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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V 16.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Still Camera with 16x Optical Zoom G Lens, 3D Sweep Panorama and Full HD 1080/60p Video

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  • This item has a built in GPS to geo tag photos.
  • Full HD 1080/60p with dual record of stills and movies
  • Sony G lens with 16x optical zoom in a compact camera body
  • 16.2 MP "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance
  • Backlight Correction; get details in difficult lighting
  • 3D stills and 3D Sweep Panorama mode: change the way you view your world
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 2.4 inches ; 8.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004HYFX0C
  • Item model number: DSCHX9V/B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,949 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at February 2, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Sony DSC-H70
With 16x optical zoom, incredible low light performance, full 1080x60p HD movie capabilities, and innovative features like, high speed linear auto focus, 3D image capabilities, and backlight correction to catch even the smallest details in high contrast shots, the Sony DSC-HX9V will renew your passion for photography.
Sony DSC-HX9V Feature Highlights
HX9V Transparent View
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.4
3.0-inch LCD
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 Video
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
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 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 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.6
Smile Shutter 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 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.
Works with iMovie 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).
PMBP Software 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.2
  1. PMB requires Microsoft Windows XP SP3/ Windows Vista SP2/Windows 7 environments not supported. Not supported by Mac OS.  
  2. Uploading directly to the web requires PMB Portable software and USB cable (included), and PC with internet connectivity. Windows XP SP3 64-bit and Starter Edition and Windows Vista Starter Edition environments not supported.
  3. Movie recording is limited to 29 minute segments.
  4. 3D viewing requires 3D HDTV, a high speed HDMI cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps) and 3D glasses (all sold separately).
  5. TransferJet enabled media (sold separately) and TransferJet technology required in both devices.  Interoperability and compatibility among TransferJet enabled devices may vary.
  6. HD Viewing requires an HD output adapter cable (VMC-MD3 sold separately) and compatible HDTV.

Whats in the Box:

• Camera (1)
• Rechargeable battery pack NP-BG1 (1)/Battery case (1)
• Multi-use terminal USB cable (1)
• AC Adaptor AC-UB10/UB10B (1)
• Power cord (mains lead) (not supplied in the USA and Canada) (1)
• Wrist strap (1)
• CD-ROM (1)
– Cyber-shot application software
– “Cyber-shot User Guide”
• Instruction Manual (this manual) (1)

Product Description

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. Whats in the Box: • Camera (1) • Rechargeable battery pack NP-BG1 (1)/Battery case (1) • Multi-use terminal USB cable (1) • AC Adaptor AC-UB10/UB10B (1) • Power cord (mains lead) (not supplied in the USA and Canada) (1) • Wrist strap (1) • CD-ROM (1) - Cyber-shot application software - "Cyber-shot User Guide" • Instruction Manual (this manual) (1)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

