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  • 18.2 megapixels "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance
  • 20X optical zoom,3.0-inch LCD
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • GPS and Compass record shot location & direction
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 3-way Active Mode,1-Year Limited Parts & 90-Day Labor Warranty
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: DSCHX20V/BC
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 18.2 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 20 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 6.1 x 2.6 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B006K551WQ
  • Item model number: DSCHX20V/BC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 27, 2012

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V 18.2 MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD

HX20V
  • Capture 18.2 MP ultra-high definition images
  • High speed AF improves focus speed
  • Get up close with 20x optical/40x Clear Image zoom
  • Full HD 1080/60p with dual record of stills and movies1
  • Active 3-Way stabilization improves video stability4
  • GPS and Compass record shot location & direction
  • 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama mode3
  • Picture Effect for more expressive photos
  • Photo Creativity allows easy photo adjustments
  • Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps















Capture extremely close shots with the 20x optical/40x Clear Image zoom on the Sony DSC-HX20V. With it's 18.2MP sensor, you can take detailed pictures and Full HD 1080/60p videos. High speed AF captures the action, while the built-in GPS lets you share your journeys. Enjoy features such as Picture Effects and Photo Creativity that allow you to expand creative options.


Key Features

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18.2 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor

The 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera’s sharp Sony G lens. The sensor enables advanced processing that reduces noise levels, resulting in stunning low light images with incredible details.

High speed AF

To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor R CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera’s BIONZ processor. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds, even in low light.

Optical zoom plus Clear image zoom

Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos.

Full HD 1080/60p

Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080 AVCHD video.1 This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.2 With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time.

Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps

Capture full 18.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.

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Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 3-way Active Mode

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions. Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that counters clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths.

3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama mode3

Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities.3 Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way.

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Background Defocus

DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear.

Picture Effect for more expressive photos

Picture Effect adds a new level of expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Select camera models have up to nine different effects.

Photo Creativity

Photo Creativity allows you to fine-tune your exposure settings, such as brightness, color, and vividness, and quickly choose the right enhancement for your subject. Now you can view Picture Effects and Photo Creativity effects in real time on the camera’s monitor or in the viewfinder before shooting.

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Superior Auto mode

Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The DSC-HX20V automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using backlight correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 33 scenes for still images and 44 scenes for movies, making it easy to get the best shot. 

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Face Detection technology

Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.


Smile Shutter technology

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Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority andindicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can now be used together with Smile Shutter mode when the Intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.


GPS and Compass

GPS and compass record location data and camera direction as you shoot movies and photos. GPS Log lets users track a photographic journey and later view the path and images on a map. Map View in “PlayMemories Home” software, allows users to view images on a map showing where they were taken. The logged path and images can also be displayed on Google Earth.

Anti-blink Function

It’s frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.

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Soft Skin mode

Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.

Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode

Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects 33 different types of scenes and, within just 1/30th of a second, selects the appropriate camera settings. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.

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Natural Flash

Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don't capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash mode takes a reference shot without flash and then uses that reference to correct the color, for far more lifelike images.

Motion Detection

Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.

Sweep Multi Angle mode

In Sweep Multi Angle mode, the DSC-HX20V takes 15 images at different angles as it sweeps across the scene. By tilting the camera during playback, the camera’s Gyro Sensor detects motion and displays the image in a 3D-like view on the camera’s LCD.

What's in the box

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V Digital Camera, NP-BG1 Battery, ACUB10 AC Adapter, Micro USB Cable, Wrist Strap, Instruction Manual and 1-Year Limited Warranty.
1. Records in 29 minute segments
2. Requires HDTV and HDMI cable sold separately
3. Requires 3D HDTV, HDMI cable (at least 10.2 Gbps) and active 3D glasses sold separately.
4. Combined with electronic stabilization


