Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 adds more resolution, a 720p movie mode, and an array of intelligent capabilities that were lacking in the previous model. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 based around a 1/2.3-inch SuperHAD CCD image sensor with 10.1-megapixel resolution coupled to a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branded 10x optical zoom lens, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 offers equivalent focal lengths that range from a rather tight 38mm wide angle to a powerful 380mm telephoto. Maximum aperture varies from f/3.5 to f/4.4 across the zoom range, and macro focusing is possible down to a minimum of two centimeters.
Another Cybershot series is the Sony Cybershot DSC-N2. When you compare this to Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20, Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 always have a good selection of photos on-hand to show off, with a minimum of fuss. Also retained in the Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 is a slideshow mode with a range of transitions including pans, zooms, wipes, and fades, all selected automatically by the camera, and accompanied by music stored in the camera. The user can replace the Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 music with their own selections using the accompanying software, which will transcode the user’s personal music to MPEG1 format to replace the existing four background music selections that are built into the camera. 6MB of memory is reserved for the music to be stored in. Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 is coupled with the same popup Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar zoom lens, which offers a 3x optical zoom range equivalent to 38-114mm on a 35mm camera. Also retained for the Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 is is the whopping 3.0″ LCD display – ideal for showing off photos immediately that they’re captured, or using the camera itself as a portable photo album. Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 derives its higher ten megapixel resolution from a 1/1.7″ CCD imager, rather than the eight megapixel 1/1.8″ imager used in the previous camera. Click here to get more of Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 best features.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 forgoes any optical viewfinder in favor of a 3.0-inch LCD display with 230,000 dot resolution. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 offers ISO sensitivity ranging from 80 to 3,200 equivalent, and includes both true mechanical image stabilization — a must for a lens with this kind of reach — as well as Digital Image Stabilization which functions by raising the camera’s sensitivity to achieve a higher shutter speed and reduce motion blurring. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 also offers face detection capable of differentiating between children and adults, recognizing and prioritizing one specific individual’s face whenever they’re present in a scene, and detecting when your subject blinks during an exposure. Click here for more Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 best features.
Here is a summary of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 review from a satisfied customer:
Everything I wanted and needed in a camera
I am no expert when it comes to photography but enjoy taking good pictures of my family and friends. I have kids in sports and I like to take my own pictures for picture giving. I read many reviews (for hours) on various cameras and endet up with this one here. I first was going to get the DSC-H50 (one step up from the DSC-H20). When I went to the store to buy it, however, it was to large for my taste. It was to big to fit in a pants pocket and even for my small purse it was quite large. Here are the main reasons why this camera is awesome! This camera here is not as compact as your typical slim camera (due to the 10x zoom), but it is small enough to fit in a purse or even a jacket/pants pocket if need be.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 takes into account the locations of detected faces when calculating autoexposure and autofocus variables. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 also features in-camera retouching capabilities, with soft focus, fish eye effect, cross filter, partial color, retro, radiation, red-eye correction, trimming, unsharp masking and smile effects on offer. There’s also ten scene modes plus an Intelligent Scene Recognition mode which automatically chooses between a subset of these modes. Other features of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 include 720p MPEG-4 high-definition video with mono audio, a Dynamic Range Optimizer function, and both USB / video output connections.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 has the following features and specifications:
- 10.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor
- 10x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
- Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
- 720p high-definition movie capture
- BIONZ image processor
- 3.0-inch (230K pixels) LCD
- Face Detection and Smile Shutter technology
- 11MB built-in memory
- Capture images to Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo Media
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 has the following Pros and cons:
- Small design with a stabilized 10x zoom
- Light weight
- Smile detection can be good fun
- Good grip, front and back
- 3-inch LCD
- Good battery life
- Manual exposure mode
- Tethered cap can get in the way of the lens
- EV compensation could use a button of its own
- Relies too much on the menu for certain controls
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 image quality was surprisingly good. There was the usual chromatic aberration common in long zooms but the images seemed sharp corner-to-corner and color was good. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 color and detail at higher ISOs. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 simply captured some excellent images. Click here to get the exciting features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20.