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Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX20

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
40
Overall
38
Samsung ST600 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
50
Overall
43

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX20 Key Specs

Samsung ST600
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 4800 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-135mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 150g - 104 x 60 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2010
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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Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX20 Overview

Here, we will be contrasting the Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX20, both Ultracompact digital cameras by competitors Samsung and Sony. The sensor resolution of the ST600 (14MP) and the TX20 (16MP) is relatively similar and both cameras offer the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The ST600 was launched 3 years earlier than the TX20 which is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before delving into a in-depth comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the ST600 matches up against the TX20 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Samsung ST600 over the Sony TX20

 ST600 TX20 
Screen size3.5"3"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1152k922kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony TX20 over the Samsung ST600

 TX20 ST600 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012January 2010Newer by 26 months
Manual focus Dial precise focusing

Common features in the Samsung ST600 and Sony TX20

 ST600 TX20 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX20 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to travel with your camera often, you should factor in its weight and dimensions. The Samsung ST600 comes with physical measurements of 104mm x 60mm x 20mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 150 grams (0.33 lbs) and the Sony TX20 has dimensions of 96mm x 56mm x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") along with a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are using at that moment. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the ST600 vs the TX20.

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX20 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the ST600 and TX20 is 95 and 96 respectively.

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX20 top view buttons comparison

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX20 Sensor Comparison

Often, its tough to visualize the difference between sensor dimensions merely by reading specs. The image below will offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the ST600 and TX20.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different MP. You can count on the Sony TX20 to deliver greater detail utilizing its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will allow you to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The more aged ST600 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX20 sensor size comparison

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX20 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung ST600 Portrait photography features
Sony TX20 Portrait photography features
30
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
40
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
comes with face detect focusing
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Samsung ST600 Street photography factors
Sony TX20 Street photography factors
60
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports touch to focus
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
more heavy than competition (150g)
67
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers touch focus
weather proofing
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Samsung ST600 Sports photography information
Sony TX20 Sports photography information
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
50
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
weather proofing
good battery power (250 shots)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Samsung ST600 Travel photography info
Sony TX20 Travel photography info
65
supports touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
has built in flash
really wide (27mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition (150 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
72
good battery power (250 shots)
weather proofing
offers touch focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
does not have Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung ST600 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony TX20 as a Landscape photography camera
44
really wide (27mm)
big screen (3.5")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse mode
52
you can focus manually
pretty wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
good battery power (250 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung ST600 Vlogging advice
Sony TX20 Vlogging advice
30
really wide (27mm)
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have microphone socket
more heavy than competition (150g)
35
pretty wide (25mm)
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have microphone socket
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Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung ST600 and Sony TX20
 Samsung ST600Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
General Information
Manufacturer Samsung Sony
Model Samsung ST600 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
Type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Announced 2010-01-06 2012-02-28
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 4800 3200
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 27-135mm (5.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-5.5 f/3.5-4.6
Macro focus range 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3.5 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,152 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8 seconds 4 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/1500 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.00 m 3.70 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance 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, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG 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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 150 gr (0.33 lbs) 133 gr (0.29 lbs)
Physical dimensions 104 x 60 x 20mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 0.8") 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 - 250 pictures
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery model SLB07 NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Storage type MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Cost at launch $330 $330