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Sony DSCHX9VB Cyber-shot Digital Still Camera - Black (16.2MP, 16x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

by Sony
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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  • EXMOR R CMOS 16 megapixels – Ultra low noise and high sensitivity sensor for unsurpassed image quality and resolution
  • 16x IS optical zoom starting at 25mm wide angle – Professional grade Sony G lens with Optical Stabilisation to cover wide range of shooting situations
  • 3" Clear Photo LCD - Clear Photo LCD screen (460k dot) offers excellent detail, high contrast and wide viewing angle
  • 3D - 3D single shot stills and intelligent Sweep Panorama mode
  • 1080P AVCHD HD Movie - Captures crisp, detail-packed HD video clips plus stereo sound at 30 frames per second
There is a newer model of this item:
Sony DSCHX60 Compact Digital Camera with Wi-Fi and NFC - Black ( 20.4MP, 30x Optical Zoom) Sony DSCHX60 Compact Digital Camera with Wi-Fi and NFC - Black ( 20.4MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 4.8 out of 5 stars (10)
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Looking for a new Cyber-shot? Check out Sony's handy Cyber-shot comparison chart so you can compare megapixels, zoom, features and more [1.53mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 10.5 x 5.9 cm ; 245 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: DSCHX9VB.CEH
  • ASIN: B004I5C3RG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 24 Jan 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,824 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The ideal travel partner – light, compact and packed with easy-to-use features for sharply defined images and HD videos. Cyber-shot™ HX9V is designed to explore with on board GPS and Compass technology so you can geotag shots and see exactly where you took your photos. Truly innovative, the HX9V is the first ever Cyber-shot to offer Full HD (1920x1080) movie recording at an incredible 50 frames per second. Inside is a range of pro imaging technology including a 16 megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS sensor, 16x IS optical zoom and a 24mm wide angle Sony G lens. Bring memories vividly to life with 3D single shot and Intelligent Sweep Panorama. A superb all-in-one camera for high resolution stills and video.

Track where you shoot with built-in GPS.
Track where you shoot with built-in GPS.
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Designed to travel

Compact and light but ruggedly built, HX9V is a camera that’s perfect for taking around. It offers a great combination of style and durability – just what you need on holidays and while out with friends. GPS displays your position on screen so you always know where you are and where you’re going. Then when you get back home, retrace your steps with exciting online maps on your PC.

Capture everything, even in low light

High performance imaging is what Cyber-shot™ HX cameras are all about. The HX9V is no exception with a high sensitivity 16.2 megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor for shooting intensely detailed, high resolution images. Press the shutter and shoot at an incredible 10 frames per second or freeze the action with a high-speed burst of images. Developed exclusively by Sony, the Exmor R™ CMOS sensor absorbs twice as much light as a conventional sensor giving you low-noise pictures that stay perfectly defined even in poor conditions. So if you want to shoot at twilight while the sun is setting over the sea or indoors without using a flash, that’s no problem.

Capture everything, even in low light with the Exmor R™ CMOS sensor.
Capture everything, even in low light with the Exmor R™ CMOS sensor.
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Focusing on quality

A professional grade Sony G lens with a minimal focal length of 24mm allows you to capture intimate portraits and dramatic wide angle scenes. For action that's further away there’s a 16x IS optical zoom offering superb clarity. Optical stabilisation keeps your shots steady so your photos retain sharpness and definition, whatever and wherever you are shooting.

Big screen viewing

Flip the HX9V round and you'll find a large, extremely high quality 3" XtraFine TruBlack LCD screen (921k dot) offering excellent detail, high contrast and wide viewing angle. Framing shots is really easy on screen with everything crystal clear in fine detail and high contrast. Touch the screen to access a range of modes and settings or review your shots with friends. Scroll through latest compositions by sliding your finger across the screen – nothing could be simpler.

Capture images in superb clarity with a 16x IS optical zoom.
Capture images in superb clarity with a 16x IS optical zoom.
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3D – the new dimension

The sophisticated HX9V gives you the opportunity to discover an incredible new dimension in imaging. Shoot 3D still photos at the touch of a button for playback on your 3D TV. Just press the shutter and the camera will shoot two successive frames, then automatically create a single 3D image from them. You can also capture stunning landscapes and cityscapes in panoramic 3D with Intelligent 3D Sweep Panorama. Simply press the shutter while sweeping the camera from side to side or up and down to shoot a high-speed burst of frames. Images are then automatically stitched together to create one amazing panoramic picture at a high resolution of 42.9 megapixels. Sweep Multi Angle creates amazing 3D-like views so you can view your subject from different angles by tilting the camera screen. When you’re done, sit back and enjoy 3D shots on your 3D HD TV or zoom in with PlayStation®3.

