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Canon SD780 IS vs Sony TX20

Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
29
Canon PowerShot SD780 IS front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 front
Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
50
Overall
44

Canon SD780 IS vs Sony TX20 Key Specs

Canon SD780 IS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 33-100mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 155g - 87 x 56 x 18mm
  • Introduced February 2009
  • Additionally Known as Digital IXUS 100 IS
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 SD780 IS vs Sony TX20 Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Canon SD780 IS and Sony TX20, both Ultracompact cameras by competitors Canon and Sony. There exists a large gap among the image resolutions of the SD780 IS (12MP) and TX20 (16MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The SD780 IS was launched 4 years prior to the TX20 and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras feature the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before we go into a detailed comparison, here is a brief view of how the SD780 IS scores versus the TX20 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SD780 IS over the Sony TX20

 SD780 IS TX20 

Reasons to pick Sony TX20 over the Canon SD780 IS

 TX20 SD780 IS 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012February 2009More recent by 36 months
Focus manually More precise focusing
Screen size3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution922k230kCrisper screen (+692k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon SD780 IS and Sony TX20

 SD780 IS TX20 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Canon SD780 IS vs Sony TX20 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to lug around your camera, you will have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Canon SD780 IS has external measurements of 87mm x 56mm x 18mm (3.4" x 2.2" x 0.7") along with a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs) while the Sony TX20 has proportions of 96mm x 56mm x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") and a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Underneath is a front view physical size comparison of the SD780 IS against the TX20.

Canon SD780 IS vs Sony TX20 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SD780 IS and TX20 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Canon SD780 IS vs Sony TX20 top view buttons comparison

Canon SD780 IS vs Sony TX20 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is tough to envision the contrast in sensor measurements just by researching a spec sheet. The graphic underneath should give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the SD780 IS and TX20.

As you can see, each of these cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit not the same MP. You can expect the Sony TX20 to result in greater detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop photographs way more aggressively. The older SD780 IS will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Canon SD780 IS vs Sony TX20 sensor size comparison

Canon SD780 IS vs Sony TX20 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SD780 IS vs Sony TX20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SD780 IS as a Portrait photography camera
Sony TX20 as a Portrait photography camera
26
has face detection focusing
manual focus not available
no manual control
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
41
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focus
no manual exposure
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon SD780 IS as a Street photography camera
Sony TX20 as a Street photography camera
55
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
heavier than average (155g)
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has touch to focus
environment proof
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon SD780 IS as a Sports photography camera
Sony TX20 as a Sports photography camera
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
51
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
environment proof
better than average battery (250 per charge)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SD780 IS Travel photography details
Sony TX20 Travel photography details
51
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than average (155g)
megapixel count low (12MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
73
better than average battery (250 per charge)
environment proof
has touch to focus
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (25mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SD780 IS as a Landscape photography camera
Sony TX20 as a Landscape photography camera
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.5 inch)
no manual control
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse function
52
you can focus manually
decently wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
environment proof
better than average battery (250 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual exposure
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SD780 IS Vlogging details
Sony TX20 Vlogging details
27
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external mic support
heavier than average (155g)
35
decently wide (25mm)
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have external microphone socket
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Canon SD780 IS vs Sony TX20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SD780 IS and Sony TX20
 Canon PowerShot SD780 ISSony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
General Information
Brand Canon Sony
Model type Canon PowerShot SD780 IS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
Also referred to as Digital IXUS 100 IS -
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Introduced 2009-02-18 2012-02-28
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 33-100mm (3.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/3.2-5.8 f/3.5-4.6
Macro focusing distance 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.5 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 3.70 m
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 155 gr (0.34 lb) 133 gr (0.29 lb)
Physical dimensions 87 x 56 x 18mm (3.4" x 2.2" x 0.7") 96 x 56 x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 250 photographs
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-4L NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Retail price $0 $330