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

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Sony Cyber-shot HX20V

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Sony Cyber-shot HX20V review


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Our verdict

Advances in technology have allowed travel compact cameras to remain competitive, and Sony has pushed the standard even higher with the Cyber-shot HX20V. Although it is not the most creative camera in terms of manual control, the HX20V allows great pictures to be captured almost effortlessly thanks to the Superior Auto mode and other automatic settings.

While premium in its pricing, the HX20V justifies the extra spend and makes an ideal pocket camera for the discerning photographer.


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
Metering System:Multi-pattern, centreweighted, spot
ISO:ISO 100-1600 (ISO 100-3200 iAuto, ISO 100-12,800 iAuto+)
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  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Performance
  5. 5. Our verdict
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