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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9

*Est. $170
Reviewed
November 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9

Cyber-shot has excellent features but suffers from mediocre image quality

Pros
  • Large, bright LCD screen
  • Variety of shooting modes
  • Colorful images
  • Excellent HD video recording
  • 3D image mode
Cons
  • Blurring in image corners
  • Noise at ISO 800 and above
  • Small controls and buttons
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With its 16.2-megapixel Exmor R backside-illuminated CMOS sensor and Bionz processor, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 packs a lot of photographic power into a lightweight point-and-shoot digital camera that's not larger than a cell phone. Despite its small size, the WX9 has a high-resolution 3-inch LCD screen for framing (though it doea lack a viewfinder). Navigating through the numerous shooting options can be confusing for beginners and images start showing noise at ISO 800 and up, reviewer say, but the WX9 comes with an impressive list of features, including 3D still images and 1080i HD video recording. "The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 is a lot of camera -- with solid shooting performance and photo and movie quality -- for the money," says Joshua Goldman of CNET.

With its "classic Altoids tin shape" the WX9 is easy to carry around all day without being burdened, says David Elrich of DigitalTrends.com. Navigating menus is easy enough, reviewers say, though the number of buttons could be a source of confusion for novice users. It has three automatic modes with varying levels of functionality, along with advanced functions such as iSweep Panorama and Background Defocus, among others. Superior Auto mode does well at choosing the appropriate settings, but slows the camera to "unbearable levels," say the experts at Imaging-Resource.com. For the most part, reviewers feel image quality is good for the price range, but does show some blurriness in corners and isn't intended for heavy cropping or large prints. Video quality is "on par with a very good pocket video camera," says Goldman, who adds that the WX9 is a "sweet deal for the money." Still, options like the Sony Cyber-shot HX7V with double the zoom range and better controls do give the WX9 competition.

Experts test the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 against similar models and find it produces excellent video and good image quality, though it does have some problems with noise and blurriness. Imaging-Resource.com offers the most detailed look at the WX9 while CNET and DigitalCameraReview.com provide detailed results of tests and usage. DigitalTrends.com offers a rundown of the WX9's good and bad points.

Where To Buy
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9 16.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Still Camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080/60i Video (Black)

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Our Sources

1. Imaging-Resource.com

In an extensive review, the experts at Imaging-Resource.com break down the pros and cons of the WX9 along with detailed lab tests results on image quality and performance speed.

Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9, Alex Burack, Zig Weidelich, Shawn Barnett, and Stephanie Boozer, Sept. 16, 2011

2. CNET

Rating the WX9 with 4 out of 5 stars, Joshua Goldman of CNET says the WX9 is "a lot of camera" but that the controls may be too small for some.

Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9, Joshua Goldman, May 26, 2011

3. DigitalCameraReview.com

Andy Stanton dives into the details of the WX9, covering performance, design, and features. He awards the WX9 4 out of 5 stars for its "good" images and "excellent" HD video, though he warns that the buttons are small and that reds in images appear oversaturated.

Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Review, Andy Stanton, May 2, 2011

4. DigitalTrends.com

Rating the WX9 8.5 out of 10, David Elrich says the camera produces "excellent" images and "outstanding" videos but shows noise at ISO 800 and up.

Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Review, David Elrich, April 20, 2011

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