- Resolution: 18.2 Megapixels
- Sensor size: 1/2.3 inch
- Screen size: 3.0 inch
- Sensor type: CMOS
- Optical Zoom: 20X
- Type: Point & Shoot
- Built-in Flash: Yes
- Image Stabilizer: Optical
- Battery Type: Lithium Ion
- LCD Info Display: LCD
As a replacement to the HX 10V camera from Sony introduced the HX 20 V camera. This mid-range camera shares all similarities with its predecessor. Here’s a review on the same:
The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX20V features very similar specifications as the HX 10V. This camera houses a 18.2 million pixel 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, the camera also features the latest Bionz processor, Full HD video recording, inbuilt GPS and full manual control. The camera has 16x optical zoom lens is equivalent to 24-400mm. The clarity on this camera is boosted to double that by Sony's Clear Zoom technology. This camera is not like the Sony RX 100 that is a premium camera. Sadly, the Sony HX10V doesn't have the ability to shoot in raw format. It does come with a number of other advanced controls, though, such as Program and Manual mode. This camera, unlike the HX 30V lacks Wi-Fi connectivity.
Other interesting features, probably designed to attract holidaymakers, are a number of Picture Effects, or digital filters, sweep panorama, 3D shooting and intelligent Auto modes. This camera has a lot of shooting options that take advantage of its fast sensors and image processors. Apart from auto, those who demand more, this camera offers are three options: Easy, Intelligent Auto, and Superior Auto. Easy mode takes away all options except for image size (large or small) and enlarges onscreen text. Interestingly enough, this camera’s Intelligent Auto mode picks from 33 scene types and turns on face detection, dynamic range optimization, and image stabilization. Superior Auto takes Intelligent Auto and adds three multi shot modes: Handheld Twilight, Anti Motion Blur, and Backlight Correction HDR. These multi shot modes are also selectable as distinct modes in Scene options, along with 12 others like Soft Skin, Gourmet, and Pet. Further more, this camera has a full manual option for control over aperture and shutter speed. It's limited to two aperture settings each at the wide and telephoto ends; f3.3 and f8 for wide and f5.9 and f14 for telephoto. There are a few more sets of stops available through the zoom range, too.
Shutter speeds are adjustable from 1/1,600 to 30 seconds. It would've been nice to have aperture- and shutter-priority modes as well, but some control is better than none at all. Also worth mentioning is that the HX10V has exposure and white balance bracketing that will take three photos, one at the exposure you select and then two more at plus and minus 0.3EV, 0.7EV, or 1.0EV. The ISO on this camera ranges from 100 all the way up to 12800. Movies captured by the HX20V are excellent as well. The 60i frame rate and image stabilization make for some smooth movement, too. The camera also features 3D still image as well as 3D sweep panorama mode. This enhances creative capabilities for viewing the world in 3D.
Design and Display:
On the back of the camera is a 3-inch, 921k dot XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD screen. There's no viewfinder, and no port or hot shoe to incorporate one either. This camera is pretty handy and carries 4.1 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches dimensions and weighs 254 grams. The camera has a silver colour body panel too.
The Sony HX20V is a decent replacement to the HX10 V. But, if you already own the HX10V, it wouldn’t make sense to upgrade.