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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Super-Advanced High Zoom Camera (18.2MP, 20x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

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  • 18.2 megapixels Exmor R, 20x optical zoom, Full HD 50p, 3D, 7.5cm LCD, Intelligent Sweep Panorama, GPS Log Recording
  • Get closer with ultra-powerful zoom and macro
  • Blur-free Full HD movies, even when walking
  • Very high quality low-light images

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  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 10.7 x 6.2 cm ; 222 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 558 g
  • Item model number: DSCHX20VB.CEH
  • ASIN: B007DDCVM2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 28 Feb. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,349 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Super-Advanced High Zoom Camera

High sensitivity pro-style Exmor R CMOS sensor with 18.2 megapixels for unsurpassed pictures even in low light.
High sensitivity pro-style Exmor R CMOS sensor with 18.2 megapixels for unsurpassed pictures even in low light.
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Low Light a Speciality

Sunrises, sunsets, some of the most dramatic pictures are taken in that twilight between night and day. But the fact is, you need a good camera to capture it perfectly. The HX20V an Exmor R CMOS low-light sensor -- so when you’re trying to capture a tree at dusk with the sky on fire behind it, you know the darkness won't hide the detail.

Everything Sharp and Vivid

There’s nothing complicated about megapixels. The more you have in your camera, the sharper and finer your pictures, especially when enlarged or played back on your big screen TV. No more fuzzy faces, diluted detail or blurred backgrounds. No more hammering away at the delete button. If you want to blow up a great shot and get it framed, it’s a sure bet you’ll see much more detail with a high megapixel camera. The HX20V one has plenty of pixels – more than 18 million to be precise -- more than enough to make impressive large prints without losing definition.

Optical SteadyShot for taking super stable handheld pictures while zooming in up to 20 times.
Optical SteadyShot for taking super stable handheld pictures while zooming in up to 20 times.
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Pro Shots with Ease

Ever worried whether your shots will match your vision? Well, worry no more as this camera makes taking professional-looking pictures a doddle. How? By including Optical SteadyShot for shake-free, blur-free photos or videos even while walking or zooming in and Superior Auto for completely automatic light and focus setting of up to 15 scenes*. You’ll never again miss that spontaneous photo opportunity -- just pick up the camera and off you go.

Films Sparkling HD Video

It’s a windy day on the beach. The parasol has gone cartwheeling towards the sea and all the family are in hot pursuit. Except you. A photo won’t quite bring out the comedy in the scene so you switch to video and start filming, all at the touch of a button and in glorious high definition. Look at the colours in the parasol, the detail in the surf, the perfectly reproduced panic in their voices – in stereo of course. Then when you get back home, transfer everything to your PC and enjoy the farce. PlayMemories software does everything for you in seconds so you can get editing or uploading or emailing in the time it takes to make a cuppa.

Every photo is sharp and vivid with 18.2 megapixels.
Every photo is sharp and vivid with 18.2 megapixels.
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Everyone in the Shot

Cycling trip to India, all your travelling buddies looking a bit worse for wear after two weeks in the saddle. Just before the flight home, you need a picture. But how often have you framed the shot only to find you can’t get everyone in? Moving back is one way you can get them in but of course, that means you’re farther away so you’ll lose detail. Better to get a camera with a wide angle lens and pack as much as possible in your shot.

Intelligent Sweep Panorama

There’s times when the scenery is just so vast and never-ending that even a wide angle lens can’t catch it all. The Solution -- Intelligent Sweep Panorama. You simply press the shutter while sweeping the camera slowly from one side to the other to create one amazing panoramic image.

Looks Great in 3D

If you’ve got a 3D TV in your living room, why wouldn’t you want a 3D camera? The chance to see your summer holiday shots brought vividly back to life in a whole new dimension on the big screen? This camera takes great 3D photos – just press the shutter button and it takes two consecutive shots then analyses depth and clarity to create a single 3D image. It also lets you capture stunning landscapes and cityscapes in panoramic 3D with Intelligent 3D Sweep Panorama.

Track Your Adventures

Like travelling? Good, then you’ll appreciate having GPS on your camera. It tells you just where you took that shot of the mountains and displays your position on screen during your journey. You can relive your adventure when you get back home with online map views on your computer.

Catch Every Detail

Family sprinting across the beach? Fighter planes at an airshow? No problem with this camera. It can shoot continuously at up to 10 frames per second, grouping sequences of shots together and analysing them so you can quickly pick out the best picture. Even better, the mechanical shutter eliminates distortion for perfect clarity.

