Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 (Gray)
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: DSC-TX9/H
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- As long as image softness doesn't bother you, the fast-shooting Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 is a quite capable camera for taking photos under a variety of conditions without much effort from the user.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $499.00
- Reviewed by: Joshua Goldman
- Reviewed on: 10/06/2010
The good: Speedy shooting performance; slim, stylish design; plenty of fun, useful features; very good low-light photo quality for its class.
The bad: Soft photos, videos; poor battery life; 3D photos are of limited use.
The bottom line: As long as image softness doesn't bother you, the fast-shooting Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 is a quite capable camera for taking photos under a variety of conditions without much effort from the user.
Fusion of DSLR functionalities in a small package
by saikatdas1982 on September 15, 2010
Pros: 1. Ultra Compact that fits your denim pocket
2. Crisp LCD Screen for clear vision
3. Superior Auto enhances low light picture quality. No need to keep hands steady or a tripod for low light pictures.
4. Supports HDSC Cards
5. Full HD 1080i
Cons: 1. Poor Battery Life - can betray you unless you have a backup battery before any big event.
2. Zoom button irresponsive at time due to size
3. Touch Screen will leave finger prints
4. No GPS Geo Tagging
5. No USB connector in camera. Only dock.
Summary: Sony finally offers a camera which is excellent in value and quality. It is the smallest sophisticated camera in the market which offers the latest functionalities like 3D (although useless, ...
Summary: Sony finally offers a camera which is excellent in value and quality. It is the smallest sophisticated camera in the market which offers the latest functionalities like 3D (although useless, unless you have spent your $$$$ on 3D TV's). The Superior Auto brings a new definition to ameturs for excellent photography even in low light. If you are in a museum and cannot use flash photography, this is an excellent tool to ensure the picture is crisp. It might take more time on every picture as the camera takes 6 shots and then processes it for the final output. This will also leave the battery usage more by 60%. The Full HD functionality is an excellent addition. You would not need to carry the HD Camcorders for every event. The camera comes with a DOCK, which will appeal to some people but i prefer the usb connector in the camera. If you want to transfer the pictures, you will have to either carry the dock or buy a card reader. The battery is designed to fit the camera and is a sleek design, but this leaves it to be only average performance level taking into account the functionalities of the camera. The panorama fikming is old to sony cameras and does an excellent job in this case also.The supported cards are MS Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC
The camera sells for $399 and does justice to its value. It comes in two colors (i prefer the dark gray) as the "RED" as sony advertises will turn out to be a wierd combination of red and dark pink and i find it wierd. Sony introduced the option of having the SDHC card in addition to its proprietary memory stick duo, which is an excellent proposition from sony as it is cheap and comes in various storage capacity.
The camera's accessories available: 1. Sony carry case, which is specifically built for TX9 comes in black, white, red and brown.
The camera is a great piece of product designed for the newbies and professionals. It includes funcyionalities like: Intelligent Auto (which is recommended for higher battery stamina). The Superior Auto will help you take excellent pictures for low light areas like museums or night clubs but will compromise your battery life. The camera also have scene selection, which allows you to take soft skin, twilight, landscape etc.
Like all sony TX series, it comes with the SMILE feature which puts the camera to complete AUTO mode and wont allow to change any settings.
The Background Defocus functionality is a great tool which can produce DSLR quality pictures and the consumer have the capability to alter it as Mild, Medium or High defocus.
The playbacks can be mixed with pre-built music or you can even download music.
It would have been great if the camera could sense the Portrait and Landscape mode of the camera while playing back the picture and could do the auto adjustment as we are used to seeing it in the Smart Phones nowdays.
Overall Final Verdict: A great piece of equipment for the photography enthusiasts, which produces excellent photographs and stands up to all its promises. The overall body design is good but could have been better. Price is at par with other competing models in the market.
I would give it a 4.5 for all the lovely functionalities it has but also comes with certain drawbacks.
