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

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V review


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The HX9V is a powerful compact but faces stiff competition from its cheaper rivals such as the Panasonic Lumix-DMC TZ20 and Canon PowerShot 230HS. But, for the extra money, the HX9V does offer an array of intelligent features, as well as a longer zoom lens and higher-resolution sensor.

The lack of manual options won’t suit everyone, but for those looking for a high-quality compact that will fit in your pocket, the HX9V is certainly worth considering.


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)
Focusing Modes:Auto, centre, point selection, semi-manual, manual, face detection, tracking
Metering System:Evaluative, centreweighted, spot
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features and build
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Verdict
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