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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £251
inc VAT

Packed with impressive features but image quality doesn't quite live up to the high price


1/2in 15.9-megapixel sensor, 16.0x zoom (24-384mm equivalent), 245g

The HX9V is one of the pricier pocket-sized ultra-zoom cameras, but it’s also the most feature-packed. There’s AVCHD video recording at up to 1080/50p, GPS tagging, manual exposure and focus control and a 3in, 921,000-dot screen that’s as sharp as the eye can see. Battery life is also outstanding for a compact camera at 410 shots.

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The navigation pad doubles as a dial to enable quick adjustments, but manual exposure settings were inexplicably slow to update we turned the dial. The spot focus point was much quicker to adjust, and a Custom button can be assigned to exposure compensation, ISO speed or white balance.

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There’s a notable lack of aperture- and shutter-priority modes – it appears that the camera uses a neutral-density filter to simulate smaller apertures, as only two settings are available for any given focal length. That’s not necessarily a problem but it does preclude experimenting with depth-of-field effects.

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Sony does scene presets better than anyone: iSweep Panorama and 3D Shooting capture panoramic images in 2D and 3D respectively simply by slowly rotating the camera. Anti Motion Blur captures, aligns and overlays six frames to reduce noise in low light.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
CCD effective megapixels 15.9 megapixels
CCD size 1/2in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 921,600 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 16.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 24-384mm
Image stabilisation optical, lens based
Maximum image resolution 4,608×3,456
Maximum movie resolution 1920×1080
Movie frame rate at max quality 50fps
File formats JPEG; AVCHD, AVI (MP4)


Memory slot SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Mermory supplied 19MB internal
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 410 shots
Connectivity USB, mini HDMI
HDMI output resolution 1080i
Body material aluminium
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB cable
Weight 245g
Size 61x105x33mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £251

Camera Controls

Exposure modes program, manual
Shutter speed 30 to 1/1,600 seconds
Aperture range f/3.3-8 (wide), f/5.6-14 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 100 to 3200
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 7 presets with fine tuning, manual
Additional image controls contrast, saturation, sharpness
Manual focus Yes
Closest macro focus 5cm
Auto-focus modes multi, centre, flexible spot, face detect
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, WB bracket, smile detect

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