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Updated version of Sony Cybershot DSC HX20V?

by blsphere / July 28, 2013 3:32 PM PDT

I know a few people that have a Sony Cybershot DSC HX20V and LOVE it. They take amazing pictures & videos, so I REALLY want that camera. However, I've heard that it's an older model & has been discontinued. Does anyone know if there's a newer, updated model of that camera? I don't want to go above $300, & I don't want a big, bulky camera either. Any help would be much appreciated!

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by PistonCupChampion / July 28, 2013 8:41 PM PDT

Sony's newest travel zoom camera is the HX50V. It has even more zoom, and more features (that the casual shooter might not ever want or use, such as an optional viewfinder that cost as much as the camera itself! But since it is new, the HX50V is quite a bit more than your budget.

The HX20V is hardly old; it has only been out since May of last year. Image quality is heavily dependent on sensor size and lens construction, so the HX20V should perform almost identically to the newer camera. So you can save yourself a lot of money by going with the "old" instead of the new.

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Thanks, but not the OP. A follow up question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2013 1:41 AM PDT
In reply to: HX50V

I glanced at both and for me the lack of a viewfinder makes this a no sale. What's close that has a viewfinder?

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Compact with Viewfinder
by PistonCupChampion / August 1, 2013 4:14 AM PDT

There are almost no choices for a compact camera with a viewfinder. The are none if a long zoom lens is required; only DSLR-styled superzoom cameras have both a long zoom and viewfinder.

In a pocketable camera, the only quality camera with a built-in electronic viewfinder is the new Panasonic LF1 @$500. Canon makes the super-budget A1300 with an optical tunnel viewfinder. Beyond that, anything with a built-in viewfinder gets bigger, such as the Canon G15.

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Thanks. And I have the a1300 on hand.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2013 4:19 AM PDT

Long story about software, EyeFi card development. Have the Canon t3i and it's super too.

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by blsphere / August 1, 2013 4:25 AM PDT
In reply to: HX50V

Thanks for the reply! I think I'll just stick to getting the HX20V. I'm just surprised because I can't find it anywhere (the very few places that still carry it) for less than $350. My friends bought theirs not long after the camera came out & spent a lot less. I guess cuz its discontinued the price has been raised so much higher? I'll just have to do what I gotta do with that price.

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