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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1063 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the image quality and performance. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably. The finish and software get less positive comments, and there are some mixed comments about the glare and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9


Sony's top end Superzoom promises big with a whopping 15x optical zoom at full resolution and a huge 3-inch tiltable screen. But is it really better than the somewhat disappointing little brother – the Cyber-shot H7? Or does it shine as a must-have...

While its basic feature set expands your options to experiment as a photography enthusiast, the image quality makes sure that it keeps up with your imagination. Though I still find the navigation painful and think Sony should seriously do something...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9


The DSC-H9 is mighty fast, blasting more than 18 JPEGs in 10 seconds, with no shutter delay for single shots - great for sports and outdoor snaps. But this

LCD tilts up and down for extreme-angle shots. Face-recognition technology is smart enough to fire fill-flash in harsh sunlight. 15X optical zoom

Tiny viewfinder nearly useless. No RAW support. Shadow details can be grainy even in daylight. Noise ruins darker shots

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Sony DSC-H9


This mode combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing. The cameras can quickly focus on fast-moving subjects by predicting where those subjects will be in the frame. This predictive technology also helps to reduce...

The H9 camera takes fast-action shooting a step further. It sports a 3-inch, flip-up LCD screen so that you can shoot comfortably from nearly any position. You can hold the camera low to the ground for eye- level shots of kids, without having to...


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 (Black)


Sony changed quite a few details, inside and out, between last year's H5 and its latest megazooms, the Cyber-shot DSC-H9 and DSC-H7. An f/2.7-4.5 31mm-465mm 15x supersedes the 12x zoom on last year's, and the resolution kicks up a notch from 7 to 8...

Relatively wide angle for a megazoom; tons of manual and automatic features; large, flip-up LCD; fast continuous shooting

Small EVF; lens aberrations and vignetting; image noise and some processing artifacts; lacks hotshoe and raw file support

If you shoot primarily outdoors in daytime--especially sports, children and animals--the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 is a great choice. The cheaper DSC-H7 has a smaller LCD, lacks infrared shooting, and has a few interface differences, but is otherwise...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9


Almost exactly 12 months after the launch of the Cyber-shot DSC-H2 and DSC-H5 Sony announced the replacement cameras; the DSC-H7 and the top-of-the-range model reviewed here; the DSC-H9. That Sony chose to increase the pixel count (to 8MP) and to...

Good resolution, great color, excellent exposure, accurate focus ; Bright, punchy results that produce pleasing prints without the need for post-processing ; Very little highlight clipping ; DR-optimization works, though the effect is pretty subtle ;...

New user interface slow, convoluted and often confusing ; Rear control wheel huge step backwards from the H5's 'turn and click' dial on the grip ; Images quite soft and not that clean ; Excessive noise reduction robs images of fine texture at anything...

I have to say that the H9 was a camera I really expected to like, and I started this review expecting to be able to rave about how a great camera had got even better. In reality my experiences with the new flagship Cyber-shot zoom were decidedly mixed,...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 First Impressions Review


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 was introduced along with the H7 at the Photo Marketing Association trade show. We looked at the 8.1-megapixel SLR-like H9 that flaunts one of the longest zoom lenses on the market. The 15x optical zoom lens and its image...

- Big beautiful LCD screen - 15x lens with image stabilization - Zoom functional in videos - Accepts cards up to 8 GB - Wide 64-3200 ISO range - Long burst mode - NightShot

- No flash compensation - Not a sexy camera - Menus within menus within menus - Pro card required for 30 fps movies - Cluttered mode dial

Everything about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 is big. It has a big Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization and a big 3-inch LCD screen that folds out and doesn't skimp on resolution. It can accept big memory cards up to 8GB so...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9


After going through the many different and advanced features Sony has integrated into the Cyber-Shot H9 model, it is easy to see how it is the number one selling digital camera line on the market today. Not only is it affordable but, you also have many...

8.1mega pixels15x optical zoom lens3.0 inch tilt-up LCD screenSuper SteadyShot optical image stabilizationSony NightShot Infrared System

Many professionals feel that the SLR type cameras of today are far to autom

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Digital Camera - Full Review


The 8 megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 has a versatile and image-stabilized 15x optical zoom lens, starting at a respectable 31mm (35mm-equivalent) wide angle and reaching out to 465mm. The Sony H9's broad feature set includes all forms of exposure...

15x Carl Zeiss Lens, SteadyShot optical image stabilization, Above average Macro quality, Lightweight and compact, Full complement of manual and auto exposure options, Wide range of features, Very good performance, Automatic Face Detection, Dynamic...

Aggressive noise reduction turns shadow areas into blurry areas, even at ISO 80, Significant chromatic aberration, even at Macro, Barrel distortion is significant at 31mm setting, Pincushion distortion is also dramatic at 465mm, Auto White balance does...

The H9 includes Sony's new face detection technology, capable of detecting up to eight faces simultaneously. Sony's system is linked not only to the camera's autoexposure and autofocus systems as in most similar systems, but also to white balance and...

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Camera Test: Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H9


The H should stand for Hooray. The Cyber-shot DSC-H9 ($459, street), the new flagship in Sony's line of superzoom electronic-viewfinder cameras, has a 15X optical zoom, 8-megapixel capture, image stabilization, and a slew of fun and useful features....

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9


If you want to save some money, then you may be interested in the H9's little brother, the DSC-H7 ($399). This camera is almost identical to the H9, with the differences being LCD size (2.5" on the H7), battery life (better on the H7), and NightShot...

15X optical zoom lens ; Optical image stabilization ; Large, tilting 3-inch LCD display; sharp, with good low light visibility ; Full manual controls ; Fast focus, shot-to-shot speeds ; AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing ; Nice continuous shooting...

Soft images with smudged details due to heavy noise reduction ; Strong purple fringing for an ultra zoom in 2007 ; Build quality a step down from previous models; slippery right hand grip ; Redeye a problem, though it can be removed in playback mode ;...

As you probably figured out by now, I have mixed feelings about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9. It's a fairly nice camera for those making smaller-sized prints, but image quality is not good when you actually take a close look at the photos. Combine the...

Product Specifications

Sony DSC-H9 is designed to appeal to families with budding athletes in their broods, featuring advanced sports shooting mode. This mode combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing. The camera can quickly focus on fast-moving subjects by predicting where those subjects will be in the frame. This predictive technology also helps to reduce shutter lag, the time it takes for the camera to focus and shoot. The camera features powerful Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom lenses for up-close shots of big plays on the field. You won't miss the look of victory in your champion's face with Sony's face detection technology. It can identify up to eight faces in the camera's LCD frame, and automatically adjust white balance and flash as well as focus and exposure for correctly exposed, sharp photos. The H9 camera takes fast-action shooting a step further. It sports a 3-inch, flip-up LCD screen so that you can shoot comfortably from nearly any position. You can hold the camera low to the ground for eye-level shots of kids, without having to contort yourself or crawl on the ground, or hold it high for shots of the crowd. The H9 camera features NightShot technology, which allows taking photographs in environments with virtually no light so you won't miss the action, even at a late night game. The camera's high sensitivity will also help preserve the mood of your pictures by capturing well-exposed, natural-looking photos, even in challenging low-light conditions. You can shoot at higher shutter speeds to take in the maximum amount of light without using the flash. Picture noise, common to pictures shot at high ISO levels, is minimized by Sony's Clear RAW noise reduction technology.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BG1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Folding
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / High sensitivity / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-4.5
Max Focal Length:78mm
Min Focal Length:5.2mm
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:8.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid/Black & White / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD