Excerpt: 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.
Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V is an excellent camera as far as performance and features are concerned. The slim design with a carbon black metallic body is both stylish and rugged and also incredibly light-weight.
Pros: Good image quality even in dark conditions; Fast shooting, Full HD video with stereo sound capture and autofocus plus optical zoom, Large crisp screen; Solid build; Full manual control.
Conclusion: The Cyber-shot HX9V is an excellent compact camera that leaves little to be desired. It’s rare to find a compact that doesn’t fall down at one or two hurdles, but this is Sony at its finest.
Pros: Excellent zoom range, decent pictures, GPS, affordable, well built & good finish
Cons: No Aperture or Shutter Priority, menus can be a little slow to react
Excerpt: The DSC-HX9V is Sony's second travel-zoom camera, following last year's HX5 model. Travel-zooms now typically offer at least a 10x or bigger lens in a compact body that you can still fit inside a pocket, with some models upping the ante to a 16x lens.
Summary: We have a new favourite point-and-shooter, and it’s this, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V. We love it more than any compact camera ever, including our previous favourite, the DSC-HX7V. There are two main reasons we like it so much.
Summary: We took the HX9V to Ballarat for a tourist try-out and we loved the wide-angle end of the zoom. This really is a camera to consider for the trip to Europe.
Pros: The lens is remarkably good for such a long range and images at ISO200 are clean, which is surprising for a 16mp sensor. Focus and exposure are accurate. And the 24mm wide angle is excellent for architectural photography. Video quality is outstanding.
Cons: By default colours are over-saturated, but that can be reduced by a menu adjustment. The lack of printed instructions, beyond how to insert the battery and turn the camera on, is inexcusable.
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V is the company’s almost top of the range HX camera for those not looking for a zoom that will get them from here to the other side of the street and beyond. That’s not to say that the HX9V isn’t packing when it comes to the optical zoom department.