Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V

Announced Feb 1, 2011 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | 24 – 384 mm (16×)
dpreview conclusion

One of the best-specified cameras in its class, the HX9V offers more features than anyone would be expected to use in day-to-day shooting. Image quality from its 16MP sensor is very competitive, although noise-reduction can be somewhat over-aggressive. Our biggest concern is the rather slow operation, which is frustrating in a camera which is otherwise such a fine performer.

Good for

Shooting full 1080p video in 60p. High-speed shooting modes like 'hand-held twilight' and 'backlit HDR' provide versatility in difficult shooting environments.

Not so good for

Slow shooting and playback performance make an otherwise capable camera frustrating to use at times.

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Movie / video mode
Other reviews
Sony Cyber-shot HX9V review
By: Matt Tuffin, What Digital Camera (Sep 7, 2011)

A superb camera that only falters on a few matters, but is still an impressive compact camera on all fronts.

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DCRP Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Apr 4, 2011)

The Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V has a decent 16X wide zoom lens, a super-sharp 3-inch LCD, a nice selection of manual controls, and some really fun automatic features. The movie mode takes excellent quality 1080p60 video, as well. Downsides include heavy noise reduction in photos (though not as bad as the Panasonic ZS10), corner blurring, sluggish performance in some areas, and several design annoyances.

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The Sony Cyber-shot HX9V is a 16.2 Megapixel pocket super-zoom with a 16x range, built-in GPS and 3in screen. The HX9V uses a newly designed 16 Megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R sensor. A big step up from the 10 Megapixel HX5 launched a year earlier, it provides the same 10fps burst shooting modes of the earlier model plus full HD 1080p50/60 movie recording. The HX9V has two low light...

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