Sony CyberShot DSC TX20The DSC-TX20 is a fairly high-end camera in the rugged tough compact category.  It was announced in February 2012 and is the updated version of the Sony DSC TX10.  There are not many differences between the two except an update in the software and photograph enhancements. This device is just as beautiful and stylish as the previous models.  It still comes equipped with the sliding front panel that houses the touch screen display.  The exterior provides the consumer with a choice of some dynamic colors where they can opt for a two tone version with a gray body and an orange or green face place. There are also color coordinated choices, black, blue or pink.

The Cybershot TX20 is a slim and light camera with a 16 megapixel resolution, 3 inch touch screen display, full HD video recording, waterproof down to 16 feet, shockproof up to 5 feet, freezeproof down to 14 -104 degrees Fahrenheit and dustproof. However, most photography enthusiasts do not agree this model is a rugged camera basically because it doesn’t look the part, plus the external materials does not give one confidence that it will hold up under rough handling.  Most camera enthusiasts give the nod to the Olympus TG-1iHS as the true rugged tough camera. You can checkout the review of the TG-1iHS here.

We all can agree that the sliding metal faceplate gives the TX20 a unique look. When not in use, it covers the lens and when you slide the panel down the camera comes on. You can also turn the camera on by its power button. Also, when the panel is slid down the lens, flash and stereo microphone is exposed. The lens is located in the top corner and is stationary while zooming. The TX20 although it has been updated is less costly than its predecessor the TX10. With that being said, let’s take a closer look at the TX20.

Sony CyberShot TX-20 Feature Specs

  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 16.2 MP
  • Optical Zoom: 4X
  • Display: 3.0-inch Touch Screen LCD
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Video Recording: Full HD 1080
  • 3DFeatures: 3D still image and 3D iSweep Panorama
  • Ruggedness: Waterproof 16ft, Shockproof 5 ft, Freezeproof 14 – 104 F and Dustproof
  • Battery: Li-ion Rechargeable Battery
  • Photos Per Battery Charge: 250 Shots per charge
  • Dimensions:   3.8 x 0.7 x 2.2 inches
  • Weight: 4.7 oz (with accessories) 4.2 oz without
  • Colors: Two tone version with a gray body and an orange or green face place. Color coordinated choices: black, blue or pink.

What’s In The Box

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 waterproof digital camera
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Multi USB Cable
  • AC adapter
  • Paint Pen
  • Wrist strap
  • Instruction Manual

Take a look at the video to see the design and features of the Sony TX10. Before the video starts there will be a 5 second ad that appears. Click on it after 5 seconds and you will be taken to the video.

Feature Details of The Sony CyberShot TX10

Rugged and Stylish Features

This model is certified as waterproof from a depth of 16 feet, it is shockproof from a fall of 5 feet, freezeproof from 14 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and it is dustproof.  Because this camera has such a good looking exterior you may think the ‘tough’ status may be overstated. Keep in mind that this particular model cannot be held underwater for hours, but can be submerged for about an hour before you may experience problems. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s care instruction after using it in water.  Additionally, it’s obvious with the exterior being as slick and sleek it could become scratched if dropped on a rough surface.

 3.0 LCD Display

The CyberShot TX-10 comes with a 3.0 inch touch screen LCD display which helps with viewing images and video. The neat thing about the display is that it is touch screen. Most of the cameras functions are controlled from the screen. However, the screen is capacitive touch layer which means the controls will become useless in heavy rainfall or while submerged underwater. Capacitive touch screens use heat conduction to sense points of contact, and are affected by water which will minimize the number of features you can use on the camera if you try to use the touch screen in the water or even if your fingers are wet.

16.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS Image Sensor

 The 16MP CMOS image sensor is being touted as having fast speed, low light sensitivity with improved image clarity. Users also echo this same sentiment. The Sony CyberShot TX-20 made noticeable improvements to the speed in which the camera processes photos. .

Full HD 1080 Video Recording

Users can record movies in 1080 Full HD video with stereo audio. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV. Optical zoom can be used while recording and you can still take photographs while recording.  There is also autofocus during video recording.

3D Still Images & Sweep Panorama

 The TX20 produces some really nice 3D still images. Plus, it has 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities where the Multi-Angle 3D shooting mode allows viewing of images that move in simulated 3D on the display by tilting the camera back and forth, nice feature. You just press the shutter button, pan the landscape and let the camera do all the work! It automatically links together each frame to produce a panoramic image.

Capture The Moments

You won’t miss any of the action because the TX20 can capture images up to 10 frames per second. Also, the camera has a mechanical shutter that helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.

Auto mode

The DSC-TX20 automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with clarity using the Backlight Correction HDR technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 36 scenes for still images and movies which makes it easier for you to get the best shot.

HDMI output

The camera can be connected to any compatible HDMI device such as a HD TV, for viewing of images and video.


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Consumer Reviews

And here’s why I stick to Sony . . . When I lost my waterproof TX10, I was very sad because it was easily the best camera I had owned. It’s amazing how much money we spend on traveling but seldom do we realize the value of spending $100 more for a camera that will go the extra 20 miles and give you the best output.  Read the full review here.

Very Happy . . . I’m a college student, so I placed a great deal of thought into my decision for purchasing this camera. I was looking for something cute that could easily fit into my pocket and accompany me on all my water activities in the summer. I also needed it to take fairly good photos in all kinds of light and be user friendly. This camera satisfied all of the above. Read the full review here.


  • Compact and Portable will fit in jean pockets or palm of your hand
  • Very fast start up and load time with minimum lag time
  • 3D and 3D iSweep Panorama mode is awesome
  • Strong Battery – Easily click 300 + images before requiring a recharge
  • Conveniently charges battery inside the camera, can charge in car
  • Takes fantastic action shots
  • Photos vivid and life like, stunning video
  • A tiny stylus is also included for easier operation of the camera


  • Very Small Size: Portability may be one of the TX20’s strengths, but it can be a major weakness for users who have large hands
  • Has a smooth, metal-finish body, can easily lose your grip on it
  • Learning Curve: some users say handling the camera can be learned and it doesn’t take too much time to get used to it
  • Dirt may become lodged in sliding cover: Sand and dirt may get in the slide-down lens cover and cause scratches to the camera body.  This is a minor issue because Sony provides instructions to remove the dirt, which is to submerge the camera in clean water for a few minutes.
  • Difficult to view display screen in bright sunlight
  • Battery life was an issue when using video

Is The Sony CyberShot TX20 Worth Buying?

Yes, the Cybershot TX20 is worth purchasing. It has received some great reviews and the features are excellent also. Although the CyberShot TX20 is billed as an upgrade to the Sony TX10, it is less expensive than the TX10. Keep in mind that the TX20 upgrade has been mostly software which is why most consumers have decided to keep it rather than upgrade to the newer model. The TX10 is more expensive than the newer TS20 model and depending on the color you choose you may end of paying more for the TX20 than you wish.

Both the TX10 and TX20 have great features and most consumers agree the quality of the video and images are really good. As with most of the waterproof cameras, there is a problem with them leaking, but this is not something that occurs very frequently. It may due to user error, a defective seal or camera. Several users have reported that it leaked after using it in the water.

The table below helps you see the differences between the TX10 and TX20. As you will see the exterior difference is only in color choices. The other differences is software updates and photo enhancements to the Cybershot TX20. Table came from Squidoo Lens: Sony TX20 Review.

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