Sony CyberShot DSC-H20

Last update (22 December’11):
– Review & Sample Photos @ ImagingResource

Sony CyberShot H20 is 10.1 Megapixel digital camera features 10x Optical Zoom (35mm equivalent to: 38-380mm) with Optical SteadyShot™ Image Stabilization, BIONZ™ image processor, HD Movie, and a 3.0″ Clear Photo LCD™ display. The camera measures 4 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ x 1 7/8″ (107.3mm x 68.7mm x 47.1mm) and weighs approx. 9.8oz. (279g).
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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony CyberShot H20 Reviews

ImagingResource reviews the Sony CyberShot H20 and writes;
“ISO 80 and 100 printed results look good at 13×19 with good color and detail. ISO 200 shots look great at 11×14, and though ISO 400 shots lose a little detail at this size, they’re still quite good. Of course, for better quality at under closer scrutiny, ISO 400 shots look better at letter size (8.5×11). ISO 800 shots look very good at 8×10, though with slightly spotty shadows that are nevertheless devoid of chroma noise. ISO 1,600 shots are quite good at 5×7, and ISO 3,200 shots are reasonably good at 4×6.”
Rating: N/A

CameraLabs reviews the Sony CyberShot H20 and writes;
“It’s is an excellent camera that combines long telephoto reach, ease of use, manual exposure control and HD video in a compact and affordable package – as such it comes Highly Recommended.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot H20 and writes;
“The good: First-rate design; simple operation; excellent feature-to-price ratio. The bad: Narrow lens; lens cap is a pain. The bottom line: If you don’t mind its extra bulk and narrow lens, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 is an otherwise excellent compact megazoom camera..”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Sony CyberShot H20 and writes;
“This is a neat, compact digital camera offering extra zoom. Picture quality is good and the movie mode is advanced too. I like the design of the camera and there is a manual exposure mode as well.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony CyberShot H20 and writes;
“we would be tempted to award our highest ‘Essential!’ rating to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20. With these few deficiencies, we feel more comfortable giving it our second-best rating, ‘Highly Recommended’, which is well deserved and a step up from the ‘Recommended’ award we gave to its predecessor last year.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Sony CyberShot H20 and writes;
“It’s not the best superzoom on the market, simply because it doesn’t go wide enough to be as flexible as its rivals, which offer 28mm-equivalent zooms or wider. The H20 delivers better quality at full zoom though, and has a great movie mode, so it’s got to be worth a look for those reasons alone”
Rating: ★★★★☆


Sony CyberShot H20 Samples

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Sony CyberShot DSC-H20 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
Sony CyberShot DSC-H20 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog


Sony CyberShot H20 User Manual (PDF)

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Sony CyberShot H20 Press Release

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 17, 2009 – Sony today announced five new Cyber-shot® cameras (models DSC-T900, DSC-T90, DSC-W290, DSC-W230 and DSC-H20) that make it easier to take the best pictures without changing settings.

The intelligent auto mode, available on the T900, T90, W290 and H20 models helps “think” for you and detect scene conditions then adjust settings, especially in difficult lighting scenarios.

“This camera provides a seamless experience,” said Karim Noblecilla, senior product marketing manager in Sony Electronics’ Digital Imaging Division. “You can go from a walk in the park to taking pictures of a flower and then back to beautiful landscapes or indoor birthday parties, and the camera will know what to do to get the best shot.”

Additionally, intelligent auto mode enhances pictures of faces to capture natural skin tones, identifies when your subject has closed eyes, and helps reduce blur without damaging image quality.

Sony has combined three key technologies to make these cameras smarter.

Intelligent scene recognition (iSCN) detects up to eight scenes, recognizing objects, faces and lighting conditions (e.g. low light and backlight). Then, in one-thirtieth of a second, it changes the setting to get the best shot.

Face detection registers up to eight faces; adjusts focus, exposure, white balance and flash; and detects motion. This intelligent camera combines face detection with iSCN, featuring blink detection. It takes two pictures and saves the one in which the subject’s eyes are the least shut.

The W290 and H20 cameras also have selected-face memory, allowing you to zero in on the main subject’s face. The next time the camera detects the priority face in the frame, it will automatically focus on that person.

The W230 model has iSCN that detects up to five scene conditions, face detection with child and adult priority, and the Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization feature. You can turn on these features in auto mode to make the W230 camera intelligent.

All of the new cameras have the Optical SteadyShot feature and Smile Shutter™ technology. The Optical SteadyShot image stabilization feature helps prevent blur due to camera shake without impacting image quality. Equipped with Sony’s Smile Shutter technology, these cameras automatically capture a smile the moment it happens.

Another advanced feature that sets these cameras apart from most digital still cameras is iSCN advanced. Noblecilla said the iAuto feature increases the chances of getting a great shot. You can also set up iSCN advanced as a permanent feature. When the scene has difficult lighting such as backlight or low light, the camera will take two shots within a fraction of a second using two alternative settings, so you can select which picture you prefer.