Product Description

Zero in on all the action with this Cyber-shot HX20V camera. Sports, wildlife and distant details come clear into sight with the 40X Clear Image digital zoom, which doubles the camera's optical zoom for crisp, clear close-ups. Capture blur-free, Full HD 1080/60p video with Active 3-way stabilization, even in not-so-steady situations like recording while walking. You can even track your shooting locations with built-in GPS - the perfect feature for globetrotters, jet-setters and other adventurers. Shoot gorgeous stills with the 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor. Super-fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds deliver amazing results that take full advantage of the camera's sharp Sony G lens, even in low light. Add an all-new dimension of awe and wonder to your creations with 3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panorama mode. View it all in crystal clarity on the 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD TruBlack screen. Sony's warranty requires the consumer to contact Sony directly with any issues about this product.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

We bought this camera, primarily because we just had a baby and knew we were in for a lot…There are a TON of features on this thing, and the picture quality is fantastic! Read more ›
I purchased this camera and I am extremely happy with it. The quality of the pictures are awesome. Must buy! Read more ›
The Zoom and the Macro are fantastic. The overall picture quality is perfect. Only one negative that's why 4 stars. Read more ›
I got this camera for my fiance for his birthday and he loves it! The pictures are great quality and all of the different shooting modes make it easy to capture anything! Read more ›
I didn't buy the…I expected the location of the point of shot would be indicated on the picture (which is interesting feature to have and I saw on the camera of my friend). Read more ›
I bought this camera for my wife back at Christmas time and have used it on a vacation, around the house, and some weekend…The picture quality is absolutely fantastic. M… Read more ›
As long…The video clips are good quality for our home viewing purposes on computer screen and our big screen HDTV (but not as good as say the Panasonic Micro 4/3 cameras.) Read more ›
If you are looking for one that can zoom in to objects, this is it. Video quality is also good, it takes full HD and has stabilizer built in which works pretty well. Read more ›
I switched to Sony because I wanted the HDR capability (in…Over all i like the Sony, easy to use (I didn't have to read the manual), the photos and videos are really nice. Read more ›
The steady shot works well and the zoom is amazing. Low light indoor photo and video works great! Took lots of video during our Christmas gatherings. Read more ›
Since buying the HX20V I have greatly enjoyed the still photo capabilities of this…As others have noted, the hi-def quality of the video output is absolutely beautiful. B… Read more ›
Also, the video is decent with landscape shots outside. I found my camcorder does a better job with that. Read more ›
It has a manual mode that other camera's in this category do not; took some moon shots with it. The panoramic mode is fantastic. The size also was created because it… Read more ›
The illustrator setting and the watercolor setting got left on a couple of times and in bright light you can't tell by looking…The 20X lens and tracking features are great. Read more ›
And in 1/30 second?! The intelligent Auto modes are super awesome. I love that it takes... what is it, SIX? Read more ›
Pictures are crispy. Thhe 3D, panorama and low light features work beautifully. I would recommend to everyone who is looking for high end but non SLR camera. Read more ›
The panorama mode couldn't be easier. The macro mode is excellent. I'm looking forward to trying the video and 10fps burst modes. Read more ›
Multiple settings use HDR (combining multiple shots into…Outdoor shots much better than indoor in low light (High-Sensitivity/high ISO scene mode works well there though). Read more ›
The zoom is amazing! I took photos at Fort Bragg this weekend that were fabulous! Read more ›
it takes great pictures even in low light conditions, the zoom is simply fantastic, and i like picture effects and the manual mode where we can control the iso and the… Read more ›
The camera's zoom is very good ... outstanding. The options are more than enough to satisfy needs. pictures appear shape Read more ›
I specifically love the sweep panorama feature; it's fascinating how seamless it stitches it all together. The zoom is also fantastic. Read more ›
I really like the quality and the outcome of my pictures. the zoom is perfect. the only thing I do not like is the fact that the flash pop up, which is not convenient for me. Read more ›
I bought this camera for an Europe trip, the pictures were amazingly sharp, even in moving or low light condition, quick shutter response, had a lot of amenities, like 3D… Read more ›
Used it on our cruise and it made beautiful pictures. So many options, so easy to use. Read more ›
Bought as a gift, recipient loves it and is getting a tremendous amount of use out of it for family photos and trips. Very easy to use. Read more ›
It was a very easy to use camera, and I really liked it a lot, until the day the lens opened only halfway, and would never shut completely - plus, the LCD display would… Read more ›
Ready to go within seconds. Zoom is easy to use and powerful for scenery and animal pics. Easy to use. Read more ›
I would prefer to…The bottom line is that for picture quality that is easy to use and keep with you at all times, with great auto features, I highly recommend this camera. Read more ›
Very nice camera, easy to use. It travels well and takes great photos. Read more ›
The auto-focus is *so* fast that it will often not focus correctly. I think Sony wanted to have the fastest auto-focus time of any camera, but it seems to be they… Read more ›
This was despite the fact that both cameras had comparable cards with…Both the SONY and the PANASONIC had rather quick autofocus which also made them seem to react faster. Read more ›
On full auto, it's practically impossible to take a bad picture - even at higher zoom levels where my Kodak would…Image stabilization is superb as well as the autofocus. Read more ›
