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

Tech to expect in 2015
2:31 December 26, 2014
The five most-anticipated gadgets we expect to see in 2015.
Play video
Best websites for finding child care
1:01 December 26, 2014
Between holiday parties and New Year's Eve plans, it can be tough to secure a babysitter. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports...
Play video
What's new on Netflix in January 2015
2:08 December 25, 2014
Find out what you should add to your watch list and what other videos are disappearing in the new year.
Play video
Brian Tong's Viewer Feedback 2014
2:17 December 25, 2014
We read the e-mails, tweets, and YouTube comments from you that have helped us create the best tech videos on Earth.
Play video
XCAR Awards 2014: Best-Looking
1:31 December 24, 2014
The XCAR team has played with some amazing cars in 2014, but which will be crowned the best-looking?
Play video
LG's bare bones oven needs a little more meat
2:02 December 24, 2014
The LG LRE3021 gives reliable mid-range performance, but lacks the features you can find from other brands for the same price.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 106: Our 'Best of 2014' Extravaganza
27:44 December 24, 2014
On today's show, we celebrate another year gone by naming our (and your) favorite tech stories, pop culture news and video games of...
Play video
The big trends to watch at CES 2015
2:55 December 24, 2014
With CES around the corner, Bridget Carey tells you what to look out for at the tech expo. Expect buzz around the smart home, virtual...
Play video