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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Review

Sony has unveiled its new line of cyber-shot cameras. The Sony Cyber –shot DSC-HX20V is its top travel zoom camera with GPs for geo-tagging photos. It is a compact camera ideal for traveller and holiday makers. The camera is equipped with 18.2 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor, 20x optical zoom lens and BIONZ processor that rapidly analyzes the Extra-High Sensitivity data from the sensor.

 

20x zoom lens


The camera has a 20x optical zoom lens, which shoot 1080p full HD videos. Sony has preserved the short focal length, the hX20 lens is a 25-500mm equivalent. This new superhuge focal length range is now permitted by optical technology, but also and probably mainly by embedded optical correction softwares and powerful processors that deal with distorsion, chromatic aberration, vignetting and loss of sharpness on the field.

The Design


First impression of this camera is overwhelmingly positive. It’s got every feature you could possible want of the travel, yet still small enough to fit into a trouser pocket.

The camera measures 92.9 x 54.4 x13.4mm and weighing 254g. In the hand it feels solid and, although similar in design to the new Hx10v and H90, the Cyber shot Hx20V feels and looks like the grown-up camera of the range. The camera has a 3-inch LCD display and offers HDMI output.

Hx20v feels more like a camera for those who want things to be mostly done for them rather than those who want predominately to tinker with aperture and shutter controls because dedicated models for these are absent. The camera has a nice feeling, since sometimes compact cameras can feel awkward but the rubber coated hand grip and the small thumb rest on the back which gives it a secure feel hence all this makes HX20V comfortable and stable enough.

 

Exmor R sensor and functions


The HX20V camera offers 18 megapixel Exmor R CMOS 1/2.3 sensor. The lens is 20x optical zoom, giving 25-500mm (In 35mm terms). It has also been regarded as the “absolute best anti-shake that money can buy” by Rachel Binn, the head of personal imaging and sound at Sony UK.

This sensor enabled the HX20V to offer sky high ISO settings (up to ISO 12,800 in extended mode) with results we can’t wait to check in our review of the HX20V

Speedy AF


Mirrorless cameras had to improve their contrast AF in order to compete against DSLR and this has forced camera manufacturers to work hard on contrast detection autofocus systems. Therefore the technology has improved and Sony is now using their NEX technology in their Cyber-shot range.

It is pretty fast aperture of the G lens with a max aperture of f/2.2-5.8 as well as its minimal focusing distance of 1 cm only in macro mode.span style="color: #000000;">

The camera has a lovely crisp 3-inch 921k-dot display around the back.

The Sony Cyber-shot HX20V will be available from April. The price is yet to be announced, but you can expect it to be towards the top end of the range.

Other feature includes High speed AF with speeds of 0.13 second in daylight, 0.21 seconds in low-light at 3 EV, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 3-way Active Mode, Background Defocus, Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode, Face Detection, Superior Auto mode and anti-blink.

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