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Sony DSC-HX20 Digital Camera

18.2MP 20x CMOS Sep 2013
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34 Reasons For

Good Brand

We checked 14,929 expert and owner reviews for Sony digital cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically for its compact camera digital cameras.

Good Quality Pictures

One customer who purchased the Sony DSC-HX20 wrote that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Pcauthority.com.au mentioned “Attached to the camera like an oversized appendage is the very large Vario-Sonnar lens, providing the F707 with excellent image magnification via the 5x optical zoom” in their Sony DSC-HX20 review.

Quite Big Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-HX20 is 1x, the biggest is 810x, and the average digital zoom is 10x. At 306 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-HX20 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-HX20.

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] (810x) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Sony DSC-HX20 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-HX20. Compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have screen sizes of between 1" and 4.8", and the average screen size is 2.8".

If this camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] (3.2" and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] (3.5" and higher rated).

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

The DSC-HX20 has a GPS, unlike most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago which do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a GPS currently available including because of it's better review score, the Coolpix S9500[pl_1721861_price], or the Coolpix P520[pl_2085254_price] both from Nikon.

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3D Compatible

The Sony DSC-HX20 is 3D compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-HX20 are not 3D compatible.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3D compatible cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Coolpix P7700[pl_1714924_price], and the Coolpix P310[pl_2119209_price] both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price] is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This digital camera supports an MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony DSC-HX20 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-HX20 do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price].

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Quite High Megapixel Count

The lowest megapixel count of digital cameras of this age and type is 0.3MP and the highest is 46MP. The DSC-HX20 has a quite high megapixel count (18.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-HX20.

We compared this camera to all the other 18.2MP digital cameras and we think the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a digital camera with a higher megapixel count then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-RX100[plb_2319255_price] (20.2MP), or the Samsung NX20[plb_2083247_price] (20.3MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Sony DSC-HX20 supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also support video recording.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support video recording currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price].

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the DSC-HX20 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX20. Comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 2x and 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 20x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including the PowerShot SX260 HS[pl_1565812_price], or the PowerShot SX240 HS[pl_410378_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

If this compact camera digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Samsung GC100[plb_2600424_price] (21x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The DSC-HX20 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-HX20 also have an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Nikon Coolpix S9500[plb_1721861_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-HX20 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price] which has better reviews.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Very Big Combined Zoom

At 1,600 times zoom factor, the DSC-HX20 has a very big combined zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-HX20. The average combined zoom of cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-HX20 is 50x.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The DSC-HX20 has a quite small closest focusing distance (only 0.01 meters) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-HX20. The smallest closest focusing distance of cameras of this age and spec is 0.01m and the largest is 30m.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the DSC-HX20 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash" and "Fluorescent" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has One Photo Effect

The DSC-HX20 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

This camera has a ±2EV (1/2| 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, which is the most commonly found flash exposure correction on comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Supports Twenty-One ISO Speeds

The Sony DSC-HX20 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera supports a 160 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-HX20. The ISO speeds "100", "125", "200", "250", "320", "400", "500", "640", "800", "1000", "1250", "1600", "2000", "2250", "2500", "3200", "4000", "5000", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

The shortest maximum focal length of cameras of this age and type is 13mm and the longest is 1,800mm. At 500 millimeters, the DSC-HX20 has a quite long maximum focal length compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very High Display Resolution

Across all the cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-HX20 the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, the DSC-HX20 has one of the higher display resolutions amongst cameras of this age.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of 12,800, the DSC-HX20 has a quite high maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-HX20. Compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-HX20 have maximum ISO speeds of between 3 and 52,000.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The DSC-HX20 has a greater number of image editing modes than most compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most frequently found image editing mode is Resizing, but this image editing mode is not found on this camera. The image editing modes Rotating and Trimming are also found on this Sony camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and type.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Sony DSC-HX20 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution across all similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-HX20.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the DSC-HX20 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Sony camera support a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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4896 X 3672 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The DSC-HX20 has a 4896 x 3672 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The image resolution of all cameras that were launched more than two years ago ranges from 2592 x 1944 pixels to 5152 x 3864 pixels.

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3648 X 2736 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-HX20 has a 3648 x 2736 still image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. Most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this camera has a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080. The still image resolution of all cameras of this age and type ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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320 Shots Per Battery Charge

The DSC-HX20 is a digital camera that takes 320 shots shots per battery charge.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most frequently found light exposure correction on cameras of this age and type.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Narrow

The widths of compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSC-HX20 range from 22mm to 470mm, and the average width is 100mm. The Sony DSC-HX20 is one of the narrower cameras of this age and type (only 92.9 millimeters) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Short

The DSC-HX20 is quite short (only 54.4 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-HX20. The shortest comparable spec digital camera that has been around for a similar time to the DSC-HX20 is 16mm tall, the tallest is 750mm, and the average height is 61mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-HX20, the DSC-HX20 does not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to consider including the Canon IXUS 510 HS[plb_408144_price], or the Sony DSC-WX300[plb_1621847_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Most compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago are not waterproof. The DSC-HX20 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Heavy

The average weight of comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 170g. The DSC-HX20 is one of the heavier compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX20 (221 grams) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the DSC-HX20 is more than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Two Camera File Systems

The Sony DSC-HX20 has a greater number of camera file systems than most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this Sony camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0 and DPOF 1.1 are also supported by this camera.

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Quite Low Maximum Playback Zoom

With a maximum playback zoom of only 8 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-HX20 has one of the lower maximum playback zooms amongst digital cameras of this age. The average maximum playback zoom of cameras of this spec and age is 8.9x.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Across all the cameras that have been available for more than two years the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 0.12s to 250s. The Sony DSC-HX20 has a fairly short maximum camera shutter speed (only 4 seconds) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSC-HX20.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

At only 5.8, the DSC-HX20 has a fairly big maximum aperture compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The maximum apertures of cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-HX20 range from 2 to 130, and the average maximum aperture is 6.6.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The DSC-HX20 has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This Sony digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

The smallest minimum ISO speed of similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the DSC-HX20 is 10, the biggest is 800, and the average minimum ISO speed is 96. At 100, the DSC-HX20 has a fairly big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-HX20.

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Heavy

At 0.221 kilograms, the Sony DSC-HX20 is quite heavy compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-HX20. The weights of compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-HX20 range from 0.097kg to 180kg.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-HX20

Released Over Four Years Ago

This compact camera digital camera has been on the market for over four years.

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Sony DSC-HX20 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most cameras that are a similar age to it. Most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a CCD sensor type.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Coolpix P310[pl_2119209_price], and the Coolpix S9500[pl_1721861_price] both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
HDMI Port
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Start-Up Time
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Required Power
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Weight
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Lens System
Power Supply
Battery LED Indicator
Macro Focusing Range
Recording Format
Battery Pack
Recording Medium

Expert Reviews

The Sony DSC-F707 looks unusual: attached to the camera like an oversized appendage is the very large Vario-Sonnar lens, providing the F707 with excellent image magnification via the 5x optical... Read more…

13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

Pocket friendly dimensions
Sharp shots at maximum zoom
Lots of manual options
Sharp images
Good high ISO performance
Pricey
Loss of focus at edge of frame
Barrel distorition
Expensive
Aperture priority and shutter priority modes

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 12 November 2001 by Amazon Customer

I just got my dsc-f707 yesterday - and its just awesome. i had done quite a bit of research before hand, as i always do before buying some electronic kit - and came across not a single draw back.... Read more…

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dschx20, dschx20v, sony dschx20, dschx20vtceh, sony dschx20v, dschx20vtcee8, sony dschx20vb
Barcodes 00894685228411, 04905524861228, 04905524861242, 04905524861259, 04905524861280, 04905524861297, 04905524873009, 07501450762416

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