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Sony Cyber0shot DSC-H9 reviews and sample imagesResponding to the growing demand for super zoom digital cameras, Sony is introducing its new 8-megapixel DSC-H9 and DSC-H7 models. Designed to appeal to families with budding athletes in their broods, the cameras debut Sony’s new advanced sports shooting mode. This mode combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing. The cameras can quickly focus on fast-moving subjects by predicting where those subjects will be in the frame. This predictive technology also helps to reduce shutter lag, the time it takes for the camera to focus and shoot.

Imaging resource reviewed Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H9 and wrote:
"Like most digital cameras, pushing the H9 to ISO 3,200 results in images so degraded that you'll struggle to make a 4x6 inch print from the files. More importantly, the H9's noise reduction also resulted in less than ideal image quality at all ISO settings. In bright light, the H9 delivered nicely-saturated, sharply-focused and well-exposed images, but indoors and in low light, noise suppression caused significant mottling of the images. If the H9's image quality weren't so dependent on using a low ISO in bright light, it would certainly have fared better in this review."
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Digital camera info reviewed Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H9 and wrote:
"Everything about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 is big. It has a big Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization and a big 3-inch LCD screen that folds out and doesn’t skimp on resolution. It can accept big memory cards up to 8GB so it can record long movies and large numbers of photos. The dimensions of the camera are bigger than point-and-shoots but similar to other ultra-zoom models. The 8-megapixel Sony H9 is fully loaded with manual, priority, automatic, and scene modes so there’s a little something for everyone. The wide variety of features attracts all kinds of audiences. The advanced sports shooting mode and wide ISO range are great for families who shoot football games and sporting events in less than perfect light. The NightShot infrared shooting mode works well for birdwatchers and wildlife photographers who want to snap shots of their nocturnal friends. The functional optical zoom lens qualifies the H9 as a legitimate contender in the hybrid market."
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DC Resource reviewed Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H9 and wrote:
"A camera can have all the bells and whistles in the world, but all that means nothing if it can't take a decent photo. It is here where I was most disappointed with the DSC-H9. Photos had good exposure and color, but those are about the only positives I can list. The camera applies too much noise reduction to photos, making them soft, with fine details smudged. Naturally, it gets even worse as the ISO goes up (especially in low light), with anything above ISO 800 being unusable. There's also quite a bit of purple fringing to be found on the H9's 15X Carl Zeiss lens. Redeye is a problem in flash shots, but the in-camera removal tool cleans it up well. Most of these things won't matter if you're making small prints, but any larger and you'll be sure to notice."
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Digital camera review reviewed Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H9 and wrote:
"The Sony DSC-H9 is a full-featured camera which focuses faster than many competing models. The Carl Zeiss lens, at 15X optical, is among the broadest range available. However, images are noisy at and above ISO 400. Also, the shadow detail loss and lens distortion characteristics tend to detract from an otherwise impressive feature set. Bottom line is that it seems a bit expensive for the performance demonstrated, but if kept between ISO 80 and ISO 400, it can capture quality images, particularly those that require the quick focus and shutter release."
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Good gear guide reviewed Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H9 and wrote:
"The controls are all fairly standard, with a function wheel and five-way directional pad doing most of the work. Sony has implemented its new interface on this model, which we have complained about in the past. It resembles the Playstation interface in many ways, but is much simpler. We have found most cameras tend not to have the power to run it properly, as everything operates slower than we'd like, with noticeable pauses when trying to navigate quickly. Some options are also in out of the way places, such as exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. Both are missing from the main menu and must instead be accessed using the settings wheel (which also changes aperture and shutter speed). This isn't a big complaint, as once you have it down pat you'll be fine, but it isn't nearly as intuitive as the interfaces on units by other companies, such as Canon."
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T3 reviewed Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H9 and wrote:
"Image quality can be on the ropey side though, and with its plasticky build, it would get utterly spanked in an arm-wrestle with its metal faced competitors. But with excellent 1cm macro focus and self-explanatory NightShot and Face Detection modes it’s still a very capable camera."
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CNET reviewed Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H9 and wrote:
"If you shoot primarily outdoors in daytime -- especially sport, children and animals -- and don't find the interface quite as annoying as we do, the H9 is a great choice. The approximately £60 difference between the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H7 and DSC-H9 makes your choice simple: if you can forgo the infrared and the flexible LCD, then buy the cheaper model."
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Press release:

