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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 325 reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P9. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the performance and size. The usability and image quality also get good reviews, whereas opinions about the viewfinder and color are mixed. The shutter and focus get critical reviews.

portability, image quality, usability, size, performance

focus, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P9


alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P9 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the memory and performance. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably.

portability, design, usability, performance, memory

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DSC-P9 Digital Camera [4.0MP 3xOptical]Sony DSC-P9 Digital Camera [4.0MP 3xOptical]

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P9


alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P9 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers are impressed by the performance and price. The usability and portability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the lens and flash.

image quality, portability, usability, price, performance

focus, flash, lens

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DSCP9 Cyber-shot 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical ZoomSony DSCP9 Cyber-shot 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Nikki Echler McDonald and Carla Thornton (

Sony Cybershot DSC-P9 Camera


With a sexy, high-tech exterior, intuitive menus and buttons, a 3X optical zoom, and near-top-of-the-line 4-megapixel resolution, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P9 would be a sure winner-if it took better pictures. Outperformed by lower-resolution,...

The mode dial on the roof of the camera houses the shooting, playback, scene, movie, and set-up modes, while the four-way multiselector on the camera's back provides fast access to commonly used features such as zoom, macro mode, a self-timer, and a...

May, 2002

Expert review by : Phil Askey (

Sony DSC-P9 Review


Sony's DSC-P9 is a natural progression from the three megapixel DSC-P5 (which itself succeeded the original DSC-P1). The DSC-P9 (expected street price around $600) joins a growing segment of four megapixel ultra-compact digital cameras which also...

Good neutral colour balance Resolution about the four megapixel average (limited by the lens?) Automatic white balance worked well under both daylight and incandescent lighting New wider range of preset white balance options Unlimited MPEG HQX...

Images do have a softer look than other four megapixel Occasional ghosting / blooming around overexposed detail Lens doesn't seem as sharp as those used on other four megapixel digital cameras Program AE exposures crippled by minimum 1/30 sec exposure...

Here's my rating of the Sony DSC-P9: (4 megapixel compact)

Apr, 2002

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Sony DSC-P9


Physical Views The Sony DSC-P9 compared in size to a standard CD Go to Page Two Cyber-shot DSC-P9 Specifications CCD Imager 1/1.8" (.8475" / 8.98mm) Sony Super HAD 4.13 Megapixels (gross) 3.95 Megapixels (effective) Lens Sony 3x Zoom, 8 to 24mm (39 to...

Apr, 2002

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Digital Cameras - Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P9 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


The Sony DSC-P9 is an excellent ultracompact point & shoot digicam. Like the DSC-P5 model before it, the P9's body is slightly longer than the average ultracompact, and thus a better fit for American-sized hands. At the same time though, its very thin...

Sony's top-of-the-line subcompact digicam last year was the three megapixel DSC-P5, a slim, trim three megapixel model with a 3x zoom lens. This year (this article is being written in early March, 2002), they've built upon the P5's strengths, upgrading...

Mar, 2002

Expert review by : Craig_Nike (

DSC-P9 Cybershot Digital Camera


I love this camera - fills the job of video camera dn still camera in one.

Amazing pictures in good light ; Terrific MPEG features WITH audio playback (& no time limit) ; Small size, light weight, fits in any pocket ; Build quality and ease of use are excellent ; Direct record to versatile MemoryStick

Weaker low light pictures ; No zoom during MPEG filming ; Sonys pathetic capacity of the MemoryStick

Aug, 2002

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P9


The review of this camera is now complete. Product shots have been re-shot where needed, and all sample photos were taken with a production-level camera

Excellent photo quality ; Robust operation ; Small, easy to pocket camera; well built ; Movie mode lets you record until Memory Stick is full ; AF illuminator for low light focusing ; Support for external flash ; Cool Marine Pack for underwater...

No optical zoom in movie mode ; Not a fan of Memory Stick format and proprietary batteries (personal bias) ; 16MB Memory Stick too small for 4MP camera ; No true continuous shooting mode or manual controls

Just like the other recent P-series models, Sony's DSC-P9 is an excellent small camera. It's a bit limited in the manual control department (no manual white balance or shutter speed control), but as a point-and-shoot camera, it works very well. The...

Jul, 2002

Expert review by : Shravan Manral (

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P9


What we have here is form that follows function - the demand for portability and compact size has led to manufacturers coming out with digicams with a thin, elongated profile, which lets you easily slide the camera into pockets of modest proportions....

Very good image quality, sleek, portable, lots of extras, good battery life

Weak flash, too expensive

which was earlier reviewed by us. Everything, including the placement of the battery and the removable memory compartment, and placement of the USB and Video ports are exactly the same. The only difference is the pixel count or the CCD sensor, which is...

Jan, 2003

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P9


The DSC-P9 is the flagship of Sony's diminutive P-series Cyber-shot digital still cameras for 2002. It packs a high-resolution four megapixel imager, 3x optical zoom lens and state of the art imaging electronics into an ultra-compact and highly durable...

8" Super HAD 3.95 Megapixel effective CCD imager


Feb, 2009

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P9


The DSC-P9 makes it easy to get the right exposure even when the lighting is irregular thanks to the multi-pattern metering that divides the scene into a matrix of 49 independently metered cells. The camera calculates exactly the right exposure for...



Feb, 2009

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cyber shoot like a pro!!


This particular model the cyber-shot dsc-p9 has a very wide variety of useful functions such as a 3x zoom lens which is equivalent to a 39-117mm this zoom is backed up by a 2x digital zoom. It also boasts a 1.5 inch monitor to preview your photos on...

Makes photography easy and acheives perfect results

Nov, 2008

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: No


Battery life (CIPA standard):120
Battery life (max):1
Battery Technology:Lithium
Power source type:Battery


Image editing:Resizing, Trimming
Multi burst mode: Yes
Playback zoom:5
Playback zoom (max):5
Scene modes:Portrait, Twilight
Self-timer delay:10
Start-up time:3.2
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent


Color of product:Silver


Display Diagonal:1.5
Display resolution (numeric):123000
Field of view:100


Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Forced off, Forced on, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction
Flash range (tele):19.7 - 149.6


Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Monitoring Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus
Focus adjustment:Auto

Lens System

Combined zoom:6
Digital Zoom:6
Focal length range (f-f):0.315 - 0.945
Optical Zoom:3

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, Auto
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)


Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS)
Internal memory:16
Memory slots:1

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.54 - 4.61
Aperture range (F-F):2.8 - 5.6
Built-in flash: Yes
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.54 - 4.61
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes
Video out:AV

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AV, USB
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image sensor size:1/1.8
Image Stabilizer: No
Sensor Type:CCD
Supported aspect ratios:3:2

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS 8.6, Mac OS 9.0, Mac OS 9.1, Mac OS 9.2
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional


Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Video compression format:MPEG1
Video formats supported:MPEG1
Video recording: Yes


Camera viewfinder:Optical
Viewfinder type:Optical

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