Excerpt: 16mp in my pocket? Are you kidding me? What is it? The Sony Cybershot HX9V is a top-end compact all-in-one camera, akin to the Coolpix S9100 or Fujifilm F550EXR. With a 16mp 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor and a 24-384mm (equivalent) f/3.3-4.9 zoom optically-stabilized lens, this is one of the so-called all-in-one travel cameras, because it tries to be everything all at once, in a small, pocketable form.
Conclusion: If you're not bothered about a camera with a degree of expandability, nor the interchangeable lenses found on CSCs, the Sony Cyber-shot HX9V on paper at least would seem to fit the bill as a jack of all trades. But how does it do in practice?
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot HX9V is a 16.2 Megapixel pocket super-zoom with a 16x range, built-in GPS and 3in screen. The HX9V uses a newly designed 16 Megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R sensor. A big step up from the 10 Megapixel HX5 launched a year earlier, it provides the same 10fps burst shooting modes of the earlier model plus full HD 1080p50/60 movie recording.
Pros: Great 16 Megapixel image quality, 1080p50 HD video, Superior Auto composite modes, Hi Resolution panoramas
Cons: Poor GPS performance (on test sample), Only 2 apertures in Manual mode, Proprietary A/V port, Quality deteriorates quickly at high ISOs
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V holds a lot of appeal for photographers who won't mind a camera that does things differently from the norm. If you're willing to trade away RAW shooting, aperture-priority mode and shutter-priority mode for a range of innovative in-camera modes that cover everything from low light shooting to 3D panoramic images, the HX9V is a top notch option. It's a superb still camera for shooting video, and it's one of the best pocket megazooms of 2011.