Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Review

June 15, 2011 | Mark Goldstein |




Optical Zoom 16x


Precision Digital Zoom Approx. 64x (Total)


Smart Zoom up to 115x (with VGA)


F 3.3-5.9


Focal Length (f= mm) 4.28-68.48


Focal Length (f=35mm conversion) 24-384


Macro (cm) iAuto (W:Approx.5cm(0.16') to Infinity, T:Approx.120cm(3.94') to Infinity)


Filter Diameter (mm) NO


Conversion Lens compatibility NO


Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens NO


Sony G YES


Image Sensory


CCD Type Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor


Size (Inches) 1/2.3 type(7.77mm)




Effective Pixels (Megapixels) Approx. 16.2


Bionz Processor YES


Face Detection YES


Smile Shutter YES


Soft Skin Mode YES


Background Defocus YES




Waterproof NO


Backlight correction YES


Sweep Panorama NO


Intelligent Sweep Panorama YES


Underwater Sweep Panorama NO


3D Sweep Panorama YES




Auto Focus Area (Multi Point) 9 points (Under Face Undetected)


Auto Focus Area (Centre weighted) YES


Auto Focus Area (Spot) NO


Auto Focus Area (Flexible Spot) YES


Manual Focus YES


Aperture Auto Mode YES


Aperture Priority Mode NO


Aperture Manual Mode YES


Shutter Speed Auto Mode (sec) iAuto(2"" - 1/1600) / Program Auto(1"" - 1/1600) / Manual(30""-1/1600)


NR Slow Shutter 1/3sec or slower


Hand Shake Alert YES


Exposure Control ± 2.0EV, 1/3EV step


White Balance Auto (intelligent), Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent1, Fluorescent2, Fluorescent3, Incandescent, Flash, One Push, One Push Set, White Balance Sift


Automatic White Balance YES (Intelligent)


Light Metering (Multi Pattern) YES


Light Metering (Centre weighted) YES


Light Metering (Spot) YES


Sharpness Setting YES


Saturation Setting YES


Contrast Setting YES


ISO Sensitivity (REI) Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200


Scene Selection 11 (Auto / Portrait / Backlight Portrait / Twilight Portrait / Twilight / Backlight / Macro / Landscape / Infant / Spotlight / Low Light )




SteadyShot capability YES


Optical SteadyShot capability YES


Auto Focus System


AF Illuminator Auto / Off




Flash Mode Auto / Flash On / Slow Syncro / Flash Off


Pre-flash YES


Red-Eye Correction Auto / On / Off


Auto Daylight Synchronized Flash YES


Distance limitations using Flash (m) ISO Auto: Approx.0.25-Approx.5.6m (Approx.0.820'-Approx.18.4')(W) / Approx.1.2-Approx.3.0m(Approx.3.94'-Approx.9.84')(T), ISO3200: up to Approx.7.9m(Approx25.9')(W) / Approx.4.4m(Approx14.4')(T)


LCD/ Viewfinder


LCD Screen Size (inches) 7.5cm (3.0 type)


LCD Total Dots Number 921.600


LCD Monitor Type TFT


Auto Bright Monitoring YES


Optical Viewfinder NO


Electrical Viewfinder NO




Recording Media Memory Stick™ Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo™(Mark2 only) / Memory Stick PRO Duo™ High Speed (No Speed Advantage) / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ (No Speed Advantage)


Recording Media II SD Memory Card(Class4 or Higher for movie), SDHC/SDXC Memory Card(Class4 or Higher for movie)


Recording Format JPEG


DCF (Design rule for Camera File System) YES


DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) YES


Burst Mode (shots) Approx.10 fps(10 shots)


Burst Interval (approximately sec) Approx.0.1 sec.(10 shots)


Still Image size (16M 4608 x 3456) YES


Still Image size (14M 4320 x 3240) NO


Still Image size (13M 4224 x 3168) NO


Still Image size (12M 4000 x 3000) NO


Still Image size (10M 3648 x 2736) YES


Still Image size (9.0M, 3456 x 2592) NO


Still Image size (8.0M, 3264 x 2448) NO


Still Image size (7.2M 3072 x 2304) NO


Still Image size (5.0M, 2592 x 1944) YES


Still Image size (3.1M, 2048 x 1536) NO


Still Image size (VGA, 640 x 480) YES


Still Image size (16:9 mode, 1920 x 1080) YES


Still Image size (16:9 mode, 4,608 x 2,592) YES


Still Image size (16:9 mode, 4,320 x 2,432) NO


Still Image size (16:9 mode, 4000 x 2248) NO


Still Image size (3:2 mode, 4000 x 2672) NO


Still Image size (3:2 mode 3648 x 2432) NO


Still Image size (3:2 mode 3456 x 2304) NO


2D Panorama 7,152 x 1,080(204deg) / 4,912 x 1,080(140deg) / 4,912 x 1,920(149deg) / 3,424 x 1,920(104deg) / HR (10,480 x 4,096, 196deg)


3D Panorama 7,152 x 1,080(204deg) / 4,912 x 1,080(140deg) / 4,912 x 1,920(149deg) / 3,424 x 1,920(104deg) / 1,920 x 1,080(55deg)


Moving Image Size (1280x720 30fps Fine Approx.9Mbps) NO


Moving Image Size (1280x720 30fps Standard Approx.6Mbps) NO


Moving Image Size (640x480 30fps Approx.3Mbps) NO


Moving Image Size (320x240 30fps) NO


Moving Image Size (AVCHD 1920 x 1080(50i, Interlace) Approx.17Mbps(Average bit-rate)) YES


Moving Image Size (AVCHD 1440 x 1080(50i, Interlace) Approx.9Mbps(Average bit-rate)) YES


Moving Image Size (MP4/AVI 1440 x 1080 Approx.25fps Progressive) Approx.12Mbps(Average bit-rate)) YES


Moving Image Size (MP4/AVI 1280 x 720 Approx.25fps Progressive) Approx.6Mbps(Average bit-rate)) YES


Moving Image Size (MP4/AVI 640 x 480 Approx.25fps Progressive) Approx.3Mbps(Average bit-rate)) YES


Moving Image Size (AVCHD 1920 x 1080(50i, Interlace) Approx.24Mbps(Average bit-rate)) YES


Playback/ Edit


HD (High Definition) Playback Under 16M(4,608 x 3,456)


Slideshow Playback YES


Slideshow with Music YES


Slideshow Movie YES


Trimming YES


Playback Zoom YES (8x)


Cue & Review (MPEG) YES


Index Playback 16 / 25 images (Date / Folder-Still / Folder-Movie / AVCHD)


Image Rotation YES


Auto Image Rotation YES


Auto grouping and & Best Picture Recognition YES




Battery Remaining Indicator YES


Histogram Indicator YES


Exposure Warning Indicator YES


Disk / Memory Stick remaining indicator YES


PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) NO


Print Image Matching YES


PictBridge NO


Shop Front Mode YES


Start up time (approximately sec) Approx. 2.3 sec.


Menu Language English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian , Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian, Croatian, Romanian




Multi use Terminal with HD Type3b, AV ( SD ) / USB / DCIN


Multi use Terminal YES




USB 2.0 Hi-Speed YES


Power/ Others


Battery System Lithium N


Supplied Battery NP-BG1


Stamina (battery life) with the supplied battery(s) in normal shooting condition 410 shots, 205min (CIPA standard with LCD screen on)


Battery for Clock Manganese-Lithium (MS614SE)


Weight (g) Approx. 215g (7.6oz.)


Weight with Accessories (g) Approx. 245g (8.6oz.)


Supplied Software Picture Motion Browser (Windows only), PMP Portable, Music Transfer


Supplied Accessories Rechargeable Battery Pack(NP-BG1), USB charger(AC-UB10/10B), USB cable, Wrist strap, CD-ROM




Width (mm) 104.8


Height (mm) 59.0


Depth (mm) 33.9