Sony Cyber-Shot® DSC-HX20V
18-megapixel digital camera with 20X optical zoom and built-in GPS
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Item #: 158DSCHX20
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $379.99
Just because you want a lightweight, easy-to-use camera to take on your next vacation doesn't mean you need to buy a camera that's light on features. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V uses GPS technology to tag your travel pics with location information, captures clear detailed photos even at dusk, and lets you catch blur-free shots of all the active people and pets in your life.
The 20X optical zoom lens gets you close to distant subjects in photos and videos, so you won't miss a thing on your trip. And the camera finds the faces in your frame, tracks them, and automatically adjusts its settings to give you crisp, attractive photos of friends and family. Capture fleeting smiles with the help of "smile shutter" mode, which automatically snaps a picture when it spots a grin. If your subject starts to squint as you take a photo, an anti-blink function snaps two quick shots, and then records only the one with your subject's eyes wide open.
You've probably tried to capture those romantic dinners or dimly lit parties before, and not only blinded everyone with your flash, but made everyone look more like they were in a police mug shot than having a good time. With the advanced CMOS sensor built into the DSC-HX20V, twilight is no longer something to be feared. The camera performs well in low light situations, making your party pictures look natural and fun. And your hand-held images will be rock-stable, thanks to the Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 3-way active mode. It enhances Sony's regular SteadyShot technology by additionally compansating for the effects of clockwise/counter-clockwise rotation on your shot.
This camera boasts plenty of other cool features, too. You can create 3D panoramic photos that reach beyond the scope of an ordinary wide-angle lens by sweeping the camera horizontally or vertically across your scene the 'HX20V stitches several images together in-camera to form one seamless 3D photo that you can check out on your 3D TV when you get home. A Sweep Multi Angle mode allows you to take a 3D still image and use the camera's LCD to view all the extra image depth without special glasses simply tilt the camera back and forth to change your perceived viewing angle. The DSC-HX20V also offers an impressive HD movie mode, which lets you shoot ultra-high-definition 1080/60p footage that'll look great on your HDTV.
From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.
Just getting to know this camera and settings. So far I love it.
Pros: Small enough to carry in my small purse so it is handy all of the time. GREAT ZOOM!!
Cons: Flash location is something to get used to. Just have to learn to hold the camera differently.
Several days ago my Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V camera arrived in the mail. The first picture taken was a simple "point & shoot" outside that night and I was so pleased with it. The next day, with the camera still set on auto mode, I found the zoom to be amazing. I expected the 20X optical zoom to be fairly sharp, but was shocked at the clarity of the 40X (optical+digital). The in-camera editing is especially nice. There are many features on the camera that remain to be checked, but I am very pleased with the few that I have tried. I wanted a convenient to carry and easy to operate camera that would produce photographs of which I could be proud. Now I think I have found just the camera for that! But, even more than the camera, I recommend the Crutchfield Company. The support and advice of the entire team was tremendous. With their patience, kindess and knowledge used in dealing with the customers, they are by far, the best! Thank you Crutchfield for all your help. Marilyn
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||25-500mm|
|Internal Memory||105 MB|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
|Effective Megapixel Count||18.2|
|Highest Resolution||4896 x 3672|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||9|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
3" LCD Screen: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V digital camera has a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD display with 921,000 dots. The LCD brightness control lets you set the brightness from 1 (dark) to 5 (bright). The camera does not include a separate viewfinder.
Dual Media: This camera has 105 MB of internal memory. This camera is also compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick Duo (still images only), Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2 only for movie recording), Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards (Class 4 or higher).
Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in JPEG format and 3D still images in MPO format. Moving images can be recorded in AVCHD format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) with Dolby Digital 2ch audio or MPEG-4 with AAC stereo audio.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 7.76mm (1/2.3") color Exmor R CMOS image sensor with approximately 18.9-million total pixels and 18.2-million effective pixels.
