Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20
Typical Price: $484.95
CNET Editors' Rating: 0.0 / 5
The bottom line: Just one feature differentiates Sony's two 20x compact megazooms.
Design, Features & Performance (out of 10)
If you like the sound of the excellent Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V, but can live without the built-in Wi-Fi, definitely check out the DSC-HX20V.
For about $20 less than the HX30, the HX20 has no wireless receiver for sending photos to an iPhone or Android smartphone, connecting to a Wi-Fi-enabled TV for viewing, or backing up photos and videos to a computer. Fortunately, it keeps all the other nice features of the HX30 including its 20x, f3.2-5.8, 25-500mm lens; 921K-dot-resolution, 3-inch LCD; and 18-megapixel high-sensitivity Sony Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor.
Read the full review of the Sony Cyber-shot HX30V.
|Product Description||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V - Digital camera|
|Product Type||Digital camera - Compact|
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||4.2 in x 1.4 in x 2.4 in|
|Supported Flash Memory||SDHC Memory Card, Memory Stick Duo, SD Memory Card, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SDXC Memory Card, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark2|
|Sensor Resolution||18.2 megapixels|
|Shooting Modes||Frame movie mode|
|Focus Adjustment||Manual, Automatic|
|Min Focus Range||0.4 in|
|Focal Length||4.45 mm - 89 mm|
|Image Stabilizer||Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Microphone||Microphone - Stereo|
|Display||LCD display - 3 in|
|Supported Battery||1 x Sony NP-BG1 Li-ion rechargeable battery - 960 mAh ( Included )|
Average User Rating: 0.0 / 5
User Rating Breakdown
5 Star: 1
4 Star: 2
3 Star: 0
2 Star: 0
1 Star: 0
Fine results with a lot less a gear to carry.
Rating: 4 / 5
on June 2, 2012
2 out of 2 users found this review helpful
Pros: Knows when to use flash to overcome backlighting! You can use "Defocus" to put the background out of focus. At 63 I just don't have steady hands anymore, but you'd never know it from the pictures I've taken with this camera.
Cons: Impossible to see "range finder" in bright sun. Next time I'11 bring my umbrella to block the sun. I still haven't figured out how to use the macro feature all the time. The hard copy manual is pathetic & online manuals leaves a lot to be desired.
Summary: I generally don't do impulse buys for an item this expensive, but I wanted something for my camping trip. I like the images that I'm getting, but the camera has its frustrations too.
I could never figure out when I needed a flash to overcome backlighting so I was delighted when the flash went off without any prompting from me. And I no longer need to carry a flash, different lenses, filters and a light meter. What a relief! Plus, for a while I would have the aperture vs. shutter speed rules down, but then forget them when I used a camera say a month later. So not only is there less gear to carry but there is also less thinking envolved. I am sucessful more often with less effort.
The Defocus feature can work nicely but is pretty limited because it only works under certain conditions and other features aren't available when using "Defocus".
I've taken off one star because 1) it is very frustrating that I can't see the "range finder" when the sun is bright and 2) Sony's hard copy manual only explains the barest of features and leaves the rest of them out. There is also a pdf, but it still leaves out a lot. I only figured out that it really can do macro at 1 cm from the CNET UK article discussing the V20/V30. Just typing the word "macro" does not work in the find feature in the 2 different electronic manuals. I'm still not sure what I need to do to consistently make Macro happen, but I'll keep looking around until I figure it out.
4 days of use, cool 1st time user, heaps of functions
Rating: 4.5 / 5
on June 5, 2012
1 out of 1 users found this review helpful
Pros: Black & White function
Photo to Picture function
Colour contrast functions cool as
Compact (fits in your hand prefectly)
Manual guide on camera COOL
Cons: Feels a little heavy
Summary: Came away super impressed, was interested to see how the new ones work and the functions available now. And there are heaps.
It has an cool optical zoom
The image stabilisation is brillant
The video quality is awsome and the image stabilisation
Picture turn out professional, even when your not
Yes, great camera.
Rating: 4 / 5
on June 22, 2012
0 out of 0 users found this review helpful
Pros: For a point and shoot zoom is awesome, thanks to auto shake device. Love this camera.
Cons: Basic supplied manual is pathetic. It lists what camera does, but nothing else, no explanation of when or how to use functions etc.
although it does have a built in instructions that may be of use.
Summary: CNET mention a pdf on-line manual. Please tell me where. I can only find a manual that must be downloaded page by page. Cannot save manual to hard drive. Have written to Sony about this and they say sorry it may appear at future time. Very bad customer service on this important issue.
Please CNet tell me where the pdf manual is. I have searched Sony Worldwide.