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Sony HDR-HC9

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Sony HDR-HC9

The Sony HDR-HC9 is a MiniDV (HDV)-based, home-movie camcorder that comes with picture motion browser software, Optical Sensor Size 1/2.9-inch ClearVid CMOS with 6.3-megapixels effective sensor resolution, 10x optical zoom and Super steady shot image stabilization. It is also fitted with Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonner lens, built-in lens shield and filter size of 37mm, along with Memory Stick duo capability, SteadyShot function, plus easy-to-use features for shooting and sharing images or vid…

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Sony HDR-HC9

The Sony HDR-HC9 is a MiniDV (HDV)-based, home-movie camcorder that comes with picture motion browser software, Optical Sensor Size 1/2.9-inch ClearVid CMOS with 6.3-megapixels effective sensor resolution, 10x optical zoom and Super steady shot image stabilization. It is also fitted with Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonner lens, built-in lens shield and filter size of 37mm, along with Memory Stick duo capability, SteadyShot function, plus easy-to-use features for shooting and sharing images or videos.

Features

The Sony HDR-HC9 is equipped with Memory Stick for easy sharing and optical sensor size 1/2.9-inch ClearVid CMOS with 6.3-megapixels effective sensor resolution for superb picture quality with high sensitivity and low noise. It also comes with a minimum shutter speed of 1/2 second and maximum of 1/10000 seconds. Its Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonner lens (filter size/diameter of 37mm) comes with 10x optical zoom, 20x digital zoom capability that helps reduce reflections. The zoom lens is designed with a minimum focal length of 5.4 mm, maximum of 54 mm, Lens Aperture of F/1.8-2.9, digital shooting photo mode, plus an auto Focus with TTL contrast detection functions. Besides that, it has a manual and automatic focus adjustment, zoom adjustment with Motorized drive, effective flash range between 1 ft - 8 ft plus an electronic Super SteadyShot Image Stabilizer that enables user to shoot any movement even in a difficult situation, improve the image and video stability especially in low light. It is an active optical lens method that helps avoid any deterioration in image quality. Other features include a Shooting Programs mode (Snow, Beach, Candle, Sunset, Sunrise, Fireworks, Landscape, Spotlight, Portrait mode, Sports lesson, Twilight mode, Twilight portrait), white balance setting (Custom, Presets, Automatic) and white balance presets (Indoor, Outdoor). Apart from that, it comes with sensor resolution of 3.2-megapixels, effective video resolution of 2.2-megapixels, effective still resolution of 3.04-megapixels and interpolated still resolution of 6.1-megapixels. It also comes with Exposure Modes (Program, Automatic, Shutter-priority (Exposure Metering Spot, Matrix Camera) and Red-eye reduction. The camcorder has DPOF support, PictBridge support, auto power save, Date/time stamp, built-in speaker and histogram display. Additional Features, PictBridge support, Accessories hot shoe, Progressive scanning, Touch-screen control, USB 2.0 compatibility, Backlight compensation, Display brightness control, Progressive shutter system, special effects (Sepia, Still, Trail, Mosaic, Pastel, Monotone, Skintone, Cinematic, Old Movie, Flash Motion, Negative Art, Solarization) and digital scene transition (Black fader, White fader, Mosaic fader, Monotone fader). The Sony HDR-HC9 is equipped with a 2.7-inch LCD display, TFT active matrix with Digital Player (Recorder), viewfinder diagonal size of 0.27-inch rotating form factor, combined with 123k-pixels colour resolution. It also comes with a Night mode function that uses a built-in infrared light emitter to record objects in zero lux light levels and to allow night-time monitoring and surveillance plus minimum illumination of 0 lux. Besides that, it store images such as JPEG (JPEG 2848-by-2136, JPEG 2048-by-1536, JPEG 640-by-480, JPEG 2848-by-1602). It also supports Memory Stick Pro Duo for expandable storage and support Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity for transferring images or videos to a computer. It is also fitted with other connections like a one Component video output, one HDMI output for enjoying HD video on HD ready TV, one IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK), one S-Video output, USB port, DC power input Expansion Slot and Picture Motion Browser software with web upload assist function. It also supports operating system such as MS Windows Vista, MS Windows 2000 SP4 or later and MS Windows XP Professional. It uses a Lithium-Ion (recommended Sony NP-FH60) rechargeable battery. It measures at 3.2-inch (8.1cm) in height, 3.2-inch (8.1cm) in width and 5.4-inch (13.7cm) in depth, plus a weight dimension of 1.2 pounds (0.5kg).

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  • HDR-HC9 audio

    I've have an HDR-HC9 for more than a year with no problems until recently. There is no audio from the internal speaker during play back or when connected to a tv with the hdmi cable. There is sound when importing with Picture Browser. I have adjusted the volume cam wheel and the audio-mix with no luck. Is there some way that I could have muted the audio for playback? The manual has no references to this. Thanks in advance, Dave.

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2010-06-27

  • Problems connecting my HDR-HC9 to an iMAC

    What kind of firewire cable do I need to get to capture to an iMAC? Sony tells me that they do not support capturing video shot on this camcorder to an iMAC. Has anyone had experience doing this and how successfully? Kevin

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2009-10-09

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