Sony TX9

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 149g - 98 x 60 x 18mm
  • Announced July 2010
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
40
Overall
38

Sony TX9 summary

Sony TX9 is Sony's Ultracompact camera initially released on July of 2010. It has a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The TX9 is rated #32 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over all #807 out of 1421 for digital cameras in our database. Please look at our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personal criteria.

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Here is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.

Sony TX9 family

The Sony TX9 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the detailed list underneath.

ModelLensResolutionSensor SizeReleasedWeight
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX30 front thumbnailSony TX30
TX9 vs TX30
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2013141g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX20 front thumbnailSony TX20
TX9 vs TX20
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2012133g
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX66 front thumbnailSony TX66
TX9 vs TX66
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2012109g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX200V front thumbnailSony TX200V
TX9 vs TX200V
28-140mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2012129g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX10 front thumbnailSony TX10
TX9 vs TX10
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011133g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX55 front thumbnailSony TX55
TX9 vs TX55
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011109g
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T110 front thumbnailSony T110
TX9 vs T110
27-108mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011121g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX100V front thumbnailSony TX100V
TX9 vs TX100V
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011147g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T99 front thumbnailSony T99
TX9 vs T99
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
14MP1/2.3"2010121g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX9 front thumbnailSony TX925-100mm
F3.5-4.6
12MP1/2.3"2010149g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T900 front thumbnailSony T900
TX9 vs T900
35-140mm
F3.5-10.0
12MP1/2.3"2009143g
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T90 front thumbnailSony T90
TX9 vs T90
35-140mm
F3.5-10.0
12MP1/2.3"2009148g

Sony TX9 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of pros and cons of the Sony TX9 based on aspects which are oftentimes regarded as crucial in a camera.

comes with touch to focus
does have HDMI support
fairly wide (25mm)
flash built-in
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
good zoom range (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
has manual focus
has tracking focus
image stabilization (Optical)
nice clear screen (922 k dot)
screen larger than average (3.5")
touchscreen functionality
display isn't selfie friendly
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of phase detect autofocus
lack of RAW files
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (12MP)
manual exposure not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f4.6)
missing headphone jack
missing microphone jack
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (149 grams)
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Sony TX9 Sensor information

The Sony TX9 features the Bionz chip. The sensor measurement on the Sony TX9 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter might cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 12MP and has a native ISO range of 125 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath displays the TX9's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The TX9 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony TX9 dimensions

Sony TX9 weighs about 0.33 lb (149 grams or 5.26 oz) & the size of the camera is 98mm x 60mm x 18mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.7"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the Sony TX9 is more heavy compared to various competitors.

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Here is a image of the Sony TX9 beside a soda to help you get a sense of its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the TX9.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 topview buttons dials

Sony TX9 Lens information

The TX9 houses a fixed lens giving a focal range of 25-100mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which is not at all amazing but it will be invaluable in a few cases.

At it's widest 25mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.5 making it fairly sluggish and not great for low light circumstances and you may find it difficult to get good bokeh. You might also need to boost your ISO leading to noisy photographs. With the long end, 100mm comes to f4.6 which is fairly slow and you would have to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Sony TX9 Connectivity

The TX9 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer photos and usually alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Several apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Sony TX9 Video information

The highest possible video resolution on the Sony TX9 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in AVCHD format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance in quality and file size but 1080p isn't going to give you any room to downsample. The body does not offer a microphone and / or headphone socket which means you have zero control over the audio. It is perhaps best to take a look at an alternative model in case you need good audio for your video clips.

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Sony TX9 Weather Sealing

Sony TX9 does not have environment sealing so rainy conditions might ruin the camera.

Sony TX9 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony TX9 has a 3.5" fixed display screen with a resolution of 922k dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means that you are able to set focus points and adjust settings by using your fingers.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 screen and viewfinder Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down

The View Finder specifications for Sony TX9 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are particularly useful.

Sony TX9 Shutter information

Sony TX9 has the ability to shoot continuously at 10.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/1600s.

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Sony TX9 Flash and Hot shoe information

Sony TX9 comes with just in-built flash lacking external flash support.

Sony TX9 Autofocus information

Sony TX9 comes with only Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and exact compared to Contrast Detect focusing.

The Sensor has 9 focus points to pick from. Sony TX9 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to shift focus. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Sony TX9 boasts manual focus when required in low light occasions or you want more accurate control on focus.

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Sony TX9 Battery life

The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the best (320) battery life in this type of cameras.

Below is a collection of Ultracompact cameras having the strongest battery life:

ModelMax VideoBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-Coolpix-L32 front thumbnailNikon L32
TX9 vs L32
1280 x 720320 nonono
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-870 front thumbnailOlympus TG-870
TX9 vs TG-870
1920 x 1080300 nonono
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP5 front thumbnailPanasonic FP5
TX9 vs FP5
1280 x 720260 nonono
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX20 front thumbnailSony TX20
TX9 vs TX20
1920 x 1080250 nonono
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX55 front thumbnailSony TX55
TX9 vs TX55
1920 x 1080250 nonono

Sony TX9 for different categories of photography

The following chart displays a outline of the Sony TX9 for different categories of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Sony TX9 Portrait photography highlights

The Sony TX9 receives a points total of 28 which is awful, meaning that it is simply not appropriate to use for portraits. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support along with the capability to use off-camera flash.

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manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Sony TX9 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a reasonable score of 60, the Sony TX9 is relatively suitable to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides touch to focus
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
heavier than competition in class (149g)

Sports photography with Sony TX9

A awful sports photography score of 35 indicates the Sony TX9 is simply not appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have fantastic focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
no shutter priority
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus

Sony TX9 Travel photography advice

Size is really crucial when choosing a camera for travel. In general, the Sony TX9 gets a average 60 as a travelling camera which is reasonably adequate to take on your trips.

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supports focus via touch
has built in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (149 grams)
low megapixels (12MP)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)

Sony TX9 as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody who is looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony TX9 at it's awful score of 42 as a landscape camera is simply not appropriate amongst its competition.

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manual focus
decently wide (25mm)
lovely big screen (3.5 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
no Time Lapse mode

Sony TX9 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera really should offer a articulating display, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Sony TX9 is simply not appropriate for vlogging as it gets a awful score of 32.

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quite wide (25mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
missing microphone socket
more heavy than average (149g)

Sony TX9 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the TX9, below is a collection of the top placed cameras that fall in to the class of Ultracompact.

The line graph below provides you a bird's eye view of the TX9 versus it's top scored competitors listed earlier.

These are some more cameras you may view as alternatives. To review a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9
Class
Ultracompact
Announced
2010-07-08
Body design
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor
Bionz
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW files
Highest native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.5-4.6
Macro focus distance
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3.5"
Display resolution
922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
2 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed
10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
3.80 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (50 fps), 1440 x 1080 (50, 25fps), 1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
149 gr (0.33 lbs)
Dimensions
98 x 60 x 18mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.7")
Other
Battery model
NP-BN1
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, portrait1/ portrait2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/ SDHC/ SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots
One
Retail pricing
$799