Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX20 Digital Camera, 16.2MP, 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS Sensor, 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD Display, 4x Optical Zoom, Orange

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About Sony DSC-TX20

The Sony DSC-TX20/D Digital Camera (Orange) is a 16.2MP point-and-shoot that boasts water, dust and shock-proof capabilities. That means it is tough enough to stand up to an extreme sport lifestyle, a toddler and life in general. In addition to capturing high-res stills, the DSC-TX20/D also captures 1080/60i HD video using dual record for stills and movies.

A generous 3.0" Xtra Fine touch panel LCD provides a large platform for recording, reviewing and menu navigation. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 4x optical zoom lens provides a wide 25-116mm focal length and the added benefit of Sony's Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode Image Stabilization. This ensures that even handheld shots will look smooth and clear.

No matter what you're recording, the DSC-TX20/D stores files to MS Duo, SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. A micro HDMI connection also allows for a one cable connection to your HDTV, for big, beautiful memories on the big screen. Additional highlights of the camera include 10 fps burst capture, 3D still and 3D Sweep Panorama shooting, Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR mode and more!

Sony DSC-TX20 Features

  • 16.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor: It 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
  • Capture the decisive moment with up to 10 fps: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode: Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode for blur-free movies even while walking. Camera-shake compensation using Optical SteadyShot/Active Mode has been improved with the addition of new electronic image stabilization
  • 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
  • Background Defocus: DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama mode: Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities. Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way
  • 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
  • Superior Auto mode: 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
  • 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
  • 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

Sony DSC-TX20 Specifications

Lens Type
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
f 3.5-4.6
Optical Zoom
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)
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)
Clear Image Zoom
Macro Mode
Steady Shot Mode
Active: Yes
Metering Modes
Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
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
D-Range Optimizer
Auto / 125 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
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
Red-Eye Reduction
Auto / On / Off
Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD, Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD
Imaging Sensor
1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Pixel Gross
Effective Picture Resolution
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
LCD Type
3.0" Xtra Fine LCD display (921K dots)
Brightness Control
5(Bright) / 4 / 3(Normal) / 2 / 1(Dark)
Grid Display
Yes (Off / On)
Touch Panel
Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2
Shutter Speeds
iAuto(4" - 1/1600) / Program Auto(1" - 1/1600)
Burst Mode
Approx 10 fps at 16.2MP (Maximum 10 shots)
Battery Type
Lithium-ion NP-BN 3.6v
Battery Capacity
Typical: 2.3Wh (630mAh), minimum: 2.2Wh (600mAh)
Power Consumption (in Operation)
Approx. 1.0W
Power Requirements
AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz, 18W
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)
Still Image Mode
Still Image Max Effective Resolution
Approx. 16.2 Megapixels
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
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)
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)
Photo Capture from Movie
Dual Record
Audio Format
AC3 (Stereo)
Wind Noise Reduction
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)
AF Illuminator
Auto / Off
Flash Modes
Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off
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)
Memory Card Slot
MS Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC Compatible
HD Output
Micro HDMI
USB Port(s)
Multi Type3b(AV/USB/DC IN), Hi-Speed USB(USB2.0)
Send: Yes, Receive: Yes
Anti Motion Blur
Sweep Panorama
Intelligent Sweep Panorama / 3D Sweep Panorama / Underwater Sweep Panorama
Face Detection
8 Faces (Auto / Off / Child Priority / Adult Priority / Selected Face Memory)
Smile Shutter technology
Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode Image Stabilization
In-Camera Editing
Trimming / Red-Eye Correction / Unsharp Masking
Intelligent Auto
Shooting Tips
Background Defocus
Superior Auto
Tracking Focus
Off / Auto
Blink Detection
Picture Effects
HDR Painting / Richtone Monochrome / Miniature / Toy camera / Pop Color / Partial Color / Soft High-key
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3.78 x 2.21 x 0.70" / 95.9 x 56.2 x 17.9 mm
4.7 oz / 133 g
Main unit only: 4.2 oz (118g)
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Reviewed by 12 customers


Sony TX 20 excellent value


The camera produces excellent photos. One needs to be careful that it is focusing on the desired area, but this is easy to do with the touch screen, by touching the area that you want to focus on.


Best Camera/Video


I purchased this product because it has excellent quality pictures as well as video. I used the video as well as taking pictures at the same time. This camera is waterproof, which is always a plus since we take pics at the water parks. I can't find any faults with this camera, and it is easy on the wallet for price and quality!


A great little camera


So far I have not used this camera under water, but I have already taken lots of pictures. The quality is good and the camera is easy to use. The weakness I have found so far is the zoom, but, with a camera this size and price one can not expect everything. Overall, a good deal.


Big surprise to me!!!


Panasonic LX 2 and LX7 are great for all my travel photo needs for a long time. Sony TX20 camera will not be my choice if weather forecast did not say about raining weather in NYC during my kid's graduation. Because I need a camera could be used in raining condition. To my surprise, Sony TX20 performance (both photo and video) are way above my expectation. Photos turned out to be great even in low light condition. Video is up to my Sony HC1 level. No kidding. The software used in TX20 is pretty good. Since Sony TX20 is replaced by TX30, get u self one befopre it all gone.


Flash malfunction right away


Im very disappointed about this camera, sure it takes good picture but its not reliably. I used in underwater and the next day the flash failed. It says E 91.01 error and it doesnt work. If you want a good underwater camera look for Olympus. I had it for 5 years and it still works perfect.. I just wanted to upgrade to a new camera and this is what i got. ..

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


The most amazing camera ever


This camera is the best in my book. Its photo image is super clear to the tiniest detail, you can literally just point and shoot and the photo comes out great, love the touchscreen, SO many cool picture options!! I LOVE the intelligent auto - so clever! If you are having second thoughts about this camera, stop. Just buy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


I would recommend this camera.


When I was learning how to use this camera, I found it easier to use Sony's online instruction manual than trying to navigate the various windows in the viewfinder.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Great little camera for rough activities


I love this little camera. I bought it for a trip to the tropics, knowing I would take it kayaking, hiking, up a volcano, and snorkeling. I took many underwater photos that came out well in the full sun, using the underwater mode, and they actually were corrected for that usual "blueness" that underwater photos have. I also shot video underwater, during the day, and it came out well. Action photos of sea life, kayaking, landscapes, and panoramic shots were all terrific. The only disappointment was the nighttime underwater photos, although I really shouldn't complain. It took mostly blurry photos when light was not bright, but again, it's not a DSLR. Happy with my purchase, and recommend to all sporty people who want a camera that can tolerate a little bump here and there, and that can swim along with them.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)




This is a great little camera. It is easy to use just point and shot.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)




I purchased this camera for a spring break trip in 2011. It worked beautifully. Great photos, including many underwater. The following spring break, 2012, I packed this camera and looked forward to more great underwater shots. The first time I submerged it, it filled with water and was ruined. No camera for the rest of the vacation (I had to take photos using my iPhone for the rest of the trip - obviously, no underwater.). To say I was mad is an understatement. I don't like wasting money. Stay away!

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