Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20
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6 May 2015
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.
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 ...
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...
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: While there’s no denying that the Sony HX20V is feature-laden advanced compact capable of producing good images, it’s not without it’s flaws. The model’s lens could be better specified, while the lack of Raw capture is a disappointment – two key features when considering a compact nearing the £300...
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.
Summary: 18.2MP travel compact with a 20x optical zoom, Full HD movies and GPS
Pros: Broad zoom range, Solid build, GPS and panorama stitching, Easy to use, Sharp, colourful results, A high-quality metal construction including padded rubberised grip provides a firm hold when shooting towards the telephoto end of the zoom, which, when coupled with SteadyShot image stabilisation, m...
Cons: Expensive RRP, Some barrel distortion at times, Loss of highlights at times, Aside from the odd performance niggle, the £349/$398 asking price of the Sony Cyber-shot HX20V is the issue here; it is on the high side. This money would alternatively buy you a bridge camera with an even larger zoom, s...
Excerpt: Sony announced the Cybershot DSC-HX20V in February 2012, a premium digital compact camera, with its headline features being an 18.2 megapixel sensor and 20x optical zoom lens. It is available in black and brown for £379.00.
Pros: Feature packed, Image quality is good, Solid body, Excellent battery life, Decent noise performance up to ISO 3200, Good colour reproduction, Panoramas are free of stitching issues
Cons: Most settings rely on navigating in menus rather than buttons, Occasional purple fringing and chromatic aberration, Red-eye in portrait shots, Fairly expensive
Conclusion: The HX20V is a top travel zoom camera, but it’s just too expensive. Just shy of £400 is about £100 more than the Canon PowerShot SX260, and £70 more than the Panasonic Lumix TZ30’s launch price.
Pros: Big zoom range, small body size, super-fast autofocus, great auto modes, GPS, well built, easy to use
Cons: Much pricier than the competition, no aperture or shutter priority, wide-angle suffers sharpness and purple fringing issues to edges, menus can be a little slow to react, shot-to-shot time could be faster