Sony CyberSHot DSC-TX9

Last Updated (30 December’10):
- Review by CNET

Sony CyberSHot DSC-TX9 is a 12.2MP Digital Camera features 4x Optical Zoom (35mm equivalent: 25-100mm), ISO 125-3200, Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization, Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode, HDMI™ output, and 3.5″ Xtra Fine TruBlack . The camera measures W x H x D: 3 7/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 23/32″ (97.8mm x 59.5mm x 17.5mm) and weighs Body: Approx. 4.7oz. (133g).

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


Expert Reviews

Sony CyberSHot DSC-TX9 Reviews

CNET reviews the Sony CyberSHot DSC-TX9 and writes;
“The bottom line: As long as image softness doesn’t bother you, the fast-shooting Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 is a quite capable camera for taking photos under a variety of conditions without much effort from the user. “


Rating: ★★★★☆

DCI reviews the Sony CyberSHot DSC-TX9 and writes;
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 is an impressive camera. It is simply and elegantly designed and has stellar performance in every one of our testing categories. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCWorld reviews the Sony CyberSHot DSC-TX9 and writes;
“In our subjective video tests, the TX9 received an overall score of Good, capturing decent AVCHD video at its highest setting (1080i at 60 fps and 17 megabits per second as an .MTS file) in bright light. Its low-light video performance didn’t match its low-light still quality, as the sample footage we took in dark indoor lighting was a bit murky.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Cameralabs reviews the Sony CyberSHot DSC-TX9 and writes;
“There are other improvements; superior Auto mode will be a draw for point-and-shoot users and the 3D panorama modes will be a draw for those who own 3D TVs, but current TX7 owners won’t be feeling a burning need to trade up. That doesn’t of course change the fact that this is a great little camera with some fantastic features including a capable 4x zoom, good low light performance, top-notch video recording modes, outstanding fast continuous shooting modes and a great touch-screen experience all in a very compact and extremely stylish package.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony CyberSHot DSC-TX9 and writes;
“Thankfully image quality is very good, with unwanted noise and colour desaturation not becoming too obvious until IS0 800, chromatic aberrations are well controlled, white balance is generally accurate and colours pleasingly err on the vibrant side. “
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET reviews the Sony CyberSHot DSC-TX9 and writes;
“Photo color accuracy and white balance are very good. While blues and reds maybe aren’t as accurate as other colors, they’re still nice looking with all colors turning out bright and vivid. Plus, they’re consistent up to ISO 800; above that, things are slightly washed out looking. Exposure is good; shots occasionally looked underexposed, which is easier to correct with software than overexposed. However, clipped highlights are pretty common.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Sony CyberSHot DSC-TX9 User Reviews

iSweep App Review
“There are 2 3D modes, the sweep panorama 3D photo which requires you to have a 3D TV to view and the Sweep multi Angle Mode which appears to changes prespective on the screen when you tilt the camera, similar to a holographic sticker. Since it depends on you to accurately perform the sweeping motion to get good photos, most of the time the 3D photo don’t look correct. I also did not find a way to view the Multi Angle Mode photos outside of the camera.” – By Lucas
Rating: ★★★★☆

I Love This Little Camera
“The pictures are wonderfully crisp and clear on my computer screen, and I have yet to hook it up to an HD television. It’s small, it’s easy to operate, and I’ve ordered a spare battery and travel charger. The camera comes with a wall charger and a Multi-Connector. The Multi-Connector has HDMI, USB, and AV conections, and DC in (4.2V). Took me a while to realize that the Multi-Connector DOES NOT charge the battery; the purpose of the DC-In is to power the camera when uploading your pics or movies, in order to save your battery power.” – By Michelle
Rating: ★★★★★