Updated on Sep 15, 2010
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Price = quality
by cswalt2010 on June 8, 2011
Pros: Easy to use, fast shooter, looks good, easy to carry around, good pictures,
Cons: The same problem with most compacts I use. Because they are small and thin and metal sides, I can't hold it. Everytime I pick it up and keep my fingers away from the
lens it slides out and I hit the shutter botton so not to drop it
Summary: I like it and if the little camera people would put rubber grips on the sides I would give another star
Summary: I like it and if the little camera people would put rubber grips on the sides I would give another star
The DSC TX9 is awesome
by c2ycharlie on April 28, 2011
Pros: Features are awesome , Great photos , Great videos , Design is great and I tell you everything is great
Cons: None till now
Summary: After comparing with many models like canon ixus 210,1000 and sony wx7 and h70 I found tx9 to be the best. Great features and photos and videos in low ...
Summary: After comparing with many models like canon ixus 210,1000 and sony wx7 and h70 I found tx9 to be the best. Great features and photos and videos in low light and daylight. It has photo quality like a DSLR camera. It is the best camera out there
Best ultra-compact camera on the market!
by jake.boggess on February 5, 2011
Pros: Pros: super fast start-up and shot time
Panorama feature is awesome!
I-Intelligent auto mode quickly recognizes the shooting scene and auto adjusts for quick snapshots
Movie mode is impressive
Excellent shutter speed - great photos in good light
Cons: Cons: touchscreen is sensitive to finger smudges - must use touch tool that comes with it and hangs from wrist strap
Pictures weren't as clean as I'd like, but were still very good
Summary: I searched for months and bought other cameras (and returned them due to disappointment) before I bought this Sony TX9. The 'pros' I listed are the main reasons I bought ...
Summary: I searched for months and bought other cameras (and returned them due to disappointment) before I bought this Sony TX9. The 'pros' I listed are the main reasons I bought this: fast start-up time and shot time, shutter speed, and solid photos. The panorama feature and video mode were awesome bonuses that I did not expect. I use them all the time and in fact, I have made my Kodak zi8 pocket video obsolete because this takes just as good if not better video. It's nice to consolidate all my shooting needs into one nice pocket-fitting camera instead of loading up my pockets with gadgets. The auto shooting mode is excellent. If you're a snapshot freak like me, this camera is for you - it starts up super fast, automatically recognizes a scene and adjusts everything before the shot is taken with no delay or lag. There is only one, maybe two complaints - the touchscreen and photo quality. You MUST use the touchscreen tool that comes with the camera. Constant pressure of where the playback button is will cause the first layer of the screen to become loose and make a popping sound...if you use the touch tool (it's a little pen), then your problem will never occur. It attaches to the wrist strap and is not as cumbersome as it sounds. Secondly, while the photo quality is still very good, you'd think with the price tag that you'd get excellent to perfect photos. They're a little soft at times...but upon playback most people compliment the photos and the camera. I'm a stickler for photo quality and for a point and shoot, this is very good. Plus, I heard this camera is shock proof from 5 feet, WATERPROOF up to 10 feet!!! I mean, really if this is true (I haven't tested these features yet!) then this camera needs some kind of award! Get this camera; you won't be disappointed :) happy hunting.
This camera has horrible FISHBOWL effect
by YC77 on October 25, 2010
Pros: Compact, exterior design and color look really good
Cons: Horrible FISHBOWL effect - image distortion of all straight objects.
Extremely fragile - can't cary in back pocket, No Dust and No Splash proof,
Summary: The bottom line: if image distortion doesn?t bother you and you don?t mind guessing 5 years from now if the buildings behind you on the pictures are really ...
Summary: The bottom line: if image distortion doesn?t bother you and you don?t mind guessing 5 years from now if the buildings behind you on the pictures are really falling and people are leaning against invisible walls or if this is just badly designed lenses than this is your camera.
It does have all cool functionality the product description says it has and exterior design and color look really good. It does make good panoramic pictures in 3D, and quality of the high definition movies is good.
The ONLY MAJOR BAD THING about this camera it has horrible FISHBOWL effect!
Everything is stretched towards the corners and tilted towards the middle of the picture, so the buildings and trees look like Leaning Tower of Pisa - ready to fall. I will post some of these pictures on Amazon.