LAME! In practice, this isn't much of an issue because when you're zoomed fully out, the image actually does look crisp and clear. But I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so for… Read more ›
For the first year or two I had it (2011/2012), I was really happy with it. The quality was superb and the shutter speed made me very happy. Nowadays... I'm starting to get… Read more ›
It is the most expensive point and shoot camera I have ever bought. The picture quality is great although in low light, faces come out red. The burst picture mode was great. Read more ›
Honestly anything over 300 is silly without a tripod. Still the image stabilization (IS) is good enough that if there is something far out there you want you can. Think… Read more ›
i researched about 20 cameras before settling on this one... and boy, did i make the right choice! the images are sharp, clear and brilliant. Read more ›
The cons: a tiny bit too bulky to carry comfortably in your pocket and getting the background-defocused…Otherwise, the pictures are amazing and it's a worth every penny. Read more ›
The video quality is amazing!!!! Read more ›
The quality of prints and video is unsurpassed for a small camera. The video capability is amazing. The optical zoom range is one of the longest out there. Read more ›
And the HD Video on the camera is incredible. Your friends and family will think your pictures and videos were professionally done. Mine came with a case which clipped on… Read more ›
The picture quality is nothing short of amazing! The videos are excellent, the zoom range is great. I loved this camera. Read more ›
The reason why I chose the camera is because…Many camera reviews point out that the video functionality is excellent and photo is good, and rate the camera with 4-5 stars. Read more ›
I was happy with the results tho. I think the fact that the video quality is so clear, makes even a darker video look good. Read more ›
The menus are easy to navigate and there is plenty of instruction out there (YouTube, forums, etc.) to set up the camera to take even better pictures than what the presets… Read more ›
The sharpness at full zoom is exactly as described. The iSweep Panorama and Background Defocus options are really fun. My purchase was not swayed by these, but man are they… Read more ›
The pros of the camera are: The panoramic function is pretty amazing; ability to take rapid pictures was also better than most. Read more ›
its my first camera i bought and chose for myself and despite the 1&2 stars reviews i took a…settings are cool also its just a fun neat camera and i love it so much :) Read more ›
The HDR, auto, and nightime settings are what I use 90% of the time - and they work…The night-time setting is so good that I don't even bother with a tripod anymore =) Read more ›
As for the flash I was a little worried about the placement of it…The in camera 3D mode is pretty cool too as it seems like you can actually look around in the picture!!! Read more ›
Full 1080P HD at 60FPS is a real treat. Plus the super zoom is unmatched for this compact size. I bring it everywhere! Read more ›
When I bought this camera, I loved it. Zoom feature is nice & picture quality great as well. The only thing is, is that you have to SOMETIMES find the right picture setting. Read more ›
Point, shoot and get a great picture. The zoom is quite powerful also. Best camera for the money by far. Read more ›
-Great JPEG picture quality and good compression -16x zoom is so useful. I use 10x - 16x frequently. Read more ›
Talking with a friend of mine, he told me that his parents bought the same camera and got same…For the rest, the zoom is great, the panoramic photos are awsome, etc, etc Read more ›
Each of these programs has various…The Zoom is amazing and the pictures taken with full zoom (optical & digital is about 68 power) are actually stabilized and quite decent. Read more ›
My wife loves this camera!! Crystal clear pictures every time, and very easy to use. Couldn't have asked for better service. Read more ›
I sell on eBay and it is much easier to use this than my larger Sony. Takes really good video as well in 1080. Read more ›
Great camera! It is reliable, easy to use, nice pictures, cool features, video, panorama, 3d. I would buy this camera again. Read more ›
Well almost, the location of the flash is really bad, right where you hold the camera but other than that it is easy to use, intuitive, and takes amazing pics. The zoom is… Read more ›
we bought this as a gift for our daughter and her family and it takes beautiful pics and is fairly easy to operate. Read more ›
He loves it! It takes wonderful pictures, is easy to use, and he can take it everywhere. It lives up to the great reviews. Read more ›
The picture quality seems very good. The zoom and image stabilization are very good and the large display screen is terrific for reviewing photos or showing them to people. T… Read more ›
Excellent battery life for this class of camera Screen is outstanding with excellent clarity and visibility, even in sunlight. Smooth, fast zoom. Read more ›
For example: Slow to zoom when viewing a picture. Display is great but oversaturated, etc. The typical pros for the camera are also expected: Great picture quality, 24mm,… Read more ›
The custom features allow you to adjust exposures, white balance and other DSLR features. The on screen help is especially useful eliminating the need for a manual. I… Read more ›
Handheld Night Shot works very nicely to give good shots in dim light. The LCD display is terrific. The GPS is nice, but I won't use it much, and it's not as fast or… Read more ›
This camera was our compromise and we are extremely…It has a great screen, is still small enough to carry around, but has a big enough lens that it captures great photos. Read more ›
To be fair, I was able to acheive much better…Also, to be perfectly clear, it is not that the colors produced are not pleasant, it's just that they don't look real to me. Read more ›
