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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20/B 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization

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  • 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 (not included)
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Technical Details

  • 10.1 megapixel Super HADTM CCD image sensor
  • BIONZTM Imaging Processor
  • High Sensitivity ISO 3200 for low light shooting
  • 14 Convenient Photo Modes
  • Dimensions (Approx.) : W x H x D: 4 1/4" x 2 3/4" x 1 7/8" (107.3mm x 68.7mm x 47.1mm)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.9 x 2.8 inches ; 10.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001OI2LV8
  • Item model number: DSCH20/B
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,748 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 8, 2009

Product Description

The Sony DSC-H20 is a full-featured point-and-shoot with outstanding high-power zoom capability and fast shutter speed. It includes Smile Shutter technology which captures smiles the moment they happen, as well as Face Detection technology to optimize focus, exposure and color for up to eight faces. Capture detailed images with 10 megapixel resolution, and get in close to the action with the 10x optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens. Intelligent Scene Recognition helps you avoid failure picture, while Sony’s Double Anti-Blur solution (Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization plus High ISO) helps keep your images blur-free. The DSC-H20 completes the package with a 3.0-Inch Clear Photo LCD Plus Display that lets you easily view your images and menu options. Supplied accessories include a rechargeable battery (NP-BG1), a battery charger (BC-CSGB), a multi-connector cable, a lens cap and the CD-ROM software. Memory sticks are only optional.

