Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX20 review

A tough camera doesn't have to be ugly

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In the style stakes, the Sony Cyber-Shot TX20 is streets ahead of the competition, marrying its ruggedness with a slim, aesthetically pleasing design that's certainly a lot less utilitarian looking than most of its tough rivals.

While some aspects of this camera's design lead us to question just how apt the Sony TX20 is to resisting dust and water ingress (we're thinking of the sliding front cover in particular here), overall the attention to detail in terms of the menu layout and ease of use are right on the money.

The touchscreen interface works well and the controls are beginner-friendly, with a decent array of exposure modes – plus some in-camera creative features – helping to broaden the Sony TX20's appeal further.

We liked

The Sony TX20's responsive, user-friendly touch screen interface works well and the camera's AF system proves to be both quick and reliable. The slim, stylish design and good range of exposure modes adds further to the camera's appeal.

We disliked

The Sony TX20's lens isn't the best performer when it comes to sharpness and the overly aggressive noise-reduction system is of further detriment to the camera's ability to record fine detail at higher ISOs. At £329 it's a bit pricey compared to some competitors.

Final verdict

While it may not be a leading light in terms of the image quality it's capable of producing, as an everyday camera the Sony TX20 is a pretty good all-rounder, with the added bonus of being able to withstand more punishment than your average compact.

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