Get extremely close with the ultra-stabilized 20X optical/40X Clear Image zoom on the Sony DSC-HX20V, and capture detailed pictures and Full HD 1080/60p videos with its 18.2MP sensor. Picture Effects, Photo Creativity, 3D Still Image, and 3D Sweep Panorama modes expand creative options, and a built-in GPS lets you share your journeys.
18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor
The 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera?s sharp Sony G lens. An advanced BIONZ processor rapidly analyzes the Extra-High Sensitivity data from the sensor, and activates By-Pixel Super Resolution technologies to reduce noise levels up to 6X compared to previous CMOS sensors, resulting in stunning low light images with incredible details.
High speed AF
To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor R CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera?s BIONZ processor. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds, even in low light.
Optical zoom plus Clear image zoom
Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos.
Full HD 1080/60p
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60i in 1080 AVCHDvideo. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV. With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time.
Optical SteadyShotimage stabilization with 3-way Active Mode
Optical SteadyShotimage stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions. Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that counters clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths.
GPS and Compass
GPS and compass record location data and camera direction as you shoot movies and photos. GPS Log lets users track a photographic journey and later view the path and images on a map. Map View in ?PlayMemories Home? software, allows users to view images on a map showing where they were taken. The logged path and images can also be displayed on Google Earth.
Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps
Capture full 18.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.
3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panoramamode
Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panoramacapabilities.3 Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way.
Picture Effect adds a new level of expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Select camera models have up to nine different effects.
Photo Creativity allows you to fine-tune your exposure settings, such as brightness, color, and vividness, and quickly choose the right enhancement for your subject. Now you can view Picture Effects and Photo Creativity effects in real time on the camera?s monitor or in the viewfinder before shooting.
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear
Superior Auto mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Backlight Correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 33 scenes for still images and 44 scenes for movies, making it easy to get the best shot.
Face Detection technology
Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.
Smile Shutter technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode when the Intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.
It?s frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.
Soft Skin mode
Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.
Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects 33 different types of scenes for photos and 44 scenes for videos and selects the appropriate camera settings. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.
Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don't capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash controls the white balance of both the background and main subjects.
Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.
Sweep Multi Anglemode
In Sweep Multi Anglemode, the camera takes 15 images at different angles as it sweeps across the scene. By tilting the camera during playback, the camera?s Gyro Sensor detects motion and displays the image in a 3D-like view on the camera?s LCD.
Camera Type: High Zoom
Imaging Sensor: 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Pixel Gross: 18.9MP
Effective Picture Resolution: 18.2MP
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Media Type: optional ?Memory Stick Duo? (No movie recording), optional ?Memory Stick PRO Duo? (Mark 2 only for movie recording), optional ?Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo?, optional SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
Still Image Max Effective Resolution: Approx. 18.2 Megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9: 13M(4,896?2,752) / 2M(1,920 x 1,080)
Still Image Size 4:3: 18M(4,896?3,672) / 10M(3,648 x 2,736) / 5M(2,592 x 1,944) / VGA
Panorama Still Image Size: Sweep Panorama:HR(10,480 x 4,096) / Wide(7,152 x 1,080/4,912 x 1,920) / Standard(4,912 x 1,080/3,424 x 1,920)
Sweep Multi Angle Image Size: 2M (1,920 x 1,080)
Video Mode: AVCHD 60i:28M PS(1,920?1,080/60p)/24M FX/17M FH(1,920?1,080/60i)/9M HQ(1,440?1,080/60i),MP4:12M(1,440?1,080/30fps)/6M(1,280?720/30fps)/3M VGA(640?480/30fps)
Photo Capture from Movie: Yes
Dual Record: Yes
Audio Format: AC3 (Stereo)
Wind Noise Reduction: Off/on
Lens Type: Sony G
Aperture: f 3.2-5.8
Optical Zoom: 20x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): Still 16:9: 27.5-550mm / Still 4:3: 25-500mm / Movie 16:9: 27.5-550mm(SteadyShot Standard), 28-784mm(SteadyShot Active) / Movie 4:3: 34-680mm(SteadyShot Standard), 35-980mm(SteadyShot Active)
Lens Construction: 12 elements in 9 groups
Minimum Focus Distance: iAuto:AF(W:Approx.1cm(0.03') to Infinity, T:Approx.170cm(5.58') to Infinity) / Program Auto:AF(W:Approx.1cm(0.03') to Infinity, T:Approx.170cm(5.58') to Infinity)
Aspheric Elements: 4
Clear Image Zoom: 40x
Steady Shot Mode:Active: Yes
LCD Type: 3.0? Xtra Fine LCDTruBlackdisplay (921K dots)
Brightness Control: 5(Bright) / 4 / 3(Normal) / 2 / 1(Dark)
Grid Display: Yes (Off / On)
