Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX9V review

Premium 16MP compact camera claims a DSLR-like performance

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MACRO: The Sony Cyber-Shot HX9V offers a macro facility as close as 5cm at the maximum wide-angle setting. Natural subjects better disguise a fish eye type effect at this setting, along with some fall off of focus towards corners of frame.

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DETAIL: Early morning daylight displays an attractive natural hue, along with plenty of detail evidenced in the brickwork. Although there is some pixel fringing, this is only visible on very close inspection.

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LIFELIKE: On a dull winter's day the Sony Cyber-Shot HX9V has managed a commendably even exposure with this wide-angle shot that maintains detail in the sky while keeping the foreground sharply in focus and delivering a result that's closer to what the eye saw at the time.

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CLOSE UP: A handheld maximum zoom telephoto image from the same vantage position. A little soft around the edges perhaps, and we've lost highlight detail in the swan's feathers, but otherwise it's not a bad result, given the 16x reach.

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UNDEREXPOSED: The Sony Cyber-Shot HX9V has erred on the side of underexposure to preserve plenty of detail in this full resolution image, and again deliver realistic natural colours.

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MAXIMUM TELEPHOTO: Looking to shoot the moon from your upstairs window? The Sony Cyber-Shot HX9V's 384mm maximum telephoto setting will let you get that much closer.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationDigital, Optical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom16x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Smile Detection, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)215 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height59 mm
Width104.8 mm
Depth33.9 mm
Focal Length4.28 mm to 68.48 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-HX9V
Product NameCyber-shot DSC-HX9V Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Exposure Control

Program Auto

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCHX9VB.CEH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Packed with easy-to-use features for better-looking images and HD videos, the Cyber-shot HX9V digital camera is an ideal travel partner with on-board GPS. Experience high-performance imaging for detail-packed stills, 3D and cinematic Full HD 50p video.

Package Contents
  • Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BG1)
  • USB Charger (AC-UB10/10B)
  • USB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year