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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX9V review

Premium 16MP compact camera claims a DSLR-like performance

Our Verdict

For

  • Plenty of manual and auto options
  • Broad lens range
  • Built in GPS and 3D adds to future-proof feel

Against

  • Tiny backplate buttons
  • Large body
  • Need a 3D TV for 3D images
  • GPS struggles to find signal indoors

Sony cyber-shot dsc-hx9v

With the Sony Cyber-Shot HX9V boasting an asking price of £269 in the UK and $329.99 in the US, it falls between the likes of a Canon PowerShot S100 and a regular point and shoot compact such as the Nikon Coolpix S6200 in cost. And it feels like fair value for what it is.

In general terms, the Sony Cyber-Shot HX9V comes across more as a point and shoot camera on steroids than a DSLR that's been compacted, so in that respect it's closer to the feel and operation of the Fuji FinePix F600 EXR or Leica D-Lux 5 than say the Canon PowerShot G12 or Nikon Coolpix P7100.

The compact camera packs in most of the latest must-haves to offer a decent degree of future-proofing, including 3D and integral GPS, a usefully broad optical zoom range, plus Full HD video and HDMI output, leading us to wonder what more we could ask for from a camera on which the lens cannot be swapped.

In many ways, therefore, although it's not expandable to the same degree as fellow non-interchangeable lens compact cameras offering accessory ports and vacant hotshoes, the Sony Cyber-Shot HX9V travel zoom comes across as a 'best of' where we are now in terms of camera tech.

We liked

The broad 'travel zoom' type focal range is certainly appealing, as is customisable settings and full manual control for those who want it, or reliable auto capture for those who don't.

3D image generation alongside regular 2D and stereo sound supporting Full HD video capture ensure that the Sony Cyber-Shot HX9V feels like a future-proof compact camera.

We disliked

The Sony Cyber-Shot HX9V requires a 3D telly to make the most of some core 3D features.

The camera body itself has a boxy design and is very deep, while there's some obvious barrel distortion and a fish-eye effect in images taken at the maximum 24mm equivalent wide-angle setting.

Final verdict

Sony has packed a lot into this high-performance travel zoom that poses very serious competition for the likes of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20, Fuji FinePix F600 EXR, plus a host of rival compact cameras that similarly incorporate a broad focal range with built-in GPS and pocket sized proportions.

Though not 100% perfect in each and every regard, the Sony Cyber-Shot HX9V nonetheless comes very close in most.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot
Image StabilizationElectronic, 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
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate50 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
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)
Height59 mm
Width104.8 mm
Depth33.9 mm
Autofocus Points9
Focal Length4.28 mm to 68.48 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAAC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-HX9V
Product NameCyber-shot DSC-HX9V Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
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.

Battery Life410 Shot/3.42 Hour 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
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker