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Old Mar 8, 2010, 5:17 PM   #1
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Default Sony H20 - Love it, but not the 38mm

I went to Best Buy today and was able to play around with the Sony H20. I loved it! The only thing I don't care for is that it starts at 38mm. That's quite a big difference from all the 24mm, 25mm and 28mm cameras out there. Does Sony make a similar camera with a wider angle? I really liked how quick and quiet the Sony operates. I compared it to the Canon SX120 which I didn't like at all (noisy and slow).
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Old Mar 8, 2010, 7:58 PM   #2
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The only wide angle alternative choices are the Samsung HZ15W ($199) with 10X optical zoom, beginning at 24mm. Then there is the Samsung TL320 ($199) with 5X optical zoom. Sony does not a wide angle alternative in that price range.

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Old Mar 10, 2010, 12:49 AM   #3
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I went to Best Buy today and was able to play around with the Sony H20. I loved it! The only thing I don't care for is that it starts at 38mm. ...
That has always been my point against this camera. Yes, it has a powerful flash, which is good for indoor photography but the 38mm lens is a real killer.

If you really want this camera, one solution is to by a wide angle converter (I recommend the Raynox DCR6600PRO or HD6600, which is the newer version, both are 0.66x). You will need an adapter to attach the converter. I used to have the former (sold it on eBay very recently for a bargain) and it worked beautifully with my old Sony H1, which has a 36mm lens. The thing is, it will add an extra cost and for that kind of money, I'm sure you can buy something else that offers a wider angle lens.
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I would spend the extra money and get something like the ZS3 or ZS5, it would come out to be about the same once you add the adapter and lens anyway. And it just adds more stuff to carry, which is not the point with a small bridge camera.
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Agreed.
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Tullio and Shoturtle-

Yes, I would be the first to agree that the Sony H-20's short coming is that 38mm lens. However, for folks on a tight budget, who need a dependable automatic mode, a well performing built-in flash unit, HD video in which they can zoom while filming, the Sony H-20 priced, now at under $200.00, represents a viable alternative camera choice.

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