Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX20

Portability
96
Imaging
48
Features
24
Overall
38
Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 front
Portability
96
Imaging
41
Features
50
Overall
44

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX20 Key Specs

Canon ELPH 180
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.2-6.9) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 54 x 22mm
  • Revealed January 2016
Sony TX20
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 133g - 96 x 56 x 18mm
  • Announced February 2012
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Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX20 Overview

Below is a complete comparison of the Canon ELPH 180 and Sony TX20, both Ultracompact digital cameras by brands Canon and Sony. There is a huge difference between the image resolutions of the ELPH 180 (20MP) and TX20 (16MP) but they feature the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The ELPH 180 was launched 3 years later than the TX20 and that is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before we go in to a detailed comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the ELPH 180 grades vs the TX20 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon ELPH 180 over the Sony TX20

 ELPH 180 TX20 
AnnouncedJanuary 2016February 2012More recent by 47 months

Reasons to pick Sony TX20 over the Canon ELPH 180

 TX20 ELPH 180 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution922k230kCrisper screen (+692k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon ELPH 180 and Sony TX20

 ELPH 180 TX20 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX20 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you have to take into account its weight and size. The Canon ELPH 180 provides outside dimensions of 95mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") having a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs) whilst the Sony TX20 has specifications of 96mm x 56mm x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you use at that time. Here is the front view overall size comparison of the ELPH 180 and the TX20.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX20 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the ELPH 180 and TX20 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX20 top view buttons comparison

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX20 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its difficult to picture the gap between sensor measurements just by reviewing specifications. The photograph below will help provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the ELPH 180 and TX20.

To sum up, the two cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different MP. You should expect the Canon ELPH 180 to offer you greater detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs a little more aggressively. The more modern ELPH 180 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX20 sensor size comparison

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX20 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Portrait photography factors
Sony TX20 Portrait photography factors
40
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
comes with face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
41
has manual focus
good MP (16MP)
offers face detection focus
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon ELPH 180
Street photography with Sony TX20
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has touch to focus
environment sealing
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Sports photography info
Sony TX20 Sports photography info
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
painfully slow continuous shooting (0.8 fps)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
51
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
environment sealing
good battery (250 per charge)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon ELPH 180
Travel photography with Sony TX20
68
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
73
good battery (250 per charge)
environment sealing
has touch to focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (25mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony TX20 as a Landscape photography camera
42
reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
lack of manual exposure
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
lack of Time Lapse recording
52
has manual focus
quite wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
environment sealing
good battery (250 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Vlogging highlights
Sony TX20 Vlogging highlights
32
reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic socket
35
quite wide (25mm)
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
does not have external mic support
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Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon ELPH 180 and Sony TX20
 Canon PowerShot ELPH 180Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
General Information
Brand Name Canon Sony
Model Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Revealed 2016-01-05 2012-02-28
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by DIGIC 4+ BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5152 x 3864 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-224mm (8.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.2-6.9 f/3.5-4.6
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 0.8 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.00 m (at Auto ISO) 3.70 m
Flash options Auto, on, slow synchro, off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 126g (0.28 lb) 133g (0.29 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 54 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") 96 x 56 x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 220 photographs 250 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-11LH NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $119 $330