The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX9V is a powerful, high-end, compact point and shoot camera with a host of features. This camera was released in the spring of 2011 and has been receiveing excellent reviews every since its release. Upon its release this camera was one of the top rated cameras in its class. Even after spending over a year on the market this is still one of the best cameras in its class. This mid market camera has a lot of great features for the price. Presently, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX9v has features that are not yet standard features on other similarly priced cameras. This camera has received many  satisfactory reviews across many photography websites and on several consumer-based ratings sites. If you are looking for a camera that does more than just take standard definition pictures and videos the Cyber-Shot DSC-HX9V is a camera that you should consider.

Standard Features

The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC  HX9V has lots of good standard features as well as many great high-end features. Perhpas one of the biggest selling points is the Full HD capabilities of the HX9V. Not only can you take HD quality stills, you can take HD quality Videos. High definition videos taken with the Cyber-Shot DSC HX9V can be played on blue-ray players and high-def devices with less distortion than non HD enabled cameras. This camera has 16.1 megapixels which is in the average range of megapixels offered in most point and shoot cameras on the market in 2012. This camera trades in the standard CCD sensor for a CMOS image sensor. This upgrade improves picture quality when in low light situations or when taking action shots without adding extra weight and without making the camera bulky. This compact camera doesn't lack in zoom capability with an impressive 16x optical zoom. The crystal clear 3 inch screen is large enough to easily preview images before you snap a picture. You can also review images just as easily with a screen this size. Lastly, Sony has also included an anti-blink function, as well as smile and face detection technology in addition to its easy to use auto mode.

Advanced Features

Sony has integrated many great standard features its the advanced features that really set this camera apart from the rest and justify the price tag on the Cyber-Shot DSC HX9V. One of the most intriguing features is 3-D mode. The 3-D mode can be used to take regular still photos as well as panorama photos in 3-D. This cutting edge technology makes this a very sought after camera for creative types. The high resolution iSweep Panorama mode makes taking panoramic shots even easier because the camera does most of the work. The HD mode and built in HDMI output on this Cyber-Shot makes it easy to upload and showcase your pictures and video in HD. With just an HDMI cable you can display photos and video recordings via a Blu-ray player, Playstation 3 or devices with HDMI inputs such as computers, laptops, tablets, and other devices. There is built in GPS in this camera to geo tag photos with your location. This feature is especially appealing to travelers who should enjoy having the location automatically included in the tags for each picture that they take no matter where they are without any extra effort.

Pros and Cons

By far there are more pros than cons if you are considering buying this camera. The biggest pro is the fact that this is a Sony camera, which means that this camera is made by a name that is well-known and trusted in the photography industry. Some other highlights are the 16 megapixels and 16x zoom. The more advance features like 3-D still and 3-D panorama sweep mode are great features that aren't readily available in other digital cameras on the market. This camera is capabilities are packaged inside an attractive, compact design. The biggest drawback to purchasing this camera is the proprietary accessories. Accessories for Sony products are generally easy to find, however keep in mind that you won't necessarily be able to use universal accessories with this camera.

Whats in the Box?

When you purchase the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC HX9V you get the camera; the rechargeable NP-BG1 battery pack; battery case; USB cable; AC Adaptor; power cord; wrist strap; CD-Rom and instruction manual.

Optional Accessories

It is highly recommended that you purchase a high capacity SD card, also known as a SDHC card. SD HC cards have a capacity of 4 GB or higher and are usually recommended for digital cameras that have over 8 megapixels. Once you purchase this camera you will probably want to buy a camera case to protect your investment. It is also suggested that you buy screen protectors to protect the screen from accumulating scratches on the screen overtime. If you plan on using your camera often and/or for long stretches at time you might want to considering buying a neck strap. A neck strap keeps your camera easily accessible without worrying about accidental drops when not in use. A standard tripod is another accessory that you should consider buying. Tripods are a handy tool to have when taking pictures in the same location for extended periods of time.


Overall, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC HX9Vis a powerful camera full of features that the novice and advanced user can utilize. Novices will appreciate the auto mode while those who are more interested in the advanced features will enjoy experimenting and getting creative with the 3-d modes on this camera. Video enthusiasts can also appreciate this camera and the HD recording capabilities of the Cyber Shot HX9V. Everything that you need to get started is included in the box but some additional accessories can be purchased to enhance your experience with this camera. This camera is available at most major retailer, including online outlets such as Amazon. No matter what your skill level or experience there are lots of great resources out there for owners of the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC HX9V.