I contacted SONY support, they recommended to reset camera to initial factory defaults - didn't help much,
still making horribly distorted pictures, then they recommended to send camera to them.
After searching the internet I found out that this is the bad design of this and previous Cyber-shot models and not a defect. I will not waste my time sending it back to SONY.
I will simply return this camera to the store.
Don't just take my word for it search internet for "SONY TX9 FISHBOWL" you will find out that all TX7 and TX9 models have the same FISHBOWL issues due to wide angle lenses. This model is using the best German lenses and this should be an insult to Carl Zeiss brand to be used in such a bad SONY model.
I'm extremely disappointed with SONY for creating this badly designed camera, I'm really surprised that SONY has Engineers and Testers on staff who could design, test and approve the release of this camera to the market.
0 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: DSC-TX9/H
- Description: Photographic brilliance meets styling design and elegance in Sony’s DSC-TX9. Capture impressive landscapes with iSweep Panorama mode and in 3D. Get clear and crisp images in low light thanks to Sony's “Exmor R” CMOS sensor. You'll also be impressed by Superior Auto, Background Defocus and Full HD 1080/60i AVCHD movies. Enjoy it all on an easy to view 3.5” touch screen.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Enclosure Color Dark gray
- Resolution 12.2 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type Exmor R CMOS
- Total Pixels 12.8 megapixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 12,200,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3"
- Optical Zoom 4 x
- Digital Zoom 2 x
- Image Processor BIONZ
- Image Stabilizer Optical (Steady Shot)
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 9
- Digital Video Format MPEG-4,
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
- AV Interfaces HDMI,
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 3200,
- Exposure Metering Multi-segment,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Soft snap,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
Fluorescent light (daylight),
Fluorescent light (warm white),
Fluorescent light (cool white),
- Max Shutter Speed 1/1600 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 2 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Type Carl Zeiss 4 x x Zoom lens - 4.43 mm - 17.7 mm - F/3.5-4.6
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 25 - 100 mm
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Macro Focus Range 0.4 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Lens Construction 10 groups / 12 elements
- Features Aspherical lens
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Flash Modes Fill-in mode,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features AF illuminator
- Effective Flash Range 3.1 in - 12.5 ft
- Continuous Shooting Speed 10 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
In-camera red-eye fix,
1080i Full HD movie recording,
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN),
Backlight Correction HDR,
3D Sweep Panorama technology,
Sweep Multi Angle mode,
PRINT Image Matching,
Cropping an image,
Blink Detection technology,
Smile Detection technology,
Motion Detection Technology,
Self Portrait Auto Shutter,
Auto power save,
Digital noise reduction,
Automatic display brightness adjustment,
Dynamic Range Optimizer,
Camera orientation detection,
Built-in help guide,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 3.5 in LCD display
- Resolution 921,000 pixels
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Connector Type 1 x USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x Component video output,
1 x HDMI output
- Software Drivers & Utilities,
Sony Picture Motion Browser
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows XP SP3,
MS Windows 7,
Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6,
MS Windows Vista
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Included Accessories Battery charger,
Audio / video cable
- Supported Battery Sony NP-BN1
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card,
Memory Stick PRO Duo card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
Memory Stick Duo,
SD Memory Card,
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,
SDXC Memory Card,
Memory Stick PRO Duo,
Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark2
- Internal Storage 32 MB Flash
- Included Memory Card Integrated,
- Image Storage JPEG 4000 x 3000,
JPEG 4000 x 2248,
JPEG 3264 x 2448,
JPEG 2592 x 1944,
JPEG 1920 x 1080,
JPEG 640 x 480
- Video Capture AVCHD - 1920 x 1080,
MPEG-4 - 1440 x 1080,
MPEG-4 - 1280 x 720,
MPEG-4 - 640 x 480
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 3.9 in
- Depth 0.7 in
- Height 2.4 in
- Weight 4.7 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom. This camera utilizes built-in Super SteadyShot stabilization to assist in taking sharper pictures.
Exmor R CMOS,
Optical (Steady Shot)
Exmor R CMOS,
Optical (Steady Shot)