Amazed at how much is packed into this size camera
“It’s been 5 years since my last digital camera purchase, so perhaps some of the features/results I’m wowed by are now pretty common place, but to me they still are amazing. The most obvious difference from my old camera to my new is the ability to capture action shots. Please look at the shots I uploaded to the product gallery (canon fire and girl jumping into pool) to see how the camera allows you to make good-quality still images from the full 1080 HD video and high-quality images in ‘burst’ mode. Those two features alone make me happy I bought this camera. I never was able to capture such action before. ” – By The Paginator
Rating: ★★★★★

WOW
“I’ve only had this camera for a few hours, but I had to rush to give an initial impression. In one word, WOW! For a compact point and shoot, Sony has the market leader. First the photos…. Very good. For a point and shoot camera, I can say that the photo quality is as good as most of my previous canon point and shoot cameras. The photos have good color saturation and clarity and focus, and there is little shutter lag. Now video…… AMAZING. This little camera has as good video quality as my Sony CX-12 AVCHD video camera. The video is sharp, clear and the sound is excellent. The difference is this finally combines a decent camera with excellent video capability.” – By B. Hayes
Rating: ★★★★★

Performs for all my needs
“I have a Nikon P100. Very good camera. But is to big for my pockets. I have af very small mobile telephone with a 3 Mpix camera. But there is no protection of the lens. A very small lens with a big fingerprint on it. No good. My Sony TX9 is always in my pocket. Press the sliding front down, and the camera is on and ready. Point and shoot. I have owned many cameras in my time, but they have always been at home, when I needed them. My new TX9 is ready. Always. Picture quality i OK. And in reality. VERY good for such a small camera. ” – By Tommy
Rating: ★★★★★

Performs for all my needs
“just acquired this to replace our old digital camera that had stopped performing for us due to rough use. This one works great. No complaints. Took photos at an awards show in NYC when Ditty Dirty Money showed up unexpectedly and the images came out like I was part of the media. I am a fan of this camera. Seems like a reasonable purchase so far.” – By StanTheMan
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent camera in low light settings
“The TX9 also takes excellent 1080i AVCHD videos (but its audio is 2 channel stereo, not 5.1 digital like the CX12). It takes some practice to hold the camera steady for video shots (when compared to a camcorder like CX12) due to its small size. Its video quality is so good that I won’t be needing my CX12 any further for home videos. The 4X zoom is more limiting when compared to the 10x zoom I was used to in the CX12 camcorder, but transitioning to 4X zoom was easier than I thought. ” – By JT
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Manual

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Features

Sony CyberSHot DSC-TX9 Features

Photographic brilliance meets pure, elegant style in the Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 digital camera. Capture impressive landscapes with iSweep Panorama and enjoy 3D shots as well. Sony’s “Exmor R” CMOS sensor delivers impressive clarity and crisp detail in low light, and the Superior Auto mode takes the guesswork out of choosing the right settings. There’s also an innovative Background Defocus feature and Full HD 1080/60i AVCHD movie recording that looks great on your compatible HDTV. Enjoy it all on an easy to view 3.5-inch (diagonal) touch screen.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 Features

3D Sweep Panorama
Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your compatible 3D television.

Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture expansive landscapes with Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode. Press shutter and sweep and the camera does the rest, continuously, shooting images and in one second stitching them together. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion.

12.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS Image Sensor
The DSC-TX9 features a 12.2-megapixel “Exmor R” CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera’s Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 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 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 1080i movie modes.

1080i AVCHD Movie Mode
Record movies in 1080i AVCHD high definition at 60i. The AVCHD format captures a high degree of detail and smooth movement, and when footage is burned to disc, can be played back on Blu-ray Disc players, Sony PlayStation3 systems and compatible PCs and HDTVs. The convenience Movie start/stop icon makes it easy to access this mode via touch screen.

3.5-inch Xtra Fine LCD touch screen display w/TruBlack technology
A large 3.5-inch Xtra Fine LCD touch screen display w/TruBlack technology (921K pixels), the largest of Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC line makes it easy for viewing and sharing images with simple and fun touch screen operation. With its Ultra AR film coating, which reduces reflections and increases contrast and brightness, viewing images on the LCD even in bright light is possible.

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.

