Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20

The Good First-rate design; simple operation; excellent feature-to-price ratio.

The Bad Narrow lens; lens cap is a pain.

The Bottom Line If you don't mind its extra bulk and narrow lens, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 is an otherwise excellent compact megazoom camera.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Image quality 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 is another great camera in the company's 2009 point-and-shoot lineup. It seems as if Sony took its equally excellent W290 compact camera and expanded it into a megazoom. It has a new menu system that makes operation easier, a pleasing combination of shooting features, and some valuable extras such as 720p HD-quality movie capture with use of its 10x zoom lens. It also looks cool, performs fast for its class, and takes very good photos. There are a couple minor design issues, but nothing that keeps this from being a quality compact megazoom.

The black H20 is chunky and heavy, especially in comparison to Panasonic's ZS3 or ZS1 megazooms, and they have wider, longer lenses. You can't really stick the H20 in your back pocket; it's more of a jacket pocket/small bag camera. Despite this, though, the design for the H20 is quite good, mainly because it's really comfortable to use. Controls are all well laid-out and big enough to make operation easy. The Mode dial on top sits in easy reach of your thumb and isn't overcrowded with icons. Also on top is the power button, shutter release with zoom ring, and a Smile Shutter button that tells the camera to keep shooting pictures as long as the subject is smiling and there's space on the Memory Stick.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $280
  • Brand Sony
  • Digital Camera Type Bridge
  • Weight 9.84 oz
  • Sensor Resolution 10.1 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
  • Optical Sensor Type Super HAD CCD
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