Touch Screen Digital Camera

Touch Screen Digital Camera

Touch Screen Digital Camera
Overcome the elements with the ruggedized Sony® DSC-TX20. Waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof, it captures stunning 16.2MP pictures and AVCHD 1080/60i videos with its stabilized 4X optical/8X Clear Image zoom lens. View creative Picture Effects on its 3.0" Xtra-fine touch-screen LCD before shooting. Touch Screen Digital Camera

Features

16.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Image Sensor

This camera features a 16.2 megapixel Exmor® R CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera's Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain. In addition, the combined Exmor® R CMOS sensor and BIONZ® image processor delivers extremely fast up to 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 1080i movie modes.

Rugged and Stylish

This camera is just as much at home in the water as on a night on the town! The sleek and stylish camera fits the slimmest pocket or purse, yet is waterproof to a depth of 16 ft, shockproof from falls up to approximately 5 ft and dustproof thanks to its airtight construction. Seamlessly shifting from underwater marvels to a night on the town, the TX20 always makes it easy to get the best shot!

Full HD 1080/60i

Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60i in 1080 AVCHD video. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.2 With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time.

Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps

Capture full 16.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.

Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode

Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode for blur-free movies even while walking.4 Camera-shake compensation using Optical SteadyShot/Active Mode has been improved with the addition of new electronic image stabilization. Now it's easier than ever to obtain sharp, blur-free movies even when zooming in unsteady situations, such as shooting with one hand while walking.

3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama mode

Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities.3 Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way.

Optical zoom plus Clear image zoom

Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos.

Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR mode

With Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR mode just press the shutter, pan the landscape and let the camera do the rest. It automatically links together each frame to produce a high resolution panoramic image providing the ability to zoom in on small details. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion.

Picture Effect

Picture Effect adds a new level of expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Select models have up to nine effects.

Photo Creativity

Photo Creativity allows you to fine-tune your exposure settings, such as brightness, color, and vividness, and quickly choose the right enhancement for your subject. Now you can view Picture Effects and Photo Creativity effects in real time on the camera's monitor or in the viewfinder before shooting.

Background Defocus

DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear.

Superior Auto mode

Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using backlight correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 36 scenes for still images and movies, making it easy to get the best shot.

Face Detection technology

Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.

Smile Shutter technology

Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode when the Intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.

Anti-blink function

It's frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.

Soft Skin mode

Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.

Intelligent Scene Recognition mode

Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects 36 different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.

Natural Flash

Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don't capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash controls the white balance of both the background and main subjects.

Motion Detection

Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.

