Get even closer to your subject from afar with17x extended zoom. Extended zoom works in conjunction with 10x optical zoom6 to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.

Easily switch between 2D/3D with dedicated switch

A dedicated switch allows for easy switching from recording 2D to 3D, whether you’re recording or playing back video. In 3D mode, only 3D content will be displayed for playback, however when in 2D mode, all content will be displayed and played back in 2D. This allows you to record all your video in 3D and choose later whether or not you want to playback in 2D or 3D.

Active Interface Shoe to attach intelligent accessories

The Active Interface Shoe lets you mount Intelligent Accessories, such as external lights and microphones, which can help extend the capabilities of your camcorder.

Clear Phase stereo speakers for true and dynamic sound

Bring your video alive with Clear Phase stereo speakers with linear phase correction. Drawing on Sony’s high-end audio expertise, renown S-Master™ digital amplifier technology is utilized to produce more true-to-life sound.

Intelligent Auto (180 different scene combinations possible)

Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction. There are 180 different combinations possible: Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Low light, Macro, Portait, Baby, Walk, Tripod, Wind Noise Reduction. Thie camcorder utilizes an advanced sound processor and sophisticated noise reduction algorithms to reduce wind noise by up to 10db compared to other models. In addition to reducing low frequency noise, iAuto also suppresses mid- and upper-frequency noise, resulting in clearer, more enjoyable sound.

Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge

The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer without having to remember separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it’s out of the way until you need it. Charging your camcorder is faster than ever now through the USB; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time.

Product Specifications


Camera Type : 3D Digital HD Video Camera Recorder


Lens Type : G Lens™

Lens Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ Image stabilization w/ Active mode (wide (3D)/ Wide to Tele (2D))

Aperture : F1.8-10.0

Optical Zoom : 10x (3D) / 12x (2D)

Digital Zoom : 160x (2D only)

Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : Movie Mode: 3D: 34.4mm - 400.8mm; 2D: 29.8mm - 298mm (16:9), 36.3mm -363mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8mm - 298mm (16:9),36.3mm - 363mm (4:3)

Minimum Focus Distance : 3D: Approx. 30cm (Wide), Approx. 3.6m (Tele); 2D: Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 38cm (Tele Macro)

Extended Zoom : 17x (2D only)

Focal Distance : f = 3.2mm - 32mm (3D); f = 5/32inch - 1 5/16iinch (3D); f = 3.2mm - 32mm (2D); f = 5/32inch - 1 5/16inch (2D)

Steady Shot Mode:Active : 31.7mm - 538mm (16:9), 35.1mm - 409.7mm (4:3)

Exposure System

Metering Modes : Multi-segment (3D/ 2D) / Spot (2D only)

Exposure Compensation : AE Shift (Touch Panel)

Exposure Settings : Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)

Scene Mode(s) : Auto / Twilight / Twilight Portrait / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow (2D only)

D-Range Optimizer : Yes

Noise Reduction : Yes

White Balance Mode : Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor

Minimum Illumination : Standard: 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed) (2D only)

Auto Iris Control : F1.8 - F10.0

Backlight Compensation : Yes (Auto)

Gain Control : Auto

LOW LUX Mode : Yes (2D only)

Convenience Features

Quick On : Yes (Power On by LCD)

Manual / AutoLens Cover : Auto

S/S & Zoom button on LCD : Yes (Touch Panel)

Red-Eye Reduction : Yes (On / Off)

Fader Effect(s) : White / Black (2D only)

Date / Time Stamp : Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info)

Erase/Protect : Yes / Yes

Media/Battery Indicator : Yes (recordable time, free and used media space) / Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)

Power Save Mode : Auto Shut-off (5minutes)

Still Image Playback Options : Slide Show

Video Playback Options : Highlight Playback (HD Movie Only); Highlight Playback Save and Share (Translate into STD quality); Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase); Highlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)

Multiple Language Display : English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Latin American Spanish

One Touch Disc Burn : Yes (Menu) (2D only)

View & Index : Event

Weights and Measurements

Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 2 1/2inch x 2 7/8inch x 5 1/4inch (63.5mm x 71.5mm x141.5mm)

Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) : Approx. 1lb 0.2oz (460g)

Service and Warranty Information

Limited Warranty Term : Limited Warranty --- 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor

Imaging Sensor

Imaging Sensor : 1/3.91" (4.6mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor

Processor : BIONZ™ Image processor

Pixel Gross : 2x Approx. 5430K pixels (3D)/ Approx. 5430K pixels (2D)

Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 3540K pixels (4:3) (3D)/ Approx. 3540K pixels (4:3) (2D)

Color Filter System : ClearVid™ array

LCD Display

LCD Type : 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD™ 3D display (1229K) w/ TruBlack™ technology

Angle Adjustment : Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.

