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The Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 (announced 29 Feb’07) is a 8.1 Megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features 15x optical zoom, Super SteadyShot® Optical Image Stabilization, NightShot® Infrared System, Face Detection, and a 3.0″ LCD Screen. The camera runs on NP-BG1 Lithium Ion battery which able to shoot up to 250 shots.
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Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 Reviews
TrustedReviews reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 and writes;
“Sony’s DSC-H9 has some interesting features, including an impressive zoom range, manual exposure options, night shooting and a big tilting monitor, and it is competitively priced, but it lack the versatility of some rival cameras. It is also lacking in final image quality, with unexpected optical problems as well as overpowered noise reduction”
DigitalCameraReview reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 and writes;
“the Sony Cyber-Shot H9 has everything you could ask for in a camera without buying a dSLR. Offering an 8 megapixel imaging sensor, a 15x image stabilized optical zoom, 3 inch tilt-up screen and a slew of manual and automatic features, the H9 is a very versatile package that delivers excellent image quality. ”
DigitalCameraReview reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 and writes;
“However, images are noisy at and above ISO 400. Also, the shadow detail loss and lens distortion characteristics tend to detract from an otherwise impressive feature set. Bottom line is that it seems a bit expensive for the performance demonstrated, but if kept between ISO 80 and ISO 400, it can capture quality images, particularly those that require the quick focus and shutter release.”
GoodGearGuide reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 and writes;
“A strong choice if you’re after an ultra zoom camera, the Cyber-Shot DSC-H9 sports a 15x optical zoom and captures some good shots, however it does have issues with haloing and purple fringing, which will be irritating for many users.”
PopPhoto reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 and writes;
“What’s not to like? The H9 lacks both RAW capture and Adobe RGB color space. A more serious omission is a hot-shoe for an accessory flash. Its long zoom lens does show some purple fringing at the edge of pictures, confirmed as chromatic aberration by DxO Analyzer 2.0 tests. And as evolved as the H9′s EVF and monitor are, we still prefer the direct optical viewing of an SLR.”
T3 reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 and writes;
“Image quality can be on the ropey side though, and with its plasticky build, it would get utterly spanked in an arm-wrestle with its metal faced competitors. But with excellent 1cm macro focus and self-explanatory NightShot and Face Detection modes it’s still a very capable camera.”
DCRP reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 and writes;
“For the most part, the DSC-H9 is a very quick performer. The camera starts up in about two seconds, slightly faster than its predecessor. Focus times are excellent, even at the telephoto end of the lens. This is the first ultra zoom that really rivals the Panasonics in terms of focus speeds. Low light focusing wasn’t as fast, but the camera consistently locked focus. Shot-to-shot delays were brief, even when using the flash. ”
CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 and writes;
“The good: Relatively wide angle for a megazoom; tons of manual and automatic features; large, flip-up LCD; fast continuous shooting. The bad: Small EVF; lens aberrations and vignetting; image noise and some processing artifacts; lacks hotshoe and raw file support. The bottom line: If you shoot primarily outdoors in daytime–especially sports, children and animals–the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 is a great choice. The cheaper DSC-H7 has a smaller LCD, lacks infrared shooting, and has a few interface differences, but is otherwise identical. ”
Cameras.UK reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 and writes;
“At higher ISO levels picture quality falls away. At the maximum setting of ISO 3200 picture quality is very poor and I cannot image anyone wanting to show around photos taken on this setting. Even lower down the scales there is a clear drop off in quality at around ISO 400. … The Sony DSC H9 has a fifteen times optical zoom lens. This is one of the largest zooms you will find on a consumer digital camera. I found the picture quality to be good and I was impressed at the way Sony managed to handle all the features to ensure that the DSC H9 remained easy enough to use. Shutter lag times are minimal.”
Megapixel reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 and writes;
“Set to 80 or even 100 ISO and with good outdoor light, the DSC-H9 produces images that show no serious shadow noise, and only slightly more colour noise. Still, with the H9 a precise determination of the noise content of images is difficult due to the compression. At 200 ISO, noise — particularly colour noise that gives single colour areas in an image a slightly pixilated appearance — is more noticeable. At the 400 ISO level, the image processing tends to soften detail visibly…The fact is that however interesting and feature-laden a camera is, in our opinion the image quality is more important than anything else. And in this area, the H9 is a disappointment. ”
CameraLabs reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 and writes;
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 certainly has a great deal going for it, but equally a number of aspects which really let it down. On the upside the 15x lens offers a great range bettered only by the Olympus SP-550UZ and the stabilisation really works. The H9 is additionally one of the quickest focusers in its class, so at last we have a non-DSLR which can genuinely take a stab at action or wildlife shots…However much we enjoyed using the H9 and were delighted by its screen and focusing speed, its often compromised image quality and inability to do anything about it prevent us from awarding our highest recommendation. There are however enough great things about the H9 though for us to confidently award it our Recommended rating. It ain’t perfect, but if the plus points are high on your shopping list, you’ll easily forgive the rest.”
