Face-Off: Cyber-shot HX20V vs PowerShot SX260 HS

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Sony Cyber-shot HX20V
Overview - Full review
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Overview - Full review
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Overall Scene
Sony Cyber-shot HX20V
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
Score
5/5
4/5
Handling
4/5
Responsiveness
5/5
Picture Quality
5/5
Video
5/5
User Score
4/5 (20)
4/5 (9)
Specifications
Specifications
SensorBSI CMOS 18 Mpx, 1/2.3", 63 Mpx/cm
Lens 20x 25 -500 mm f/3.2 -5.6
StabilisationOptical
ViewfinderN.A.
Screen7.5 mm, not TN, 921600 dots, 4:3,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)100 - 3200 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,50 fps, Stereo
Internal memory105MB
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / NP-BG1 (3.4 Wh)
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight63 x 107 x 36 mm / 243 g
Specifications
SensorBSI CMOS 12 Mpx, 1/2.3", 42 Mpx/cm
Lens 20x 25 -500 mm f/3.5 -6.8
StabilisationOptical
ViewfinderN.A.
Screen7.5 mm, not TN, 461000 dots, 4:3,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)100 - 3200 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,24 fps, Stereo
Internal memoryN.A.
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / NB-6L (3,5 Wh)
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight63 x 107 x 33 mm / 225 g
Conclusion
The Sony HX20V is a very nice camera indeed. It has plenty of features, offers good performances, and takes great pictures ... so long as you don't mind their slightly 'processed' look. The lens, however, could deliver more consistent levels of sharpness across the frame, as it's no better (and in some situations actually a bit worse) than the lenses in the HX10V and some other competitors.
The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS is a very nice update of the SX230. The 4:3-format screen has returned, the zoom lens and electronics are great quality, and the flash now only pops out when you actually want to use it! However, battery life is too tight (especially if you have the GPS switched on) for this camera to get a fifth star.
Pros

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Good build quality, design and handling

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Good screen with relatively accurate display quality

+

Full HD video at up to 50p with stereo sound

+

Advanced image processing, digital noise kept in check

+

Very good general responsiveness

+

Very good general picture quality, especially at long focal lengths

+

Good build quality, nice design and handling

+

Flash now only pops out when you actually want to use it

+

Full HD video with decent picture quality and stereo sound

Cons

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No RAW mode and Jpeg shots are quite heavily processed—too processed for some users

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Lens quality could be more consistent, especially at mid and long focal lengths

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Responsiveness could be better

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Pop-up flash could put some users off

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Battery life is quite low (230 photos with GPS off)

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Limited video framerate: 24 fps