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Sony H20 vs Sony HX5

Portability
87
Imaging
33
Features
29
Overall
31
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 front
Portability
92
Imaging
33
Features
30
Overall
31

Sony H20 vs Sony HX5 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
  • Introduced May 2009
Sony HX5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 200g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Introduced June 2010
Photography Glossary

Sony H20 vs Sony HX5 Overview

Lets look a bit more in depth at the Sony H20 versus Sony HX5, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both are built by Sony. The resolution of the H20 (10MP) and the HX5 (10MP) is relatively comparable but the H20 (1/2.3") and HX5 (1/2.4") possess totally different sensor sizing.

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The H20 was manufactured 13 months prior to the HX5 which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going in to a thorough comparison, below is a brief overview of how the H20 scores against the HX5 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony H20 over the Sony HX5

 H20 HX5 
Manual focus Very exact focusing

Reasons to pick Sony HX5 over the Sony H20

 HX5 H20 
IntroducedJune 2010May 2009More modern by 13 months

Common features in the Sony H20 and Sony HX5

 H20 HX5 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Sony H20 vs Sony HX5 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry around your camera often, you will have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Sony H20 features exterior measurements of 107mm x 69mm x 47mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.9") with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs) whilst the Sony HX5 has dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

Check out the Sony H20 versus Sony HX5 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have attached at that moment. Underneath is the front view measurements comparison of the H20 vs the HX5.

Sony H20 vs Sony HX5 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the H20 and HX5 is 87 and 92 respectively.

Sony H20 vs Sony HX5 top view buttons comparison

Sony H20 vs Sony HX5 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its difficult to envision the contrast in sensor sizes only by seeing a spec sheet. The picture underneath will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the H20 and HX5.

As you can see, each of the cameras posses the exact same resolution albeit not the same sensor sizes. The H20 includes the bigger sensor which will make obtaining shallower depth of field simpler. The more aged H20 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Sony H20 vs Sony HX5 sensor size comparison

Sony H20 vs Sony HX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H20 vs Sony HX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H20 Portrait photography highlights
Sony HX5 Portrait photography highlights
27
you can focus manually
cannot use external flash
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
19
manual focus not available
external flash not possible
resolution not great (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.4")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony H20 Street photography information
Sony HX5 Street photography information
51
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
heavier than average in class (250g)
55
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.4")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony H20 as a Sports photography camera
Sony HX5 as a Sports photography camera
26
built in image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 fps)
resolution not great (10MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
26
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lack of shutter priority mode
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.4")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony H20 Travel photography highlights
Sony HX5 Travel photography highlights
51
has built in flash
very long zoom (380mm)
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than average in class (250g)
resolution not great (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
60
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H20 Landscape photography features
Sony HX5 Landscape photography features
36
you can focus manually
good sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
37
relatively wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
resolution not great (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.4")
no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H20 as a Vlogging camera
Sony HX5 as a Vlogging camera
23
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no mic port
heavier than average in class (250g)
31
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic jack
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Sony H20 vs Sony HX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H20 and Sony HX5
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2009-05-14 2010-06-16
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Bionz
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 3648 x 2736 3456 x 2592
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 125
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 38-380mm (10.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.5-4.4 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance 2cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.10 m 3.80 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format - AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 250 grams (0.55 pounds) 200 grams (0.44 pounds)
Dimensions 107 x 69 x 47mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.9") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 model NP-BG1 NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait1/portrait2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo/ PRO HG-Duo, optional SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at release $249 $275