Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Review
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V is a midrange compact camera that captures high quality images and videos. It is equipped with GPS and an 18.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, making it a perfect companion when travelling. The camera easily fits in the pocket, measuring only 2.5 x 4.25 x 1.4 inches and weighs 9 ounces.
The HX20V features both automatic and manual controls, including a physical mode dial, zoom rocker and shutter release that are all located at the top of the camera. Its rear panel houses the controls for Drive mode, flash and video recording. It also has a Custom button that can be programmed to automatically adjust EV Compensation, ISO, White Balance, Metering and Smile Shutter. The camera features a relatively big lens, which helps in producing photos that are clean, sharp and detailed that display remarkably low noise in low light. Its autofocus and optical stabilization features are very responsive, delivering smooth pans while eliminating wobbles. Users will definitely enjoy the camera's fun sweep panorama feature and HDR and other multi-shot options that help improve image quality.
Sony Cyber-shot HX20V is powered by a Full HD 1080/60p video recording that gives excellent video quality. It has no manual settings for videos though which may be a downside for professional videographers. It is also capable of capturing 1080p videos and 13-megapixel photos at the same time. As long as the videos are recorded at 15fps rather than at 50fps frame rate, the camera can take photos every couple of seconds for every 30-minute video clips. The camera has excellent performance, taking just one second between shots in normal use. Continuous shooting, on the other hand, is either at 10fps or 2fps.
With its built-in memory of only 105MB, the camera can hold 17 photos at the highest quality setting. Using a memory card is obviously recommended for the HX20V. It supports both SD/SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick Pro Duo cards. The HX20V uses NP-BG1 lithium-ion battery, which is considered a standard batter for Sony cameras. It may also use Sony’s trademark NP-FG1 InfoLithium battery, which indicates exactly how many minutes of battery life is left. Both batteries, when fully charged, allow the camera to take approximately 320 shots. Overall, there is plenty to like about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V. It produces impressive, high quality images and videos and delivers one of the fastest performances in the compact camera arena.
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