Summary: Experts test the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 against similar models and find it produces excellent video and good image quality, though it does have some problems with noise and blurriness. Imaging-Resource.com offers the most detailed look at the WX9 while CNET and DigitalCameraReview.com provide detailed results of tests and usage. DigitalTrends.com offers a rundown of the WX9's good and bad points.
Pros: Large, bright LCD screen, Variety of shooting modes, Colorful images, Excellent HD video recording, 3D image mode
Cons: Blurring in image corners, Noise at ISO 800 and above, Small controls and buttons
Conclusion: The Sony DSC-WX9 is the best camera under $200 we have ever tested. Is it perfect—our dream two-in-one camera? Hardly but we’re getting there. As noted earlier, we had the $219 WX9 along with the $299 12MP Nikon S8100 and $249 12MP Canon 300 HS during one part of our trial. They’re not totally apples-to-apples comparisons but one’s within shouting distance, namely the Canon 300 HS which has a 5x 24-120mm zoom versus the 5x 25-125mm of the Sony.
Pros: Excellent 16MP stills, Outstanding AVCHD videos, Very good 3-inch LCD screen
Cons: Digital noise at ISO 800 and above, No separate battery charger, LCD brightness adjustment buried too deep in menus
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot WX9 is 16.2MP compact camera that fits somewhere in the middle of Sony’s early-2011 lineup. The image sensor is Sony’s rather impressive back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, which is backed up by the power BIONZ image processor that allows the WX9 to deliver up to 10fps in burst mode and capture 1080i AVCHD video.