G-Series Lens: Designed and manufactured to the highest standards of optical performance, the Sony G-Lens is optimized to perfectly complement the advanced image sensors and image processing technology in Sony's cameras. The DSC-HX20V camera features a wide-angle G-series lens that will widen your view and capture more of the city, landscape, or group portrait. The lens has a 20x optical zoom and a focal length of 25mm to 500mm (35mm equivalent) for still images, 27.5-550mm for 16:9 movies and 34-680mm for 4:3 movies. It has an aperture range of F3.2 to F8.0 (W) and F5.8 to F14 (T).
Clear Image/Digital Zoom: In addition to the 20x optical zoom, you can reach higher zoom scales by engaging the Clear Image Zoom or the Digital Zoom, or both. The amount of zoom depends upon the image size as follows:
|Image Size||Optical Zoom||Digital Zoom
(includes 20x Optical Zoom)
|Clear Image Zoom||Maximum Zoom Scale|
Optical SteadyShot: With Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, the DSC-HX20V uses a built-in gyro sensor to compensate for shaky hands, minimize blur, brighten images, and allow flash-free shooting to preserve the mood. Active 3-way stabilization reduces camera shake vertically and horizontally, as well as rotational.
Still Image Sizes: When recording digital still images, the DSC-HX20V allows you to choose from six image sizes:
Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, you can also record movies in AVCHD or MPEG-4 formats. Available image sizes and movie quality include:
|Movie Format/Quality||Average Bit-rate||Image Size|
|AVC HD PS||28 Mbps||1920 x 1080/60p|
|AVC HD FX||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080/60i|
|AVC HD FH||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080/60i|
|AVC HD HQ||9 Mbps||1440 x 1080/60i|
|MP4 12M||12 Mbps||1440 x 1080/30fps|
|MP4 6M||6 Mbps||1280 x 720/30fps|
|MP4 3M||3 Mbps||640 x 480/30fps|
Note: You can shoot continuously for approximately 29 minutes. Maximum MPEG-4 movie file size is approximately 2 GB.
Burst/Bracket Modes: The camera offers two multiple-image shooting modes:
Self-Timer: You can set the Self-Timer mode to a 10-second or 2-second delay so you can be in the picture. Other timer modes include two Self-Portrait Timer modes which will capture the image 2 seconds after the face of one person or two people are detected, a self-timer continuous shooting mode (10 continuous frames after 10 second delay), and a self-timer bracket shooting (3 bracket photos, each with different exposures, after 10 second delay).
Focus Modes: You can select from the following focusing methods:
Tracking Focus: If you are trying to photograph a moving subject, you can use the tracking focus feature to keep the subject in focus as it moves around the frame. If Face Detection and tracking focus are used at the same time, the camera will track a selected face if it is registered with the camera.
AF Illuminator: The AF (auto focus) Illuminator briefly provides fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings. You can set the AF Illuminator to Auto or Off.
Face Detection: Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and controls flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to deliver accurate, natural skin tones with reduced red-eye. It can also give priority to children or adults. You can also select and register an individual's face to be given priority.
Anti-Blink Function: 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 so you can determine whether or not you need to take another shot.
Smile Shutter Mode: The Smile Shutter technology automatically detects and captures a smiling face. Simply activate by pressing the Smile Shutter button and the camera will capture a smile the moment it happens. You can adjust the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity as desired.
Scene Recognition: Scene Recognition mode automatically detects eight different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings: Portrait, Infant, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Low Light, and Macro. You can select from Auto or Advanced Scene Recognition modes.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can select from the following shooting modes:
Exposure Compensation: Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +2.0EV to -2.0EV in 1/3 stop increments.
Built-In Flash: The camera's built-in flash features a range of 1' 3-3/4" to 23' 3-5/8" with the zoom set to wide and 4' 11-1/8" to 12' 9-5/8" with the zoom set to telephoto. The flash settings include:
Red-eye Reduction: The flash pre-strobes before shooting to reduce the red-eye phenomenon. You can set to Auto (when Face Detection is activated), On, or Off.
Metering Modes: You can select Spot, Center-weighted, or Multi-pattern Metering. Spot metering lets you adjust the exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background. Center-weighted metering measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject. When multi-pattern metering is used, the image is divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a well-balanced exposure.
