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
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
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
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
|Image Size ||Optical Zoom ||Digital Zoom |
(includes 20x Optical Zoom)
|Clear Image Zoom ||Maximum Zoom Scale |
|18M ||20x ||20x ||40x ||80x |
|10M ||20x ||26x ||53x ||107x |
|5M ||20x ||37x ||75x ||151x |
|VGA ||20x ||153x ||306x ||306x |
|16:9 (13M) ||20x ||20x ||40x ||80x |
|16:9 (2M) ||20x ||51x ||102x ||204x |
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:
(4896 x 3672)
(3648 x 2736)
(2592 x 1944)
(640 x 480)
(4896 x 2752)
(1920 x 1080)
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
- Burst: The burst mode lets you shoot multiple images when you press and
hold down the shutter release. Up to 10 images can be recorded at the
highest resolution (18.2M) at approximately 10 frames per second. Focus, White Balance, and Exposure Value (EV)
are set with the first image.
- Bracket: The bracket mode lets you shoot a series of 3
images, each with a different exposure setting--one at normal exposure, one
under exposed, and one over exposed. You can select three different step
values: 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV. You can also choose a bracket mode with
the white balance at normal, shifted toward blue, and shifted toward red.
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
- Multi AF: The camera focuses in nine areas around the center of
the frame. This method is helpful when your subject is not centered in the
- Center AF: The camera focuses on a subject in the center of the
frame. By pressing the shutter release halfway, you can lock the focus on
your subject and recompose your shot with the subject off center.
- Spot AF: The camera focuses on a very small area in the center of
- Semi Manual: The camera automatically focuses quickly
on the area around a set distance.
- Manual: Allows you to focus on the subject manually.
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
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:
- Intelligent Auto Mode (iAuto): Allows you to shoot
still images with the settings adjusted automatically.
- Superior Auto Mode (iAuto+): Allows you to shoot
still images with higher quality than with Intelligent Auto mode.
- Program Auto: Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted
automatically (both the shutter speed and aperture value). You can also
select various settings using the menu.
- Manual: You can set the exposure manually. The shutter speed can
be set between 1/1600 and 30 seconds. The aperture (F value) can be set
between F3.2 and F8.0 (Wide Angle) or between F5.8 and F14 (Telephoto).
- Memory Recall: You can set and store often-used modes
and numeric settings for recall at a later time.
- iSweep Panorama Mode: Multiple images are shot while
the camera is moving, and these images are compiled into a single panoramic image.
- Movie Mode: Allows you to record Full HD AVCHD or MPEG-4 movies with
- 3D Still Images: Images are recorded using 3D functions
and can be played back stereoscopically on a 3D TV.
- Scene Selection Modes: You can choose from the following Scene Selection modes:
- Soft Skin: Allows you to shoot faces with
- Soft Snap: Allows you to shoot images with a softer atmosphere
for portraits, flowers, etc.
- Anti-Motion Blur: Shoot indoor shots without using
- Landscape: This mode is used for shooting landscapes at
- Backlight Correction HDR: Shoots 3 images with
different exposures and combines them into a single image with a greater
range of gradation.
- Night Portrait: This mode is used for shooting
people in the foreground at night.
- Night Scene: This mode is used for shooting a distant
subject at night.
- Hand-held Twilight: Shoot night scenes with less
noise without using a tripod.
- High Sensitivity: The camera shoots without flash in
low light, reducing blur. Any size image available. Sensitivity increased up
to ISO 3200.
- Gourmet: Shoots food arrangements in delicious color.
- Pet: Allows you to shoot images of your pet with the
- Beach: This mode is for shooting at seaside or the
- Snow: This mode shoots whitish scenes brightly.
- Fireworks: This mode allows you to record fireworks in
all their splendor.
- Advanced Sports Shooting: Allows you to shoot fast movements such
as in sports; while the shutter button is pressed halfway, subject motion is
predicted and focus is adjusted automatically.
- Background Defocus: Shoot images with the background
out of focus for greater definition of the subject.
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
- Auto: the flash automatically strobes when the surroundings are
- On: the flash strobes with every shot
- Slow Synchro: the flash is used regardless of the amount of
ambient light, but the shutter speed is slower under dark conditions,
allowing you to clearly shoot a background that is out of the flash-lit
- Off: the flash does not operate
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
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
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:
- Trimming: playback zoom is performed on the image and
part of the image is cropped
- Red Eye Correction: corrects the red-eye phenomenon
caused by flash
- Unsharp Masking: sharpens the image within a chosen
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
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
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:
- Import and display images recorded on the camera.
- View images in your computer by organizing them by shooting date on
- Correct still images (red-eye correction, etc.) print, send images
by email, and change shooting date/time.
- Save and print images with the shooting date inserted.
- Import photos and movies recorded with location and shooting direction
information to a computer and view them with a map which shows their
- Upload images to a network service (internet connection required)
- Create a disc from AVCHD movies imported to a computer.
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.