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Sony's budget megazoom gets 720p movies

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 offers some modest enhancements over the H10.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20
Photo by Sony Electronics
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20
Photo by Sony Electronics

A modest upgrade over last year's Cyber-shot DSC-H10, this spring's DSC-H20 nevertheless offers a few new nice improvements over its budget megazoom predecessor. Though it keeps the same 10x f3.5-4.4 38-380mm (35mm equivalent) lens and 3-inch LCD, the $279 camera bumps up to a 1/2.3-inch 10-megapixel CCD from 8 megapixels. We complained about the H10's lack of optical zoom in movie capture, and the H20 now supports it. Plus, it now shoots 720p MPEG-4 videos. Like many of the spring models, the H10 will include Sony's updated intelligent auto features, including more advanced automatic scene recognition and auto face detection.

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