That being said, the camera does take wonderful quality HD pictures and…The 20x optical zoom and stability features allow me to take wonderfully focused clear pictures. A… Read more ›
This is one feature that distinguish…With the more expensive DSLR camera, you can take a picture where the portrait is in sharp focus but the back landscape is blurred. S… Read more ›
So, I take the Sony Cyber-shot with me if I'm going to be doing a lot of…The size is perfect so you can just wear hook it too a landyard or just stick it in your pocket. Read more ›
This camera is the perfect blend of size and quality. I have used it both for its photographic and video capabilities, and it has impressed me in both respects. Read more ›
The camera is a nice size and has nice functions, however it lacks on quality in manufacturing as it gets dust on the sensor - in my case after 10 months, and I have seen… Read more ›
It takes excellent easy shoot photos,,,use it every where. Great smaller size and still works after all this time. Highly recommend this model. Read more ›
For backup, I bought this Sony as a replacement for my Casio little camera and have found that the Sony is so versatile I take it on vacations now in place of my Nikon due… Read more ›
If you just need a camera for road trips and those outtings with friends, this is an excellent camera, I have a Nikon D90 which is great, but travel size wise this is a… Read more ›
No view finder but the 3 inch display is high resolution and very good outdoors - although I recommend an anti-glare screen protector for better visibility in the bright sun. Read more ›
The stability is great -- I've been able to zoom to the limits and take photos…Unlike point-and-shoots I've had in the past, the screen is bright and colour-accurate. B… Read more ›
In absence of an optical view finder, she was able to adjust using the LCD just fine. LCD screen was bright enough in sunny conditions. One of the biggest advantages of the… Read more ›
The LCD screen is very good and the quality really sticks out when you switch to recording a video in HD. The clarity on the view screen in incredible! Read more ›
The display is large, clear and bright; no complaints here. Read more ›
The camera top wheel for selecting modes, as well as the buttons at the side of the screen are easy to manipulate and clearly marked. The screen features are easy to read,… Read more ›
I am a very serious photographer but I use this more than my expensive equipment. The lens is excellent and the performance is outstanding. Read more ›
The camera body is made of metal and feels solid unlike some digital cameras. Additionally, it has a 20X zoom lens that is great for a camera this size. Read more ›
1. Video's (AVCHD best quaality) have lines…2. The piece I got had a mysterious small black circle show up in lower left side of many pictures even when the lens was clear. Read more ›
So far this camera has really impressed me. Great video, excellent zoom lens, vibrant color, great in low light. The only disappointment is that I thought at 18.2 MP the… Read more ›
This little camera will fit in your pocket and has a nice telephoto lens. So easy to travel with and take true to color photos, takes wonderful photos in a darkened room. Read more ›
My HX20v at the time had the specs that I wanted and liked and the reviews were very favorable. I especially liked the longer lens (20x) over the 10x on my wife's 9v. It… Read more ›
I love the 'Super Auto' feature of this camera, too. The resolution is amazing! I think I've finally found the perfect camera for me. Read more ›
The photos have and incredible resolution 18mpx wow and the effect SCENCE for your skin is great like this, mi skin looks so clean and healthy [...] Read more ›
Just shoot- they work great. Pretty good resolution for a tiny sensor. Pretty versatile scene select and manual mode if you really want to fiddle. Read more ›
Switching focus on something from 70…To me the snappy focus speed outweighs whatever sharp resolution and color difference there is between the Sony and Canon or Panasonic. Read more ›
When you get to 15x-20x zoom with the Sony (the extreme telephoto of…From what I've shot I'd say you only have sharp resolution equivalent to 7MP when shooting at 20x zoom. Read more ›
* Videos uploaded easily to iMovie and could be immediately edited in full HD resolution. iPhoto (latest release) now supports the AVCHD format as well so importing can be… Read more ›
Also, the low light capability without flash is amazing with very good skin tones. Specialty shots like e.g., on the Las Vegas strip is great where it takes consecutive… Read more ›
Excellent zoom. Decent photos with flash. Read more ›
good picture quality even with the 20x zoom, good size not too big not too small, works well with its flash don't see much of red eye problem like the Panasonic zs I tried… Read more ›
However, there is a delay after every picture is taken to process…The delay seems to be around 2 plus seconds without flash and upwards of 4 plus seconds with the flash. Read more ›
- Awesome videos and photos indoors without flash. - Awesome photos with the powerful flash which seems to brighten the entire room instead of just the subjects. - A photo… Read more ›
This camera takes great photos, fits in pocket but a little heavy, great zoom and macro, excellent video, good flash, nice photo software for storage and fixing pics is… Read more ›
Got back form a trip…In landscapes, we loved shots from this camera - color was so rich and the focus was incredibly sharp even when zooming in or printing out the images. Read more ›
The colors: The colors are great in every shot I've taken. The CMOS senor really helps out a lot in terms of speed. Read more ›
2.The automatic settings are…Ever see a sunset with lots of pretty colors and try to take a picture of it only to have the picture look bright without much color at all? Read more ›
Switching focus on something from 70…To me the snappy focus speed outweighs whatever sharp resolution and color difference there is between the Sony and Canon or Panasonic. Read more ›
The other modes are also useful. I especially like the "Toy" mode, that gives a nice vignetting around the edges and richer colors. The "Paint" or HDR mode gives that cool… Read more ›
One of the best compact sized camera I have used. + Amazing clarity of pictures - eg: lovely capture of colors of evening sky + Brilliant low-light / night scene capability… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