NeoCamera reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 and writes;
“Straight out, the Sony Cybershot DSC-H9 produces good looking image with well saturated colors. There are several color modes including Normal, Vivid and Natural. By default, the camera uses the Normal color mode. Between Normal and Natural, differences are minimal. Both these color modes produce slightly over-saturated colors compared to reality. Notwithstanding white-balance, the H9′s colors are reasonably hue-accurate. Vivid mode produces highly saturated colors, for those who like their colors very punchy. Exposure was accurate and consistent.”
Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 Samples
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- Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 Sample Images @ DCRP
- Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 Sample Images @ CNET.AU
- Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 Sample Images @ Cameras.UK
- Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 Sample Images @ Megapixel
- Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 Sample Images @ View-Magazine
- Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 Sample Images @ CameraLabs
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Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 Press Release
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 27, 2007 – Responding to the growing demand for super zoom digital cameras, Sony is introducing its new 8-megapixel DSC-H9 and DSC-H7 models. Designed to appeal to families with budding athletes in their broods, the cameras debut Sony’s new advanced sports shooting mode.
This mode combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing. The cameras can quickly focus on fast-moving subjects by predicting where those subjects will be in the frame. This predictive technology also helps to reduce shutter lag, the time it takes for the camera to focus and shoot.
Both cameras feature powerful Carl Zeiss® 15x optical zoom lenses for up-close shots of big plays on the field. You won’t miss the look of victory in your champion’s face with Sony’s new face detection technology. It can identify up to eight faces in the camera’s LCD frame, and automatically adjust white balance and flash as well as focus and exposure for correctly exposed, sharp photos.
The Big Game Is Even Bigger In High Definition
Half the fun is playing the game and the other half is re-living the experience by viewing and sharing your photos. Why huddle around the PC to look at pictures when you can impress family and friends with the visual impact of the game in the utmost clarity, color and detail on an HDTV set.
These new cameras feature high-definition outputs. Simply connect them to your HDTV with the Sony VMC-MHC1 high-definition component cable, sold separately, and turn photo viewing into an entertainment experience.
Shoot At The Speed of Life
Even if you’re not at full speed during the soccer match on Saturday morning, the H9 and H7 models will be. These new cameras can shoot up to 1/4000 of a second, a critical speed for capturing fast-moving sports and freezing the action.
Both cameras are powered by the Bionz™ processing engine, first used in Sony’s Alpha digital SLR camera system. This new circuitry speeds up response times and delivers the fast image processing speeds needed to produce color-rich, detailed pictures for true high-definition photo viewing.
Capturing fast action does not have to result in blurry photos. The H9 and H7 cameras incorporate Super Steady Shot® optical image stabilization to minimize blur caused by camera shake, an important feature when shooting at slow shutter speeds at full zoom. Their high sensitivity, up to ISO3200, also helps to fight blur resulting from fast-moving subjects.
The H9 camera takes fast-action shooting a step further. It sports a 3-inch, flip-up LCD screen so that you can shoot comfortably from nearly any position. You can hold the camera low to the ground for eye-level shots of kids, without having to contort yourself or crawl on the ground, or hold it high for shots of the crowd. The H7 camera has a non-articulating but large 2.5-inch LCD screen for easy sharing and viewing.
Capture The Mood
The H9 camera is the only Cyber-shot model in this year’s line to feature NightShot® technology. This feature allows you to take photographs in environments with virtually no light so you won’t miss the action, even at a late night game.
Both cameras’ high sensitivity (up to ISO 3200) will also help preserve the mood of your pictures by capturing well-exposed, natural-looking photos, even in challenging low-light conditions. You can shoot at higher shutter speeds to take in the maximum amount of light without using the flash. Picture noise, common to pictures shot at high ISO levels, is minimized by Sony’s Clear RAW ™ noise reduction technology.
The Winning Finish
The H-series cameras incorporate selectable in-camera editing functions so you can spend more time on the field and less time behind a computer. Equipped with Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimizer, originally developed for the Alpha digital SLR system, the new cameras can analyze captured image data and instantly determine the best exposure and tonality of each picture before JPEG compression.
Other helpful in-camera functions include red-eye correction and photo retouching effects with filters. You can create fun and artistic photos with up to four filter selections, such as the partial color filter that can highlight your star athlete in color while the background of the photo is in black-and-white.
The DSC-H9 and DSC-H7 cameras will ship in April for about $480 and $400, respectively. The VMC-HD1 high-definition component cable will also be available in April for about $40. Additional accessories will include wide and telephoto conversion lenses, filters, batteries, travel chargers, sports packs and cases. All can be purchased online at sonystyle.com, at Sony Style® retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), and at authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders begin on Feb. 28 at www.sonystyle.com/newcameras.
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