Summary Sony DSC-HX20V

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Specifications Key specs
Help 20x
Screen size
Help 3"
Help f/3.2
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Wide angle
Help 25 mm
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 60fps
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The Sony DSC-HX20V vs other recent compacts

Zoom Above average zoom Help
Screen size Above average sized screen Help
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
10 fps
Battery life Above average battery life Help
320 shots
Longest exposure Long exposures Help
30 seconds
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
921k dots
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Light sensitivity Good maximum light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Sensor type CMOS Sensor Help
Better in low light
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The Sony DSC-HX20V vs other recent travel zooms

GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel


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The Sony DSC-HX20V vs other recent compacts

Size Slightly large Help
Compact (107×62×35 mm)
Thickness Thick Help
Lowest price Expensive Help
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Weight Heavy Help
254 g
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/1600 of a second
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The Sony DSC-HX20V vs other recent travel zooms

Zoom Below average zoom Help
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
10 fps
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Announced Old Help
February 2012
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users


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Lean-2 (5:07 PM, May 03, 2012)
I miss a full instruction manual. It isn't immediately obvious what some things do.
Doshi1985 (8:30 AM, April 27, 2012)
canon sx260hs is 12.1 mp and 20x optical zoom so as compared to hx9v 16 mp and 16x optical zoom it was the best choice as canon lens are far more superior than sony but with hx20v ,no one would be able to beat sony, only if price would be reasonable enough will people go for sony 
PL (3:52 PM, April 23, 2012)
Canon SX240-SX260 is better. 
Pete (5:27 PM, April 08, 2012)
The Sony HX20V is definitely  the best travel zoom for 2012. Simply amazing. Great zoom, very good photo quality (very decent for a travel
zoom), good photos with low light (better than HX9V), amazing (stunning) macro, fantastic video recording (the same quality as HX9V), decent battery life, very good materials...     in comparison, its main 2012's competitors, Canon SX 240 - SX 260 and Nikon 9300, are not better in photo quality (about the same quality) and are far worst in video quality (much worst.) Canon's 24 fps in video is just ridiculous. Instead of a film look you get jerky videos. I returned a Canon SX230 for that reason. Canon should definitely do something about it. And Nikon 9300 is worst than both, at least for me.  Not good enough. Many people bought the Sony HX9V only because of a much better video quality compared to the rest, especially compared to Canon’s SX 220-230, even if the photo quality was slightly inferior, but the new Sony HX20V not only is still much better in video but it also makes amazing pictures, at the Canon SX 240-260’s level. For real. With regard to the HX20V's main disadvantages, I would say: a) price. Too expensive! You can buy a Canon S100 for that price! B) manual control: still
no full manual control. Canon is better in that aspect.