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
- 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.