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Comment: I bought this a month ago when I sold my DSLR kit - had to do it to pay my tuition fees!
I've been a Nikon for 8 years, playing with D40, D80, D90, and for the past three years D300s, and shifting between a plethora of lenses, wide, tele, super tele and of course a Sigma Macro. It'd be funny and ludicrous to say that this acceptably priced P&S camera came up as a nice replacement to my £3K photography kit. However, it turned out a cute contender, fighting for its place.
Yes, photos show the notorious water effect, especially on the edges; and yes, sometimes photos come up a bit too processed - especially if you opt for the Super auto pilot thingy with the '+' sign. However, the camera shoots ridiculously fine pictures in almost every lighting condition. Low light photography? No problem - I mean if you compare it with other P&S cameras. If you're into low light, high exposure photography, like me, then the manual mode is an amen to your prayers. The longest exposure (30s) on the market.
If you want to shoot videos to keep or to put up on Youtube, then this is definitely your camera. Panasonic TZ30? Nope, I recommend this one, since HX20V comes up on top hands down. TZ30 is nice, but HX20V is another story altogether. (drop me a Q on this, and I'll explain it in detail)
Here's my test video on Youtube, you be the judge - and remember Youtube's hilarious algorithms to scale down large videos:
All in all, I after I bought this little fellow and played with it for a full month, shooting videos and a couple of hundred stills, I feel a bit less depressed after selling my 'precisous' DSLR kit.
Do ask me questions on this camera either on my Tube channel or here, and I'll try to answer them to the best of my knowledge.
Good: zoom range, image quality, 1080p, GPS, screen, Superior Auto mode with HDR, handheld lowlight, 10 fps, fast focus
Bad: still searching...
Comment: I bought it to replace my old HX5V, and I have to say that I was not expecting so much from the HX20V. The sensor is better than I thought it would be.
Pretty well summed up there : http://www.photographydailynews.com/2012/06/sony-cybers-hot-dsc-hx20v-review/
Good: Full HD video; good stabilization; great zoom;
Bad: chromatic aberration; low light? battery?
Comment: My comments are based on the review, I don't have one. However, it is close to what I'm looking for, although I have become increasingly critical of chromatic aberration. It looks like a good travel camera.
But what is wrong with CNET!!!!? Why post a Youtube video at less than the max resolution???? What's the point?
Good: Zoom, Videoquality, Programs, Well build, Great lcd dispaly, Picture Quality.
Bad: No consistant quality. Standard battery.
It's a great camera and probably the best compact out there at the moment. The price is a bit on the high side, but I guess that it's quit easy for builders to reach a certain level for a small price, but if you realy want to be better then the rest the price is going up exponentialy.
Having sad this I realize one thing: Why did Sony not deliver it with the new np-fg1battery which is capable of giving exact information to the camera on how many pictures you can still shoot. Why did they put the old np-bg1 battery which they don't sell anymore in the box along with the camera?
For the rest. Video's are just great. Very nice colours and crisp and clear image with great stabalizers. The mic's are ok too. Great programm's for different picture settings. I like the programme's where you can black and white everything exept for the items that are red. Or except for the items that are blue. Or yellow. Or Green. I also like the programm where you can shoot a picture of a person or an item and have the background hazy.
One minor thing is that with this las programm it does not always work. The camera does however indicate that it was not possible to shoot the picture you wanted.
I used to own a small Sony WX1 camera. This camera was able to shoot great pictures in the dark without flash because of it's 2.4 d. The quality of the HX20V is of equal quality. Maybe just only a little bit worse. But still very good. You can easily adjust the kind of colours you want your picture to have with this low light shoothing making the picture also a bit better. To my taste there was just a bit to much colours and especially a bit to much yellow in the low light pictures.
The camera is very well build, feels and handles very nice. When you turn it on and the lens comes out with great spead and souplesse this feels and sounds very nice indicating the high quality of the camera.
One thing I will have to get used to however is the pop up flash right at the place where I normally have my left hand fingers. I keep forgetting this. It surprisses me time and time again.
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