Sony Cybershot DSC-H9 8MP Digital Camera with 15x Optical Image Stabilization Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 8.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
- Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom lens; 3.0-inch LCD display
- High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200) allows for shooting even in low-light conditions
- MPEG Movie VX Fine mode captures VGA (640 x 480) audio/video clips at high frame rate
- HD output; HD slide show with music feature
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.2 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||8.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||Multi-point 3 area (selectable)|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||3.27 x 3.39 x 4.33 inches|
|Item Weight||0.97 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||2 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.7 - F4.5|
|Maximum Focal Length||465 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,264|
|Memory Storage Capacity||31 MB|
|Minimum Focal Length||31 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||8 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||74 mm|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Remote Control Description||Yes|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.45 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NP-BG1 rechargeable|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG VX|
|Video Capture Resolution||MPEG VX (640 x 480, 8/16/30 fps, unlimited) with audio|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||2.5 in||3 in||2.7 in||2 in|
|Item Dimensions||3.39 x 4.33 x 3.27 in||4.81 x 5.1 x 3.74 in||3.39 x 4.33 x 3.27 in||4.06 x 5.1 x 3.67 in||0.91 x 3.66 x 2.05 in||3.62 x 4.25 x 3.19 in|
|Item Weight||0.97 lb||1.3 lbs||0.89 lb||1.46 lbs||4.32 ounces||1.08 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||8 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||8 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20.2 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||MPEG VX (640 x 480, 8/16/30 fps, unlimited) with audio||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||MPEG VX (640 x 480, 8/16/30 fps, unlimited) with audio||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||MPEG VX (640 x 480, 8/16/30 fps, unlimited) with audio|
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From the Manufacturer
Capture the action and relive the magic with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 camera. Its 8.1-megapixel resolution, powerful Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom lens design and Advanced Sports Mode with high shutter speed (1/4000 seconds) combine to make digital photography more exciting and creative -- and the NightShot system lets you shoot nocturnal scenes by infrared light. Also: a large 3.0-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screen that tilts up for low-angle shooting, Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization, high sensitivity (ISO 3200) and new high-tech features like a Face Detection and HD output for sharing memories with family and friends in spectacular high-definition clarity on compatible HDTV screens.
Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Highlights
High-power Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom A superb lens for bringing long-distance subjects up close, the pro-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens design of the DSC-H9 provides 15x optical zoom design -- with 25x HD digital zoom to enlarge the center portion of the picture so you see even more detail.
8.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD More megapixels give you more detail and definition for editing, cropping, and making large digital prints. Sonys advanced Super HAD (Hole Accumulated Diode) CCD design allows more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise.
3.0-inch tilt-up screen, simple controls The DSC-H9 provides a huge, bright 3.0-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screen that tilts up for comfortable low-angle shooting -- plus simple camera menus, a new GUI Home button, and Function Guide display that makes it easier to learn camera setup operations.
NightShot infrared system Sonys NightShot system provides infrared illumination for shooting in near-dark or totally dark conditions without using a flash -- so you can capture sleeping children, nocturnal animals and creative night scenes that lie beyond the power of conventional cameras.
Advanced Sports mode To capture fast-moving subjects in split-second detail, this innovative DSC-H9 shooting mode combines high shutter speed (1/4000 seconds) with intelligent continuous AF that responds more quickly to rapid motion -- a great way to catch the perfect moment in sports, childrens games, pet tricks and more.
Long-Distance Flash A powerful flash provides extra illumination to light up subjects farther from your camera, with precise light control and the ability to adjust flash for both front and rear sync when shooting at low-speed sync setting.
Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization Other image stabilization systems crop in to compensate for "camera shake" -- but with the Super SteadyShot system, optical sensors detect camera movement and send correcting signals to a stabilization lens that allows even ultra-long-distance digital photos to capture more detail with less camera shake distortion.
High Sensitivity mode With Super SteadyShot image stabilization to minimize blur, High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200) lets the DSC-H9 shoot effectively in low light without flash to preserve the mood -- and Sonys original Clear RAW NR (Noise Reduction) image processing technology helps suppress the color noise that can accompany high-sensitivity shooting.
Face detection. By automatically controlling focus, exposure, color and flash, this new Sony feature reveals faces in shadow, makes skin tones look more natural and eliminates harsh facial glare -- to help bring out every expression on every face in every shot, so youll capture the personalities and emotions that make memories come alive.
HD output Thanks to Sony, your photo album can go high-def -- with direct HD output to your compatible HDTV screen, so you can view DSC-H9 still photos in spectacular high-definition clarity and detail. Your life never looked so exciting!
Note: HD output requires an optional Sony HD connector cable; HDTV sold separately
HD slide show with music Its the high-definition viewing experience that makes photos come alive on compatible HDTV screens, accompanied by your choice of visual effects and any of four preset musical selections stored in memory or your favorite MP3 tunes downloaded from PC to your camera for use as background music.
9-point Auto Focus. Because an off-center subject can make your shot more interesting, the DSC-H9 can measure auto-focus precision at 9 points on your screen -- giving you greater creative freedom to compose your image.
D-Range Optimization Powered by the exclusive Sony Bionz high-speed processing engine, D-Range Optimization preserves image data in bright highlights and reveals more detail in shadows or backlit areas -- for great results even in difficult lighting conditions.
In-camera retouching The DSC-H9 lets you add creative effects to photos after you shoot -- including soft edge filter to soften backgrounds, cross filter to place starry "dazzles" at highlight points, partial color filter to mute surrounding colors, even fish-eye filter to create interesting fish-eye lens effects.
