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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX20V Review
25 June 2013
Summary: The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX20V is a beautiful compact camera equipped with modern and advanced features that allow you to get some of the effects that we can get with a digital SLR. In addition to the purely photographic we cannot mention as a flagship device of the beautiful XtraFine TruBlack LCD display 3-inch with a resolution of no less than 921600 points, which will surely satisfy even the most demanding users.
Pros: Full HD 50p 18.2 MP Exmor R sensor, 20x optical zoom, Smile Shutter, GPS and compass; Clear Image Zoom 40x; XtraFine TruBlack LCD display, 3D functions; Face detection
Conclusion: With its Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V, Sony packs a long 20x zoom lens and GPS into one decidedly svelte camera. It's one of the more expensive compact superzoom models you'll find, but all those features along with high performance warrant the price.
Pros: Sharp images. Good high ISO performance. GPS. Long zoom range. Shoots stills while recording video.
Summary: The Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V features great automatic shooting modes (plus limited manual controls), several gimmicky-sounding features that are actually useful, a GPS that works quietly in the background, and 1080/60p movie mode. Image quality isn't class leading when viewed full size, but the HX20V's target audience probably won't be doing much of that.
Pros: Good photo quality for target audience, Packs a 20X zoom lens into a compact body, Optical image stabilization, with 3-way 'active mode' for movies, Super-sharp 3-inch LCD display, Very snappy performance, especially autofocus, Good set of manual controls, which include white balance fine-tuning and bracketing, Two 'intelligent' auto modes pick the scene mode for you, Built-in GPS with compass, Anti Motion Blur and Handheld Twilight modes produce usable photos in very...
Cons: Lots of detail smudging, even at ISO 100, Tends to underexpose; highlight clipping can be an issue at times, Redeye a problem, though it can be removed in playback mode, Only two apertures to choose from at any one time; no shutter or aperture priority modes, or RAW support, No manual controls in movie mode, Ten shot limit in burst mode, even at 2 frames/sec, Design annoyances: custom button hard to reach, controls on back of camera are small and cramped, no room for ...
Excerpt: The Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V is the midrange model in Sony's trio of GPS-equipped travel zoom cameras. All three cameras -- the HX10V ($330), HX20V ($370), and HX30V ($390) -- all use the same 18.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor. The differences are simple: the HX10V has a 16X zoom lens, while the other two models have a 20X lens. The HX30V earns its flagship status by offering Wi-Fi support.
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Excerpt: First there was the HX5V, then HX9V … now the HX20V. So we’ve gone from a 10x zoom camera to a 15x, and finally a 20x zoom compact digicam. I happily use the earlier HX5V as an everyday camera, for holidays and occasionally for shots of review cameras. A good all-rounder but, if I had known of the progression Sony planned — 10x to 15x to 20x — maybe I would have waited for the 20 timer.
Summary: Advances in technology have allowed travel compact cameras to remain competitive, and Sony has pushed the standard even higher with the Cyber-shot HX20V. Although it is not the most creative camera in terms of manual control, the HX20V allows great pictures to be captured almost effortlessly thanks to the Superior Auto mode and other automatic settings.
Excerpt: The DSC-HX20V is Sony's latest travel-zoom camera, following 2011's popular HX9V model. Travel-zooms now typically offer at least a 16x or bigger lens in a compact body that you can still fit inside a pocket, with some models upping the ante to a 20x lens. The Sony DSC-HX20V joins the party with a 20x, 25-500mm extending optical lens with respectable maximum apertures of f/3.2 at the 25mm wide-angle setting and f/5.8 at the 500mm full telephoto setting.