HD Movies

The W290, H20, T90 and T900 cameras feature wide and full-screen 720p movie recording at 30 frames per second in fine, standard and VGA recording modes. The 720p movie resolution is three times higher than VGA movies.

The movie function is based on the MPEG4 codec for video compression. Plus the T900 has a stereo microphone. Benefits of the format include high-quality video as well as PC-friendly files that are easy to download, upload and share.

Style and Color

With a compact design for easy on-the-go portability, the DSC-T90 and DSC-T900 cameras are 15 millimeters and 16.3 millimeters thin, respectively. 2009 line of W and T colors come in a pallet of colors to match your unique style.

Powerful Core Features

The W230 camera has 12.1 megapixels, 4x (30mm) Carl Zeiss® Vario Tessar optical zoom lens and 3-inch (measured diagonally) LCD screen. The W290 model adds a 5x wide (28mm) optical zoom lens.

The T90 camera also has 12.1 megapixels and a 4x Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar optical zoom and 3-inch (measured diagonally) wide touch-panel LCD screen. The T900 camera adds a larger 3.5-inch Xtra Fine LCD screen that delivers high resolution images (921,600 dots), which is approximately four times higher than conventional LCD screens.

The H20 model features 10.1 megapixels, a 10x Carl Zeiss optical zoom lens and a 3-inch (measured diagonally) LCD screen.

Easy navigation

Sony has simplified the display of options on most of these cameras to make it easier for customers to use them. The most commonly used features include shooting mode, zoom, play, delete and Smile Shutter. These are available at a click or touch of a button. More sophisticated users can select other shooting modes or change the settings using the menu button.

Tools to Edit, Archive and Share

These cameras are equipped with tools to edit, archive and share. They have in-camera retouch features like red-eye correction and image management to easily sort through thousands of photos in calendar view or album view. You can group favorites and filter by baby, adult, all faces or smiles. The PhotoMusic feature offers an HD slideshow mode with transitions and music for viewing on the camera or television.
The HD output feature lets you view images in high-defintion, although HDMI and component cables are not included. The T900 camera is bundled with a camera stand that allows HDMI connectivity, but the cable is not included.

Bundled Picture Motion Browser (PMB) software allows you to quickly organize images on a compatible PC and upload images to the Web. You can search and organize images by event, smile or face, including children and infants. Then you can display them in calendar or chronological views organized into folders.

14 Responses to “Sony CyberShot DSC-H20”

  1. John Davis says:

    I think this camera has a beautiful quickness to it that no other camera has. Plus with it’s large LCD screen in the back makes it easy to see details on the go. I think Sony has some of the best lens for macro photography and would be temped to use this camera in my regular batch of cameras I use professionally.

  2. Subrata Bhattacharjee says:

    Sir I want know this Dsc h20 price , & who is the best retailar in kolkata ?

  3. Hardik says:


    For the model, Sony cybershot DSC H20:
    1) Is there any play back option for video in the camera itself.

    2) Is there any facility to zoom the images while to see them in the camera ?

  4. Farhat Iqbal says:

    Hello Hardik,

    I bought this camera 1 month back.
    And it have both the features you asked.

  5. Iroel Perez says:

    For the price you can’t get anything better. Check CNET reviews they have put it as the best in its category. I love Sonny Batteries and the easy to use menues and buttons. I have a H10 and now upgraded to H20. Speed is not the best but again they are point-and-shoot after all.

  6. abhi says:

    can we convert the pics to sepia tone in the cam………if yes how??????????

  7. faith says:

    on the “P” setting, before taking the picture, press menu, you should press the down button until you see different options for picture setting. they have black and white, vivid, sephia, and normal.

  8. Ashish says:

    Yes.. You can rotate zoom ring while seeing the photos..and rotate in other direction to come back to normal size

  9. ravi pradhan says:

    I purchased Sony DSC-H20 camera in Nepal which has 10X optical zoom and 10 megapixel and is MADE IN JAPAN.

    Video quality is very good and HD.

    My problem is that while taking video the sound of zoom is also recorded.

    Please advise and the current price of the camera in India.

    Ravi Pradhan,
    West Bengal.

  10. sumantra says:


    Is there any setting for image stabilization. The images are getting blurred even with a slight shake or if the image moves a bit.

    I think most of the latest cameras have dual stabilization??

    Please reply

  11. Gautam says:

    Its really a superb camera, i use the manual mode to override the auto program settings, i got good results till ISO 800, i have my blog, all pictures are taken with my SONY DSC H20, i just need to know that is there any lens hood available for SONY H20, if available pls let me know..

  12. Mamun Al Hassan says:

    H20 Model is very fine digital camera, but it’s battery life is very poor.

  13. Gautam says:

    @ Mamun Al Hassan: I took 382 pictures in one charge..

  14. abhijit says:

    for playing video, select the view pictures button,and the video u want to play and then press the central control button

    if u want to zzom on the images simply turn the zoom knob with that image selected !

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