Specifications

Advanced Features
Picture Effects HDR Painting / Richtone Monochrome / Miniature / Toy camera / Pop Color / Partial Color / Soft High-key
Advanced Features
Anti Motion Blur Yes
Background Defocus Yes
Blink Detection Yes
Dustproof Yes
Face Detection 8 Faces (Auto / Off / Child Priority / Adult Priority / Selected Face Memory)
Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode Image Stabilization4
In-Camera Editing Trimming / Red-Eye Correction / Unsharp Masking
Intelligent Auto Yes
Shockproof Yes
Shooting Tips Yes
Smile Shutter technology Yes
Superior Auto Yes
Sweep Panorama Intelligent Sweep Panorama / 3D Sweep Panorama / Underwater Sweep Panorama
Tracking Focus Off / Auto
Waterproof Yes
Camera
Camera Type Touch screen digital camera
Convenience Features
Erase/Protect Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD, Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD
Red-Eye Reduction Auto / On / Off
Drive System
Burst Mode Approx 10 fps at 16.2MP (Maximum 10 shots)
Self-timer Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2
Shutter Speeds iAuto(4" - 1/1600) / Program Auto(1" - 1/1600)
Exposure System
D-Range Optimizer Standard
Exposure Compensation Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
ISO Auto / 125 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
Metering Modes Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
Scene Mode(s) High Sensitivity / Soft Snap / Soft Skin / Landscape / Night Portrait / Night Scene / Handheld Twilight / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Pet Mode / Anti-Motion blur / Backlight Correction HDR / Hi-speed Shutter / Underwater
White Balance Mode Auto (Intelligent) / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / One Push, One Push Set / Underwater
Flash
Flash Coverage ISO Auto: Approx.0.08m-3.7m(3 1/4 inches to 12 feet 1 3/4 inches)(W)
/ Approx.0.5m-2.7m(1 feet 7 3/4 inches to 8 feet 10 3/8 inches)(T),
ISO3200: up to Approx.5.2m(17 feet 3/4 inches)(W) / Approx.3.8m(12 feet 5 5/8 inches)(T)
Flash Modes Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off
Focus Control
AF Illuminator Auto / Off
AF Modes Multi Point AF / Center Weighted AF / Spot AF / Flexible Spot AF / Tracking Focus / Face Tracking Focus / Flexible Spot AF(Tracking Focus) / Flexible Spot AF(Face Tracking Focus)
Imaging Sensor
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Effective Picture Resolution 16.2MP
Imaging Sensor 1/2.3" Exmor® R CMOS Sensor
Pixel Gross 16.8MP
Processor BIONZ®
Interface
HD Output Micro HDMI
Memory Card Slot MS Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC Compatible
TransferJet Send: Yes, Receive: Yes
USB Port(s) Multi Type3b(AV/USB/DC IN), Hi-Speed USB(USB2.0)
LCD Display
Brightness Control 5(Bright) / 4 / 3(Normal) / 2 / 1(Dark)
Grid Display Yes (Off / On)
LCD Type 3.0” Xtra Fine LCD display (921K dots)
Touch Panel Yes
Optics/Lens
Aperture f 3.5-4.6
Clear Image Zoom 8x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) Still 16:9: 27-08mm / Still 4:3: 25-100mm / Movie 16:9: 27-108mm(Optical SteadyShot Standard), 29-116mm(Optical SteadyShot Active) / Movie 4:3: 33-132mm(Optical SteadyShot Standard), 35-110mm(Optical SteadyShot Active)
Lens Construction 12 elements in 10 groups(including 6 aspheric elements, 1 prism)
Lens Type Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar®
Macro Mode Yes
Minimum Focus Distance iAuto:AF(W:Approx.1cm(0.03') to Infinity, T:Approx.50cm(1.64') to Infinity) / Program Auto:AF(W:Approx.8cm(0.26') to Infinity, T:Approx.50cm(1.64') to Infinity)
Optical Zoom 4x
Steady Shot Mode:Active Yes
Power
Power Consumption (in Operation) Approx. 1.0W
Battery Capacity typical: 2.3Wh (630mAh), minimum: 2.2Wh (600mAh)
Battery Type LITHIUM ION NP-BN 3.6V
Power Requirements AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz, 18W
Recording
Audio Format AC3 (Stereo)
Dual Record Yes
Media Type optional “Memory Stick Duo” (No movie recording), optional “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Mark 2 only for movie recording), optional “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”, optional SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
Microphone/Speaker Stereo/mono
Panorama Still Image Size Sweep Panorama:HR(10,480 x 4,096) / Wide(7,152 x 1,080/4,912 x 1,920) / Standard(4,912 x 1,080/3,424 x 1,920)
Photo Capture from Movie Yes
Still Image Max Effective Resolution Approx. 16.2 Megapixels
Still Image Mode JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9 12M(4,608 x 2,592) / 2M(1,920 x 1,080)
Still Image Size 4:3 4:3mode:16M(4,608 x 3,456) / 10M(3,648 x 2,736) / 5M(2,592 x 1,944) / VGA
Sweep Multi Angle Image Size 2M (1,920 x 1,080)
Video Mode AVCHD 60i:24M FX/ 17M FH(1,920 x 1,080/60i) / 9M HQ(1,440 x 1,080/60i) / MP4:12M(1,440 x 1,080/30fps)/ 6M(1,280 x 720/30fps)/ 3M VGA(640 x 480/30fps)
Wind Noise Reduction Off/on
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) 3 7/8" x 2 1/4" x 23/32"(95.9 x 56.2 x 17.9mm)
Weight (Approx.) 4.7 oz (133g)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) 4.2 oz (118g)

What's in the Box

  • Battery (NP-BN)
  • AC Adaptor AC-UB10
  • Multi USB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Paint Pen
  • Instruction Manual

Documents

CNET Editors' Rating
3.5 out of 5 stars.

The good

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is a slick, small rugged ultracompact that is fast to focus and shoot, and has plenty of fun shooting options for those looking to do more than just take pictures.

The bad

The TX20's photo quality is disappointing compared with nonrugged Sony Cyber-shots, and its design is almost too small and slippery to use in water.

The bottom line

The rugged camera that doesn't look rugged, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is a nice option for people wanting an ultracompact for days by the pool and nights on the town.

The overall rating is 7.0 out of 10.
  • Design rating is 7.0 out of 10.
  • Features rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Performance rating is 7.0 out of 10.
  • Image quality rating is 6.0 out of 10.