Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
15 February 2013
Summary: Both features "result in more hits than misses" in Goldstein's test at PhotographyBlog.com. Sweep Panorama (regular or 3D) lets you sweep the camera across the scene to create an instant panoramic shot. It works well in Keller's test. Like other tiny zooms, the Sony HX20V has no RAW shooting mode or hot shoe. It does have a pop-up flash.
Pros: 20x zoom, Loaded with features, including 1080p/60p HD video, Fast performance, Good battery life
Cons: Photo quality gets mixed reviews, Feels cheap and plasticky to some owners
Excerpt: Sony's Cyber-shot range has long been known for combining cutting-edge technology with sleek design in some of the most reliable compact cameras on the market. The HX20V is the latest of these...
Summary: The HX20V comes close to being the perfect traveller's camera, with a high resolution, long zoom and built-in geotagging features that put your pictures on the map. The auto modes are fast and accurate, consistently producing detail-packed, vivid results.
Cons: 40x optical zoom doesn't stand up to particularly close scrutiny.
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.
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot HX20V is a significant upgrade to the current favorite, the HX9V. The HX20V comes packed with an 18MP BSI sensor, a 20x optical zoom and an onboard GPS chip. The upgraded sensor has also allowed Sony to expand the ISO capabilities of the HX20V to 12800, although we wouldnï¿½t really recommend using it at those numbers. Overall, the Sony HX20V adds to the glory of the HX9V, but also brings along with it a few quirks.
Pros: Highest zoom on a travel zoom, Very sturdy build, High capacity battery, Excellent focusing during video
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.