Impressive Background Blur

Take portraits and other photos with natural blur, just as you would with a Digital SLR camera. Background Defocus mode is easy to use and allows you to choose low, medium or high blur. It’s the same kind of dynamic effect you see in the movies and really gives you the freedom to get artistic with your pictures.

Need a Creative Boost

Perk up your pictures easily using Picture Effects. Enhance mood and style by choosing from a full range of effects including Toy Camera, Partial Colour for stunning monochrome shots, Soft High-Key, trendy Pop Colour, watercolour and Illustration.

Let’s Face it, we Like Smiles

They’re natural, spontaneous, here one moment, gone the next. You just don’t have time to set up your camera for a quick smile shot so this one does it all for you. Smile Shutter automatically takes pictures when people smile – great for brides and grooms, birthday celebrations and baby chuckles. Face Detection automatically adjusts exposure, focus and skin tone so everyone looks more natural. Even better, the camera detects up to 8 faces at a time while working on that irritating red eye effect to make sure your portraits are near on perfect.

* Scenes include High Sensitivity, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight, Night Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Soft Skin, Anti Motion Blur, Backlight Correction HDR, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Advanced Sports Shooting, Gourmet and Pet Mode.

Box Contains

Micro USB cable
Wrist strap
Instruction manual
AC adaptor
Rechargeable battery

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I ummed and ahhed over this for ages and actually was looking for the famous Sony HX9 that won all the awards last year which I managed to track down. I am certainly no "pro" just a keen amateur with limited budget. I didnt want anything too detailed as it was just a point and click I was after, my SLR would be for the keener days.
I was looking for a simple travel camera for a trip and didn't want the hassle of taking my Nikon D60, which I cant fault for Image quality and toyed with the idea of getting another lens-but size, weight and price were against it. I actually bought both Sony cameras and did exact comparisons on several images with the Sony HX9 and my D60, with the HX20 winning the deal for me on several counts:
* The zoom is genuinely amazing, really blew me away with the clarity of shot on full zoom.
* The panoramic feature is genuinely astounding, for a city break to New York I really made use of the feature
* The Super I Auto mode is brilliant and highly consistent in taking good images without having to think too much
* Very easy to use, I personally don't see the need for a manual when the in camera help/ functions are this easy to use. The Help menu is great....
* The HDR mode blew me away, I never even used the flash taking some great shots in very low light which really blew my Nikon away much to my dismay...
* The HD mode is brilliant, totally negates the need for a separate camcorder for me which is great-the fact you can also take image stills whilst recording in the second from highest HD mode is also great for things like Kids birthdays where I wanted to get the movie and the still image.
I also have a Mac and was initally peeved about the issue with iMovie, but this is a Mac issue -not Sony!
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V is a high performance compact camera that is designed to excel in all expectations of a general compact camera, without pushing the price tag and advanced features into the field of a camera geared for much more professional use.

So what have you got? Well, the first thing that is instantly noticeable about the camera is the hefty weight of the beast. For an (almost everyday) compact camera, this certainly is a heavy one to lug around. Weighing in at 222g, the weight of the camera is something to bear in mind if planning on taking this around with you on an extensive trip.

However, it's certainly a sturdy and solidly built piece of equipment. The main rubber grip located on the right-hand side of the camera feels comfortable and secure in the user's grip. The additional thumb grip on the reverse of the camera shows clear ergonomic designing at work, and really makes the camera feel snug in your hand during use.

The pop-out flash located on the left-hand side of the camera is something to get used to if you haven't used a camera of this style before. Quite often a user will try holding the camera with two hands, with the left hand supporting the camera with a finger placed along its top. However, doing this will prevent the flash from popping-up when required. This is just something that you need to get used to. And after using the camera for a couple of days on our holiday, I soon became accustomed to holding the camera in just my right hand.

Now on to the main part of the review - the camera's performance. We've had the camera now for just over a month. During which time we took the camera away with us on a ten-day holiday to Scotland.
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The Sony DSC-HX20V is currently Sony's top-of-the-range compact camera, and possibly the best travel camera on the market. It comes packaged in a small (15.4 x 7.4 x 14 cm) box that contains the following eight items (but no SD card or HDMI cable):

- Sony DSC-HX20V Camera (black)
- Sony NP-BG 1 Power Pack (lithium ion type G, 960mAh)
- Micro USB Cable
- AC Adaptor
- Power Cord
- Wrist Strap (black, but no slide adjuster)
- Instruction Manual (35 pages)
- European Guarantee Information Document

I spent the last three days testing out the camera and exploring everything it can do. Here are my observations.
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