Responding to the growing demand for super zoom digital cameras, Sony is introducing its new 8-megapixel DSC-H9 and DSC-H7 models. Designed to appeal to families with budding athletes in their broods, the cameras debut Sony’s new advanced sports shooting mode.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9

This mode combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing. The cameras can quickly focus on fast-moving subjects by predicting where those subjects will be in the frame. This predictive technology also helps to reduce shutter lag, the time it takes for the camera to focus and shoot.

Both cameras feature powerful Carl Zeiss® 15x optical zoom lenses for up-close shots of big plays on the field. You won’t miss the look of victory in your champion’s face with Sony’s new face detection technology. It can identify up to eight faces in the camera’s LCD frame, and automatically adjust white balance and flash as well as focus and exposure for correctly exposed, sharp photos.

The Big Game Is Even Bigger In High Definition
Half the fun is playing the game and the other half is re-living the experience by viewing and sharing your photos. Why huddle around the PC to look at pictures when you can impress family and friends with the visual impact of the game in the utmost clarity, color and detail on an HDTV set.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9

These new cameras feature high-definition outputs. Simply connect them to your HDTV with the Sony VMC-MHC1 high-definition component cable, sold separately, and turn photo viewing into an entertainment experience.

Shoot At The Speed of Life
Even if you’re not at full speed during the soccer match on Saturday morning, the H9 and H7 models will be. These new cameras can shoot up to 1/4000 of a second, a critical speed for capturing fast-moving sports and freezing the action.

Both cameras are powered by the Bionz™ processing engine, first used in Sony’s Alpha digital SLR camera system. This new circuitry speeds up response times and delivers the fast image processing speeds needed to produce color-rich, detailed pictures for true high-definition photo viewing.

Capturing fast action does not have to result in blurry photos. The H9 and H7 cameras incorporate Super Steady Shot® optical image stabilization to minimize blur caused by camera shake, an important feature when shooting at slow shutter speeds at full zoom. Their high sensitivity, up to ISO3200, also helps to fight blur resulting from fast-moving subjects.

The H9 camera takes fast-action shooting a step further. It sports a 3-inch, flip-up LCD screen so that you can shoot comfortably from nearly any position. You can hold the camera low to the ground for eye-level shots of kids, without having to contort yourself or crawl on the ground, or hold it high for shots of the crowd. The H7 camera has a non-articulating but large 2.5-inch LCD screen for easy sharing and viewing.

Capture The Mood
The H9 camera is the only Cyber-shot model in this year’s line to feature NightShot® technology. This feature allows you to take photographs in environments with virtually no light so you won’t miss the action, even at a late night game.

Both cameras’ high sensitivity (up to ISO 3200) will also help preserve the mood of your pictures by capturing well-exposed, natural-looking photos, even in challenging low-light conditions. You can shoot at higher shutter speeds to take in the maximum amount of light without using the flash. Picture noise, common to pictures shot at high ISO levels, is minimized by Sony's Clear RAW ™ noise reduction technology.

The Winning Finish
The H-series cameras incorporate selectable in-camera editing functions so you can spend more time on the field and less time behind a computer. Equipped with Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimizer, originally developed for the Alpha digital SLR system, the new cameras can analyze captured image data and instantly determine the best exposure and tonality of each picture before JPEG compression.

Other helpful in-camera functions include red-eye correction and photo retouching effects with filters. You can create fun and artistic photos with up to four filter selections, such as the partial color filter that can highlight your star athlete in color while the background of the photo is in black-and-white.

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