White Balance: When the white balance is set to auto, the white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject, and the overall color balance is adjusted. When shooting under special lighting conditions, you can select the settings manually. When using flash, you can select the flash white balance mode. The white balance can also be set to Incandescent, Fluorescent 1 (white fluorescent), Fluorescent 2 (natural white fluorescent), Fluorescent 3 (day white fluorescent), Daylight, Cloudy, Flash, One Push (adjust white balance depending on the light source) or One Push Set (memorizes the basic white color which will be used).
Grid Lines: The cameras on-screen grid lines make it easy to set a subject's horizontal and vertical position.
Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image. The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a dark image when skewed to the left side.
In-camera Function Guide: An on-screen function guide text/icon display makes it easy to learn the camera functions that give you greater creative freedom to adjust photo settings. The function guide can be turned on or off as desired.
Global Positioning System (GPS): The HX20V has a built-in GPS receiver which receives data from multiple Global Positioning satellites orbiting overhead. With the GPS receiver, precise positioning information, including coordinates, can be displayed on the camera and imbedded into the still images and movies you record. In addition, the GPS receiver can automatically adjust the camera's internal clock.
Date and Time: Each time you take a picture, the camera records the date and time. The date and time are not superimposed on the picture, instead saved in a data file along with the image.
View Modes: The Sony DCR-HX20V's View Mode allows you to select your recorded images and movies by date, folder (stills), or folder (movies).
Auto Orientation: When the camera is rotate to shoot a portrait (vertical) image, the camera records it position change and displays the image in the portrait position.
Index View: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full screen, you can view multiple images at once in the index view mode. The index feature lets you to display a total of 16 (4 x 4) or 25 (5 x 5) images.
Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. You can select from the following slide show effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Stylish, or Active). Each effect has a preset music soundtrack, or you can choose from the 4 selections. A slide show without music can also be chosen. The interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, and 10 seconds or automatic to suit the selected effect. You can select Folder play (all images in the selected folder), All play (all images on the memory card), or This Date (all images from selected date). When repeat is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to 8x the size of the original image. Once the image is zoomed, you can pan left to right and up or down through the image.
Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in 90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.
Retouching Still Images: You can add effects or make corrections to a recorded images and then record it as a new file while the original image is retained. You can use the following features to edit your recorded images:
Deleting/Protecting Images: You can delete a selected image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid accidentally deleting of an image, it can be protected.
Print Mark: You can place a print mark on still images recorded with this camera. This mark is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard.
Battery Information: The DSC-HX20V is powered by the supplied NP-BG1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, or the optional NP-FG1 Lithium-Ion battery. Using the supplied AC-UB10 battery charger, the battery can be fully charged in approximately 175 minutes. Under normal operating conditions, the battery has the following capacity:
|Function||Battery Life||Number of Images|
|Recording Stills||Approx. 160 min||Approx. 320 images|
|Playback||Approx. 230 min||Approx. 4600 images|
|Recording Movies||Approx. 75 min||---|
Eco Mode: The Eco Mode lets you conserve battery power by turning the screen off or shutting down the camera automatically after a certain period of inactivity. You can choose from two options of Eco Mode: Standard and Max. The Max setting saves battery power better than when set to Standard by turning off the screen or camera sooner.
HDMI: The HX20V has a mini-HDMI (Type C) output on the side of the camera for connecting the camera to an HDTV. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required to make the connection. If you are connecting to a Sony Bravia TV with Bravia Sync, you can control the camera using the TV's remote control. A 3D-capable TV is required for viewing 3D still images or 3D Panorama Sweep images.
micro USB : The camera features a single micro USB jack on the bottom of the camera for connecting the supplied USB cable for downloading your photos to your computer or printer, or charging the camera. The interface is USB 2.0 High Speed compatible.
PlayMemories Home: The DSC-HX20V has the following built-in PlayMemories Home software that can be installed on your computer when you connect the camera via USB. With the PlayMemories Home software you can:
Note: The "PlayMemories Home" software is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP operating systems only. If you wish to play back images on a Mac, you can use applications that are pre-installed on your Mac.