Shoot in Full HD 1080p

HX9V is the first Cyber-shot to record an incredible 50 Full HD (1920x1080) frames every second in progressive mode for ultra-smooth, cinematic action. It’s the perfect camera to take along when heading out into the great outdoors. Efficient AVCHD video compression technology optimises file size for easy storage and sharing on your PC. Sound quality is impressive too with stereo recorded at 50 frames per second to bring out all the atmosphere. Relive the excitement by watching your movies on your HD TV using the camera's multiple HD output options.

So easy with Superior Auto

If high contrast is causing washed-out backgrounds and detail lost in shadow, switch to Backlight Correction HDR. The HX9V will take two images at different exposure settings then combine the best elements of each into one natural-looking image. Plus with Background Defocus, you can create professional-looking images with a razor-sharp foreground subject against a smoothly blurred background.

Impressive background effects

If high contrast is causing washed-out backgrounds and detail lost in shadow, switch to Backlight Correction HDR. The HX9V will take two images at different exposure settings then combine the best elements of each into one natural-looking image. Plus with Background Defocus, you can create professional-looking images with a razor-sharp foreground subject against a smoothly blurred background.

Natural portraits

Face Detection automatically adjusts the exposure, focus and skin tone of your shot so the photos you take of your friends and family look more natural. Soft Skin mode uses this Face Detection technology to automatically soften wrinkles and freckles, as well as adding definition to the eyes and mouth - perfect for individual or group portraits. Smile Shutter is another handy feature that when activated, automatically takes pictures when people smile.

Browse, manage, share

Upload memories to your favourite social networking website with just a few clicks of the mouse. PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Portable software lets you select and transfer photos or video clips to any web-connected PC. Ideal while travelling when you only have a few minutes spare to get in touch with friends and family.

Product Description

Knowing where your photos and video clips were taken adds a fun dimension to any trip. GPS displays your position on screen while you're travelling. Back home, retrace your travels with exciting online map views on your PC. Many cameras struggle to produce crisp, clear images in low light. The revolutionary Exmor R CMOS sensor boosts sensitivity while reducing image noise for brilliant, detail-packed pictures. Left your camcorder behind? One touch is all that's needed to shoot brilliantly crisp, detailed vi


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194 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant camera 24 Jun 2011
As a Panasonic owner (TZ3) for several years now, I was thrilled to put my hands on the new TZ20 as it just hit the markets. Although this is a brilliant camera from many aspects there was one aspect that made me return it to Amazon - terrible image quality above ISO 100. This brought me back to the market in a search for a better camera. First I checked the Nikon S9100. that was not much better than the Panasonic in terms of Image quality and inferior in all other aspects - so this one went back as well.

Then I've put my hands on the Sony HX9 and never looked back ... Superior to the other two in all aspects but one - Macro photography that seems a bit fiddly and although both the Sony and the Panasonic are sharing the same minimal focal length of 24mm, the Panasonic was able to focus on objects a bit closer than the Sony - disappointing but not a showbreaker for me.

The Sony HD video is very impressive and better than the Panasonic. Image quality in very good in versatile scenarios - be it a cloudy day, evening or indoors the Sony produces impressive image quality comparing to its competitors. For example, I've took it to the Summer Solstice in Stonehenge this week and was able to take crisp image in first light without using a flash - hats off for Sony. I was also very impressed by the Intelligent Sweep Panorama feature - very useful when trying to capture landscape or big crowds in the landscape (Stonehenge again ...). The battery life is better than the other two cameras and I rarely need to use the spare battery although putting the camera into hard work (videos and still images).

Although a bit pricy comparing to the competition this camera worth the extra pounds as its quality is close to DSLR. I've fallen after this little gem over the last several weeks and would recommend it to everyone which is in the market - the extra pounds will save you the buckets of tears over image quality produced by current direct competitors.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite digital camera so far! 17 Nov 2011
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The Sony DSCHX9VB is one camera not to be messed with, if you are looking for a solidly built camera that not only looks great, but also offers extreme comfort and grip when holding it, as well as being able to take wonderful pictures, zoom in up to 16x optical and even record Full 1080p video with the ability to zoom in and out whilst recording, then look no further!

This camera whilst being the average size of compact cameras these days, has a slightly bulky feel to it, but I don't mean this in a bad way, the slight bulk actually makes it really easy for me to hold it and with the addition of the side having grip for your fingers and a little grip tab on the back for your thumb really adds to the comfort in using this camera.

