The Sony DSCHX9VB Cyber-shot is a compact digital camera. Sony is a well-known electronics and camera manufacturer, and so cameras such as this available at around £200 or $300, should offer a good quality experience. The specification of this camera includes 16.2-megapixel sensor, 16 times optical zoom and a 3-inch LCD screen. In this review we will look at the Sony DSCHX9VB Cyber-shot, and see whether it's worth spending your hard earned cash on it.


  • 16.2 megapixel EXMOR R CMOS sensor
  • 16 times optical zoom with image stabilisation
  • 1080 p HD video recording at 30 frames per second
  • 3 inch LCD with high pixel density
  • 3-D photo shooting mode
  • On-board GPS for geo-tagging photos

Image performance

The Sony DSCHX9VB Cyber-shot claims a lot, with special modes for lowlight, 3-D shooting, image stabilisation and intelligent picture taking modes. Looking at example photos, they looked very sharp with good colour representation. Nighttime pictures also look impressive with little noise. The 1080 p video mode is good and produces relatively good videos, for a stills camera. The image stabilisation on the 16 times optical zoom lens does seem to help with the pictures that we have seen.

Design and ergonomics

This camera follows a traditional black compact design, similar to cameras such as the Panasonic TZ7 and other high-end compact digital stills camera. The camera is well built typical Sony build quality with a partial metal body. This gives it a quality feel that is appropriate to its price point. 


  • 16 times optical zoom with image stabilisation
  • Good poor lighting pictures
  • Good HD video
  • Metal body and general Sony build quality


  • GPS mode eats batteries
  • Some blurring when using the zoom on maximum settings
  • Slightly bulky

Is it right for you?

The Sony DSCHX9VB Cyber-shot digital camera is available for around £200 or $300; this would make it suitable for those people after it more premium compact digital camera. It would also be suitable to use in conjunction with an DSLR type camera, although it is still quite bulky to carry around in pockets. The battery life of this camera is a concern, although if you turn off GPS the battery life should improve. The GPS functionality on this camera would make it very suitable for those people going on holidays and geo-tagging.

This camera is approaching the prosumer level, but without the price tag. It does lack high-end supports such as being able to take pictures in RAW mode and obviously doesn't have interchangeable lenses. The flash is also slightly underpowered which is again expected on a compact camera.


Before you buy any camera you should always try it out in a shop or if a friend has one. Checking the ergonomics of your camera and whether you find it enjoyable or comfortable to hold it an important factor as it will encourage you to use the camera more and get better value from it. You should also do a check of the price of this camera, as it been out for a while, so stores may be offering discounts or packages. You may also wish to wait for an updated model from Sony to push the price of this camera down.

If you like this camera review then you may also want to check out the Canon IXUS 115 HS, the Nikon Coolpix S3100, the Panasonic Lumix TZ10, the Fujifilm FinePix S2950 and the Panasonic Lumix TZ18.

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