In-camera red-eye reduction Irritating "glowing eyes" can ruin even the most creative photos -- so the DSC-H9 gives you in-camera correction at the touch of a button to reduce lingering red-eye effect that other systems might miss.
Electronic color viewfinder In addition to its bright 3.0-inch LCD screen, the DSC-H9 has a built-in electronic color viewfinder that lets you shoot in traditional camera style and save battery power by turning your LCD screen off.
Remote control function In both shooting and play mode, you can use a supplied remote control unit to control basic camera functions -- including zoom, menu settings, etc. -- so you can put yourself in the picture when shooting with a tripod or sit back and enjoy the show when you share images on your home TV screen.
Wheel dial for manual exposure modes For more creative freedom, a simple wheel-dial control lets you quickly change camera settings in manual modes (shutter speed priority, aperture priority, manual exposure) and also control ISO sensitivity, focus area, and exposure value. In play mode, the wheel dial provides a quick way to view your next or previous shot.
31 MB internal memory The DSC-H9 allows you to capture shots in-camera for later transfer to PC or Memory Stick Duo media -- so even if you forget your flash memory card, you can always get the shot.
Memory Stick Duo media The DSC-H9 has a built-in slot for optional Memory Stick Duo media or higher-capacity Memory Stick Pro Duo media -- the ultra-compact media for shooting, storing and sharing your photo images.
76x Smart Zoom feature Sonys Smart Zoom feature gives you an amazing ultra-close crop on the central portion of interest in your photo while avoiding the image degradation of other digital zooms.
MPEG Movie VX Fine Mode The DSC-H9 can capture VGA (640 x 480) audio/video clips at high frame rate (up to 30 frames per second) -- with optical zoom in movie mode to let you zoom in or pull back while taking action shots.
Stamina battery power The DSC-H9 provides up to 250 shots with a fully-charged NP-BG1 Lithium-ion battery -- enough shooting capacity to cover a long weekend or a whole vacation.
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Top customer reviews
This one does it all and does it very well. It is just about the right size for carrying on my 2 1/2 hour jaunts in the wilds. The steady shot makes capturing moving things easy and with manual setting and can blur the motion. When I get home I can put together a complete slide show with music that wows the family; all on the camera.
The large LCD viewing screen is a winner. It rotates out for low angle shots and gives me a great sight of what the shot will look like. I like the view finder for long shots of birds and the viewfinder also shows me the view as I zoom. The LCD does get a bit messy from nose prints or finger prints but I carry a pack of screen cleaner to take care of that. The battery life is more than sufficient and easily recharges. I use 2GB memory sticks and never lack for space.
I did order the soft cloth carry case and this is great for getting my camera to and from the field with no hard knocks.
The color enhancements available on this camera also allow me to get some really neat shots. The sepia tone is really fun with old abandoned structures and fence lines.
I would recommend this camera to anyone.
The Sony H9's most impressive feature is its 3-inch articulating LCD. It's hinged from right under the electronic viewfinder window by a unique L-shaped bracket that allows the screen to come out and swivel to face either 90 degrees straight up or 90 degrees straight down. Unfortunately, you can't use the H9 to take a self-portrait, as you can with some other swivel screens, because it doesn't face forward.
Start-up time was pretty fast, and although it doesn't match that of a DSLR, the Sony H9's shutter lag was minimal. There wasn't much of a wait between shots, even with the flash enabled, and continuous shooting was effortless.The 15x zoom was responsive and moved smoothly through the entire focal range. Autofocus was good in both bright light and low light situations. Sony's Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization, an absolute necessity with such a powerful lens, also worked well.
Like many of today's digital cameras, the Sony H9 is equipped with automatic face detection. It works well to identify, focus on, and expose the faces in the scene.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 more than met my expectations. The 15x optical zoom provided a better-than-average wide angle starting point of 31mm (35mm equivalent), which resulted in extra flexibility since you could easily go from shooting a distant subject at the telephoto end to shooting landscapes. I was particularly pleased with its macro capabilities and the H9's continuous shooting speed is fast enough to capture action shots with relative ease.
The DSC-H9's Aperture priority, Shutter priority, and Full manual exposure modes will meet the needs of those familiar with cameras, and its Full Auto, Program, and Scene modes can help those who aren't.
I have used manual SLR's; point and shoot digitial and film type; Kodak, Cannon, Minolta, Nikon, and Sony. This ca,era takes the best pictures I have ever taken. My skills have not improved with age, if anything the reverse is true. But shaky hands, poor eyesight, impatience all seem to be taken into consideration with this camera. Having worked as a photographer before the advent of the digital camera, I can tell you this is the best thing that ever happened to photography. And let's face it. Aren't most of you going to download your pictures and use photo software to improve them? You'll get much farther with this wonderful camera.
For the price this is a wonderful value. Buy it, shoot it, and enjoy yourself!
I would even be happier if they made a way to power it with a larger storage capacity. I am a desert hiker and take about a hundred photos a day. A day of turning it on and off several dozen times exhausts the batterey in a days hike, so it requires a few pricey spares if you're going to be out camping a few days. My old Cybershot4.1MPs works on AA batteries and still works great(3 years)so to make the H9 lithium ions last a little longer, I'm using them both. Can't beat that!
But HEY!, for professional results in a camera of this price, I don't think you can beat it.