Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V

Last Updated (12 July’12):
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Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V is a 16.1 Megapixels Digital camera features 16x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-384mm), ISO 100-3200, Optical SteadyShot, Full HD 1080@60p AVCHD video recording, 3D still image and 3D panorama, Face Detection technology, Anti-blink Function, and a 3.0-inch XtraFine LCD display with TruBlack technology (921K dots). The camera measures W x H x D: 4 1/4″ x 2 3/8″ x 1 3/8″ (104.8mm x 59.0mm x 33.9mm) and weighs (Approx) (Main unit only) : 7.6 oz (215g.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V Reviews

Techradar reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V and writes;
“Images are generally sharp and impressive when there’s plenty of light available, and video looks life-like, with auto focus adjusting seamlessly between lens transitions.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameralabs reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V and writes;
“Looking at the Cyber-shot HX9V in its own right, it’s a hugely capable compact that improves on earlier Cyber-shot pocket super-zooms in virtually every area with a much bigger zoom, higher resolution sensor, higher resolution video, higher resolution screen, better composite modes, better panoramic modes and, to top it off, excellent image quality.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographyblog reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V and writes;
“The 16 megapixel backlit sensor provides excellent results from ISO 100-800, with only the fastest settings of 1600 and 3200 suffering from too much noise and smearing of fine detail. Chromatic aberrations are well controlled and colours accurate, and the extended 24-384mm lens commendably doesn’t suffer from too much distortion at either end of the zoom range.”
Rating: ★★★★★

CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V and writes;
“As for shooting performance, the HX9V is on par with other CMOS-based compact megazooms. From off to first shot is 1.6 seconds with a shot-to-shot time of 1.4 seconds. Turning on the flash, though, slows the camera down to 4.1 seconds between shots. Its shutter lag–how quickly a camera captures an image after the shutter-release button is pressed–is good at 0.4 second in bright lighting and 0.8 second in dim conditions with less subject contrast.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Trustedreviews reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V and writes;
“The HX9V is an outstanding travel compact, albeit one with a somewhat premium price tag. It’s easy to use, feels great in the hand and delivers fantastic image quality – especially when used in Sony’s proprietary Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto shooting modes.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCWorld reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V and writes;
“If you’re willing to trade away RAW shooting, aperture-priority mode, and shutter-priority mode for a range of innovative in-camera modes that cover everything from low-light shooting to 3D panoramic images, the HX9V is a top-notch option. It’s a superb still camera for shooting video, and it’s one of the best pocket megazooms of 2011.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Imaging-resource reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V and writes;
“the Cyber-shot HX9V packs a wide range of sensitivity settings, equipping the camera with ISO selections up to 3,200. Typically, non-DSLRs have difficulty maintaining strong image quality beyond ISO 1,600 because of the small sensors they are built around. Images shot at ISO up to 800 are usable and hold relatively high image quality”
rating: N/A

Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V and writes;
“Operating the HX9V is largely free of frustration. Optical zoom is this camera’s key feature and the precise zoom lever makes usage a breeze. Two levels of image stabilization don’t just prevent blurry shots, they assist with framing as well. Advanced shooting features like burst mode and full manual control round out the package, and the menu interface is imperfect but solid overall.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Expertreviews reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V and writes;
“The HX9V comes very close to greatness, and with a lower-resolution sensor it might have earned itself an award. However, at this price only the very best image quality will do.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V User Reviews

Impressive zoom, photo quality, panoramic mode and video
“It’s pretty much the perfect, top-notch pocket point-and-shoot. In fact, I carry it with me in my right-hand pocket at literally all times. I have taken several thousand photos with it so far, and several hours of video. I am very happy with my purchase. The video is amazing, with many options, zooming while shooting, stereo sound, great auto focus, fantastic in low light.” – By R. Cross
Rating: ★★★★★

Impressive zoom, photo quality, panoramic mode and video
“Wide angle lens and optical zoom (16x) are great: 24mm to 384mm in 35mm film equivalent. Excellent clear display (3″, 921k). Great panoramic mode – you sweep the camera around in one motion and it makes a single photo. You can sweep up and down too if the focal length doesn’t change too much.” – By Robin
Rating: ★★★★☆

Never going back to my DSLR
“The Panorama feature is great, producing beautiful wide panoramic images. I’ve found it really difficult to get less than stellar panos. In other words, it’s real hard to mess up!” – By arkiedan
Rating: ★★★★★

Very nice
“I tried it for about a week and it takes nice pictures. It uses a lot of digital tricks for better or worse. The HD video was the best feature of the camera. Completely stunning! Also, the panoramic view was easy and very accurate (despite my shaky hand).” – By E. Gjergji
Rating: ★★★★★

The DSC-HX9V is a great camera
“The HX9V is a very nice looking camera that you can put in your pocket or hang on your belt in a small case. The picture quality is excellent. In low light the quality is a little reduced but still very good. The movie quality is also excellent. The menus are very easy to understand.” – By Brian Hollander
Rating: ★★★★★

