Excerpt: The H should stand for Hooray. The Cyber-shot DSC-H9 ($459, street), the new flagship in Sony's line of superzoom electronic-viewfinder cameras, has a 15X optical zoom, 8-megapixel capture, image stabilization, and a slew of fun and useful features.
Excerpt: The DSC-H9 is mighty fast, blasting more than 18 JPEGs in 10 seconds, with no shutter delay for single shots – great for sports and outdoor snaps. But this speedy camera also blurs life’s details: Object edges glow and colors bleed on nearly every photo, distracting from otherwise accurate hues.
Pros: LCD tilts up and down for extreme-angle shots. Face-recognition technology is smart enough to fire fill-flash in harsh sunlight. 15X optical zoom.
Cons: Tiny viewfinder nearly useless. No RAW support. Shadow details can be grainy even in daylight. Noise ruins darker shots.
Excerpt: The Cyber-shot DSC-H9 ($479) is Sony's top-of-the-line ultra
zoom camera. It features a whopping 15X optical zoom lens, optical image stabilization,
tilting 3-inch LCD display, full manual controls, infrared "NightShot" shooting,
and much more.
Pros: 15X optical zoom lens, Optical image stabilization, Large, tilting 3-inch LCD display; sharp, with good low light visibility, Full manual controls, Fast focus, shot-to-shot speeds, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, Nice continuous shooting mode, Face detection and redeye removal features w...
Cons: Soft images with smudged details due to heavy noise reduction, Strong purple fringing for an ultra zoom in 2007, Build quality a step down from previous models; slippery right hand grip, Redeye a problem, though it can be removed in playback mode, Below average battery life, Clunky, confusing men...
Conclusion: I have to say that the H9 was a camera I really expected to like, and I started this review expecting to be able to rave about how a great camera had got even better. In reality my experiences with the new flagship Cyber-shot zoom were decidedly mixed, and at times downright disappointing.
Pros: Good resolution, great color, excellent exposure, accurate focus, Bright, punchy results that produce pleasing prints without the need for post-processing, Very little highlight clipping, DR-optimization works, though the effect is pretty subtle, Generally very responsive, focus very fast (in mos...
Cons: New user interface slow, convoluted and often confusing, Rear control wheel huge step backwards from the H5's 'turn and click' dial on the grip, Images quite soft and not that clean, Excessive noise reduction robs images of fine texture at anything over ISO 100, Occasional strong NR ('watercolor ...
Summary: The Sony Cybershot DSC-H9 is a feature-rich ultra-zoom camera with good overall performance. Compared to its predecessor, the Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 , Sony augmented several major specifications: a wider 15X optical zoom (instead of 12X), a maximum ISO of 3200 (instead of 1000) and a 2.2 FPS...
Pros: Vibrant image colors, Good exposure and focus accuracy, Extremely fast focusing near wide-angle, Very fast focusing near telephoto, Quite responsive with short shutter-lag, Good control over noise, Above average indoor white-balance, Great LCD visibility, Pressure-sensitive zoom controller, Very ...
Cons: Very high purple fringing, Auto ISO goes to 800, which is rather noisy, Strong edge softness, more so near telephoto, Slight general image softness, Noticeable lens distortion at wide-angle, Useless ISO 3200, Very inconsistent white-balance under low light, Rear buttons easily pressed accidentall...
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 certainly has a great deal going for it, but equally a number of aspects which really let it down. On the upside the 15x lens offers a great range bettered only by the Olympus SP-550UZ and the stabilisation really works.
Pros: 15x optical zoom with stabilisation., Large and adjustable 3in screen., Very quick focusing for a non DSLR., Closest focusing distance of just 1cm.
Cons: Noise becomes a problem above 200 ISO., Coloured fringing visible throughout range., Relatively poor battery life., No RAW, compression or NR options.
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H9 Digital Camera Maximise your photography skills with the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H9, which boasts a remarkable 15x optical zoom lens, 8.1 effective megapixels, and a host of technology innovations.
Summary: A strong choice if you're after an ultra zoom camera, the Cyber-Shot DSC-H9 sports a 15x optical zoom and captures some good shots, however it does have issues with haloing and purple fringing, which will be irritating for many users.
Pros: 15x zoom, Sharp pictures, Good noise response, Image stabilisation
Cons: Very poor haloing and purple fringing issues, Chunky and somewhat flimsy design
Excerpt: Společnost Sony nedávno uvedla na trh již třetí generaci EVF fotoaparátu "Cybershot" řady "DSC-H". Novinka nese označení H9 a nabízí vyšší rozlišení (8.0 MPix) i optický zoom (15ti násobný), kromě toho se může pochlubit velkým 3,0" displejem, optickou stabilizací a množstvím manuálních funkcí.