Sony DSC-P9 Review
Sony's DSC-P9 is a natural progression from the three megapixel DSC-P5 (which itself succeeded the original DSC-P1). The DSC-P9 (expected street price around $600) joins a growing segment of four megapixel ultra-compact digital cameras which also includes the Canon PowerShot S40 ($650), Pentax Optio 430 ($700), Olympus D-40Z ($700) and the new Minolta DiMAGE F100 ($700). Interestingly three of that bunch have gone for the long / thin body design which we first saw with the DSC-P1.
Note that because the DSC-P9 is very similar to the DSC-P5 many sections of this review are based on that review, notably the body/design and operation sections.
Sony DSC-P9 compared to Sony DSC-P5 (differences only)
|Sony DSC-P9||Sony DSC-P5|
|CCD||1/1.8" 4.1 megapixels||1/1.8" 3.3 megapixels|
|Effective pixels||3.9 megapixels||3.1 megapixels|
|Image sizes||2272 x 1704, 2272 x 1520 (3:2),
1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
|2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360 (3:2),
1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
|Image formats||JPEG||JPEG, TIFF|
|Lens||3 x optical zoom
39 - 117 mm equiv. (F2.8 - F5.6)
|3 x optical zoom
39 - 117 mm equiv. (F2.8 - F5.6 )
|Auto focus||Multi AF (3 point), Center AF, Manual Focus||Center AF, Manual Focus|
|White balance||Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten||Auto, Indoor, Outdoor, Hold|
|Program AE modes||Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape||Twilight|
|Noise reduction||Clear Color / Luminance NR, Dark frame subtraction (slower than 0.5 sec)||Dark frame subtraction (slower than 0.5 sec)|
|Flash range||0.5 - 3.8 m (1.6 - 12.5 ft)||0.5 - 2.8 m (1.6 - 9.2 ft)|
|Burst mode||Yes, Multiburst (7.5, 15 or 30 fps, 16 320 x 240 frames)||Yes, 2 frames (1.4 fps)|
|MPEG||Yes, HQX (320 x 240 inc audio) only space limited||Yes, EX (320 x 240 inc audio) only space limited|
|Displays||LCD Monitor||LCD Monitor, status LCD panel|
|Storage||Memory Stick, 16 MB included||Memory Stick, 8 MB included|
|Compartment||Door opens vertically||Door opens horizontally|
|Grip||Front metallic finger 'hook' grip||Plastic dots|
|Dimensions||113 x 53 x 36 mm
(4.4 x 2.1 x 1.7 in)
|113 x 53 x 36 mm
(4.4 x 2.1 x 1.4 in)
|Volume||216 cm3||216 cm3|
|Weight (inc. batt)||203 g (7.2 oz)||214 g (7.8 oz)|
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