The night sky became something from a science-fiction movie . . . the…The background color is a deep blue with white-gold highlights of the moonlight's rays and highlights. Read more ›
I think you'll need an SLR to get truly sharp photos. Color is good so most pictures do not require tweaking on the computer. The battery life is poor but I am attributing… Read more ›
It does have some great settings to customize photos but its two negative features is that it takes some effort to customize the colors, they are very vivid by default… Read more ›
Image quality is generally good, with the camera's strengths the ability to capture clean shots in low light and the image stabilization that…Colors are rich and saturated. Read more ›
The soft skin image gives the person you're photographing a soft glow, blemishes seem to be invisible, the face looks smooth and soft, and the eyes appear brighter and more… Read more ›
The zoom is great, but after a certain point, the pictures get a bit grainy, so effectively you're not going to use 16x zoom. Auto focus outside is pretty good. Indoor, not… Read more ›
As an all-around family shooter or travel camera the HX9V really comes…Autofocus is simply superb: fast, accurate, and fanatstic with people (face detection really works). Read more ›
Camera was delivered in mint condition. The product itself is stunning and takes crystal clear pictures and the focus range is unbelievable. Read more ›
It does not have all the accessibility (A and S modes, easier manual focus and settings) I would have liked, or things like RAW and a bigger sensor for low light situations… Read more ›
Having used the camera for a few…The pictures are sharp, it focuses very quickly, the HDR works very well and we're still discovering new capabilities of this camera. Read more ›
This camera takes outstanding images. It has a very quick focus time and I don't feel that I am missing any shots. Read more ›
The outdoor, sunny/bright pictures were ok,…Outdoor pics of the sun behind camera did not trigger flash, which is a huge nuisance, as my target was in partially in shadow. Read more ›
The size of the camera is…The flash placement was easy to get use to and I like the way the battery is charged as I don't have to open the compartment I just plug it in. Read more ›
Low light pics are grainy and poor at best with out flash. The flash is too bright and washes out skin tones. My Canon P500 blows the Sony away in about every category… Read more ›
The auto focus seems to take a little long to focus on subjects and occasionally it gets confused (completely blurring…Low light photos with the flash on were excellent. Read more ›
Works well as camcorder and in HD quality. In the dark, its not so great, flash does work but I do not like how the pictures turn out. I try taking the pictures without the… Read more ›
I'm guessing Sony was trying to solve the low light problem by creating a huge flash that would not fit anywhere else or could not be embedded permanently in the front face… Read more ›
The lens is great for a camera this size and while it won't replace your full frame DSLR, it offers you enough incentive think about not lugging it around regularly;… Read more ›
The Power button is awkward, but overall the handling is excellent. + The range of the lens is amazing. Both very wide, and amazing zoom power. Read more ›
I truly love my camera and have been using it for about 2 years now. I hope they come out with a even stronger zoom lens. I love bringing in those far away shots. Read more ›
Just got the camera and it is thick and heavy1.5"x4" not comFy for pant pockets. You will need a case as well since the lens cover opens at the slightest touch. Has been… Read more ›
My last camera (Kodak V570) lasted 7 years and over 13,000 shots; I want this…As a real estate appraiser, I need a good wide angle lens and occasionally need a decent zoom. Read more ›
Although many reviews have mentioned the inconvenient location of the popup flash, I couldn't imagine any other location for the flash since the face of the camera is… Read more ›
I can carry it to events easily and it produces beautiful photos. Great buy at a great price. Read more ›
I am now two…I called Sony customer service, I took it to a camera store and now I'm stuck paying full price in a retail physical store because of Amazon's carelessness. Read more ›
This camera is VERY easy to use...and this may not sound like a big deal…This is ONE OF THE BEST PURCHASES I have made....exactly what we wanted...GREAT camera GREAT price. Read more ›
After much research I purchased this item thru Amazon because of the fast shipping and price of the item and I have bought many other items from Amazon that I have been… Read more ›
The best current prices are Sony @ Costco for $259.99, SX230 for $259.99 here, Nikon for $240 @ and Panasonic for $260 here. I selected vendors if I can return… Read more ›
Ordered a Sony DSC HX9V Sept.24,…I was happy to score a great price for a brand new, really nice camera (would have been my first digital camera) until I got the camera. Read more ›
The video is absolutely flawless. The low light performance is amazing. I used the flash one time to test it out. Read more ›
I decided to sell it due to the fact that it was bulky and not practical to carry around. I loved the camera as the quality and performance was great. After much thought I… Read more ›
Incredible price, very good quality. Has some issues in low light but a great performance overall, including HD recording. Buy two or more batteries and mem card 8Gb and up. Read more ›
I purchased this camera because of a recommendation by my friend. This camera has a very good performance for a point and shoot camera. If you want better than you will… Read more ›
This is a good camera for someone looking for one of the most…This camera offers long focal length, lots of tech features, great video, and strong low light performance. Read more ›
Canon point-and-shoots are known for slow autofocus; I once bought their heralded S95, and promptly…Whats the point of good ISO performance if your camera cannot focus? Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

