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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
- Speaker is present beside the power button.
- 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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||10 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921,000|
|Display Size||0.12 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||TTL autofocus (9-point)|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.38 x 1.38 x 4.25 inches|
|Item Display Weight||245 grams|
|Item Weight||0.54 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year limited|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.3 - F5.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||384 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/1600 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Memory Storage Capacity||4 GB|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||BSI-CMOS|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||0.95 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NP-BG1 battery and charger|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)|
From the Manufacturer
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|
|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 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.
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.6
|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.2
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good quality product it takes good pictures and good videos easy to operatePublished 10 days ago by varoujan
I picked this little guy up at a local Goodwill for $15.00 with a 32gig card and extra battery and original case in mint condition! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ramseybella
Fantastic Camera. It's definitely not a DSLR or an R7 series but if you want something affordable with great zoom and a tiny package this is a great choice.Published 1 month ago by Alex
Great camera, great quality. My hands regularly shake and end up messing most of my snap shots up... this one takes such crisp pictures even when I can't help my trembling hands. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SG
was well worth the money. very good color and the camera does everything it said it would.Published 2 months ago by carol cherwonik
Good camera, huge zoom, fast and everything. geotaging is really a must on my trips. I started having some problem after a year or so, some dirty started showing up in the pictures... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Junior
Good quality. I now have it for a year or two and I am very pleased !Published 11 months ago by Rickey Batz