Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

$410
  • 18.2 MP
  • 20x f/3.2
  • 1/2.5" EXMOR
  • 3" LCD
Released February, 2012
The combination of the f/3.2 aperture, effective optical image stabilizer and maximum ISO speed of 12800 makes this camera well suited to hand-held low-light photography, not to mention the wealth of dedicated shooting modes.
Rated 100% by by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)

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First reviewed February, 2012

Features Key features of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Angle view of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
Add in the 3D Sweep Panoramas and 3D Still Images, amazing 10fps burst shooting mode, 0.13 second auto-focusing, closer macro mode, extensive range of in-camera Picture effects and the high-resolution 921K dot LCD screen, and it's still easy for us to recommend the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX20V above all of its travel-zoom rivals.
Rated 100% by by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)

megapixels

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All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 18 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)
If you downsize the 18 Megapixel photos produced by the HX20V down to the native resolution of any of the competition, they'll look even better.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by DPReview (Jun, 2012)

sensor size

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Panasonic Lumix TZ30
Other key features of the Sony HX20V include a 3 inch LCD screen with 921,000-dots, fast 0.13 second auto-focusing, 10fps burst shooting mode at full resolution, ISO range of 100-12800, Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode, Intelligent Auto Plus, Program and full Manual shooting modes, artistic Picture Effect modes, Intelligent Sweep Panoramas, and support for both Memory Stick PRO Duo and Secure Digital cards.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)
The 18 megapixel backlit sensor provides excellent results from ISO 100-800, with only the fater settings of 1600 and 3200 suffering from too much noise and smearing of fine detail.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)

wide angle lens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Panasonic Lumix TZ30
The camera focuses extremely quickly, whether at wide-angle or telephoto, good light or poor.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by DPReview (Jun, 2012)
The Sony CyberShot DSC-HX20V allows you to focus on a subject that is just 1cm away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)

aperture size

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300
The Manual shooting mode lets you set a shutter speed of up to 30 seconds for effective night-time shooting, although I missed the Aperture and Shutter Priority modes that several rivals offer, and only having two possible apertures in Manual mode does somewhat limit what you can achieve creatively.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)
In addition, you can only choose from two apertures at any time, due to the camera's use of a neutral density filter.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by DPReview (Jun, 2012)

zoom range

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If you're looking for a GPS-equipped travel zoom camera, then the HX20V is well worth considering.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by DPReview (Jun, 2012)
It also has both automatic and limited manual controls, HDR and other multi-shot options that improve image quality, a fun sweep panorama feature, and Full HD 1080/60p video recording.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by DPReview (Jun, 2012)

body size

107 x 62 x 35 mm
95 x 56 x 22 mm
96 x 55 x 25 mm
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V is a new premium travel-zoom compact camera.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)
Despite its big zoom lens, the HX20V is still quite a slender camera, measuring just over 3cms at its narrowest point and weighing 254g with the battery and memory card fitted, with a large 3-inch, 921k-dot resolution LCD screen at the rear As you'd expect with a screen of that size on such a small camera, the HX20V has no optical viewfinder to fall back on in brighter lighting conditions.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)
 

Performance Real world tests of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

battery life

320 photos
500 photos
210 photos
Like most of Sony's cameras, the DSC-HX20V's battery life is very good - best-in-class, in fact.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by DPReview (Jun, 2012)
The main downside of the HX20V's GPS is the subsequent drain on battery life, with the camera only managing just over 300 shots with GPS turned on instead of the 400 that it can manage without.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)

max continuous shooting

The camera shoots the burst quickly that a tripod is not needed - unlike on some other cameras.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by DPReview (Jun, 2012)
After all of the multi-shot features that I've covered in this review, you can probably guess that the DSC-HX20V is going to be pretty quick when you put it in burst mode.
Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V by DPReview (Jun, 2012)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
  • 921 k dots
  • 12,800 ISO
  • Create 3D photos to view on a 3D TV
  • Records the location of your photos automatically
  • 18.2 MP
  • 10 fps
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
  • 10 mm
  • Combines multiple photos together to capture both bright and dark areas
  • 87.24%
  • 30 s
  • 35 mm
  • 107 x 62 x 35 mm
  • 254 g

cons

  • 20x
  • 25 mm
  • 1,900 ms
  • Feb, 2012
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video
  • None
  • Dust may appear in your photos

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 74%
Read the review (Jun, 2012)
While Sony's NEX interchangeable lens cameras allow you to adjust the interval between each exposure, the HDR feature on the HX20V is totally automatic.
Rated 100%
Read the review (Jul, 2012)
In addition to the excellent still images, the Sony HX20V also offers full 1080p video recording, and you can even take a high-res still whilst shooting your movie masterpiece.

Lens

The Sony CyberShot DSC-HX20V's 18x zoom lens offers a very versatile focal range, as illustrated by these examples.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 100% by by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)
You won't want to go back to a "standard" 35mm zoom after using the 25mm lens on the DSC-HX20V, or even a 28mm one - 3mm at the wide-angle end really does make a big difference.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 100% by by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)
It's definitely one of my favorite features on Sony's high zoom cameras.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 74% by by DPReview (Jun, 2012)

Video

Most of the camera's Picture Effects can be used for movies as well as stills.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 74% by by DPReview (Jun, 2012)
While it can convert videos to WMV format, they'll be VGA quality.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 74% by by DPReview (Jun, 2012)
As you can see, the HX20V can shoot very quickly in high speed mode, and at a decent rate in low speed mode.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 74% by by DPReview (Jun, 2012)

Zoom

Offering a 20x, 25-500mm zoom lens, 18.2 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and built-in GPS tracking complete with a compass, the HX20V also has full 1080i high-definition video recording with stereo sound and HDMI output and 3D Sweep Panoramas and 3D Still Images.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 100% by by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)
The only thing from that menu I want to tell you about is the Clear Image Zoom feature.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 74% by by DPReview (Jun, 2012)
Overall, I enjoyed using the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V, and had the same response to it as I did to the HX200V super zoom.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 74% by by DPReview (Jun, 2012)

Image quality

It'll never win awards for its photo quality, though it's super high resolution means that downsized photos look very good.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 74% by by DPReview (Jun, 2012)
Some other automatic features that I enjoy using are sweep panorama, high dynamic range (HDR), and the Anti Motion Blur / Handheld Twilight combo.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 74% by by DPReview (Jun, 2012)
With such a heavy backlight, the normal photo is almost completely dark in the foreground.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 74% by by DPReview (Jun, 2012)

Photography

Even so, both Handheld Nightshot and Anti Motion Blur are best suited for small prints.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 74% by by DPReview (Jun, 2012)
If you're not 'pixel peeping' or making giant prints, then you'll likely be satisfied by the image quality, as well.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 74% by by DPReview (Jun, 2012)
In addition to importing photos from the camera, PlayMemories can also share them via e-mail, prints, and on photo/video sharing websites.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V | Rated 74% by by DPReview (Jun, 2012)

Editions Editions of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

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