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Sony A7 III vs Sony HX20V

Portability
63
Imaging
74
Features
92
Overall
81
Sony Alpha A7 III front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V front
Portability
90
Imaging
42
Features
50
Overall
45

Sony A7 III vs Sony HX20V Key Specs

Sony A7 III
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Raise to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 650g - 127 x 96 x 74mm
  • Announced February 2018
  • Succeeded the Sony A7 II
  • Later Model is Sony A7 IV
Sony HX20V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 254g - 107 x 62 x 35mm
  • Revealed July 2012
  • Succeeded the Sony HX10V
  • Replacement is Sony HX30V
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Sony A7 III vs Sony HX20V Overview

Below, we are contrasting the Sony A7 III and Sony HX20V, former is a Pro Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both offered by Sony. There exists a large gap between the resolutions of the A7 III (24MP) and HX20V (18MP) and the A7 III (Full frame) and HX20V (1/2.3") come with totally different sensor measurements.

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The A7 III was launched 5 years after the HX20V which is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Sony A7 III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony HX20V being a Compact camera.

Before going through a in-depth comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the A7 III matches up against the HX20V for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony A7 III over the Sony HX20V

 A7 III HX20V 
RevealedFebruary 2018July 2012Newer by 69 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony HX20V over the Sony A7 III

 HX20V A7 III 

Common features in the Sony A7 III and Sony HX20V

 A7 III HX20V 
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurements
Display resolution922k922kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Sony A7 III vs Sony HX20V Physical Comparison

If you are intending to travel with your camera regularly, you will have to factor its weight and measurements. The Sony A7 III comes with outer measurements of 127mm x 96mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9") with a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs) while the Sony HX20V has proportions of 107mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4") along with a weight of 254 grams (0.56 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you use at that moment. Underneath is the front view measurement comparison of the A7 III versus the HX20V.

Sony A7 III vs Sony HX20V size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the A7 III and HX20V is 63 and 90 respectively.

Sony A7 III vs Sony HX20V top view buttons comparison

Sony A7 III vs Sony HX20V Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's hard to envision the contrast between sensor dimensions simply by reading technical specs. The image underneath may give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the A7 III and HX20V.

As you can tell, the 2 cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The A7 III due to its larger sensor will make achieving shallower DOF simpler and the Sony A7 III will offer you greater detail utilizing its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The newer A7 III is going to have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Sony A7 III vs Sony HX20V sensor size comparison

Sony A7 III vs Sony HX20V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A7 III vs Sony HX20V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A7 III Portrait photography features
Sony HX20V Portrait photography features
84
focusing manually
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
provides face detect focus
delivers RAW files
45
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (18MP)
offers face detection autofocus
can't use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony A7 III Street photography factors
Sony HX20V Street photography factors
78
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
has focus by touch
weather proofing
good high ISO (51,200)
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (254g)
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony A7 III
Sports photography with Sony HX20V
87
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
weather proofing
better than average battery life (610 shots)
has phase detect auto focus
49
long zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
offers tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A7 III Travel photography info
Sony HX20V Travel photography info
73
better than average battery life (610 shots)
weather proofing
has bluetooth
has focus by touch
decent MP (24 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly screen
69
lighter than competition (254g)
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long zoom (500mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A7 III Landscape photography features
Sony HX20V Landscape photography features
85
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
good high ISO (51,200)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
better than average battery life (610 per charge)
has dual storage slots
50
has manual focus
pretty wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A7 III Vlogging factors
Sony HX20V Vlogging factors
36
touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detect focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
has microphone jack
does not have selfie friendly screen
34
pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (254 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
lack of external mic port
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Sony A7 III vs Sony HX20V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A7 III and Sony HX20V
 Sony Alpha A7 IIISony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha A7 III Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
Class Pro Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2018-02-27 2012-07-20
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz X BIONZ
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 35.8 x 23.8mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 852.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 6000 x 4000 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 51200 12800
Highest boosted ISO 204800 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Min boosted ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 693 9
Lens
Lens mounting type Sony E fixed lens
Lens focal range - 25-500mm (20.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.2-5.8
Macro focus distance - 1cm
Amount of lenses 121 -
Crop factor 1 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 922 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,359 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.78x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash 7.10 m
Flash modes no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p) 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 650g (1.43 lbs) 254g (0.56 lbs)
Dimensions 127 x 96 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9") 107 x 62 x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 96 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 25.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 14.7 not tested
DXO Low light score 3730 not tested
Other
Battery life 610 photographs 320 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FZ100 NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 2 One
Pricing at launch $1,998 $397