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Customer Reviews

If I look closely, the Sony point and shoot doesn't do as well as the D5100 in color…The image stabilization works really well and i never see blur due to camera shake. A… Read more ›
So proud of my new camera, I've always had regular digital cameras and the picture quality was never good. Always missed out on the best pictures. Read more ›
The lens at full zoom (380mm) is almost a full stop faster at F4.4 than most other comparable zoom…The image stabilization works great and produces clear shake free images. Read more ›
Perfect Camera, I have tried many and this by far had the best picture quality compared to some of greater MP. Zoom quality of pictures was extremely crisp. Best cam so far. Read more ›
I also bought the conversion lens adapter and the close-up lens and the macro pictures are nothing short of spectacular. The resolution and picture quality are excellent. Th… Read more ›
The picture quality is very good for casual use. It satisfy my appetite. Read more ›
Its nice to be able to customize the shot your…That said, the Auto mode does an INCREDIBLE job of choosing all that for you to deliver sharp, clear images time after time. Read more ›
I have used it some in it's manual settings mode and found that…The quality of it's pictures in it's various auto-modes are very good and should not disappoint most people. Read more ›
It's photo quality visibly exceeded that of a much more expensive Cannon model. The screen menu is also simpler than a Kodak model I currently owned. Having both auto and… Read more ›
At times the pictures are blurry, but I know that this is due to the incorrect setting. Pictures that are taken on the correct setting are of excellent quality! Read more ›
Beautiful, clear shots, brilliant color, just the…The functionality is great, everything's easy to find like the self-timer and all of that, and the zoom is super-nice. T… Read more ›
Very useful indeed. Additionally, the auto macro mode is super awesome on the Sony. In the Canon you have to select it. Read more ›
Have had it for quite awhile and it's a very nice camera. Takes great pics and easy to use. Very happy with it. Read more ›
I love the X10 Zoom, its not bulky, and it's easy to use thanks to the on screen display being so user friendly. What else do you want from a point and shoot camera? Read more ›
I bought this camera 2 years ago and it's embarrassing to say that I didn't really know how to use it…I also shoot in auto mode or easy mode, which are very easy to use. Read more ›
zooms well easy to use/easy buttons large screen Read more ›
Very easy to use. Takes great pictures. Read more ›
Pros: Easy to use, HD Video and Video Zoom, 10X optical and 20X digital zoom, Settings for every photo preference. TV Cord hookup. Read more ›
the camera is to easy of use i recomended 100% it is easy take the picture and the zoom is perfect Read more ›
Over all it takes great pictures, I like the manual mode. Zoom is perfect 10x optical. Read more ›
I bought it and love most of it. This tiny camera has 10 x optical zoom that works well, captures quality video and is easy to use, even for the very beginner. Though it… Read more ›
It is easy to use and Auto function does everything for you. The zoom is excellent on it. It is worth the money paid for it. Read more ›
*Very nice ergonomic touches with pads on the front and back for added support. *Zoom is excellent. *Picture quality is superb. Read more ›
(Additional Information aside…My Cybershot H20 with powerful optical zoom performs great outside and very good in low light conditions due to its decent built-in flash. I… Read more ›
The video feature is terrific and play back is very good quality. Read more ›
I love this camera - it's easy to use, has great picture quality and the hd video is fantastic as well. The iAuto mode is great for point and shoot beginners, yet there are… Read more ›
This Item is just super. The HD video taping is just excellent,Picture quality great ease of use great. You all can close your eyes and buy this one. Read more ›
It is easy to use and works great for our little baby. The HD video is an excellent bonus to capture fun moments with our son. Read more ›
The zoom is very good, not grainy when printed. The HD video recording is AMAZING, very very clear. I think the smile detector is handy when that all your waiting for. Read more ›
The camera is small enough to carry in your pocket but is a little heavy. The optical zoom, picture quality, and movie video are amazing. I am a very picky person and I… Read more ›
I can honestly say it was a great deal, I bought for 280$ or so! The price was great for all the camera holds. It's very easy to understand and to use, even the Manual… Read more ›
He has enjoyed his a lot and we have as well. It has lots of features for the price and is very easy to use. Can't believe a camera can detect when a person is smiling! Read more ›
Also the video format is MPEG4 which I believe is easy to manage and good in compression. Price is also perfect, got it for $230. Overall great camera!!! Read more ›
It's…The beauty in the H20 is that the form follows the function and provides excellent pictures of great value in a compact and functional size, no boat anchor here. Read more ›
Then see what worked best and use that on the spot. This is a great camera at a great price--especially if you can find a used one and buy the 3 year warranty---5 stars. Read more ›
I needed this exact camera. They had it in stock, they had a good price, they provided very fast delivery for cheap. I would highly reccommend these guys and I would buy… Read more ›
(you choose one in the White Balance). Colors are very vivid. Read more ›
I also like the way it feels in my hands, nice and solid, like I have a…Today I took pictures outside in bright sunlight, and the clarity and color resolution is fantastic. Read more ›
The default color and light intensity settings greatly overexpose the pictures and…Fall colors here are outstanding but one wouldn't believe it based upon the pictures. T… Read more ›
It has produced the sharpest pictures I have shot in years even when zooming in from great distances. The images have great color and are crisp. The camera is not an ultra… Read more ›
I am still using it, works fine. Images crisp and clean with very nice color balance. Read more ›
The monitor size is perfect. Pictures are also great as the colors are quite bright and beautiful. And you can buy an adapter and lenses if you want to expand your… Read more ›
I have a 8gb card that is more than enough - it holds about…Battery life is good, and it is nice that the camera estimates how many photos worth of battery life are left. Read more ›
I am going to purchase another battery to carry along because although the battery life is good, if you're taking a lot of pictures and will be gone longer than a day, I'd… Read more ›
I am now looking to replace this camera after only one year. One pro: Pic quality and Battery life is great!) Read more ›
Colors are excellent when in focus. Flash recharge time / battery life is good. I am using mark II pro duo sony 8 gb card. Read more ›
I have used it for about a week and I couldn't be more happy. The battery life is awesome and does include a charger unit. The picture quality even in dim light is great. Read more ›
I love it. Pros : a) Great battery life. b) Great picture quality outside in bright light. Overall very nice crisp clear picture quality. c) Nice zoom which I think has… Read more ›
I'm told other kinds are cheaper, and some have wireless built into them to do file transfers (Sony doesn't). - lens is not "fast", 3.5 I think, so low light isn't great. Bu… Read more ›
It has a very weak flash, in contrast to the Sony, which has…The Lumix does have the wide angle lens, which is useful, but not enough for me to forgive all its other flaws. Read more ›
Very easy to handle.. Great Zeiss lens. Great sound and Camera. Read more ›
Because of its size and shape, I no longer have to worry about getting…Although it does not have quite the telephoto range of the competitive Nikon, it has a clearer lens. Read more ›
For a camera of this quality, with an above average lense at this price, I cannot understand just why Sony would not incorporate an automatic closing lense cap (they do… Read more ›
I love the loose lense cover (attached with a string), in this way I will not have to worry about the lense-protector breaking as with my other camera. I am sooooooo… Read more ›
Our Canon one was dying, this one CAN'T! The LCD display is just awesome. I just can't say enough about this camera. Read more ›
The price for this camera you just cannot beat esp if you buy it on Amazon.com (free ship, no tax!Sales tax in CA, brutal) There are so…The LCD screen is nice and large. Read more ›
Power up to 1st shot is very quick. Clarity of 3" LCD screen is incredible. I put one of those screen protectors on since I knew I'd be haulin' it everywhere. Read more ›
Cons: Photos appear great on LCD, but when you transfer them to the computer, everything is out of focus and horribly pixalated. That is true even for excellent light… Read more ›
5- Macro mode is great!! 6- Very clear LCD screen 7- Great 720p HD stabilized video functionality even in low light it captures a very good video. Read more ›
* Good flash, can be adjusted * Nice, clear LCD (but can be a bit difficult to see in bright sun) * This camera has excellent image stabilization (check that at cameralabs) Read more ›
I bought this camera in 2009 and in 2012 looks a little old but still is a great camera! It has a fantastic zoom and the pictures without flash are cool! Read more ›
The dual shot capability is also useful, though in most cases the second option is…The flash definitely is very powerful, and works well even to provide background clarity. Read more ›
I just received this camera a couple of weeks ago and really haven't put it to the test like you would for a vacation, but…It has a strong flash and powerful little zoom. Read more ›
Again you can reduce the brightness of you flash in "manual" mode (which is a cool feature), but who wants to use trial and error to find perfect flash brightness EVERY… Read more ›
I did a lot of research and chose this camera over…We hate using flash, and there is a setting on here that allows for clear pictures without flash in fairly dark settings. Read more ›
Great low light capabilities Strong flash Manual controls Read more ›
The flash recharges very quickly and is plenty bright for indoor shots. The automatic focus is quick and works fantastic. The intelligent auto mode and scene recognition… Read more ›
The automated electronics work well, too. The multi-focus works well, and I had excellent results using the fireworks mode over the Fourth of of July. Read more ›
Battery life is good. Great focus. Read more ›
I also really don't want to forget gushing about how good the macros this…Detail is awesome and focus is amazing, and if the light is right can look like works of art. L… Read more ›
Unli…I love the 10x zoom, the image stabilization is done right on this camera, even with my shaky hands the photos come out perfectly focused, bright and clear at full 10x. Read more ›
This Sony H20 camera still does very well with lighting, focus, and color accuracy, but I have even found that shots of people in regular indoor lighting still have lots of… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

