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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Digital Camera Review$329.99
We can't call the Sony TX20 a plainly "bad" camera. We scored some fairly attractive shots, particularly when taking advantage of the fast burst mode. Plus, the idea of a moderately rugged camera inside a chic body is a lead that other manufacturers should follow. Yet, what else can we really say about a camera that makes no improvement on its predecessor?
The only reason to buy a TX20 is because the TX10 is no longer widely available. It's insulting to the consumer base (bigger numbers are better, right?) and a big disappointment, for us at least, because the TX10 was so exciting but still flawed. Instead of capitalizing on the unique, ingenious positioning of the TX10, Sony has left the door wide open for every other manufacturer. We may see a high-quality, stylish tough-cam in 2012, but it isn't this one.
Redeeming qualities include great color accuracy, which can lead to flattering portraits. Video recording is also very competent, thanks to Sony's credentials in this area, though we did notice some problems with motion. The body is certainly slim too, all other arguments aside, and fits easily inside a pocket, purse, or wristlet.
For the TX30, should one ever arise, we hope to see an end to the all-touch interface. The body could also use a few (or any) ergonomic features, like a thumb rest for example. The buttons that do exist should also be improved, especially the terrible shutter release.
If history is any indication, we'll probably end up recommending the TX20 to friends and family who don't know better and don't care to, just like we did for the TX10. But if you are in any way serious about photography, look to this camera's competitors instead.
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