Sony Cybershot DSC-H9 Summary

8 Megapixels8 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveVGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Memory Stick Duo memory.Accepts Memory Stick Duo memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Sony Cybershot DSC-H9 Assessment

The Sony Cybershot DSC-H9 is a feature-rich ultra-zoom camera with good overall performance. Compared to its predecessor, the Sony Cybershot DSC-H5, Sony augmented several major specifications: a wider 15X optical zoom (instead of 12X), a maximum ISO of 3200 (instead of 1000) and a 2.2 FPS continuous drive (instead of 1.1 FPS). However, Sony unfortunately cut-down on the quality of the viewfinder and the use of AA batteries.

The direct competition of this digital camera is the Canon Powershot S3 IS and the Olympus Stylus SP-550 UZ. Though, these two cameras are also both rated good, they handle better in terms of control layout and ergonomics. While the S3 sports a smaller 12X zoom, the SP-550 sports an incredible wide-angle 18X optical zoom, the longest of any digital camera. In terms of image noise, the H9 performs better than these two models. However, the SP-550 UZ shows less softness and much less chromatic aberrations than either the Sony H9 or Canon S3 IS.

The excellent Fuji Finepix S9000 may not be a direct competitor due to its larger size and shorter zoom (10.7X) but its image quality is so superior it is definitely worth a look. Differences between these cameras is that the S9000 features clean high-ISO capabilities instead of optical stabilization and that the optical zoom lens of the S9000 starts at a wide-angle equivalent to 28mm, just like the SP-550 UZ.

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PROS CONS
Vibrant image colors Very high purple fringing
Good exposure and focus accuracy Auto ISO goes to 800, which is rather noisy
Extremely fast focusing near wide-angle Strong edge softness, more so near telephoto
Very fast focusing near telephoto Slight general image softness
Quite responsive with short shutter-lag Noticeable lens distortion at wide-angle
Good control over noise Useless ISO 3200
Above average indoor white-balance Very inconsistent white-balance under low light
Great LCD visibility Rear buttons easily pressed accidentally
Pressure-sensitive zoom controller Below average battery life
Very good macro coverage Tiny low-resolution viewfinder
Powerful flash Strong blue tint in viewfinder image
LCD blanks between shots during continuous shooting
Supplied charger is very slow
Histogram not displayed for rotated images
GoodGood Good

Related Information

Sister Models
Sony Cybershot DSC-H7 - 2.5" LCD 115K Pixels, No Night-Shot Function
Previous Models
Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 - 7 Megapixels, 12X Optical zoom, ISO 80-1000, AA Batteries, No Night-Shot Function
Sony Cybershot DSC-H2 - 6 Megapixels, 12X Optical zoom, 2" LCD 85K Pixels, ISO 80-1000, AA Batteries, No Night-Shot Function
Sony Cybershot DSC-H1 - 5 Megapixels, 12X Optical zoom, ISO 64-400, 2.5" LCD 115K Pixels, Memory Stick, AA Batteries, No Night-Shot Function

Sony Cybershot DSC-H9
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Sony DSC-H9 Highlights


Large digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 4mm

1/2.5" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

8 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 80-3200
15X Optical ZoomShutter 1/4000-30s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls
0.20" Built-in EVF 200K PixelsCustom white-balance
2 FPS Drive, 100 ImagesSpot-Metering
640x480 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 230K PixelsMemory Stick Duo
Internal Memory
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