Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V review

July 23, 2011

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V



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Sony’s latest high-end travel compact features technology designed to make it easier for you to produce great shots. We find out if the HX9V really does the job

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V at a glance:

  • 16.2-million-pixel, 1/2.3in Exmor R sensor
  • 16x zoom (24-384mm equivalent)
  • 3in, 921,600-dot LCD
  • Superior Auto
  • 3D shooting
  • Built-in GPS
  • Street price around £310

Travel compacts have become an important sector of the market for most manufacturers. Their size provides a portability that can’t be matched by compact system cameras, while still offering a degree of creative control. They also boast extensive zoom lenses, which make them suitable for a wide range of subjects from landscape to macro, or picking out distant details.

The Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V is Sony’s current flagship model to occupy this niche, taking over from last year’s HX5V, and sits within the company’s high-performance range of compacts. The camera includes a wealth of recent Sony technologies, including Intelligent Sweep Panorama, Superior Auto and 3D shooting, as well as GPS and HD movie capture. It is both higher resolution and features a longer zoom than its predecessor, but it is against its current rivals from Canon, Panasonic and Samsung that it will really be judged.

Image: By holding down the shutter and panning across the scene in Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode, the HX9V produces a seamless 270° panorama

  • Exposure Modes: iAuto, Superior Auto, program, manual exposure, memory recall, Intelligent Sweep Panorama, movie, 3x 3D modes, 15 scene modes, background defocus
  • Sensor: 16.2-million-pixel, 1/2.3in back-illuminated CMOS
  • LCD: 3in, 921,600 dots
  • Output Size: 4608x3456 pixels
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, manual, WB adjust
  • Lens: 24-384mm (equivalent), 16x zoom
  • Weight: 245g (with card and battery)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion NP-BG1
  • ISO: 100-3200, auto
  • File Format: JPEG, AVCHD (movie)
  • Dimensions: 104.8x59x33.9mm
  • Focusing Modes: Auto, centre, point selection, semi-manual, manual, face detection, tracking
  • RRP: £339.99
  • Metering System: Evaluative, centreweighted, spot

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