Love this camera
“I love this camera. It is perfect for what I need. I am not a professional photographer, only a hobbyist. It takes great pictures and is very versatile. It even takes good pictures in the dark without a tripod. I would definitely not be afraid to purchase this camera if you are looking for an easy to use, dependable camera.” – By Marita R
Rating: ★★★★★

Amazing Point and Shoot
“AMAZING Panorama sweep mode. People are blown away by the pictures I take with this feature. This alone almost justifies the price of the camera. Great JPEG picture quality and good compression. 16x zoom is so useful. I use 10x – 16x frequently. Video is amazing on this thing. Could literally replace your video camera if that’s what you’re looking for.” – By Josh
Rating: ★★★★☆

Amazing internal programming that creates extraordinary results
“This is a great compact camera. It has an amazing suite of internal programs that makes it almost impossible not to get a good exposure. It’s a little eerie to experience the camera in burst mode while taking “regular” shots — it’s the auto-bracketing feature to insure a good exposure in difficult lighting, and it does the same for other situations such as back-lighting.” – By C. Hugo
Rating: ★★★★★

Amazing camera
“This is an amazing camera. I have a Nikon D50 but now I do not even use it. The pictures are amazing and the video is HD and unbelievable. You can be shooting a video and take pictures at the same time. I am so impressed with this camera. Worth every penny.” – By Fletcher
Rating: ★★★★★

Great Value Camera
“All in all, this camera is awesome. Many of the folks that I traveled with were blown away by the quality of video and pictures that were produced by this camera, and they were even more blown away by the price.” – By Zack
Rating: ★★★★★

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Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V User Manual (PDF)

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Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V Features

Let yourself go and rejuvenate your passion for photography with the Cyber-shot® DSC-HX9V digital camera. Boasting innovative features like Full HD for crystal clear movies, Hi-speed Linear focus for dramatically clearer images and Backlight Correction to catch even the smallest details in high contrast shots, you’ll find yourself falling in love again. A 16x optical zoom Sonly G lens brings distant subjects super close for great outdoors, sports and travel photos. In addition to Full HD 1080/60p movie recording capabilities, this high zoom digital camera also features iSweep Panorama mode to capture high resolution panoramic shots.

Sony DSC-HX9V Feature Highlights
16.1 Megapixel Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS Image Sensor

The DSC-HX9V features a 16.2 megapixel “Exmor R” CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera’s Sony G lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain. In addition, the combined “Exmor R” CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor delivers extremely fast up to 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 1080p movie modes.

3.0-inch XtraFine LCD display
3.0-inch XtraFine LCD display with TruBlack technology (921K dots) gives you deeper blacks and more color in your display, all while being thinner than most LCDs.

Compact camera with 16x optical zoom
The Sony 16x optical zoom G lens brings distant subjects super close for great outdoors, sports, and travel photos. The compact size makes it easy to take along in a pocket, purse, or backpack.

Full HD 1080/60p
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080 Full HD. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your Blu-ray Disc players, Sony PlayStation 3 systems and compatible PCs and HDTVs.

Backlight Correction HDR
Don’t miss a single detail in high contrast shots. The built in backlight correction analyzes the image and automatically adjusts accordingly to give you a perfectly lit shot. Backlight Correction HDR helps correct for this by taking three pictures at different exposure settings and processing the best elements of each into a single image for more natural looking shots.

3D still image and 3D panorama
Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities.4 Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way.

High resolution iSweep Panorama mode
With high resolution iSweep Panorama mode just press the shutter, pan the landscape and let the camera do the rest. It automatically links together each frame to produce a high resolution panoramic image providing the ability to zoom in on small details. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion.

Hi-speed Linear Focus
Life moves fast, your camera’s focus needs to move just as fast. The Hi-speed linear focus achieves dramatically clearer images with an auto focus that moves just as fast as your life.

Background Defocus
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear.

Superior Auto Mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using backlight correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 33 scenes for still images and 44 scenes for movies, making it easy to get the best shot.

Digital Zoom
Capturing the right shot at the right moment has never been so easy. Digital zoom brings the action up close to get that perfect shot, every time.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically shifts the lens to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality.

Soft Skin Mode
Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.

Natural Flash
Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don’t capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash mode takes a reference shot without flash and then uses that reference to correct the color, for far more lifelike images.

HDMI output
The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video connector interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as a compatible camcorder, Blu-ray Disc player, a personal computer, a video game console, or an AV receiver to a compatible digital audio device and/or video monitor such as a digital television (DTV). Easily connect your Cyber-shot camera via HDMI cable (sold separately) to any compatible HDMI device to easily enjoy and upload content.

Smile Shutter technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.

Face Detection technology
Sony’s Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.

Motion Detection
Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.

Anti-blink Function
It’s frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting or blinking. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.

Compatible with PC and Mac Systems
The Full HD video captured with the DSC-HX9V can be used with the provided Picture Motion Browser software for PC and iMovie (sold separately) for Mac systems.1

Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 5.5
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD using an external DVD burning device (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites (such as Facebook and Sony’s Personal Space site).

Includes Sony PMB Portable software
With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable the DSC-HX9V makes it easy to pre-select videos and images in the camera and conveniently upload them from the camera to a compatible PC and popular Internet sharing sites without the need for any additional software to install.

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