Background Defocus
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on your 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 while keeping your subject crisp and clear.

High speed shooting
The DSC-TX9 can capture full 12.2-megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that you capture the decisive moment such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, the DSC-TX9 employs a mechanical shutter that helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens with 25mm equivalent wide 4x Optical Zoom
The high-performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 4x optical zoom lens brings distant subjects closer for video recording as well as for outdoor, sports, and travel photos, and Close Focus shoots close-ups up to just under 1/2-inch from the subject. A wide angle of 25mm equivalent wide-angle lens allows you to take wider shots of the scene or group in crowded spaces.

HDMI output (with stand)
The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video connector interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. Easily connect your Cyber-shot camera via HDMI cable to any compatible HDMI compatible device to easily enjoy and upload your content.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).

Soft Skin mode
Your portrait subjects will thank you for this. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.

Tracking Focus
Help keep fast-moving subjects in precise focus. Just touch on your subject in the LCD monitor and the camera will keep focus even as the subject moves closer or further away.

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.

Sweep Multi Angle mode
In Sweep Multi Angle mode, the camera takes 15 images at different angles as you sweep across the scene. By tilting the camera during playback, the camera’s Gyro Sensor detects motion and displays the image in a 3D-like view on the camera’s LCD.

Anti-Motion Blur Mode
Capture cleaner and sharper images in low light for non landscape shots. When set in Anti-motion Blur Mode, the DSC-TX9 captures six images in a fraction of a second with higher shutter speed and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and dramatically reduce subject blur, beyond the capability of traditional cameras.

Handheld Twilight
Capture cleaner and sharper night shots without using a tripod. When set to Handheld Twilight Mode, the DSC-TX9 captures six images in a fraction of a second with one press of the shutter, and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and low noise. With these modes, you can capture images in low light, without flash, beyond the capability of traditional cameras.

Backlight Correction HDR
Shooting high-contrast scenes can often lead to washed out backgrounds and/or details lost in shadow. Backlight Correction HDR helps correct for this by taking two pictures at different exposure settings and processing the best elements of both into a single image for more natural looking shots.

TransferJet technology
TransferJet technology, developed by Sony and advanced and promoted by consortium of 18 other companies, allows you to transfer files between two TransferJet enabled devices just by touching their TransferJet logos together, without the hassle of hunting for cables or the complication of pairing9 .

High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200)
High ISO allows for faster shutter speed, so you can take photos indoors or in low light without the need for a flash. In addition to High Sensitivity Mode (ISO), you can select up to seven ISO settings (Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200) when shooting in Program Auto Mode to adjust sensitivity to your shooting conditions.

Self-Portrait Timer
Self-Portrait Timer helps take the guesswork out of self portraits by utilizing Face Detection technology to recognize when your face enters the frame. Once the camera detects your face, it triggers a 2-second timer, and then snaps a picture.

Stylish Ultra-slim Design
Measuring at just 3 7/8 x 2 3/8 x 23/32 inches, the DSC-TX9 is slim enough to slip into a pocket or purse, so you can take it with you wherever you go.

Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode
Unlike traditional auto mode, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you, recognizing scenes, lighting conditions, and faces, and adjusts settings resulting in clearer images, faces with more natural skin tone, and less blur. By incorporating advanced features such as Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, iAuto mode lets you take advantage of the latest Sony Cyber-shot technology without leaving auto mode. Whether you’re shooting landscapes, capturing a beautiful flower, or taking pictures at an in-door birthday party or wedding shower, iAuto mode will optimize your camera’s settings to help ensure you come away with a great shot.

Scene modes
The DSC-TX9 features 13 convenient scene modes. Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects nine different types of scenes and, within just 1/30th of a second, selects the appropriate camera settings: Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Twilight using a tripod, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, and Close Focus. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.

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.

Easy Touch Screen Interaction
The DSC-TX9 offers intuitive functions to the multi-purpose touch screen, such as the ability to select the focus point with a simple touch, scroll through images by sliding your finger across the screen and one-touch access to the MENU. The display also features improved readability with list view and index view.

