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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9 16.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Still Camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080/60i Video (Silver)

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  • Exmor R CMOS sensor for low-light performance, 5x, bright lens
  • Full HD 1080@60i with dual record of stills and movies
  • 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama
  • Fast capture with 10fps at full 16.1 MP resolution
  • iSweep Panorama for one shot landscapes
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Color: Silver

Product Description

Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Digital Camera

Model Highlights:
16.2 megapixels, 5x optical zoom, 3.0" screen, Full HD 1080/60i video, "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, 10fps, background defocus, manual control, 3D Sweep Panorama

Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Digital Camera Features

Start snapping better photos with the Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 digital camera, featuring a 16.2-megapixel "Exmor R" CMOS image sensor that brings out the best in the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. You'll also enjoy high speed, sharp resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain. In addition, BIONZ image processor helps produce extremely fast 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Handheld Twilight and 1080i movie modes. And it's all packed into a sleek, pocket-sized package.

16.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS Image Sensor
The DSC-WX9 features a 16.2 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 up to 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 1080i movie modes.

3D still image and 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.

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.

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From the Manufacturer

Sony DSC-WX9 Sony DSC-WX9 – unrestricted power in a compact package. With powerful features like Full HD movie for high quality movies, low light performance for improved image clarity, 10 fps to capture the precise moment, and 3D still image capture for a new way to experience your pictures, you wouldn’t believe something so compact could be this powerful.
Sony DSC-WX9 Feature Highlights
16.1 Megapixels
16.1 Megapixel Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS Image Sensor
The DSC-WX9 features a 16.1 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 modes3.
3.0-inch LCD 3.0-inch XtraFine   
3.0-inch XtraFine technology gives you deeper blacks and more color in your display, all while being thinner than most LCDs.
Full HD 1080
Full HD 1080@60i
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60i in 1080 AVCHD3. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.
3D still image and panorama   
Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities4. Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way.
iSweep Panorama   
With iSweep Panorama just press the shutter, pan the landscape and let the camera do the rest. It automatically links together each frame to produce a panoramic image. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion.
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.
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.
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 36 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.
Carl Zeiss Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens with 25mm equivalent wide 5x Optical Zoom
The high-performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5x 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 ½-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
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 to any compatible HDMI compatible device to easily enjoy and upload content6.
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.
Sweep Multi Angle Mode   
In Sweep Multi Angle mode, the camera takes 15 images at different angles as it sweeps 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-WX9 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.
TranferJet Technology
TransferJet technology   
TransferJet technology, developed by Sony and advanced and promoted by consortium of 18 other companies, allows you to transfer up to ten files between two TransferJet enabled devices just by touching their TransferJet logos together, without the hassle of hunting for cables or the complication of pairing5.
Works with iMovie
Compatible with PC and MAC Systems   
The high definition, AVCHD, video captured with the DSC-WX9 can be used with the provided Picture Motion Browser software1 for PC and iMovie (sold separately) for Mac systems².
Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 5.51
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 5.5 version also enables playback of 3D images taken on the Cyber-shot camera.
PMBP Software Includes Sony PMB Portable software  
With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable software2 the DSC-WX9 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 sites7 without the need for any additional software or install.
  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 (ver 5.5) for Windows; (ver 1.3) for Mac 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) connection 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) and compatible HDTV, both sold separately.
  7. Requires compatible wireless access point(s). Some features may rely on Internet services.

Product Information

Color:Silver
Product Dimensions 3.7 x 0.8 x 2.2 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 12.8 ounces
ASIN B004H8FNJO
Item model number DSCWX9
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 330 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #14,302 in Camera & Photo
#1,528 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com January 4, 2011

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Color: Black
I currently own a D90 but decided to buy this camera for occasions not convenient to carry a bulky camera. I have used this camera during last weekend shooting under daylight, indoor and low light condition and I am really impressed with camera.

What I like:

- Outside shooting: Excellent picture
- Indoor shooting: Excellent picture even under auto mode. Apparently we cannot compare with DSL camera but the picture quality is much better than previous Sony digital cameras that I owned (See uploaded images)
- Superior Auto Mode: a new feature that automatically reduce blur and noise after each shooting.
- Sweep Panorama is great and time saving
- 3D picture is a nice feature, I tried it with my 3D TV and it looks great, although it is not as good as you are watching 3D movie from Bluray but you actually can see some depths of the image.
- 1080i movie recording is great even watching on 55" TV.
- Can use both SDHC & Duo cards.
- Inexpensive for a extra battery, $12 from Amazon.

What I do not like or need some time to adapt:

- Battery is not so good (The bright 921K XtraFine screen should be the main reason) but a spare battery can fix this.
- The screen easily captures your fingerprints. Looking for the screen protection.
- Need some time to learn using dial control for mode changing.
- Superior Auto Mode: needs about 2 seconds after each shot to process the image. When you want to act fast, this mode should not be your choice.
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**Updated June 30, 2011**

After our trip to Disneyland and California Adventures I have a few issues with this camera. When using it in a setting like this; IE turning it on and off, focusing and zooming, quick shots in an array of settings... she didn't do so well. The biggest issues was focusing. I was wondering why this camera wouldn't focus at times when the settings didn't change. Turns out that I had to turn the camera off and back on, almost like I had to reset it. NOT COOL! At a theme park like this where you need to get the shot on the fly, I was getting very frustrated. I still like this camera, but things like this reinforce that my next camera will be a DSLR. I know it's still a point and shoot camera but something like this is unforgiveable. I'll be heading to San Diego next and I'll keep an eye out for this. Oh... get another battery for this puppy as well. I took about 245 shots and two short videos before my camera went out. THAT was my fault. :-)

**I've had this camera for about three weeks now. Did not know my review would be this long. Sorry.** :-)

After months of looking, researching, web surfing, asking friends, bugging friends, waiting, and Google picture searching, I have FINALLY chosen the Sony Cybershot DX9 as my next point and shoot camera. A tiny bit of history: My first digital camera was a Sony Cybershot DSCN1 8.1 MP and was an absolutely magnificent camera. I had it for 5 years before I fatally dropped and killed it. My second digital camera was the Sony DSC-T99 and the absolute WORST camera I have ever owned! I had no problem being loyal to Sony because of the DSCN1 but they almost ruined it with the T99! So I made it a point to do so much research for my next camera, Dan Brown would be jealous.
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 review

Firstly, I would like to state that I was initially going to write a review detailing all the pros and cons of this camera but I decided that I will instead list what I have found to be of most interest to me.

Since I received this camera in the mail from Amazon.com, (Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 16MP 5x optical) I have been very pleased with it. My motivation for buying this particular camera came from the failure of my previous camera (Kodak EasyShare Z1485 IS 14MP 5x optical). My final decision to buy the WX9 came from three things: the first reason was that it had all the features and more of my previous camera, the second reason was that of the price ($164) which was $40-$60 cheaper than the local retail stores e.g. Bestbuy, Walmart, Costco, Officemax, at the time it was purchased; and the third reason was that it had descent reviews from Amazon as well as Cnet.

Below I list some of the pros and cons I have observed, but not extensively as it would take a long time to find and write and a waste of your time as well.

Pros:
* Loaded with actual helpful features (such as an in camera feature guide that walks you through the function.)

* Fast cycle time. This allows you to take photos at a quick rate (however, in some modes it will take longer, naturally)

* Slim and light design, makes it easy to carry and to find a case for.

* Good picture quality. The 16 megapixels, 5x optical zoom, and image stabilization help a lot with simple (and shaky) point and shoot photography.

* Ability to shoot in 1920x1080 video.
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