With 720p HD video recording, is the Sony Cyber-shot H20 a step ahead of the superzoom pack? The What Digital Camera Sony H20 review tests it out...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Sony Cyber-shot H20

Overall score:84%
Image Quality:85%


  • 720p video mode, 10x zoom


  • Screen views poorly pre-shot, poor battery life, lens ought to be a wider angle, high ISO quality


Sony Cyber-shot H20 Review


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The Sony Cyber-shot H20 is a solid performer of a superzoom compact. Whilst it perhaps lacks the wide angle lens of its competitors, it does pepper other features generously. Face Detection options, Optical SteadyShot, HD 720p movie recording, and a full manual mode all feature for a more than reasonable price to make the Sony H20 an attractive prospect. Plus, what with the Sony emblem shining on the front, and the elegant silver-coloured finish on black, it looks the part too.

It’s not without its errors though. There is notable image noise at high ISO settings, meaning ISO 3200 ought to be firmly kept off your shooting list. Battery power depletes at a rate of knots too, which can be frustrating. But, if the 38-380mm limit doesn’t put you off, the rest of the features stand up on their own, making the Sony Cyber-shot H20 a commendable superzoom.


Weight:250g (body only)
Other:720p HD movie recording, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, Enhanced Face Detection, Photomusic (HD Slideshow), Intelligent Scene Recognition, trim, red-eye correction and artistic filters in camera retouching,
Dimensions:107.3 x 68.7 x 47.1 mm
Power:Rechargeable li-ion battery
Connectivity:USB / AV/Digital Out
Memory Card:Sony Memory Stick type
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent1, Fluorescent2, Fluorescent3, Incandescent, Flash
Flash Modes:Auto, On / Off
Metering System:Multi Point, Centre weighted, Spot
ISO Range:80-3200
Exposure Modes:Auto, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Twilight using a tripod, Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Portrait
Shutter Speeds:2 - 1/2000 sec
File Formats:JPEG
Lens:38-380mm (10x optical zoom)
LCD:3in, 230K dot
Sensor:1/2.33in. Super HAD CCD
  1. 1. Sony Cyber-shot H20 - Features
  2. 2. Performance, Image Quality & Value
  3. 3. Verdict
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