6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9

About Video Transcript

First Look: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9

2:18 /

As long as image softness doesn't bother you, the fast-shooting Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 is a quite capable camera for taking photos under a variety of conditions without much effort from the user.

-Hi, I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor for CNET Reviews, and this is a look at the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9. The TX9 is Sony's top of the line, ultra compact camera, which is simply overflowing with features. The basic specs include a 25-mm-equivalent wide angle lens, with a 4X zoom; a 12-megapixel Exmor R backside-illuminated CMOS image censor; 3-1/2-inch high resolution touchscreen on the back; a 1080i HD movie capture in AVCHD format with a stereo mic up front; and several new shooting modes including a couple of 3D options. One of the 3D shooting modes allows you to create panoramas for viewing on 3D-enabled HDTVs when connected by HDMI, while another takes a series of shots at different angles, and then, using the camera's built-in gyro sensor, gives you a 3D-like view by tilting the camera back and forth. They're interesting to play with the panoramas are only good if you have a 3D TV, and the multi-angle shots are only viewable on the camera. Along with the 3D, Sony's taken its multishot photo modes, handheld twilight, anti-motion blur, and back light correction HDR, and put them under a superior auto mode that'll pick the appropriate mode for the subject you're shooting. Lastly, there's a new background defocus mode that takes 2 shots and then combines them into one, isolating the subject and blurring the background to give an appearance of a shallow depth of field. All of this stuff works, but they're not quite without their quirks. From a performance standpoint though, the TX9 is quick with low shutter lag and shot-to-shot times, and there's a high speed burst mode capable of shooting up to 10 frames per second, though you will be waiting a bit once you're done shooting. Photo quality is very good to excellent for its size and class. The multishot modes do improve your chances of getting a clean shot especially in low light conditions. I'm Josh Goldman, and that's a look at the Sony Cyber-shot TX9.

New releases

Samsung's premium-looking gas range costs less
2:06 March 28, 2015
The $1,699 Samsung Gas Range with True Convection, model number NX58F5700, has a lot to love at a reasonable price.
Play video
PicoBrew's automated beer maker too pricey for most home brewers.
6:28 March 28, 2015
We're cloudy on the benefits of the PicoBrew Zymatic, especially for $2,000.
Play video
Meerkat or Periscope? Which is better?
1:54 March 27, 2015
With Twitter's Periscope hitting the scene, we had to see how it measures up to Meerkat.
Play video
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: What's the difference?
2:30 March 27, 2015
Paralyzed by choice? CNET's Jessica Dolcourt helps you decide if you can really be happy with the base model S6, or if the S6 Edge's...
Play video
2016 Kia Sorento
5:28 March 27, 2015
CNET Senior Editor Wayne Cunningham test-drives the new 2016 Kia Sorento Limited Trim model and checks the tech on this comfortable,...
Play video
Mercedes F 015: Car of the future (CNET On Cars, Episode 62)
20:50 March 27, 2015
Mercedes asks what shall we do when driving ends, the new safety tech that must be on your new-car shopping list, and the Top 5 affordable...
Play video
Imagine a 10TB Solid State Drive
2:58 March 27, 2015
Could a 10TB Solid State Drive be in our near future? Amazon fluffs up their cloud service, Lyft goes social and Tim Cook gives ba...
Play video
It shoots. It scores.
2:53 March 27, 2015
Mirrorless Samsung NX1 takes on dSLRs for action photography.
Play video