Sony HX9V summary
Sony HX9V is Sony's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first introduced on July of 2011. It has a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The HX9V ranks at #104 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & overall #586 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. You should check out our Advanced camera finder to see camera results based on your personal factors.
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Sony HX9V family
The Sony HX9V has a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can check out all older and latest models alongside key features.
Sony HX9V Gallery
You can check the HX9V from several angles in the gallery below.
Sony HX9V Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Sony HX9V based on aspects that are normally considered crucial in a camera.
Sony HX9V Sensor details
The Sony HX9V is run by the BIONZ processor chip. The sensor specification in the Sony HX9V is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and has a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The picture below shows the HX9V's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The HX9V sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Sony HX9V dimensions
Sony HX9V is 0.54 lbs (245 gr or 8.64 oz) & the measurement of the camera is 105mm x 59mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Sony HX9V is less heavy when compared to various competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Listed below is a visual of the Sony HX9V beside a soda to help you get a sense of its scale.
The top view below will show the button design on the HX9V.
Sony HX9V Lens specs
The HX9V comes with a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 24-384mm making it a 16.0 x zoom which is very good and is going to let you zoom right in.
At the widest 24mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.3 and that's rather slow and not good for low light occasions and you will likely find it difficult to get good bokeh. You will likely also need to boost the ISO giving you noisy pictures. Towards the tele end, 384mm is superb zoom and comes to f5.9 which is very slow and you would need to choose slow shutter speeds.
Sony HX9V Connectivity
The HX9V has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send pictures and usually alter settings without connecting directly to the camera.
Certain applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Sony HX9V Video specs
The max video resolution in the Sony HX9V is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance for quality vs file sizes but 1080p isn't going to leave you with any room to downsample. The camera does not have a microphone or headphone socket which means that you have got little control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to consider an alternative camera in case you want decent sound for your video clips.
Sony HX9V Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing in the Sony HX9V so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.
Sony HX9V Display and Viewfinder
The Sony HX9V has a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 921k dots.
Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder details for Sony HX9V are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are very handy for bright outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.
Sony HX9V Shutter specs
Sony HX9V has the ability to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.
Sony HX9V Flash and Hot shoe specs
Sony HX9V has only inbuilt flash with no external flash support.
Sony HX9V Autofocusing specs
Sony HX9V has just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and precise when compared to Contrast Based focusing.
The AF system has 9 focus points to choose from. Sony HX9V can use manual focusing when required for low light or you need more precise focusing control.
Sony HX9V Battery life
The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the maximum (600) battery life for this range of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the strongest battery life:
Sony HX9V for varying types of photography
The following chart shows a outline of the Sony HX9V for varying types of photography. To learn more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Sony HX9V Portrait photography information
The Sony HX9V receives a points total of 40 which is horrible, and means the camera is simply not acceptable to use for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos in addition to the potential to work with external flash.
Sony HX9V Street photography factors
Having a nice rating of 62, the Sony HX9V is a good choice to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Sony HX9V as a Sports photography camera
A horrible sports photography points total of 45 suggests the Sony HX9V is simply not acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony HX9V Travel photography info
Size is pretty important when picking a travel camera. All things considered, the Sony HX9V gets a very good 69 as a travel camera which is a good choice to take on your vacations.
Sony HX9V Landscape photography information
In case you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Sony HX9V at it's reasonable grade of 50 for a landscape camera is fairly acceptable within the current market.
Vlogging with Sony HX9V
A camera for vlogging should posses a moving display screen, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Sony HX9V is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a horrible rating of 33.
Sony HX9V Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the HX9V, below is a selection of the highest rated cameras which fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line chart underneath shows you an overview of the HX9V vs it's highest ranked competitors listed previously.
Following are several cameras you might check out as alternate options. To read a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.