Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Review

Overall 47
Imaging 9
Features 46
Size 93
Price 1

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 96 x 56 x 18 mm
  • Weight: 133 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Summary

This review is devoted to Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Feb 28, 2012. This model is a Ultracompact camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Ultracompact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #49 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #205 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 137 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 With Other Cameras in Ultracompact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Ultracompact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 has the following external dimensions 96 x 96 x 18 mm (37.8 x 22.05 x 7.09″) with the weight of 133 g.

The typical weight for average Ultracompact type cameras is 137g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 18mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 — 250 shots
Min: 150 shots
Average: 214 shots
Max: 320 shots

Thickness

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 — 18 mm
Min: 13 mm
Average: 20 mm
Max: 33 mm

Weight

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 — 133 g
Min: 87 g
Average: 137 g
Max: 221 g

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 comes with BIONZ processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 has the following ISO range 125 - 3200 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20. However, if you are looking specifically for a Ultracompact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 922k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/1600 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 provides a shooting life of 250, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 214 shots.

Compared to all models in the Ultracompact category, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 offers the highest battery life that reaches 250 shots.

How Good is Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 49. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (96 x 56 x 18 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 53. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 can be called a 53 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/1600s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (250 shots)
  • Small size (96 x 56 x 18 mm)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 18. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (133 g)
  • Small size (96 x 56 x 18 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 52. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 can be called a 52 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
Announced Feb 28, 2012
Body Type Ultracompact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 922k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/1600 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3.7
Flash Modes Auto, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 133 g
Physical Dimensions 96 x 56 x 18 mm
Battery Life 250 shots
Battery Type 250 shots
Battery Model NP-BN
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1

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