637 of 652 people found the following review helpful By old arkiedan on August 1, 2011
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I beat my brains out for the past month, trying to decide on a P&S camera to replace my Pentax DSLR. I've decided, rather late in life, to go with a small pocket camera to replace my bulky SLR and several lenses, including the huge camera bag I carried them around in. So I've been reading every review and scanning every consumer review site (such as Amazon's) searching for the perfect P&S camera. I even bought (and returned) two cameras that ultimately did not work for me. I agonized over the HX9V for a couple weeks before finally biting the bullet and ordering it. I'm extremely happy I did!

From the moment I opened the box I knew the HX9V was going to be a winner. Unlike the two cameras I returned, the size and handling of the HX9V was about perfect for me. The two I returned were simply too small to handle efficiently, even in my relatively small hands, but this one was ideal (for me) with a great grip and controls that seemed to fall right under my fingers. The build quality is excellent and I can find no flaw in fit and finish. I decided I wanted a mode dial on top, like my SLRs always had (the two I returned used the wheel on the back of the camera), and the HX9V has one, although it's a little difficult gripping it. So, in short, the HX9V first impression is supurb!

This camera does not come with an accessory battery charger (an omission I find rather annoying) so I ordered one, along with a couple spare batteries (the two batteries and the charger cost only $14.00, shipped). I charged the Sony battery in the camera, using the provided power adapter (again, a ridiculous system, since it ties up the camera during charging) and charged the two spares in the tiny little accessory charger.
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268 of 280 people found the following review helpful By Robin on June 15, 2011
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From my personal experience in the last 2 weeks since I received Sony's HX9V camera:
Overall I am happy with my purchase and consider that Sony's camera is competitive compared with similar offerings available from other manufacturers (see below).

- 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.
- Generally good photo quality for a pocket megazoom camera.
- Can easily fit in a jacket pocket or squeeze in a trouser one (camera is 4.2 x 1.4 x 2.4 inches ; 8.6 ounces)
- Video stabilizer is exceptionally good and quality is decent too
- GPS records your location
- Reasonably quick start-up for photo shooting - about 1 second
- Works fine with the 16 GB SDHC Class 10 card I have (I believe Class 6 works fine too)
- Auto backlight correction helps to get details with difficult lighting
- Background defocus mode can produce some dramatic results.
- Reasonable battery life - about 240 photos and some short videos.

- Slow to change between photo modes or video/photo mode - about 7 seconds - you may miss the moment!
- Colors can appear too saturated on the display
- Colors can also be a bit saturated on the photos, but using 'P' mode and 'natural' colors helps. Also, reducing color saturation in the 'P' mode can help reduce yellow color in low light.
- Photo review zoom in is slow to get going.
- GPS can be a bit slow to find you and it only gives lat/long info, not location name as some other GPS camera systems do.
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258 of 270 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Hyatt on April 26, 2011
I have been searching for a good, pocket-able travel zoom camera for a few months and have looked at a number of different models including the Fujifilm 550exr. I settled on the Sony for its specs and the reputation that Sony has for making state-of-the-art cameras. I have to say I have not been disappointed. I am most interested in the out-of-the-box image quality since I know that on most occasions my approach is to take a series of shots without too much fuss and let the camera do most of the work for me. This is certainly the case when I am traveling since I am usually trying to get the most of the experience I am having rather than focusing too much on tinkering with camera controls.

So I compared the images from the HX9V to a Sony NEX5 and to an older Panasonic. I used the IA settings on all three cameras. I have to say I was very pleased with the results. The HX9 gave consistently good images from its Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto modes that in some cases came close to the shots from the NEX5. Where it could not compete (and this makes perfect sense because of the different sizes of the image sensor) was in low light. Not that the HX9 didn't have pretty good low-light capability, but it just could not pull the shadow details of color clarity of the NEX5. What was always interesting to me in comparing the images was how sharp and crisp the images were from the HX9. Moving closer to the pixel level it was apparent that this came at the expense of overall smoothness of the image, particularly in shadows and at the edges where images elements came together. However, in many cases, the overall visual detail and contrasts in the shadow areas of pictures taken in daylight was surprisingly good and rivaled the NEX5 for clarity.
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