DVDirect DVD recorder Compatible
With AVCHD capabilities the DSC-TX9 is compatible with the select DVDirect DVD recorders, allowing playback of high definition footage. Simply connect your camera to the DVDirect to burn a Blu-ray Disc for playback of your HD movies on a compatible Blu-ray Disc player. (Recorder and media sold separately.)

HD MP4 Movie Mode
In 1080p MP4 movie mode the camera shoots 1440×1080 high definition movies at 30 fps, which is the format when working with a PC. Users will create high quality movies with full use of optical zoom in their Cyber-shot DSCs in files small enough to transfer to compatible PC or Mac. Once transferred to your computer you can effortlessly upload your media to popular photo and video-sharing websites such as Photobucket and YouTube., Dailymotion. (Internet connectivity required.)

Compatible with PC and MAC Systems
The high definition, AVCHD/MP4, video captured with the DSC-TX9 can be used with the provided Picture Motion Browser software for PC and iMovie (sold separately) for Mac systems.

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.

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.

Anti-blink Function
It’s frustrating to think you’ve captured that perfect shot, only to review it later and discover one of your subjects blinked just as you pressed the shutter. 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.

Intelligent AF
Thanks to Intelligent AF technology, capture fleeting moments like a child’s adorable expression with the ultra-quick AF which locks focus in as little as 0.3-sec.

PHOTOMUSIC
PHOTOMUSIC combines images with music (4 tracks, 5 minutes per track) to produce fun and entertaining slide shows with standard visual effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Active, and Stylish). Select from pre-loaded tracks on the camera or transfer your own from your compatible computer (sold separately).

Viewing modes
Find your photos using the simple folder or calendar viewing modes.

Function Guide
This beginner-friendly optional function helps navigate through the various functions and settings displaying the description of chosen functions or settings on the LCD screen.

Wide zoom display
To use the entire image area of your compatible HDTV screen, Wide Zoom display automatically expands standard 4:3 and 3:2 images to 16:9 LCD display.

In-Camera Retouching Tools
Retouch and enhance your photos on the go with in-camera Trimming, Red-Eye Correction, and Unsharp Masking functions.

Easy Shooting Mode
With Easy Shooting Mode, even beginners can take great photos. In Easy Shooting Mode, easy-to-understand basic instructions are displayed on the LCD screen and the camera switches to all automatic settings, removing several function choices and allowing you to focus on just your subject. Since this mode works together with Intelligent Scene Recognition, the camera selects the optimum setting for each scene. In addition the easy mode simplifies preview mode.

BIONZ Image Processor
The BIONZ image processor delivers the high resolution and fast performance you expect from a Sony digital camera. Fast processing enables unique Sony features such as Intelligent Sweep Panorama, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur, HDR, etc to take and combine multiple images in less than a second to create wide panoramic images. Images have reduced grain and appear less washed out.

PhotoTV HD
Bring your photos to life and enjoy highly detailed, high definition images with PhotoTV HD-capable Sony BRAVIA HDTVs. PhotoTV HD optimizes settings (such as sharpness, gradation and color )on your PhotoTV HD compatible BRAVIA HDTV so images on screen look as beautiful as printed photos.

Creative painting tools
Decorate your photos with words and drawings using the included paint pen or your finger. Have fun using more than 30 stamps and 15 types of picture frames and save new images at up to 5-megapixel resolution.

Lithium-ion battery
Included lithium-ion battery provides added convenience with longer lasting power than alkaline batteries (capacity of 115 minutes or 230 images when viewing still images with the DSC-TX9).

Media card slot
For convenient storage and sharing of your images, the DSC-TX9 accepts Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media (sold separately) and SD/SDHC/SDXC media (sold separately).

Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 5.32
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). Using the new 5.3 version also enables playback of 3D images taken on the Cyber-shot camera.

Includes Sony PMB Portable software
With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable 5.2 software the DSC-TX9 makes it easy to pre-select 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 or install.


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