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Sony HX20V review

18.2MP travel compact with a 20x optical zoom, Full HD movies and GPS

As part of our image quality testing for the Sony Cyber-shot HX20V, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Sony HX20V is capable of resolving up to around 22 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Sony Cyber shot HX20V review

Sony Cyber shot HX20V review

ISO 100, score: 22 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Cyber shot HX20V review

ISO 200, score: 22 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Cyber shot HX20V review

ISO 400, score: 22 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Cyber shot HX20V review

ISO 800, score: 20 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Cyber shot HX20V review

ISO 1600, score: 16 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Cyber shot HX20V review

ISO 3200, score: 16 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Cyber shot DSC HX20V review

ISO 6400, score: n/a (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Cyber shot DSC HX20V review

ISO 12800, score: n/a (Click here to see full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution18.2 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot H
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (M2), microSD Card, microSDHC Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom40x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesBlink Detection, Smile Detection, Live View, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, Face Detection, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)221 g
Flash Memory Capacity105 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3672
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeExmor R CMOS
Total Camera Resolution18.9 Megapixel
Battery Model SupportedNP-BG1
Height61.9 mm
Width106.6 mm
Depth34.6 mm
Autofocus Points9
Product SeriesH
Focal Length4.45 mm to 89 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAC3
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-HX20V
Product NameHX20V Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCHX20VB.CEE8
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Your powerful travel partner

Packed with easy-to-use features for better-looking images and HD videos, the compact, high-zoom Cyber-shot™ HX20V with Extra High Sensitivity Technology and GPS is your ideal travel partner. Experience detail-packed stills, 3D and Full HD 50p video.

Battery Life320 Shot/2.67 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • HX20V Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BG1)
  • Wrist Strap
  • Micro USB Cable
  • AC Adapter (AC-UB10/UB10B)
  • Instruction Manual
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker