Sony Cyber-shot HX9V

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32nd of 45 in 15+ MP
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The HX9V is Sony's top-of-the-line compact zoom for 2011, featuring a little bit "more" of all the features found on the mid-range HX7V -- almost too many to list. The 24mm, 16x zoom Sony G lens looks quite versatile, and the high-res sweep panorama feature has the potential to be awesome. It's capable of taking enormous 42.9 megapixel panoramas, which should preserve a lot more detail than the relatively small images that lesser sweep-panorama features found on other Sony cameras churn out. The press materials also refer to "dSLR-class high-speed autofocus," which could be some sort of phase-detection autofocus -- impressive and uncommon in a compact camera, but without an internal mirror, we're not really sure how this would actually work. 

This camera is built around the same EXMOR R backlit CMOS sensor that's used in many 2011 Cyber-shots, which basically means that it'll be fast and should, in theory, perform well in low light. Early image quality tests, however, show a pervasive softness in photos from the HX9V. It won't be a deal-breaker for folks, but it's certainly not the right camera for pixel peepers. Instead, it's a solid -- albeit expensive -- option for casual users who want a fun, easy-to-use camera with an incredibly versatile lens. It isn't our favorite of the flagship compact zooms this year, but it already has some fans out there.

Sony was ahead of the curve in using a CMOS sensor in their compact zooms: They had one in last year's HX5V. Now CMOS-based compact zooms are the trend, and Sony's experience with the genre could put them at an advantage. Hopefully all the extras don't add up to a bloated price, but it looks a solid contender against Panasonic and Nikon's huge-zoom CMOS-based travel cameras set for release this year.


  • 16.2 megapixels
  • EXMOR R CMOS sensor
  • 16x optical zoom
  • 24mm wide-angle Sony G lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD, 921k dots
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 1080p HD video, AVCHD format
  • 10fps burst mode
  • 3D image capture, 3D panorama
  • High-res sweep panorama (42.9 megapixels)
  • ISO up to 3200
  • Full manual control
  • Integrated GPS for geo-tagging
  • HDMI output
  • Captures to SD/SDHC/Memory Stick media cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: Apr 30, 2011

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