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Ilse Jurriën : February 9th 2011 - 20:00 CET
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SonySony CyberShot DSC-HX9V digital camera : Sony unveiled a new 16.2-megapixel CyberShot digital still camera that offers Full HD video shooting capability at the touch of a dedicated movie button. Recording video at 60 progressive frames per second (1920x1080 60p), the Sony CyberShot HX9V camera can capture fast-moving action with exceptional smoothness and clarity. The Sony DSC-HX9V CyberShot camera is the company's first compact digital still camera to include a 24mm Sony G lens with 16x optical zoom combined with full HD (1920 x 1080/60p) video capability. The Sony CyberShot HX9V digital camera and a range of accessories will be available in April.

Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V

Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V camera
Another CyberShot camera first, the 16.2-megapixel "Exmor R" back-illuminated CMOS sensor inside the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V supports a brand-new Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR (High Resolution) mode. Just press the shutter button and sweep the camera, and it captures up to 42.9 megapixel panoramic images with crisp 10480x4096 resolution. Images can be viewed on the cameras' 3-inch 921,000-dot Xtra Fine LCD display with wide viewing angle.

Sony DSC-HX9V digital camera
"The new Sony CyberShot DSC HX9V digital camera is a great addition to the already explosive high zoom market, loaded with cutting-edge innovations by Sony to shoot stills and video," said Kelly Davis, director of the digital imaging group at Sony Electronics. "With these unique Sony technologies, including GPS, 3D, AVCHD video as well as increased zoom, Sony is offering consumers the best of both worlds."

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Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V camera lens
Small and light, the Sony DSC-HX9V offers a high-performance G Lens with powerful 16x optical zoom range with 24mm wide angle to accommodate virtually any photo opportunity.

Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V video recording
Borrowed from the Handycam camcorder line, the new Sony camera features a Dual Record mode which can shoot video, while simultaneously capturing 3-megapixel digital still pictures (2-megapixel in 4:3 ratio when recording in MP4). The Sony CyberShot HX9V camera also offers a dedicated still image button and a dedicated movie capture button to make it easy to use for consumers (Dual Record feature is not compatible with 60p mode).

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Sony HX9V image stablization
Despite its powerful zoom range, the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V can capture crisp, blur-free images with significantly reduced handshake, even while you're walking along. Featured on the new Sony HX9V, Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode image stabilization is a powerful image stabilization system with '3-way shake cancellation' as found on premium Handycam camcorders by Sony. You'll be rewarded with clearer results when you're shooting handheld, even at telephoto settings where camera shake is most pronounced.

Sony CyberShot HX9V 3D images
Sony makes it easy to create personal 3D content that can be viewed on an HDTV with 3D home theater system. 3D images are captured using 3D Sweep Panorama mode or the 3D Still Image mode. In this mode, the camera takes two consecutive shots in different focus positions to calculate the depths, and then it creates left-eye and right-eye images to produce a 3D effect. These images can be enjoyed in 2D or stunning 3D on compatible 3D televisions (3D-compatible HDMI cables and 3D glasses are also required and are sold separately).

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Sony CyberShot HX9V 3D Sweep Panorama
The 3D Sweep Panorama feature lets you take panoramic pictures in one press-and-sweep motion. The high-speed burst of frames is stitched together using innovative processing techniques to automatically create detail-packed 3D panoramas. These 3D images can also be saved and viewed on a PlayStation3, using the "Play Memories" application software downloadable from the PlayStation Network. The new Sony CyberShot DSC HX9V will let you view images in a completely different way. Unlike 3D Sweep Panorama mode, which lets you view 3D images on compatible 3D television systems, Sweep Multi Angle technology lets you view images in simulated 3D on the cameras' LCD screen. This shooting feature captures 15 images at different angles and then compiles them into one photo. By tilting the camera back and forth, it creates a 3D-like effect on the display.


Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V high-speed autofocus
With the high-speed auto focus feature, the new Sony CyberShot HX9V digital camera provides a smarter way to focus with DSLR-like speed. High-speed autofocus locks onto subjects in as little as 0.1 seconds, letting you grab the most fleeting photo moments with ease. In addition to speed, the GPS/Compass function makes it an ideal camera for travel and holidays. The enhanced GPS/Compass function captures your location and shooting direction and allows you to enjoy the results after shooting as online maps with any Internet-connected PC.

Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V auto mode
The advanced imaging possibilities of the Sony DSC HX9V offers fuss-free operation. Superior AUTO mode recognizes a wide range of shooting conditions, automatically adjusting settings and shooting a high-speed burst of multiple frames as required in low-light conditions. These are automatically combined within the camera to create beautifully-exposed, low-noise results with virtually any subject - even in challenging low light conditions without flash.

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Sony CyberShot HX9V features
While most cameras compile two images in Backlight Correction HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, enabling crisp details in difficult lighting, the new Sony HX9V digital camera utilizes an HDR feature that compiles the highlights, mid-tones and shadows from three separate shots to create one realistic-looking photo. With Backlight Correction HDR in the Scene Selection Shooting mode, getting the best shot in difficult lighting conditions is simple.

Sony CyberShot camera technologies
Designed to help users learn about the cameras' features and how to use them on the spot, the "In-Camera Guide" is accessible from the menu button on the camera. Users can search by purpose or keyword and easily access the functions they seek. The Sony CyberShot DSC HX9V also has a Background Defocus mode, which highlights your subject like a DSLR; Soft Skin mode, which reduces visible blemishes and wrinkles, and Natural Flash, which corrects color balance for more natural shots. The Sony DSC HX9V also offers fast capture with up to 10fps at full 16.2-megapixel resolution. Images and videos can be easily viewed on the cameras' 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD display with TruBlack technology, which provides deep blacks and more color variation on the thin display.

Sony CyberShot HX9V

Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V accessories
There's a choice of elegantly styled carry case options for the Sony CyberShot HX9V. Giving easy access to your camera, the design avoids electromagnetic interference with the GPS/Compass function. The case features a quality leather-like finish, with a handy pocket for a spare memory card - ideal if you're shooting lots of HD video.

Sony Party-shot IPT-DS2 dock
Compatible with the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX9V camera and several other Cyber-shot models, the Party-shot IPT-DS2 dock automatically captures smiling, relaxed portraits of everyone in the room - including you. Just touch a button and the Party-shot dock starts 'on demand' shooting. There's also support for Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode with compatible Cyber-shot models. The Party-shot IPT-DS2 dock comes supplied with a protective cover and dedicated stand.

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Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V memory cards
The new Sony CyberShot HX9V is compatible with the latest range of premium-quality SDHC cards. The perfect partner for your Sony CyberShot camera, its also a great match for SD/SDHC-compatible cameras, camcorders and devices from other manufacturers. The affordable Essential Series and value-added Experience Series are joined by the flagship Expert Series (Class 10) for photo users who demand class-leading capacity transfer speeds.

Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V software
The Personal Space site is the network service by Sony that makes it easy and secure to share photos and video clips captured on the Sony CyberShot DSC HX9V camera. Upload your images from any Internet-enabled PC with the cameras' supplied Picture Motion Browser software, or using pre-installed PMB Portable software. An email sent with an embedded link ensures that invited family and friends can view your pictures. Videos and photos shared via the Personal Space site can also be viewed on Android smartphones such as the Xperia X10 by Sony Ericsson or iPhone, via a dedicated application that can be downloaded from Android Market or iTunes app store. Xperia users can also upload images directly to their own Personal Space account from their smartphone.

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Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V review, price & availability
The Sony CyberShot HX9V digital camera and a range of accessories will be available in April. Presales will begin in February. The Sony DSC-HX9V will be available in black and will cost about $350 / €250. As soon as we receive a Sony CyberShot DSC HX9V test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Sony CyberShot DSC-HX9V review.
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