Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 is Sony's latest offering in its high-performance WX series, cameras which contain a backside illuminated CMOS sensor for improved low light ability and faster performance. The 16.2 megapixel WX9 succeeds the 12.2 megapixel WX5. Although both cameras have a 5x optical zoom, the WX9 has a slightly narrower angle of view at the wide end of the lens range (28-140mm) compared to the WX5 (24-120mm) (35mm equivalent).
Pros: Attractive, lightweight body, Good image quality, even in low light, Excellent HD video, Quick performance
Cons: Some buttons and dials are small and hard to use, Cannot adjust aspects of images, No filters, Reds a bit too saturated
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