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Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-HX20V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1462 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and responsiveness. The image quality and usability also get good views, but many are negative about the shutter and features.

portability, usability, image quality, responsiveness, performance

features, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-HX20V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

 

The Sony 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...

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...

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...

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...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

 

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.

Sharp images. Good high ISO performance. GPS. Long zoom range. Shoots stills while recording video

Expensive

The HX20V is one of the faster compact superzooms that we've tested. It starts and shoots in about 1.5 seconds and delivers a shutter lag that is very close to zero, which is a boon for candid and action photography. The camera grabs a 10 shot burst at...

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Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

 

($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

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...

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...

Overall, I enjoyed using the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V, and had the same response to it as I did to their HX200V super zoom. It's a responsive, fun-to-use camera with some genuinely useful extra features (HDR, Anti Motion Blur, Sweep Panorama), a...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

 

The HX20V is Sony's midrange travel zoom camera, and comes with the same lens and essentially the same feature set as the more expensive HX30V. A 20x zoom fits in a pretty small body that, with its 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, should perform well in low...

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX20V Review

 

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....

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Amazon review summary for Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-HX20V

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 233 user reviews of Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-HX20V from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

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

features

94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Worth the Money!

 

I have been a Nikon user for many years and I am going to Rome in the Fall and didn't want to carry a heavy camera and all sorts of lenses. This camera is ideal with the 30x zoom and takes wonderful pictures. I would have given it 5 stars but the lack...

Nice size, not heavy

NO MANUAL! difficult to learn features

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Only with Firmware 1.01

 

It's a great camera, the most versatile ever... a wonderful camera, indeed!!!, only IF it comes with Firmware 1.01 BUT... if it comes with Firmware 1.00 DO NOT BUY it: it has a terrible NR feature error that smears textures and details in a so...

The best deal you can do

Destructive noise reduction feature FW v1.00

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Great Zoom Camera!

 

I absolutely love this camera! I do a lot of event photography, mostly shows/performance art, bands, live music, etc. in mostly dimly-lit bars and night clubs. After dropping and breaking my previous $1,200+ DSLR, and the one before that being stolen,...

Zoom, Photo Qualty, Scenes/Modes

Speed, particularly flash speed

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best point and shoot camera

 

Best point and shoot camera for the money. Takes really good pictures right out of the box just put it in auto point and shoot thats it! It decides if you need a flash or if you have a shaky hand it will correct for that automatically.

easy to use

none

Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:4
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1600

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-BG1
Battery Type:Sony NP-BG1

Recording

Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No
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