Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Sony DSC-P9: (4 megapixel compact) The DSC-P9 is ultra small, ultra lightweight and very solidly constructed. The metal case and self-covering lens produce a high user confidence level when carrying and storing the camera. You wouldn't think twice about dropping it in your bag or jacket pocket, it's a camera that can happily go anywhere. And yes, it delivers four megapixel images.
Pros: Good neutral colour balance, Resolution about the four megapixel average (limited by the lens?), Automatic white balance worked well under both daylight and incandescent lighting, New wider range of preset white balance options, Unlimited MPEG HQX recording (with audio), Selectable ISO sensitivities, New multi-burst 16 continuous shooting mode, Good on-screen information (including exposure), Good "wide area" auto focus which normally locks within a second, AF Assist ...
Cons: Images do have a softer look than other four megapixel, Occasional ghosting / blooming around overexposed detail, Lens doesn't seem as sharp as those used on other four megapixel digital cameras, Program AE exposures crippled by minimum 1/30 sec exposure (must use twilight scene mode for slower exposures), Lack of manual controls (competition has aperture, shutter priority, etc.), AF points are not selectable (other than the center point), No control over colour satur...
Summary: I love this camera - fills the job of video camera dn still camera in one. As soon as Sony get their act together and bring out a 512MB MemoryStick, I'll be happy. Hopefully the new smaller MemoryStick Duo will finally be developed to the 1GB range like Sony promised a year ago. They should be embarressed that all their competitors are making them look stpuid with this technology. AND its holding up our digital camera capabilities !
Pros: Amazing pictures in good light., Terrific MPEG features WITH audio playback (& no time limit)., Small size, light weight, fits in any pocket., Build quality and ease of use are excellent., Direct record to versatile MemoryStick.
Cons: Weaker low light pictures., No zoom during MPEG filming., Sonys pathetic capacity of the MemoryStick.
Excerpt: Physical Views The Sony DSC-P9 compared in size to a standard CD Go to Page Two Cyber-shot DSC-P9 Specifications CCD Imager 1/1.8" (.8475" / 8.98mm) Sony Super HAD 4.13 Megapixels (gross) 3.95 Megapixels (effective) Lens Sony 3x Zoom, 8 to 24mm (39 to 117mm equivalent) Maximum aperture: F2.8 - 5.6 Filter Thread: none Digital Zoom 2x stepless Aperture Control Automatic: f/2.8 ~ 8.0 Shutter Control Automatic: 2 seconds to 2/1000 second Exposure Compensation "+" or "-" 2...
I'm not mistaken, the Sony
Cyber-shot DSC-P9 ($599) is the sixth new Sony camera announced
this year. The others include the DSC-P31, P51, and P71, plus three
new Mavicas: FD200, CD250, and CD400.
Pros: Excellent photo quality, Robust operation, Small, easy to pocket camera; well built., Movie mode lets you record until Memory Stick is full, AF illuminator for low light focusing, Support for external flash, Cool Marine Pack for underwater photography
Cons: No optical zoom in movie mode, Not a fan of Memory Stick format and proprietary batteries (personal bias), 16MB Memory Stick too small for 4MP camera, No true continuous shooting mode or manual controls
Excerpt: Sony har nærmest bombardert markedet med nye modeller det siste året. Vi har valgt ut modellene P7 og P9 og sammenlignet dem med hverandre og mot den 2 år gamle modellen P1 som var førstemann ut i Cyber-shot serien og som ble anmeldt
Excerpt: Compact sans être ultra-miniaturisé, le DSC-P9 frappe l’œil par son esthétique réussie misant sur des lignes épurées et un boîtier métal. La prise en main est remarquable pour un boîtier aussi compact. Les doigts trouvent naturellement leur place, toutes les commandes étant assurées par la main droite: pouce pour le zoom, la navigation dans les menus et les choix d’options ; index pour la mise en route, le sélecteur principal et le déclencheur.