AF Modes: Multi Point AF / Center Weighted AF / Flexible Spot AF / Manual / Semi Manual / Tracking Focus / Face Tracking Focus
AF Illuminator: Auto / Off
Metering Modes: Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
Exposure Compensation: Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
Scene Mode(s): High Sensitivity / Soft snap / Soft Skin / Landscape / Night Portrait / Night Scene / Handheld Twilight / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks /Pet mode /Anti-motion blur / Backlight Correction HDR / Advanced sports shooting
D-Range Optimizer: Standard
ISO: Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800
White Balance Mode: Auto (Intelligent) / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / One Push, One Push Set / White Balance Shift
Self-timer: Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2
Shutter Speeds: iAuto(4" - 1/1600) / Program Auto(1" - 1/1600) / Manual(30" - 1/1600)
Burst Mode: Approx 10 fps at 18.2MP (Maximum 10 shots)
Flash Modes: Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off
Flash Coverage: ISO Auto: Approx.0.4m to 7.1m(1 feet 3 3/4 inches to 23 feet 3 5/8 inches)(W) / Approx.1.7m to 3.9 m(5feet 7 inches to 12 feet 9 5/8 inches)(T), ISO3200: up to Approx.10.0 m(32 feet 9 3/4 inches)(W) / Approx.5.5 m(18 feet 5/8 inches)(T)
Red-Eye Reduction: Auto / On / Off
Erase/Protect: Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD, Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD
Anti Motion Blur: Yes
Sweep Panorama: Intelligent Sweep Panorama / 3D Sweep Panorama
Face Detection: 8 Faces (Auto / Off / Child Priority / Adult Priority / Key Selected Face Memory)
Smile Shuttertechnology: Yes
Image Stabilization: Optical SteadyShotwith 3-way Active Mode Image Stabilization
In-Camera Editing: Trimming / Red Eye Correction / Unsharp Masking
Intelligent Auto: Yes
Shooting Tips: Yes
Background Defocus: Yes
Tracking Focus: Off / Auto
Blink Detection: Yes
Photo Creativity: Yes
Picture Effects: HDR Painting / Richtone Monochrome / Miniature / Toy camera / Pop Color / Partial Color / Soft High-key / Watercolor / Illustration
Memory Card Slot: MS Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC Compatible
HD Output: Micro HDMI
USB Port(s): Micro USB, Hi-Speed USB(USB2.0)
TransferJet: Send: Yes, Receive: Yes
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.): 4 1/4" x 2 1/2" x 1 3/8" (106.6mm x 61.9mm x 34.6mm)
Weight (Approx.): 9.0oz (254g)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only): 2.7oz (221g)
Battery Type: LITHIUM ION NP-BG1 3.6V
Battery Capacity: typical:3.4Wh(960mAh), minimum:3.3Wh(910mAh)
Power Consumption (in Operation): Approx. 1.1W
Power Requirements: AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz, 70mAh
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Great Camera, love video capability
By Jim The older
from Charlotte NC
I have had a Sony digital for over five years and needed to update. This camera is great, many features and great zoom and clearity. The negative about the camera is that it doesn't come with written instructions for use. The 70+ page instructions are available on Sony's site but not that convenient. There are so many features that some actions require multiple steps(eg deleting pictures and cropping) as compared to old camera. But I think it is great.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Iowa city
Wanted a compact camera for indoor kids sports such as basketball and volleyball. Action in low light -pretty good results for a compact. Not as compact as some, but still very comfortable.
Awesome small camera w/ amazing quality
By The FriscoFly
from San Francisco, CA
Very glad we purchased this camera. Im not a photography expert but I did do my homework before purchasing, so im somewhat familiar with what features, options, and performance results makes a camera a good one. This camera is a very good camera. It takes very clear and detailed photographs with the Superior Auto and Auto mode. No adjustments necessary for shooting on the go. Other modes such as background defocus and 3D shots are very easy to select and come out with great results. I was skeptical of how the 3D images would actually look, but I was surprised to see that they seemed like high quality 3D and not a hardly noticeable 3D like I read in some other reviews. Maybe it was the TV I was viewing on though? TV was very high end 3D LED. Supposedly a pixel count of 18 pixel count isnt the spec that should be taken as a super great thing but all the pictures hold great detail when zooming in to crop and I believe high pixel count is somewhat responsible for this. Like every soul on this planet who has shot pictures with a good DSLR knows, of course this camera isnt that, but if you want to have your hands/neck/chest area free when on the go or at an event and still take amazing pictures than this a great camera for that.
Very Nice for the money
from Dallas, PA
Got it for my wife as a christmas present. easy to use, incredible looking pictures. great time to first picture, but lag between pictures can be 2-3 seconds.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Much more than I expected!
This camera does it all. I have used it in bright sunlight, a dimly lit pub where I shoot musicians (the video is great, too - both sound and image), and everything in-between. I have taken beautiful shots with the lens literally touching the object. The 20x optical zoom is fantastic, and even doubling that with the digital zoom, the photos remain very clear. I spent a couple of weeks researching cameras in this class, and I am thrilled I chose this one.BuyDig had the best price and delivered days ahead of the quoted shipping time. Great service.
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
By Ben the Builder
BuyDig delivered unbelievably fast even with free shipping. Camera is fantastic, I recommend watching some YouTube videos about it with reviewers and such that go over good, bad, uglies.