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Sony HX20V review

18.2MP travel compact with a 20x optical zoom, Full HD movies and GPS

Our Verdict

For

  • Broad zoom range
  • Solid build
  • GPS and panorama stitching
  • Easy to use
  • Sharp, colourful results

Against

  • Expensive RRP
  • Some barrel distortion at times
  • Loss of highlights at times

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Sony Cyber-shot HX20V review

JPEG images from the Sony Cyber-shot HX20V have similar signal to noise ratio (SNR) results to the Panasonic TZ30 at mid-range sensitivities (ISOs). After that is doesn't perform as well, although it's consistently better than the Fujifilm F770 EXR. The very high SNR values at the highest sensitivity settings are the result of heavy smoothing which takes out all of the noise at the expense of detail.

Dynamic range

Sony Cyber-shot HX20V review

This chart indicates that the Sony Cyber-shot HX20V scores relatively high results for dynamic range when compared to the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, Panasonic TZ30 and Fujifilm F770 EXR.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution18.2 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot H
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom40x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesBlink Detection, Smile Detection, Live View, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, Face Detection, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)221 g
Flash Memory Capacity105 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3672
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeExmor R CMOS
Total Camera Resolution18.9 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-BG1
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (M2), microSD Card, microSDHC Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Eye-Fi Card
Height61.9 mm
Width106.6 mm
Depth34.6 mm
Autofocus Points9
Product SeriesH
Focal Length4.45 mm to 89 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAC3
Flash ModesFlash ON, Flash OFF, Auto Flash, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-HX20V
Product NameHX20V Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCHX20VB.CEE8
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Your powerful travel partner

Packed with easy-to-use features for better-looking images and HD videos, the compact, high-zoom Cyber-shot™ HX20V with Extra High Sensitivity Technology and GPS is your ideal travel partner. Experience detail-packed stills, 3D and Full HD 50p video.

Battery Life320 Shot/2.67 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • HX20V Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BG1)
  • Wrist Strap
  • Micro USB Cable
  • AC Adapter (AC-UB10/UB10B)
  • Instruction Manual
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker