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Sony Cybershot T20
Sony Cybershot T20

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Sony Cybershot T20

We've given the T20 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The fashionista's favorite camera... and perhaps the photo lover's, too. The Sony T20 is a new ultra-stylish addition to Sony's Cybershot line of T model cameras. Similar to its big brother the T100, this camera has a slightly smaller LCD and less zoom, but the same advanced features. The body measures in at less than half an inch thick and has a brilliant 2.5-inch LCD. A high quality Carl Zeiss zoom lens and an advanced BIONZ Sony processor provide high image quality and prevent color distortion, while speeding up operation time and extending battery life. This little camera has 3x optical zoom and multiple features, including high definition capability and Face Detection, as well as Super Steady Shot to help avoid image blur.


  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 6x digital zoom
  • Auto focus and exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-3200
  • Lithium ion battery
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • Memory Stick / Pro Duo storage (31MB internal)
  • HD Sensitive / HD output capability
  • Part Number: DSCT20
  • UPC: 718122061600
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2007

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Sony Cybershot T20 Reviews

Sony Cybershot T20 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Verry Nice and Satisfying Camera (Cathy Hale — 08/13/2009)

I bought this camera as a replacement to the Sony DSC-N2 which was unfortunately stolen. The N-2 had very good quality pictures and I wanted to make sure that I got the same with my new camera. And I did. This camera is actually what got me interested in photography. It feels good when you see something nice and it comes out just as nice if not nicer on the camera. The colors are vibrant, and it gives extremely clear pictures pretty much every time. The menu is also very easy to navigate, and there are many settings to choose from once you choose one of the four general settings - auto, scene selection mode, program auto (where you can play with all the different features of the camera), and video mode. What I also liked a lot about this camera is that you could zoom in and out during video. My other camera didn't have that, and it was extremely inconvenient and annoying. Trust me, if you don't think you need it, you really do. And on top of all this, I also LOVE the design and layout. It looks and feels crisp and shiny and smooth, and it stayed looking new and pretty long after I bought it. The lens-cover, or whatever it's called, is also EXTREMELY conventient. I never had to actually look for the power button, the camera turns on and off as you slide it up and down. This, too, might seem extremely insignificant, but really, it makes it so much easier.
My only problem with this camera is that the zoom really isn't much. It's enough, but if you're planning on taking pictures of things that are far away, you should probably find a different camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Problems and no one want to know or help (Sue — 02/28/2009)

I have been having intermittent problems with this camera since September 2008 (purchased November 2007).

I took only 32 photos with the camera from purchase date until I commenced a 6 month holiday in August 2008.

The problem started when I was taking on average 40-50 photos per day and only happened when I turned the camera 180o to take a photo of a tall building and the the camera started to shudder. As soon as I turned it back to its normal position this shuddering stopped. This problem did not happen all the time but was fairly annoying as it is impossible to take a photo when the image is vibrating in the screen. If you take a photo when it is like this the image is blurred.

I took it into the Sony shop in Staines UK (camera was purchased in Australia) and they advised me just to take it back to Australia when I returned as I could not be assisted in the UK oh and they would need to send it away and I would be without my camera for weeks (which is useless when you are traveling).

Since then the problem has gotten worse to the point where I cannot even take a photo at all because as soon as I turn it on the shuddering/vibrating starts immediately and will not stop.

Has anyone else had this problem

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great for low light photos (Simon — 08/23/2008)

This camera is very compact and takes excellent pictures outdoors. Low light pics are also great with this model. The only drawback is the flash mode taking indoor picturs. However, I find that this model takes better pics indoors with the flash mode off.

  • 1.0 out of 5
T20 (gaurav — 04/19/2008)

i bought the T20 sony cybershot. The camera is bad. the pictures comes hazy and blurr. the light effect overlaps the images. Day light just average. indoor absolutely pathetic. Don't waste ur money.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Average Camera (steven rey — 03/26/2008)

Not Really a good camera good in day light but in indoors the auto white balance doesnt seems like working properly
More over if you are shooting indoors i feel like auto shoot mode is very bad with very high noise in picture

  • 5.0 out of 5
nice handy (divyang dave — 03/21/2008)

good handy camera with excellent results

  • 4.0 out of 5
It makes me look good (Mayur — 11/20/2007)

Had atrip to ooty and clicked some good photographs. the quality of pics were so good that i didnt had to delete snaps being dissatisfoed. the desing is good can carry in my jeans pocket.. too cool. I just need to print the snaps and see ,,whats the quality i get out. I hope it will rock

  • 5.0 out of 5
T20, all that and a bag o chips. (Mondogizmo — 10/05/2007)

Having had fabulous use of my 1.3 mpix Olympus for the last 5 years, it was time to explore the new gizmo factor of 8 mpix. The Oly still works nicely but the world has moved on.
I chose the Sony because a couple of successful and talented pro graphic arts type people of my acquaintence both had T series cameras. Its form factor is seductive.
The performance is not only adequate, with its tight and heavy 3 dimensional presence, but impressive in the results of all those inconvenienced digits showing up on the cam's LCD and on the computer's LCD.
I shopped for the T20 by attending a few well equipped shops and handled the merchandise. I tried the T200 with its touch screen and decided not to go there because of it's touchy nature. It was too touchy. I decided on the T20 due to its price point and combination of features.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good in design and feature (medisson — 09/01/2007)

Very nice looking and friendly use.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent for daylight snapshot (Mahfuz — 07/24/2007)

Its advantage is the Excellent quality of picture for daylight snapshot, stable image, perfect slim size.

Not that good for indoor picture ( without sufficient light). Use sufficient light for indoor .