Sony WX9 overview
Sony WX9 is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera originally released on January of 2011. It comes with a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The WX9 ranks at #31 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all round #799 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your custom factors.
The following is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony WX9 history
The Sony WX9 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete range below.
Sony WX9 Gallery
You can see the WX9 from various angles in the gallery here.
Sony WX9 Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Sony WX9 based on features that are oftentimes viewed as useful in a digital camera.
Sony WX9 Sensor info
The Sony WX9 is powered by the BIONZ chip. The sensor dimension on the Sony WX9 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved which means that you have less margin for error.
The image below displays the WX9's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The WX9 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony WX9 dimensions
Sony WX9 has a weight of 0.00 pounds (g or 0.00 ounces) & the over all size of the camera is 95mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121g and the Sony WX9 is lighter compared with other rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The following is a photo of the Sony WX9 besides a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.
The top view here will provide the button layout on the WX9.
Sony WX9 Lens info
The WX9 provides a built-in lens and a focal range of 25-125mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which is definitely not very good but it might be handy in some cases.
At the widest 25mm, it features an aperture of f2.6 making it pretty slow and not the best for low light occasions and you will probably find it hard to get good bokeh. You will also have to up the ISO setting which causes noisy shots. With the tele end, 125mm comes with f6.3 making it fairly sluggish and you might need to choose slower shutter speeds.
Sony WX9 Connectivity
The WX9 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send images and oftentimes change settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Many applications even enable a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB port.
Sony WX9 Video info
The maximum video resolution on the Sony WX9 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution gives a great balance in video quality and file sizes but FULL HD won't give you any room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a microphone or headphone socket which means you get no control over the sound. It is probably best to consider a different camera in case you require good sound for your videos.
Sony WX9 Weather Sealing
Sony WX9 doesn't include weather proofing so wet conditions might damage the camera.
Sony WX9 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony WX9 comes with a 3" fixed display boasting a resolution of 921k dots.
Please note that the display screen has no touch support.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder specifications for Sony WX9 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be rather beneficial in bright outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.
Sony WX9 Shutter info
Sony WX9 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.
Sony WX9 Flash and Hot shoe info
Sony WX9 features only built-in flash lacking external flash ability.
Sony WX9 Autofocus info
Sony WX9 features just Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and precise compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.
The Sensor comes with 9 focus points to choose from. Sony WX9 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be useful in low light or you need to have more accurate control on focusing.
Sony WX9 Battery life
The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the highest possible (320) battery life in this group of cameras.
Listed below is a number of Ultracompact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:
Sony WX9 for different types of photography
The following diagram provides a overview of the Sony WX9 for different types of photography. To read more, check out the specific section below.
Sony WX9 Portrait photography factors
The Sony WX9 has a points tally of 30 which is dreadful, meaning that it is just not acceptable to use for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files along with the option to work with off-camera flash.
Sony WX9 as a Street photography camera
Having a reasonable score of 59, the Sony WX9 is fairly acceptable to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Sony WX9
A dreadful sports photography score of 40 suggests the Sony WX9 is just not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have excellent focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony WX9 Travel photography factors
Weight is really critical in selecting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony WX9 gets a very good 67 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent pick for your trips.
Sony WX9 as a Landscape photography camera
When you are planning to buy a camera for landscape photography, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony WX9 with it's dreadful score of 44 for a landscape camera is just not acceptable among its rivals.
Vlogging with Sony WX9
A vlogging camera really should offer a articulating display, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Sony WX9 is just not acceptable for vlogging as it gets a dreadful score of 33.
Sony WX9 Alternatives
If you are trying to find alternatives to the WX9, below is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Ultracompact.
The line chart followed below shows you a bird's eye view of the WX9 compared to it's top ranked rivals mentioned previously.
These are various other cameras you may regard as alternate options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.