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Sony H20 vs Sony HX20V

Portability
87
Imaging
33
Features
29
Overall
31
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V front
Portability
90
Imaging
42
Features
50
Overall
45

Sony H20 vs Sony HX20V Key Specs

Sony H20
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 38-380mm (F3.5-4.4) lens
  • 250g - 107 x 69 x 47mm
  • Revealed May 2009
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
  • Introduced July 2012
  • Succeeded the Sony HX10V
  • Later Model is Sony HX30V
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Sony H20 vs Sony HX20V Overview

Its time to look much closer at the Sony H20 vs Sony HX20V, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are built by Sony. There is a huge difference among the resolutions of the H20 (10MP) and HX20V (18MP) but they possess the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The H20 was manufactured 4 years before the HX20V and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go straight into a in depth comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the H20 scores versus the HX20V with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony H20 over the Sony HX20V

 H20 HX20V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX20V over the Sony H20

 HX20V H20 
IntroducedJuly 2012May 2009More recent by 38 months
Display resolution922k230kClearer display (+692k dot)

Common features in the Sony H20 and Sony HX20V

 H20 HX20V 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurement
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither has Touch friendly display

Sony H20 vs Sony HX20V Physical Comparison

When you are going to lug around your camera regularly, you will have to factor its weight and size. The Sony H20 has outer dimensions of 107mm x 69mm x 47mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.9") with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs) and the Sony HX20V has specifications of 107mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4") and a weight of 254 grams (0.56 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you use at the time. Here is the front view proportions comparison of the H20 and the HX20V.

Sony H20 vs Sony HX20V size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the H20 and HX20V is 87 and 90 respectively.

Sony H20 vs Sony HX20V top view buttons comparison

Sony H20 vs Sony HX20V Sensor Comparison

Usually, its difficult to picture the contrast in sensor measurements merely by viewing specs. The photograph here might offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the H20 and HX20V.

All in all, the two cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You should anticipate the Sony HX20V to provide you with greater detail due to its extra 8MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop photos much more aggressively. The older H20 will be behind in sensor tech.

Sony H20 vs Sony HX20V sensor size comparison

Sony H20 vs Sony HX20V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H20 vs Sony HX20V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H20 Portrait photography details
Sony HX20V Portrait photography details
27
manual focus
no external flash support
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
45
focusing manually
good megapixels (18MP)
includes face detect focusing
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony H20 as a Street photography camera
Sony HX20V as a Street photography camera
51
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
more heavy than average in class (250g)
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (254g)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony H20 as a Sports photography camera
Sony HX20V as a Sports photography camera
26
built in image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
49
incredible zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18MP)
includes tracking focus
no shutter priority
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony H20 Travel photography information
Sony HX20V Travel photography information
51
has built in flash
very long reach (380mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
more heavy than average in class (250g)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
69
lighter than average (254 grams)
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (25mm)
long reach (500mm)
missing Timelapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H20 Landscape photography details
Sony HX20V Landscape photography details
36
manual focus
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording
50
focusing manually
decently wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18MP)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H20 Vlogging advice
Sony HX20V Vlogging advice
23
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone jack
more heavy than average in class (250 grams)
34
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (254 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
display is not selfie friendly
missing microphone jack
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Sony H20 vs Sony HX20V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H20 and Sony HX20V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2009-05-14 2012-07-20
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - BIONZ
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 10 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3648 x 2736 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 3200 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 38-380mm (10.0x) 25-500mm (20.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.5-4.4 f/3.2-5.8
Macro focusing distance 2cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.10 m 7.10 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 250g (0.55 lb) 254g (0.56 lb)
Dimensions 107 x 69 x 47mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.9") 107 x 62 x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 - 320 images
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BG1 NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at release $249 $397