Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX20 review

A tough camera doesn't have to be ugly

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Since the Sony TX20 incorporates the same 16.2MP BSI Exmor sensor and 4x optical zoom lens as its predecessor, there's little to report in terms of the newcomer's imaging abilities.

Where Sony does claim to have focused its attention is with regard to improving speed and performance. Without a Sony TX10 to race the camera against, it's difficult to say exactly how much of an improvement has been made in this area, but we can happily report that the Sony TX20's focusing proved to be both reliable and speedy under good lighting conditions.

Sony Cyber Shot DSC TX20 review

Low light does slow down this camera's reflexes, but the built-in AF-assist lamp helps with finding a lock on dimly lit subjects at close quarters.

More obvious changes are seen in the array of exposure modes that the Sony TX20 offers, with an improved panorama mode enabling you to shoot seamless shots encompassing a field of view of up to 360-degrees.

Sony Cyber Shot DSC TX20 review

Some beginner-friendly creative Picture Effects – comprising HDR Painting, Rich-Tone Monochrome, Miniature, Toy Camera, Pop Color, Partial Color and Soft Hi-Key – offer a fast, fun way of spicing up your shots in-camera, with an additional array of automatic and Scene modes sitting alongside Program Auto, 3D and Background Defocus options.

With the most advanced mode on offer being Program, options for more advanced photographers are limited, reinforcing the Sony TX20's status as a go-anywhere, beginner-oriented compact camera.

Sony Cyber Shot DSC TX20 review

But while it's quick to start up and simple to operate, the Sony TX20 doesn't fare quite so well when it comes to image quality.

The internal lens isn't all that fast in comparison to some rivals, and sharpness tended to be lacking in JPEGs taken straight out of the camera.

Sony Cyber Shot DSC TX20 review

Noise is pretty well controlled throughout the camera's sensitivity range, but a rather overzealous noise reduction system robs images of a lot of detail the further you push up the ISO. As a result, to capture the highest level of detail possible, we'd recommend keeping it at ISO 400 or below wherever possible.

Full HD movies prove to be more detailed overall, but softness – particularly around the edges of the frame – is still prevalent.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCyber-shot T
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (M2), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), microSD Card, microSDHC Card, Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom16x
Brand NameSony
DurabilityWater Proof, Dust Proof, Freeze Proof, Shock Proof
FeaturesSelf-timer, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Orientation Sensor, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)118 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.2 mm
Width95.9 mm
Depth17.9 mm
Product SeriesT
Focal Length4.43 mm to 17.70 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-TX20
Product NameTX20 Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Exposure Control

Program Auto

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCTX20L.CEH
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The slim, ultra-chic Cyber-shot TX20 digital camera is a tough performer. Packed with cutting-edge features for stunning still images and Full HD video, its waterproof design makes it perfect for action-packed holidays.

Package Contents
  • TX20 Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BN)
  • AC Adapter AC-UB10/UB10B
  • Multi USB
  • Wrist Strap
  • Paint Pen
  • Instruction Manual
  • Power Cord
Limited Warranty1 Year