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Sony T99 vs Sony TX20

Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
27
Overall
33
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
50
Overall
43

Sony T99 vs Sony TX20 Key Specs

Sony T99
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 121g - 93 x 56 x 17mm
  • Introduced July 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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Sony T99 vs Sony TX20 Overview

Following is a extensive analysis of the Sony T99 versus Sony TX20, both Ultracompact digital cameras and they are both designed by Sony. The image resolution of the T99 (14MP) and the TX20 (16MP) is relatively well matched and they enjoy the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The T99 was released 20 months before the TX20 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before we go straight into a full comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the T99 matches up versus the TX20 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony T99 over the Sony TX20

 T99 TX20 

Reasons to pick Sony TX20 over the Sony T99

 TX20 T99 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012July 2010More modern by 20 months
Manually focus More precise focusing
Screen resolution922k230kCrisper screen (+692k dot)

Common features in the Sony T99 and Sony TX20

 T99 TX20 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Sony T99 vs Sony TX20 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry around your camera frequently, you will want to factor its weight and volume. The Sony T99 enjoys outside dimensions of 93mm x 56mm x 17mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") along with a weight of 121 grams (0.27 lbs) and the Sony TX20 has sizing 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 utilizing during that time. Underneath is the front view proportions comparison of the T99 versus the TX20.

Sony T99 vs Sony TX20 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the T99 and TX20 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Sony T99 vs Sony TX20 top view buttons comparison

Sony T99 vs Sony TX20 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is hard to visualize the gap between sensor sizes simply by checking specifications. The picture underneath will help give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the T99 and TX20.

Plainly, both the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different megapixels. You can count on the Sony TX20 to give more detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop photographs far more aggressively. The more aged T99 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Sony T99 vs Sony TX20 sensor size comparison

Sony T99 vs Sony TX20 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony T99 vs Sony TX20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony T99
Portrait photography with Sony TX20
28
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
40
manual focus
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
comes with face detect focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony T99 Street photography info
Sony TX20 Street photography info
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
67
image stabilization (Optical)
features touch to focus
weather sealing
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony T99
Sports photography with Sony TX20
35
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,250s)
no shutter priority
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
50
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
weather sealing
good battery life (250 CIPA)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony T99
Travel photography with Sony TX20
65
resolution is good (14MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
missing Timelapse function
does not posses selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.5)
72
good battery life (250 per charge)
weather sealing
features touch to focus
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
really wide (25mm)
no Time Lapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony T99 Landscape photography factors
Sony TX20 Landscape photography factors
42
fairly wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
missing Timelapse function
52
manual focus
really wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
weather sealing
good battery life (250 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony T99 Vlogging advice
Sony TX20 Vlogging advice
31
fairly wide (25mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not posses selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone support
35
really wide (25mm)
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
no mic socket
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Sony T99 vs Sony TX20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony T99 and Sony TX20
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Introduced 2010-07-08 2012-02-28
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-100mm (4.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.5-4.6 f/3.5-4.6
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 2 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/1250 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.60 m 3.70 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red eye, Slow syncro Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 121 gr (0.27 pounds) 133 gr (0.29 pounds)
Dimensions 93 x 56 x 17mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") 96 x 56 x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
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 - 250 photos
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BN1 NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait1, portrait2) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/ SDHC/ SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $179 $330