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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 527 reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the portability and zoom. The screen and performance also get good feedback. There are some critical opinions about the glare and contrast. There are mixed comments on the sensor and energy efficiency.

usability, performance, screen, zoom, portability

battery, shutter, memory, contrast, glare

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the usability, whereas views are divided on the price.


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9


alaTest has collected and analyzed 106 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People really like the zoom and screen. The performance and portability also get good reviews. Opinions are divided on the image quality, while some have doubts about the focus and energy efficiency.

usability, portability, performance, screen, zoom

shutter, durability, energy, focus

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

Expert review by : Zack Stern (

Review: 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...

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

Oct, 2007

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Sony Cyber Shot DSC-H9 review


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...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Review


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 Generally...

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 over...

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,...

May, 2007

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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...

Sep, 2007

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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

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Theano Nikitas (

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...

Jul, 2007

Expert review by : Dan Richards (

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....

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

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...

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : AKAJohnDoe (

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Review


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 digital camera is Sony's flagship model in the "super-zoom" arena and does so with quite a list of features.

Large 3 inch LCD ; Carl Zeiss 15X lens ; Diopter adjustment on viewfinder ; Good quick AF and shutter ; Face Detection ; Multiple Metering Modes ; Macro Mode ; Histogram Display ; Steady Shot (Image Stabilization) ; Flash Adjustment ; Exposure...

Dim LCD in Bright Light ; Poor Viewfinder ; Mode Dial easily moved ; Soft details in shadows ; Image noise above ISO 400 ; No Raw Mode ; Full battery charge requires 5.5 Hours ; Aperture ranges only to f8

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Sep, 2007


Expert review by : Gordon Laing (

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9


15x optical zoom with stabilisation ; Large and adjustable 3in screen ; Very quick focusing for a non DSLR ; Closest focusing distance of just 1cm

Noise becomes a problem above 200 ISO ; Coloured fringing visible throughout range ; Relatively poor battery life ; No RAW, compression or NR options

May, 2007

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