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3.0 out of 5 stars Plusses and minuses, July 18, 2012
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This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black) (2012 Model) (Electronics)
I was looking for a small high-zoom camera that can double as an HD camcorder. My impressions so far are as follows:

* The 20X zoom is good (but note that the minimum focal distance to your subject is about 6 feet when zoomed in all the way).
* The image stabilizer in this camera does a good job of compensating for motion.
* USB charging is convenient; I don't like carrying around a power adapter brick.
* Battery life has been good so far.
* I found the flash to be plenty bright for indoor shots, much brighter for example than the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS19 Digital Camera, Black

* The small F3.2 aperture usually requires a flash when used indoors. Low-light images otherwise turn out very grainy and have yellow or green splotches.
* Indoor video recording also requires very bright lighting conditions or the video is also grainy/splotchy. The lighting that the camera requires for video is much higher than that required for still photos, and is about double that of the usual camcorder (plus the camera has no light as you might find on a camcorder).
* I don't like the physical location of the flash; it pops up right where I tend to hold the camera.
* I don't like the position of the micro-USB connector on the bottom of the camera which requires that I sit the camera on its lens or on its back while charging, and also makes it impossible to use external power when attached to a tripod. Also note that the micro-USB connector does not plug in all the way.
* Severe ghosting occurred on night shots of bright objects. For example, I counted about a dozen ghost images when I took a picture of a post lamp (see attached image).

In summary, the camera can double as a camcorder in daylight conditions, but a camcorder (or camera with a wider aperture) would be better for indoor or night photography. Unfortunately most camcorders don't have decent still photo resolution (check the gross pixel count, not the number of extrapolated artificial pixels printed on the side of the camcorder), hence I'm still looking for the perfect camera that can do both.
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Initial post: Aug 1, 2012 8:05:00 AM PDT
D.Dubbs says:
Counter to some of your "cons". The flash on most compacts for the last two or three years are in the exact same spot IE Canon PowerShot series, Nikon CoolPix series, Panasonic Lumix series, so on and so forth. They've made that adjustment in attempt to move the flash further away from the lens. Yes it's annoying at first and takes a few shots to get used to, but once you expect it muscle memory kicks in and you no longer put your finger there. (That easy).

I've experienced none of the "grainy", "yellow/green splotches". Low light performance on this camera for a P&S is excellent. Remember it is still JUST a P&S. Don't expect full blown SLR performance with sensors this small. The camera isn't perfect, but it is the most fun P&S I've ever handled. The abundance of shooting options/modes are just plain fun to experiment with. The photo quality is outstanding and the video is better than a lot of camcorders on the market. #research.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 4:02:34 AM PDT
Mr cool says:
Go to a store and try out the rx100 as it addresses most of your cons even the video one.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:58:29 PM PST
stop by the bank to take out a second mortgage !!!!!! were not even close $ wise. a canon sx230 or sx260 is a good bet or a panny zs15 or zs20 is also a good choice. i'd stay away from the small nikon zooms unless it's a P510 although it's really a full sized s/zoom. just my opinon for what it's worth!

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 2:38:00 PM PST
Bo Bo says:
No thanks....I'll take my little SX260 anytime over this one :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 10:15:33 AM PST
S. Krishna says:
@ Mr. Lefever, have you owned the hx9v or this hx20v camera and compared it with the sx260? Thanks for any inputs you might have.
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