Sony HX20V Review
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This review of the Sony HX20V is less about specs and more about how easy it is to use and get great pictures from - which is what photography is all about.
It boasts a huge focal range of 25-500mm (20X), an 18.2 megapixel sensor and HD video all in a camera that's easy to fit in your pocket which all sounds great, but can you live with it and will it do what you want it to do, quickly and easily?
As always in my reviews this is not a camera I've lived with for any length of time, I got it, played with it for half an hour and reviewed it. This video represents my opinion.
For those of you who like a few features and specs besides what's mentioned above it has...
- Max resolution 489 x 3672
- BSI-CMOS sensor
- Image ratios 4:3 and 16:9
- ISO 100 to 12800
- Optical image stabilising
- 3" LCD
- Shutter range 30 sec - 1/1600th sec
- Intelligent Auto (sets appropriate mode automatically)
- Superior auto mode
- Program mode
- Sweep Panoramic
- 3D still image mode
- Scene selection mode
- Background de-focus
On location it's hard to make a call on just how good it is, I took the Sony HX20V down by the sea and had a go with some of the image modes and shot some video too, then went back to the office and had a look at what i captured on the computer to have a really good look at image quality, sound and video.
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