Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Announced Feb 28, 2012 •
18 megapixels | 3 screen | 25 – 500 mm (20×)
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The Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V features great automatic shooting modes (plus limited manual controls), several gimmicky-sounding features that are actually useful, a GPS that works quietly in the background, and 1080/60p movie mode. Image quality isn't class leading when viewed full size, but the HX20V's target audience probably won't be doing much of that.

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74%
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Good for

Photographers who want a big lens in a small package, with useful features like HDR, Anti Motion Blur, and Sweep Panorama that make your pictures a lot more interesting. Movie lovers will also enjoy the HX20V's impressive video specification.

Not so good for

Those planning on making large prints or inspecting images at 100% on their computer screen. Manual control and burst mode enthusiasts may also find the HX20V a bit lacking.

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Other reviews
Sony Cyber-shot HX20V review
By: Paul Nuttall, What Digital Camera (Jun 27, 2012)

While there’s no denying that the Sony HX20V is feature-laden advanced compact capable of producing good images, it’s not without it’s flaws. The model’s lens could be better specified, while the lack of Raw capture is a disappointment – two key features when considering a compact nearing the £300 mark

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DCRP Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Jun 21, 2012)

Overall, I enjoyed using the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V, and had the same response to it as I did to their HX200V super zoom. It's a responsive, fun-to-use camera with some genuinely useful extra features (HDR, Anti Motion Blur, Sweep Panorama), a decent set of manual controls, and a top-notch movie mode. It'll never win awards for its photo quality, though it's super high resolution means that...

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