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Sony DSC-TX20
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Sony DSC-TX20 Digital Camera

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16.2MP 4x Dec 2013
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
Ultra-slim Cyber-shot With Full HD And Tough, Waterproof Styling16.2 megapixels Exmor R, 4x optical zoom, Full HD, 3D, 7.5 cm LCD touchscreen, Superior AUTO- Water, dust, freeze and shock proof.-... More
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40 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

The writers at PhotographyBlog.com and Bondfaro.com.br both endorse this digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The reviewer at one additional expert review site said that this camera was good. This Sony digital camera received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

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Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camera is 70 out of 100 based on twenty-four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Techradar and Digital Versus.

Good User Reviews

On average, people who bought this waterproof camera rated it as 80 out of 100.

Good Size

Some Sony DSC-TX20 reviewers said in their reviews that it was compact. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Best rugged compact camera In the style stakes” but they scored it 60 out of 100.

Some Sony DSC-TX20 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was thin. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-TX20 on PC Mag “It's slim and its sliding metal faceplate gives it a unique look” however they scored it 50 out of 100.

One person who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was a good body shape. Four years ago expert review site Reviewed.com said “The idea of a moderately rugged camera inside a chic body is a lead that other manufacturers should follow”.

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Nice Design

Seven Sony DSC-TX20 owners agreed that the product was good looking. Four years ago Pcmag.com wrote on PC Mag “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 ($329.99 direct) is a gorgeous camera” in their Sony DSC-TX20 review. Pcmag.com also said “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is gorgeous on the outside thanks to a slick”. Expert website Cnet.com.au gave this digital camera a score of 78 out of 100 and wrote “The phrase "stylish tough camera" was considered an oxymoron” in their review of the Sony DSC-TX20.

One person who bought this digital camera thought it was a good design. Digitalversus.com mentioned “Generally, loading a camera with a touchscreen helps keep physical buttons to a minimum while also maintaining a sleek design” .

One Sony DSC-TX20 reviewer reckoned that it was aesthetic. Techradar.com/au/ said “The Sony Cyber-Shot TX20 is streets ahead of the competition, marrying its ruggedness with a slim, aesthetically pleasing design that's certainly a lot less utilitarian looking than mo” in their review of the Sony DSC-TX20.

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Robust

Some Sony DSC-TX20 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was strong and durable. Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The rugged camera that doesn't look rugged”. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert review site PC Mag “This rugged pocket camera is waterproof to 16 feet.” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Techradar.com wrote “Sony's latest 'tough' compact camera” in their Sony DSC-TX20 review but in spite of that they only gave the Sony DSC-TX20 a rating of 60 out of 100.

A few people reckoned that it was good at resisting water ingress. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-TX20 on expert website PC Mag “Can be used underwater at depths of” however despite that they scored the Sony DSC-TX20 50 out of 100. Four years ago Cnet.com.au said on CNET.com.au “The TX20 is a slimline, waterproof model that will appeal to fashionistas more so than fashion photographers” in their review of this digital camera. In the same month Digitalversus.com said in their review of this digital camera “The Sony Cyber-shot TX20 is a sleek, responsive, touch-control, high-resistance underwater compact that's very much like its predecessor” yet they scored the Sony DSC-TX20 60 out of 100.

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Good Video Capture

Three people who purchased it concluded that it was good for video recording. Techradar.com said “A 921,000-dot, 3-inch touchscreen LCD screen and Full HD movie recording” however they scored it 60 out of 100.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We calculated the average ratings for all Sony cameras and also specifically for Sony waterproof cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Technical Features

Several Sony DSC-TX20 reviewers concluded that the product had good features. Pcmag.com wrote on expert website PC Mag “It features one of the better touch screens that I've used on any digital camera” in their review of the Sony DSC-TX20.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the Sony DSC-TX20 had a good screen.

Good Quality Lens

One person wrote in their reviews that it had a good autofocus.

Good Quality Pictures

A few people mentioned that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Imaging-Resource.com said “The Sony TX20 turns the image of the rugged, waterproof camera on its head, offering sleek styling” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Product Quality

Several Sony DSC-TX20 owners who purchased the Sony DSC-TX20 concluded that it was good quality. Four years ago expert website Imaging-Resource.com wrote “Burst speed, good movie mode and good print quality stand out as high points for the TX20” in their review of the Sony DSC-TX20.

3D Compatible

The DSC-TX20 is 3D compatible, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and type which are not 3D compatible.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The DSC-TX20 supports video recording. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-TX20 do not support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony DSC-TX20 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also support Full HD video.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony DSC-TX20 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DSC-TX20 also have an image stabiliser.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sony DSC-TX20 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DSC-TX20 also have a built-in flash.

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Waterproof

The Sony DSC-TX20 is waterproof, as are most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-TX20.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Cameras of a similar age and spec to the DSC-TX20 have digital zooms of between 2x and 20x. At 8 times zoom factor, the DSC-TX20 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DSC-TX20.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16.2 megapixels, the DSC-TX20 has a fairly high megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-TX20. The megapixel counts of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 5MP to 23MP.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The DSC-TX20 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-TX20.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 0.118 kilograms, the Sony DSC-TX20 is quite light compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-TX20. Across all the waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 0.11kg to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 0.39kg.

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Six Aspheric Elements

The DSC-TX20 is a six aspheric element camera.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The Sony DSC-TX20 has a greater number of photo effects than most waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Sony camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on cameras of this age and spec. The photo effect "Skin tones" is also found on this digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Sony DSC-TX20 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. Most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This Sony camera also have still image resolutions of 1920 x 1080, 2592 x 1944 and 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

The worst still image resolution amongst similar types of camera is 640 x 480.