543 of 561 people found the following review helpful By Eric T. TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 17, 2012
First, I didn't buy this from Amazon. I was walking around my local electronics store and played with it and bought it. Overall this is a good improvement from the HX9V. Few months ago, I purchased a Canon PowerShot SX260HS for $349.00 (you can get it for $299 now) and it's one of my favorites. How does the SX260 compare to this camera?

Resolution:
The Sony is an 18MP camera, Canon is 12MP.. besides the bigger JPG size, can't tell the difference both look decent when printing on 11x17..

Size/Weight:
Both are nearly identical. The Canon weigh 8.5oz, the Sony 8.8oz

Zoom:
Both have 20x optical zoom, but in comparing pictures, it looks like the Canon's optical "zoom" is closer. Canon has a combined 81x digital zoom, Sony's 40x. Canon's 81x combined digital zoom sounds nice, but there's so much noise that it may not be worth using. With the Sony, even at 40x the picture is still acceptable.

Flash Control:
With the Canon, you can adjust the flash power, with this, you can't....major disappointment especially for a camera that cost $399.00

Menu/Navigation/Ease of use:
This is more of a preference. I used Canon and I used Sony; personally I like the Canon because I think it's more logically ordered

Flash position:
Both are pop up flash. I know it's going to require people to change their grip but I kind of like the pop up flash.

