Sony DSC-HX20V

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Sony DSC-HX20V Sony DSC-HX20V  - An advanced point & shoot camera featuring 18.2Mp, 3-Way active stabilization, Clear Image 40x Zoom to its credit. Additionally there's 1080/60i HD movie capture. Also, the HX20V also gives you compass and GPS functionality providing for geo-tagging along with much more! When you take into consideration all the other auto features the camera has as well, you'll realize the HX20V is a great deal more than a just snapshot device, it's a genuine memory-maker. Feb 28, 2012

Those 18.2Mp just don't work alone to provide you with stellar images, they have the help of High Speed AF - for clear photos, even in low-light - along with all the aforementioned features. Other notable features include the Sony G lens and a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD TruBlack display. The camera also puts a 10 fps burst mode at your disposal, and numerous auto functions for great photos without the guesswork. Face detection, Anti-blink, iSCN, Natural Flash and more all work hard to ensure that your memories will be beautiful for years to come.

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 AVCHD video. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HDTV. With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with 3-Way Active Mode
    Optical SteadyShot image 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 "Play Memories 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 10 fps
    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 Panorama Mode
    Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities. Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way
Picture Effect
    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
    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
Background Defocus
    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
Anti-Blink Function
    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
Natural Flash
    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
    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 Angle Mode
    In Sweep Multi Angle mode, 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
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)
Video Mode
    AVCHD 60i: 28Mp PS(1,920 x 215; 1,080/60p) / 24Mp FX / 17Mp FH (1,920 x 215; 1,080/60i) / 9Mp H(1,440 x 215; 1,080/60i), MP4: 12Mp (1,440 x 215; 1,080/30fps) / 6M (1,280 x 215; 720/30fps) / 3Mp VGA (640 x 215; 480/30fps)
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)
AF Modes
    Multi Point AF / Center Weighted AF / Flexible Spot AF / Manual / Semi Manual / Tracking Focus / Face Tracking Focus
Scene Modes
    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
Body type Compact  
Max resolution 4896 x 3672  
Other resolutions 4912 x 1080, 4896 x 2752, 3648 x 2736, 3424 x 1920, 2592 x 1944, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480  
Image ratio w:h 4:3, 16:9  
Effective pixels 18.2 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 18.9 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
Sensor type BSI-CMOS  
Processor BIONZ  
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800  
White balance presets 7  
Custom white balance Yes (1)  
Image stabilization Optical  
Uncompressed format No  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25 500 mm  
Optical zoom 20  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (40x)  
Manual focus Yes  
Macro focus range 1 cm (.39")  
Number of focus points 9  
Lens mount None  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3"  
Screen dots 921,600  
Touch screen No  
Screen type XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Maximum aperture F3.2 - F5.8  
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 sec  
Aperture priority No  
Shutter priority No  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)  
Flash range 7.1 m  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync  
Continuous drive Yes (10 fps)  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo  
Storage included 105 MB  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes  
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected  
Remote control No  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion NP-BG1 battery and charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 320  
Weight (inc. batteries) 254 g (0.56 lb / 8.96 oz)  
Dimensions 107 x 62 x 35 mm (4.21 x 2.44 x 1.38")  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording No  
GPS BuiltIn  
GPS notes with GPS Log Recording function


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