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Very Big Extra / Smart Zoom

When compared to other cameras of this type and age, the DSC-TX20's extra / smart zoom of 57 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. Waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-TX20 have extra / smart zooms of between 6x and 57x, and the average extra / smart zoom is 14x.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The display resolutions of cameras of this age and spec range from 150,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 540,000 pixels. With a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, the DSC-TX20 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-TX20.

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Has Three Playback Modes

The number of camera playback modes found on the DSC-TX20 is more than most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-TX20. The playback modes "Single image" and "Slide show" are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the DSC-TX20 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and Auto are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony DSC-TX20 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-TX20. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this Sony camera. In addition, this camera support a video resolution of 640 x 480 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of this spec and age.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Very Light

The lightest waterproof camera that was released around the same time as the DSC-TX20 is 36g and the heaviest is 1.4kg. The DSC-TX20 is one of the lighter cameras that have been available for more than two years (only 118 grams) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

At 140 millimeters, the Sony DSC-TX20 has a fairly long maximum focal length compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the DSC-TX20. Digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have maximum focal lengths of between 4mm and 140mm, and the average maximum focal length is 110mm.

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

With a combined zoom of 32 times zoom factor, the DSC-TX20 has a quite big combined zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The average combined zoom of digital cameras of this spec and age is 23x.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Narrow

The average width of waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-TX20 is 110mm, and the widths range from 50mm to 160mm. At only 95.9 millimeters, the Sony DSC-TX20 is quite narrow compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-TX20.

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Short

At only 56.2 millimeters, the Sony DSC-TX20 is fairly short compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The heights of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 17mm to 650mm, and the average height is 80mm.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a GPS

Most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DSC-TX20 do not have a GPS. The DSC-TX20 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-TX20, the DSC-TX20 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-TX20 range from 3x to 14x, and the average optical zoom is 4.8x. With an optical zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the DSC-TX20 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The DSC-TX20 has a greater number of flash modes than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-TX20. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Only Supports Two Camera File Systems

The DSC-TX20 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this digital camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0 and DPOF 1.1 are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of cameras of this spec and age is 630mAh, the biggest is 1,800mAh, and the average battery capacity is 890mAh. With a battery capacity of only 630 milliamperes * hour, the DSC-TX20 has one of the smaller battery capacities amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The Sony DSC-TX20 has a greater number of shooting modes than most waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-TX20. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this Sony camera.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

The DSC-TX20 has one of the bigger maximum apertures (only 4.6) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The biggest maximum aperture of comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-TX20 is 2.7, the smallest is 22, and the average maximum aperture is 6.5.

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Quite Low Maximum Playback Zoom

The maximum playback zooms of cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 4x to 30x, and the average maximum playback zoom is 10x. The Sony DSC-TX20 has one of the lower maximum playback zooms (only 8 times zoom factor) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Quite Short Maximum Battery Life

Cameras of this age and spec have maximum battery lives of between 0.5h and 4h, and the average maximum battery life is 2.6h. At only 2.08 hours, the DSC-TX20 has a quite short maximum battery life compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Sony DSC-TX20 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Sony digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-TX20.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the minimum ISO speed range from 50 to 200. At 125, the Sony DSC-TX20 has a quite big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-TX20.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-TX20

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this digital camera was released.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the DSC-TX20 has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This camera supports a Memory Stick (MS)|MicroSDHC|MS Duo|MS PRO|MS PRO Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC|microSDHC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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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
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Protection Feature
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
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
Shutter Interval
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Adjustment Mode
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
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Other Features
Weight
Interface
Focal Length
Aperture Range
USB 3.0 Port
Effective Sensor Resolution
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Lens System
Aperture Priority Mode
Digital SLR
Macro Focusing Range
Recording Format
Battery Pack
Recording Medium

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Expert Reviews

(38)
26 December 2012

PhotographyBlog.com

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is a slim-line digital compact camera that boasts a number of interesting features such as a 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, Tracking Focus, Background Defocus,... Read more…

15 November 2012

It's still several months away before we say hello again to the season of sun and sand, but the thought of hitting the beach once more has been teasing us to no end. That's until our steely... Read more…

10 November 2012

The Sony TX20 turns the image of the rugged, waterproof camera on its head, offering sleek styling and a touch of class. Fast shutter lag and burst speed, good movie mode and good print quality... Read more…

17 August 2012

While it may not be a leading light in terms of the image quality it's capable of producing, as an everyday camera the Sony TX20 is a pretty good all-rounder, with the added bonus of being able to...

17 August 2012

You might also like... Best rugged compact camera In the style stakes, the Sony Cyber-Shot TX20 is streets ahead of the competition, marrying its ruggedness with a slim, aesthetically pleasing...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 23 May 2012 by Miss Marple

Well, things have certainly moved on since we bought our last compact camera! We were happy with that, but this Sony model really takes things to a new level as far as I'm concerned. I was a bit... Read more…

Reviewed 6 June 2012 by Chris E

I bough this camera for a trip to Thailand hoping to use it on the beach, swimming etc. Firstly the touch screen is terrible. It's either too sensitive or not sensitive enough. This makes it near... Read more…

Reviewed 24 May 2012 by Tyke

The camera is roughly the size of a credit card and the thickness of a TV remote control. It has few external controls, those being the zoom lever on the top right shoulder of the camera, on/off... Read more…

Reviewed 9 May 2013 by Bez
(Verified Purchase)

This is a great and tiny camera. All features work real well and the shots are crisp and clear. Action shot can have a little blur but if you know what your doing with the settings its easy to... Read more…

Reviewed 16 January 2013 by Paul L
(Verified Purchase)

I got the Sony DSC-TX20 camera when my TX10 broke after one too many drops. Many people have questioned the sturdiness of this camera and may see this as vindication. I will admit that this didn't... Read more…

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