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costa Jan 19, 2011 12:55 PM

Sony HX9V

What is better compared to the Sony HX5V?

* much better screen 640x480 from 320x240
* 1080p 50/60 fps at 28 Mps from 1080i 50/60 fps at 17 Mps
* better microphones with digital windfilter
* 16x zoom in the pocket from 10 x
* take 3 mp pictures while shooting non interrupted video - NEW
* 0.1 sec focus lock courtesy of the magnetic coil system - much slower before
* much better grip thanks to rubbery surface and rubber pad
* charge direct via USB cable (good also for emergency battery backup)
* mini HDMI (no more dongle)
* DSLR style Background Defocus
* much improved auto mode
* Beautyshot
* 3 image stacking when shooting against the sun
* better button layout
* MR mode and Custom button
* Scrollwheel
* looks better
* and lots of little thing

What is worse compared to the Sony HX5V?
16 Mp instead of 10 Mp

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viganet Jan 21, 2011 4:09 AM

Bigger mic holes = better audio perforamce ???
I hope...

costa Jan 24, 2011 10:52 AM

well the microphone plate got changed from the pre-production model, so I presume that this are got again optimized.
Also the modes on the mode dial got changed.

viganet Jan 26, 2011 8:58 AM

I need a superzoom camera with fullhd video and good audio performance to shooting live concerts. Last year Sony = good video but terrible audio. Last year Panasonic = good audio but only 720 video.
Look at this year.....
Panny too is coming DMC-ZS10, but again a step behind Sony (1080i vs 1080p)

qv98 Feb 2, 2011 6:09 PM

i plan on getting this sucker :p

mackloon Feb 3, 2011 7:45 PM

i opted for the zs7 from panasonic, and while it is a fairly decent camera I wish I would have got the hx5v. I will be getting this one.

costa Feb 4, 2011 12:24 PM

looks like in Europe the Panasonic sz10 will be +50 Euro compared to the Sony HX9V
That would be a steep price for just a touch screen

mtclimber Feb 6, 2011 8:23 PM


I am confused. It would seem that reducing the photo site size (such as was done on the HX9) would have negative effect on the image quality??

Sarah Joyce

costa Feb 16, 2011 5:36 AM

Sarah, I put a lot of explanation, graphics and links regarding this subject on the HC9V blog. You will find you answer there.
I also posted the links to the first HX5 10MP vs HX7V 16MP comparison and it is easy to see that the reduced photons make the HX7V pictures darker than the same from the HX5.
Sony had to change the default contrast and sharpness settings to compensate for the more softer image.
It seemed they did an OK job.

FiveO Feb 18, 2011 10:36 AM


Originally Posted by mackloon (Post 1196959)
i opted for the zs7 from panasonic, and while it is a fairly decent camera I wish I would have got the hx5v. I will be getting this one.

I suspect you will be very sorely disappointed as the HX9V is likely to have even worse IQ than the already poor IQ of the HX5V. Good luck though.

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