The Good The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V is overflowing with shooting features, and has excellent photo and video quality and solid shooting performance.
The Bad The HX9V might actually be too much camera for some users and there are a couple of minor design issues.
The Bottom Line Feature junkies in search of a compact megazoom should get the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V (Black)
Editors' note: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V was replaced for Sony's 2012 Cyber-shot lineup by the the HX10V, which has the same lens as the HX9V, but Sony's new features and improvements for its 2012 Cyber-shots.and . The HX9V is still available, however, so if you're not sure if you should spend the extra money to get the new HX30V, . You should also consider
Sony has three compact megazooms in its 2011 lineup; the Cyber-shot HX9V is the most expensive. It's also the only one of the three (the H70 and HX7V are the others) that's not replacing a 2010 model. It's entirely new and hosts what seems like all of Sony's latest Cyber-shot technologies. That includes (for better or worse) a 16-megapixel Exmor R sensor, a 16x ultrawide-angle 24mm-equivalent Sony G lens, and a high-speed linear focusing system. It shoots video in full HD at 60p. It has a GPS receiver for geotagging photos while you shoot. Shooting modes go from a stripped-down Easy auto mode right up to full manual. It is one of the most capable compact megazooms I've tested.
That said, it's not always the easiest camera to use simply because there are so many features. If all you want is a long lens in a smallish body with a reliable auto mode, there are other options in this category worth considering. But if having something that's part camera and part gadget sounds appealing to you, check out the HX9V.
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