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Sony Cyber-shot HX20V

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Sony’s latest premium compact camera features a 20x zoom and 18.2-million-pixel Exmor R sensor. Mat Gallagher finds out if the Sony Cyber-shot HX20V offers enough for the creative photographer

Sony Cyber-shot HX20V at a glance:

  • 18.2-million-pixel, 1/2.3in Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 20x zoom (25-500mm equivalent)
  • Full HD (50p) video capture
  • GPS tracking
  • Street price: around £330

Cameras at the top end of the compact market have to work hard to maintain their positions, due to competition from less expensive compact system cameras and advanced point-and-shoot models. Loosely termed ‘travel compacts’, these models feature a range of creative options and typically long zooms.

Sony’s Cyber-shot HX range encapsulates these features with three models, comprising the HX20V on test here, a slightly lower-spec HX10V and a more bridge-styled HX200V. Both the HX10 and HX20 follow on from last year’s HX9V model, but feature a new higher-resolution sensor and, in the case of the HX20V, a longer 20x zoom.

  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, manual, WB shift
  • Output Size: 4896 x 3672 pixels
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • File Format: JPEG
  • Lens: Sony G 20x zoom (25-500mm 35mm equivalent) f/3.2-5.8
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion NP-BG1 (320 shots)
  • Weight: 254g (with battery)
  • Exposure Modes: Program, manual, iAuto, iAuto+, scene, iSweep panorama, background defocus, 3D capture, HD video
  • Sensor: 18-million-pixel, 1/2.3in (6.16 x 4.62mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • LCD: 3in, 921,600 dots
  • Shutter Speeds: 1-1/1600sec (4-1/1600sec iAuto)
  • Dimensions: 106.6 x 61.9 x 34.6mm
  • RRP: £400
  • Metering System: Multi-pattern, centreweighted, spot
  • ISO: ISO 100-1600 (ISO 100-3200 iAuto, ISO 100-12,800 iAuto+)

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