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- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
- Sony's new stylish tough cam fails to capitalize on the potential of last year's TX10.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Digital Camera Review$329.99
While the TX20's tiny lens can manage a modicum of sharpness at the center of the frame, elsewhere you'll find details very soft. Even at the center of the frame, we notice that some of what sharpness does exist has software enhancement to thank, not the genuine quality of the hardware. This can be observed in the chart below by looking at the center crops, and paying particular attention to the thick dark lines and fake highlights where black meets white.
Sony T-series cameras aren't known for their sharpness, in fact these results are worse than last year's TX10, and about even with the TX-66, a non-ruggedized model. Nikon's AW100 is the best toughcam for this test, far surpassing Sony. More on how we test sharpness.
Since SteadyShot cannot be turned off while using this camera, we have no way to establish a control group for testing, and therefore cannot award a score here. Anecdotally, the stabilizer seems effective in practice, especially for framing and video shooting.