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Accessories
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Before I go into any more detail I would like to suggest some accessories that you may want to get with this camera, an SDHC is pretty much a must, but the others are optional.

There are many different SDHC cards out their with different classes, quality and brands, from personal experience I would recommend one of the following:

If you're wanting quality over quantity, then I suggest getting the Panasonic 4GB Class 10 SDHC Card (up to 22MB/s - Gold Line), it is expensive, however it boasts a good
transfer speed as well as it's really well built, so far I haven't had any files being corrupted when using this card. With this card, you can store around 750+ photos on full 16MP settings.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony hx9v 9 July 2011
By rayv
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I come from a professional background in photography. I purchased this camera after spending hours checking image quality etc. Ok my thoughts and findings. Its not the very best in image quality but so close the average person will not notice the difference. It will produce excellent quality prints up to approx 20inch by 16inch prints. the video recoerding part of the camera is second to none in its field, It is after all not a dedecated video camera. The Pan sweep is very clever and will give hours of pleasure and is excellent. I find the camera small but pleasent to handle. Im delighted with it. As I am now 70 years young and find it so easy to carry around, after spending many years carrying a 1/2 plate camera and tripod weighing in at approx 50lbs, from my early days. Its a great little camera I reccomend it.
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134 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem 30 Mar 2011
I come from a 35mm slr background, moved over to digital about 12 years ago and have never looked back.

A Canon G7 was my preferred camera for a couple of years and when I broke it, the G9 followed. I yearned for something smaller but something with as many options as the G series. They didn't exist (for me) and so, after trying a Panasonic LX3 (I realised I am a point-and-shoot photographer) opted for the Panasonic TZ7. One of the attributes I loved was the HD movie mode which, at 720p, was exceptional.

Then Sony brought out the HX9V!

For me, it is A Little Gem... you WILL be blown away by its HD movie (1080p/1920x1080 at 50fps!) with superb image stabilisation to cope with its 16x zoom and good stereo sound as well.

Superior Auto is also a delight - in difficult situations it will take multiple images and overlay them, even making 3200 ISO useable up to 10x8" prints. Then there is Background Defocus (the subject is sharp but all else is blurred), iPanorama where you opt which way you want to move the camera, press the shutter and swing and voila... HD panoramic pictures laced together in-camera!

You can review images simply by pressing the playback button (from camera off) after which a press of the shutter release immediately takes you to shoot mode.

The grip is good - rubber with tiny pimples which allow one-handedness with ease. In fact one-handed is almost an essential because when the camera decides it needs flash it pops up under your L index finger!

There are plenty of Scene modes but one of the most outstanding is Handheld Twighlight which again uses multiple overlaid images thus making high ISO acceptable.

OK, there must be some downsides...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent functonality
I bought this mainly for the GPS tagging feature but fell in love with it from day one. The functionality is awesome and I don't use many of the features but the ones I do use... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vennwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is a stunning camera can really take some lovely photos with this camera and the video on it is very good its a swiss army knife and the best thing is it fits in your pocket... Read more
Published 4 months ago by SilverNest67
4.0 out of 5 stars Good camera
This camera can take some excellent photos. In the default settings, colours are too vivid. As with all such cameras the lack of a viewfinder EVF makes for a struggle in sunny /... Read more
Published 4 months ago by acclivity
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic camera with plenty of possibilities
A great product that takes excellent quality photos and HD videos, definitely recommend this product. Great value for money purchase.
Published 5 months ago by VibesBro7
4.0 out of 5 stars Good pictures, feels a bit thick and heavy though
This camera was quite pricey and I think its borderline whether or not it justifies the price. I purchased it for an outdoor trip I was going on a few months back. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Sony's best
Not much to say except this camera is so good I went out and got a another for myself (origin was a present). Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. T. Dowd
4.0 out of 5 stars Great camera, but image softens after a while
I've been very happy with this camera. The image has softened somewhat aftera about 9 months, but was crisp/ sharp when I first bought it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Neil Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony DSCHX9VY Cyber shot
I have a Canon DSLR and just wanted a pocket camera to take landscape shots without changing lenses
my daughter has one of these cameras and the results are stunning so this... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mike Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pocket camera
A fantastic transportable camera especially for travel and bike rides where I like the GPS so i can see where i took the photo on mapping applications. Read more
Published 13 months ago by AlanT
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony HX9VB
This is the best camera I've ever had, small enough to put into pocket and the long zoom is powdeful, the panorama shoot is easy and the best compare with the other brand.
Published 15 months ago by Frank Lau
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