386 of 390 people found the following review helpful By Petra on May 13, 2009
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.

This camera has a burst mode so you can hold down the shutter and the camera will take numerous pictures, thus making it ideal for action shots. I took it to a Volleyball tournament and got unbelievable shots of my daughter serving and hitting! I cought her in mid air more then a few times...just what I had hoped for. I also took pictures at a track meet and got kids jumping hurdles...the pictures look almost like magazine shots!

This camera is extremely easy to use in the easy and auto adjust mode! It tells you everything on the screen. You can start shooting pretty much right away...it's that easy! The manual is good to have for reference and questions and if you really want to get to know your camera.

The zoom is great and plenty! I took pictures from the mezzanine onto the Volleyball courts and could get nice close up shots! 10x is plenty for me!

The battery life is also impressive, as long as you keep your screen on a regular bright setting. First I had it set to "bright" and the battery didn't do well.
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128 of 132 people found the following review helpful By sheeroses on August 28, 2009
After much research and trying out a few cameras (Panasonic Zs1 being its main competitor) I am settling for this sony H20. The picture quality in the H20 was just much more clear. The Panasonic Lumix Zs1 had inconsistent performance and I found some pictures to be very grainy and unpleasing. I was lured in by the Panasonic's wide angle lens and several scene selection modes, but in the end none of those matter if your picture is grainy and not of printable quality. The biggest positive about this camera is its consistently good picture quality and performance. I took this camera with me to Southeast Asia and was able to get good pictures out of a moving car and at all zooms both indoors and outdoors. I was able to get some stunning pics with the lumix but only at times and for each good pic I had about 20 bad ones, and when your traveling or trying to capture a moment you just don't have time to shoot 20-30 frames to get a good one. For this Sony camera to be truly perfect I really wish it had a wide angle lens, a panoramic assist function (like the Sony HX1 which is much bigger and not much better pic quality but the panoramic function is incredible), a more compact design with a built in lens cap and flash so the cap doesn't pop off every time you take a picture. I looked and looked for the perfect camera and with those added features this would be it, but for now I will settle for this camera and hopefully sony will add those functions and improve this camera in its next upgrade. If you are looking for a compact travel camera that is several steps up from the normal 3x zoom and takes consistently good crisp pictures in various settings I would recommend this camera.Read more ›
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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Rayaz on August 16, 2009
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After going through 2 generations of the lumix TZ series (TZ3 and TZ4) which served well as multi purpose cameras, I wanted a multi-purpose camera that also had better video quality and superior low light capabilities. Here is my why not others comparison (it may not match with your needs, but it might help some of you)

Panasonic Lumix ZS1 / TZ6 vs Sony H20
Lower quality video (same as WVGA resolution as the TZ4), and could not adapt to the different lighting conditions like its higher model TZ7 (something that Panasonic does not mention clearly so be vary).

Panasonic ZS3 / TZ7 vs Sony H20
Unfortunately seems to have fallen prey to its high reviews with the price at $399 (even with weekend discounts it was around $340).
Panasonic has decided to clam on cheap batteries, so you can't use OEM batteries with the latest firmware (needed as it supposedly fixes the autofocussing issue in videos). This mean you need to bust out 50-60$ for a spare battery, and since the new battery is smaller than the one's used in the previous models, you need the spare.

[Update] Price has dropped considerably, but the battery prices still remain ridiculously high. After market batteries that work around the chipping proof logic seem to be available but no guarantee if they will work, so not worth the hassle. One more issue i came across after i tried the unit was that Class 6 SDHC is not good enough to record video in high quality and you need to spend loads of $$ and get high speed SDHC if you want to record in high quality :(

Canon SX200 vs Sony H20
The canon SX200 though having good picture quality and full manual controls was out simply because it does not have optical zoom in videos.
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