Brightness Control : Yes (Menu)

Coverage : 1

Grid Display : Guide Frame (2D only)

Touch Panel : Yes

Drive System

Drive Mode : Photo Mode (2D only): Single-shot / Self-timer

Shutter Speeds : Self-timer: Approx. 10sec. (Still Image); Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/60-1/10000; Shutter Speed Auto Control Range: 1/8-1/10000; Shutter Speed (Smooth Slow Rec): 1/250 - 1/10000; Auto (Auto Slow Shutter OFF): 1/60 - 1/10000; Scene Selection: 1/8 - 1/10000; LOW LUX: 1/30 - 1/10000 (2D only)

Advanced Features

Audio Level Display : Yes

Face Detection : Yes (2D only)

Golf Shot : Yes (2D only)

Image Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™

Image stabilization w/ Active mode (wide (3D) / Wide to Tele (2D))

Intelligent Auto : Portrait / Baby / Walk / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro / Low light

Priority Setting (for Face Detection) : Auto / Child Priority / Adult Priority (2D only)

S-Master : Yes

Smile Shutter™ technology : Dual Capture / Always On / Off (2D only)

Smooth Slow Rec : Yes (2D only)

x.v.Color™ : Yes


Power Consumption (in Operation) : 3D HD: 1.8W; HD: 3.5W; SD:3.3W

Power Requirements : 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)

Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (NP-FV70)


Media Type : Internal Flash Memory; Memory Stick PRO Duo ™ (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo ™; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)

Still Image Mode : 3D Still Image: Not available / 2D Still Image: JPEG

Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 20.4 megapixels

Still Image Size 16:9 : Movie Mode (2D): 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384); Photo Mode (2D): 15.3 megapixels 4:3 (4512x3384)

Still Image Size 4:3 : Movie Mode (2D): 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384); Photo Mode (2D): 15.3 megapixels 4:3 (4512x3384)

Video Format : 3D HD: MVC (original format); HD: MPEG4-AVC/ H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible; STD: MPEG2-PS

Video Mode : 3D HD 3D: Approx. 28Mbps; HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps/ FX: Approx. 24Mbps/ FH: Approx. 17Mbps/ HQ: Approx. 9Mbps/ LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps

Video Resolution : 3D HD: 2x 1920x1080/60i; 2D HD:1920x1080/60p(PS),24p(FX,FH),60i(FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i(HQ,LP); STD: 720x480/60i

Video Actual (Pixel) : 3D HD:2x Approx.3980K pixels(16:9) / 2D HD, STD:Approx.5020K pixels(16:9), Approx.3760K pixels(4:3)

Video Signal : NTSC color, EIA standards

Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media)(2ch) : 3D HD 3D: Approx. 4h55m (Approx. 4h55m); HD PS: Approx. 4h55m (Approx. 4h55m); HD FX: Approx. 5h45m (Approx. 5h45m); HD FH: Approx. 7h55m (Approx. 7h55m); HD HQ: Approx. 13h55m (Approx. 10h35m); HD LP: Approx. 24h (Approx. 19h45m); STD HQ: Approx. 14h25m (Approx. 13h15m)

Photo Capture from Movie : 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080); 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480); 230K pixels 16:9 (640x360)

Dual Record : 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384)

Audio Format : Dolby® Digital 5.1ch, Dolby® Digital 5.1Creater; Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator

Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear Phase Stereo Speaker

Internal Media : Flash Memory 64GB

Mic Level Control : Yes (2steps)

Still Image File Format : DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible

Wind Noise Reduction : Yes (Off /On)

Wind Position : Yes (Auto)

Focus Control

Focus System : Contrast AF

AF Modes : Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)

Focus Area : Full range Focus (3D/ 2D) / Spot Focus (2D only)

Focus Features : Tracking Focus (2D only)

AF Illuminator : Yes (2D only)


Flash Type : Built-in Flash

Flash Metering System : Pre-flash TTL

Flash Modes : Auto / Forced / Prohibited (2D only)

Flash Compensation : Yes (3 steps) (2D only)

Flash Coverage : Approx. 0.3m - 1.5m (2D only); Approx. 11 7/ 8 inch - 59 1/8 inch (2D only)


Memory Card Slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/ SDHC/ SDXC media compatible

SD Output : Composite Video Out (A/V connection cable (supplied)); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (sold separately)); S Video Out (A/V connection cable with S Video (sold separately))

HD Output : HDMI Out (mini) (supplied); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (sold separately))

USB Port(s) : TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)

BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes

PhotoTV HD : Yes

Headphone Jack : Stereo Minijack

Microphone Input : Stereo Minijack

Remote Jack : Integrated into A/V Remote terminal

Remote Commander : Yes

Direct Copy : Yes

Accessory Shoe : Yes (Active Interface Shoe)

A/V Remote Terminal : Video / S Video / Audio / Component Out / Remote

DC IN : Yes

HDMI Terminal : Yes (mini)


Supplied Software : PC: PlayMemories Home Lite (built-in; for PC only); PlayMemories Home (by download); Music Transfer(by download); MAC:Music Transfer(by download); PlayMemories Online Uploader(by download)

Operating System Compatibility : Windows XP SP3 * /Windows Vista SP2 ** /Windows7 * 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. The Windows Image Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver. 2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs. ** Starter (Edition) are not supported. Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi-boot environment.


In the Box


Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70) HDMI (mini) Cable USB Adaptor Cable "Operating Guide" AC adaptor A/V Connecting Cable CD-ROM ("Handycam" Application Software) Power Cord USB Cable Remote Commander (RMT-835 with Battery (CR2025))

Additional Information

UPC 027242842410
Manufacturer SONY

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