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Old Apr 29, 2007, 9:05 PM   #1
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Hello All,

Here are some images I shot with my H9 with Face Detection.

The brothers were posing for a family member taking their picture.

They were about 35' from the bench where I was sitting.

My H9 was set at full Tele, 432mm., yes, 432 mm, steady shot, with my LCD facing upward for my viewing as an eye level finder.

I trimmed the originals in camera to test print on my portable Epson PictureMate via Pictbridge.

The prints were true to color and life. IMHO, fantastic.

I gave the 4 prints to their father. He was happy, I was happier.

I need a bit more time using Face Detection to provide a useful review, but in the meantime, you can see these images captured thanks to Face Detection.

Here are the images: PP was Auto levels with bit increase on black, Focus Magic at 1 or 2, saved as full size Jpeg level 12:

http://nickphoto123.smugmug.com/gallery/2779356

Your comments are most welcome.

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Old Apr 29, 2007, 9:28 PM   #2
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Yep! those aresome great photos thati'm expecting from your H9 Nick.

Care to share photo properties? Auto or Portrait mode?(these are the only 2 modes that are available to FaceDetection right?)

Thanks for sharing Nick. The firstportraits done by H9on the net?
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If the manual is correct, i guess you use portrait mode which is the only mode allows us to use FaceDetection and SteadyShot at the same time.

and You must have very steady hands Nick.
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Old Apr 30, 2007, 6:52 AM   #4
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Hi Caddie,

It was Portrait Mode. I still have 90% to learn on using my H9.

I glanced at, but have not read the entire Manual and separate Handbook yet.

Every chace I get I run out and shoot.

My hands are not that steady. As I sat on the bench I leaned forward and placed my forearms on my legs and held the H9 between my knees. I then turned the camera side to side. The shutterlag is almost non-existant and the shutter button is a trigger hair type. Just handling the camera, I take shots pointing all over the place without knowing until I review my images. But this is a very good thing for me, the shutter button that is.

So far I already decide the H9 is a keeper.More details to follow in my continuing 'Real Life User's Review', which I hope you are finding to have some value.

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Nick not to hijack the thread but how is the battery holding up?
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I will report on the battery and other issues in the Miscellaneous Issue Thread of my Real Life User's Reviewonce I have used it under varying conditions.

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Cool thanks I have been bouncing between all the threads seems like its a really great camera It on my next to get list after I get bored with the H5.
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Old Apr 30, 2007, 10:10 AM   #8
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I am using separate threads to make it easier to read about seaparte functions of the H9.

When I wrap it up, I will make a new thread with all the links by category.

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Old Apr 30, 2007, 9:59 PM   #9
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Hi Nick

Congratulations for your new Sony H9 and your fantastic report.

(the photos with brothers are amazing)

I've 2 questions.

But, first of all, do you help me with a little advice ? I've a Sony V1 (5.000 photos taken),which I love butand I'm thinking to upgrade to a better one... a d-SLR (ex: Sony A-100, Canon 400D, Nikon D80) orthe new compact/bridge Sony DSC-H9.

Sony V1 is a excellent compact camera but has some limitations.

I want to buy acamera better than V1. I like to explore the manual settings (P,A, M, ISO, etc) but the problem isI feel I need a live preview LCDbecause my knowledges aren't enough to take photos without it (d-SLR haven't it). So... I'm thinking in the new H9 (15x zoom is really amazing, new tilt LCD, the remote, etc).

In other words... do You think H9 is a good option to whom has a Sony V1 and would like to upgrade or, in that case,do you advice a d-SLR ? I mean...H9 is ONLY a kindof "little better V1" (with more zoom and other specs, etc) or it is a very good cameraand a good optionto take amazing photos ?

- What program do you use ? Above, you said "PP"... It's PhotoShop ?

- You said "full Tele 432 mm". It isn't 465 mm (31mm x 15) ?

Thank you very much for your help. Congratulations once again and forgive my bad english.

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Hi JPRodrigues and All,

Yes, you are correct , H9 is 31 to 465 mm equivalent.My # was incorrect.

I use Photoshop Elements 4 ( recently upgraded, I did not upgrade).

I also have Photohop CS (since upgraded, I did not). I used CS exclusively until I got my laptop on which I bought and installed PS Elements 4. I recently transferred my PS CS to my laptop. For 95% of my PP I use PS element 4, Focus Magic ( a must have IMHO ), and Neat Image for noise reduction.

Regarding your selection of a camera to upgrade from a V1.

This is a very personal decision.

I am still reviewing my H9 but as I mentioned for me it is a keeper based on my posted reviews.

You state you want live view. Some newer DSLR's have it. they also like to eat money.

You still want to learn manual, etc. It may be best to go for the H9.

Learn it, use it, let it educate you in photography.

At that point you will be in good stead to make your own knowledgeable decsion.

Hope this helps.

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