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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V is a feature-packed travel-zoom camera that sits at the top of the Cyber-shot range. Offering a 20x, 25-500mm zoom lens, 18.2 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and built-in GPS tracking complete with a compass, the HX20V also has full 1080i high-definition video recording with stereo sound and HDMI output and 3D Sweep Panoramas and 3D Still Images. Other key features of the Sony HX20V include a 3 inch LCD screen with 921,000-dots, fast 0.13 second auto-focusing, 10fps burst shooting mode at full resolution, ISO range of 100-12800, Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode, Intelligent Auto Plus, Program and full Manual shooting modes, artistic Picture Effect modes, Intelligent Sweep Panoramas, and support for both Memory Stick PRO Duo and Secure Digital cards. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V is available in black or brown for £329.99 / $399.99. The DSC-HX20V is Sony's latest travel-zoom camera, following 2011's popular HX9V model.
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 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. The HX20V has a lot more to offer than just its big lens. It also has both automatic and limited manual controls, HDR and other multi-shot options that improve image quality, a fun sweep panorama feature, and Full HD 1080/60p video recording. All that in a body that fits in your jeans pocket. As you may know, there are a lot of other travel zoom cameras out there - some of which are quite good. Is the Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V one of the top choices? The Cyber-shot HX20V has a healthy amount of built-in memory - 105MB to be exact. That holds seventeen photos at the highest quality setting, which isn't bad for emergencies. That said, you'll probably want to buy an actual memory card right away.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V ($399.99 direct) is a compact point-and-shoot camera with a long 20x zoom lens. The 18-megapixel shooter captures sharp photos, does well in dimmer light, and offers GPS—so you can geotag your photos. It's more expensive than basic models, but lacks the Wi-Fi capability of our Editors' Choice Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V ($419.99, 4 stars). Aside from that difference, the cameras are identical, so the HX20V is a good choice if you have no interest in Wi-Fi and would like to save a few dollars on your purchase. Editor's Note: This review is based on tests performed on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V, a camera that is nearly identical to the HX20V, but lacks Wi-Fi support. While we didn't perform lab tests on this specific camera, we expect similar performance. Design and FeaturesJust 2.5 by 4.25 by 1.4 inches (HWD) and 9 ounces, the DSC-HX20V is a little bit larger and heavier than the 20x Canon PowerShot SX260 HS ($349.99, 4 stars) which is 2.4 by 4.2 by 1.3 inches and 8.2 ounces. Even though it's not the smallest model you can find, the fact that there's a 20x (25-500mm equivalent) zoom lens in a body this size remains impressive.
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Sony has a knack of cramming its Cyber-shot series with a whole host of imaging gadgetry, as well as a range of cutting edge features. The latest model in the range - the Sony HX20V - is no different at first glance.The HX20V features an 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, combined with Sony's BIONZ processing technology for enhanced performance in low-light conditions. The model's 20x optical zoom covers a focal range of 25-500mm, which is comprised of Sony's self-manufactured ‘G' optics. The rear of the camera, meanwhile, houses a 3in 921k-dot LCD screen complete with Xtra Fine Trublack technology.So far, so advanced compact, but it's with its extra functionality that Sony's aims to distinguish the HX20V from the crowd. For example, the model's 20x optical zoom can be doubled in range using Sony's ‘Clear Zoom' functionality - an advanced take on its digital zoom predecessor. The model also not only features Sweep Panorama shooting, but also a 3D variety of Sweep Panorama, while GPS functionality is also on offer. The list of advanced features and gadgetry continues, and for those struggling to get to grips with the functionality there's an in-camera guide to help the user with on-screen tips.
Sony's ability to pack impressive specs into cameras is one of the reasons why they've been able to make such an impact in the camera market in India. It goes without saying that an equally impressive balance of pricing and performance matches the specs. The HX9V was a testament of that fact, and now, the upgraded HX20V is here and we see whether it lives up to our expectations: Out of the box, the Sony Cyber-shot HX20V feels hefty, with a sturdy build, weighing in at roughly 250 grams, including the battery and SD card. The camera is made up of polycarbonate plastic that is 99% recycled materials (a proprietary technique Sony developed), which makes it feel rather metallic. We had to actually ask a few people to knock on the body and tell us whether it was plastic or metal! The model we received was black in color, and had matching buttons at the back. The finish was excellent, with the buttons blending seamlessly into the body. The right side of the camera has a rubber grip running along the back-to-front curve, to add to the comfort of holding the camera. In our opinion, it is an amazing addition as the rubber provides a better grip on the camera (no more accidental drops).
There are three things you want in a travel camera: a long zoom, decent resolution, and rugged good looks. With the HX20V, Sony's pretty much nailed each one. This 18.2-megapixel pocket snapper (4896x3672 pixels) has a sturdy chassis without any flex or give, and a 20x optical zoom to the front. Add to that built-in GPS features, a flash that automatically folds away to keep it out of trouble when not in use and a decent movie mode, and it looks like a winner. To see whether that was indeed the case, I took it out for a spin. The HX20V feels as good as it looks. There's a chunky rubber grip at one end that helps you keep a sturdy hold, even with just one hand. This is important when you're using the maximum 20x optical zoom and, even more-so, the 40x option. Sony's sales literature claims that the HX20V features '40x Clear Image Zoom' which, the company explains, 'doubles [the] 20x optical zoom range to an effective 40x, filling the frame with distant subjects while maintaining superb image quality'. While I can't argue with the first half of that statement, the second half didn't chime with what I discovered in my tests. The HX20V's zoom is extraordinary for so small a camera, and a real asset.
With the HX9V being one of the star superzoom compacts of 2011, there's a fair bit of pressure on Sony to come up with something even more amazing—or at least just as good—for its 2012 replacement. Sony hasn't been afraid to make major changes in the Cyber-shot HX20V, however, introducing a new 18-Megapixel sensor and 20x zoom lens. But in spite of its new specs and more rounded design, the HX20V is still a relatively classic compact, with no newfangled features such as a touchscreen or web connectivity. The HX20V brings some slight improvements to the design and handling of the HX9V. For example, the handle is now covered with a rubber finish that improves grip and which is more comfortable to hold than the ridged handle in the HX9V. Similarly, the rubber grip pad on the back of the camera is now smaller, more stylish and also more effective. The HX20V is still a relatively heavy camera by current market standards, but build quality is good in spite of a slight wobble to the flash and lens. Like in other recent Sony HX cameras, the HX20V has a 920,000-dot LCD. It has been treated to the same improvements in calibration as Sony's HX200V, with a stable grey scale, very slightly cool colours, and colour fidelity on the better side of average. All in all, it's a pleasant display to use.
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