AWB (Auto White Balance)
This is one area that I think Sony made a big improvement with this camera. The AWB on the HX9V was terrible and required manual tweaking. The Canon does a very good job with the AWB. I used this Sony for about a week and went through about 500 shots.
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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey A. Erickson on April 27, 2012
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Okay, this is going to be a multiple day review over a period of time.

Day 1 - First impressions. I am upgrading from a much loved Panasonic TZ3. I have thoroughly enjoyed this 10X travel zoom since the day I bought it and the travel zoom style definitely fit my needs. I was less interested in upgrade for the zoom than I was the low light. I had always been disappointed with the Panasonic low light which seemed to fall to pieces above ISO 800 and not look that great at 400.
Enter the HX20V. Like some of you, I had read and read and read reviews and everything seemed to indicate that this Sony camera had the answer to my low light issues. When I read all the other amazing aspects of this camera, I decided to try it out. The reviews were right. This thing takes amazing low light photos. With IA+ I have seen photos at ISO's I wouldn't have dared come out looking quite nice on my 52 inch screen. I have taken many shots in total darkness in IA+ mode and had the multi-shot process make it look almost like a normal daytime photo. Yes, if you zoom a lot you can see both softness and noise when you pixel peep, but bottom line, I don't believe there is a point and shoot this small that does better.

Other first impressions. It's not as pretty as the Panasonic line. I don't know, something about the Pana black and steel look that I just love. This Sony is pure black and a little ugly in its indistinctness. It looks all muscle and business, but I am starting to get used to it. And it's what's on the inside I bought it for anyway. The look of the Pana was just a bonus.

I will say that the build quality does not feel as solid as my old TZ3 or even the new ZS19/20/TZ30. Still it seems to be of high enough quality it will last.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By P. Baek on April 27, 2012
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Overall, this is a terrific, feature-laden compact camera. I have a Sony HX9V also and this is a nice, although small upgrade. The still photo quality isn't that much improved from the previous HX9V even though the pixel count is now at 18.2MP(as a matter of fact, most of the time, you can hardly see any difference at all, esp. when you print the photos). The video portion (now w/AVCHD 2.0) now has 1080p at 60fps which is very nice and looks amazing on a big HDTV (24p recording is also available). One of the biggest improvements seems to be the increase in zoom range--now at 20X. You can also view 3D images on the lcd screen now (without 3D glasses) which is cool. Build quality seems to have gone down a little bit....when compared to the HX9V....it's lighter and there's no chrome or metal trim...making it look "cheaper" and less elegant. However, overall, I'd say this is probably one of the best compact cameras in the market right now. If you already have a HX9V, it might not be worth the money to upgrade (esp. if your priority is still photo capability). However, if you need longer zoom and better video, it should definately be worth checking it out.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Turiya on May 4, 2012
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Check my uploads on the 'View and share related images' link below the main pic, for some reason they are not showing up on the 'See all the images' link. Just got this camera and its amazing. Casually snapped some pictures of the moon last night and was shocked to see moon craters in the image! This 18.2MP 20xZoom is ASTOUNDING! On the other end of the spectrum I did some macro photography and the level of detail is equally astounding. Check out my uploaded images of grains of sand, the end of a screwdriver and a faucet. Keep in mind I had to greatly crop these images and size to upload to Amazon, the part showing is just a small section of a huge picture. the real full pictures are the best I've ever achieved with any camera. There are so many other great features, like night time shooting, etc that I may review later. For now I will let the images speak for themselves. I LOVE THIS CAMERA!

Recommendations:

for only $4, I recommend this battery charger for the cameras battery, includes car charger, works great:
SONY NP-BG1, NP-FG1, NPBG1 NPFG1 Battery Charger for Sony DSC-W Series Camera Models

For an extra Battery I recommend the NP-FG1 battery - it shows the remaining minutes on your camera display, the camera comes with an NP-BG1, the NP-FG1 is a new model of the battery.
Sony NP-FG1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack for Select Digital Cameras
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