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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 591 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the screen and value for money. The usability and image quality also get good opinions, but the reliability and shutter get mixed reviews. The features and viewfinder get critical comments.

portability, image quality, usability, value for money, screen

lens, memory, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 is another great camera in the company's 2009 point-and-shoot lineup. It seems as if Sony took its equally excellent W290 compact camera and expanded it into a megazoom. It has a new menu system that makes operation easier,...

First-rate design; simple operation; excellent feature-to-price ratio.

Narrow lens; lens cap is a pain.

If you don't mind its extra bulk and narrow lens, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 is an otherwise excellent compact megazoom camera.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 First Impressions Digital Camera Review


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 falls into a curious mid-range point in the consumer camera market. With a 10X zoom lens, it doesn't have the incredible zoom reach of some cameras. But neither does it have the sleek, thin profile of other compact cameras;...

The Cyber-shot DSC-H20 is priced at $279.99, which is a pretty reasonable price for what you get: a 10X zoom, 10.1 megapixels and 720p video recording. The zoom lens is shorter than the 20X ones that we see on ultrazoom cameras like the Sony HX1, but...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20


If you're looking for something a little more advanced than your average point-and-shoot camera, the DSC-H20 makes an excellent choice. It takes excellent pictures using its automatic modes, yet allows some degree of manual control. The zoom range is...

10.1MP resolution38-380mm 35mm equivalent zoom rangeOptical image stabilization3.0 inch 230,000 pixel LCD display

Not a very wide angle lens (38mm)

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 Digital Camera is Sony's latest compact...


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Review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 Digital Camera


A review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20, a point and shoot camera that captures the moment with remarkable detail.


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20


Relatively light and compact ; HD video in 720p format ; Can use optical zoom when filming ; Long telephoto coverage for the money

Poor high ISO performance ; Slow flash recharge ; No exposure compensation button ; Poor wide angle performance

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 is an affordable super-zoom compact with a 10x stabilised lens and HD video recording capabilities. Slightly larger than the average compact, it's nonetheless smaller than most cameras with zooms of this range and will fit...

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Review Of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20


Every birthday, anniversary, vacation or holiday is a unique milestone in our life that needs to be cherished forever. To make sure that you capture every beautiful frame of your life in an even more beautiful manner, Sony has introduced the Sony...

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"Best camera for amateurs."


Cost factor. Light weight.

Pics come out grainy in low light.

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"Good Camera. Recommended as a best point and shoot cam."


- Clear pic quality.

- Bit noise records when zooming in video mode.

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Good Camera. Recommended as a best point and shoot cam.


Clear pic quality ; Amazing natural colors

Bit noise records when zooming in video mode

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One of the greatest travel zoom cameras of all time.


This camera was just too good for it's time as evidenced by it's consequent rise in price after it was discontinued. I have been using this camera for 2 years and have not been disappointed. Just google some images taken by this camera and compare them...

image quality is excellent and still bests some newer offerings (it has a good quality Carl Zeiss lens and Bionz image processor) ; 720p video quality is good ; 10x optical zoom works in video mode as well ; has a manual settings mode ; image stabilizati

battery life (normal battery gets about 200 shots and the extended life battery bumps it up closer to 300) ; it has no dedicated video record button (have to switch modes for video) ; low light high iso capability is not the best (still not bad compared

Product Specifications

Zoom in on the 10.1-megapixel DSC-H20 Cyber-shot digital camera and get the best shot. With its impressive Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar wide-angle lens with a 10x optical zoom, it's easy to capture the moment with impeccable detail. A 3.0" touch screen makes reviewing your shots a breeze and the ingenious iAuto mode takes the guesswork out of choosing the best camera settings when you're not sure which one to pick. There's also built-in technology like Optical SteadyShot image stabilization that reduces blur and Smile Shutter mode that automatically captures a smile as it happens. Feel like recording HD video? The H20 captures crisp, 720p video that can be viewed on your HDTV. There's even an anti-blink function to help everyone look their best and in-camera photo retouching tools.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BG1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Gourmet / High sensitivity / Landscape / Snow / Soft snap / Sports mode / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-4.4
Max Focal Length:63mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cross filter / Fisheye / Happy face / Partial color / Radial blur / Retro / Sepia / Soft Focus / Unsharp masking / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None