Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Brief Review


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  • 16.2 megapixels BSI CMOS sensor
  • 4x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle
  • 3-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Waterproof to 16 ft, dustproof, and shockproof to 5 ft
  • 1080p HD video with stereo sound
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-03-31
  • Final Grade: 86 4.3 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
16.2 megapixels BSI CMOS sensor; 4x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle; 3-inch touchscreen LCD; Waterproof to 16 ft, dustproof, and shockproof to 5 ft; 1080p HD video with stereo sound; Optical image stabilization; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The TX20, along with the more expensive TX200, is a truly intriguing camera although a minor upgrade from the TX10. Waterproof to 16 feet and drop-resistant to five, the TX20 manages rugged without sacrificing style. It looks just like any of the touchscreen, internal lens models made by a number of manufacturers but is tough as well. Other features include a 16 megapixel BSI sensor, a 4x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle, 1080p HD video, and 10fps continuous shooting. Reviews have been middling, with reviewers decrying just average image quality and the all-touchscreen operation. Also note that both Olympus and Fujifilm offer slightly cheaper models, the TG-820 iHS and XP150, that do have more rugged ratings.

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