Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX9


A digital camera with Full HD resolution

With features like: 1080i video, picture scanning and sophisticated design… Sony has released the heavy artillery in its amazing compact digital camera. The Cyber-Shot DSC-TX9 gadget is not just design, but also an engineering feat as it has a very wide-angle able to shoot in Full HD and take photos in 3D. Do you need more ? Let’s see the tests performed for this review ! 🙂

With low quality products in 2007 and 2008, Sony was awakened in 2009 and spent the turbo mode in 2010 after releasing a successful sensor called Exmor R in WX1 and HX5V models. The manufacturer included Mippon as its fatal weapon in two of its compact range cameras: the Cyber-Shot DSC-TX9 and the WX5 models. You have to know that the Exmor sensor allows R – finally! – the compact to make sharp pictures without flash even in low light. Better yet, Sony was not content to copy-paste but still improved its functions further, including the resolution from month to month. However, we know very well that increasing the number of Megapixels is not necessarily a good thing for users.

WX5’s brother

Cyber-shot-DSC-TX9With the predecessor of DSC-TX9, the WX1, crowned with a choice of writing, the sensor Exmor R began his career. The youngest brother WX5 arises as the successor of this exceptional compact digital camera. From his grandfather, he keeps in mind, is a very wide angle and has a powerful 5x zoom (24-120 mm equivalent to 24-36 mm F2.4 opening) optically stabilized. The ISO remains the same (3200 ISO maximum) and it is always possible to take panoramic pictures of a simple scanning device. The new features are sought in the design, with more rounded shapes, and the video resolution from 720p (1280 x 720 pixels) to 1080i (1920 x 1080 pixels interlaced) or Full HD . Another bonus is the ability to capture panoramic pictures in 3D format. We’ve tested and it works very well !

Another improvement is the compatibility with SD, SDHC and SDXC in addition to the traditional Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo.

Touch screen interface

The series is T, historically used by Sony and the the design is extraplat , very similar with an aircaft and with a front sliding, as is the case here with the TX5. But unlike his recently reviewed predecessors, this new digital camera does not ignore the wide-angle and offers a view equivalent to a 25mm, a very wide-angle optical pushing 100 mm and a 4x zoom, very honorable for this type of device. Since the WX5, Sony has joined the new full HD 1080 interlaced video mode, panoramic photos in 3D (and 2D, of course) and the management of SD cards. Luxurious camera, the DMC-TX9 incorporates a touch screen of 8.8 inches diagonally with 921,000 pixels resolution. This resolution for a compact is a record and is matched only by the Ricoh GRD III.

T99 brother…

Copying the slim format of Sony DSC-TX9 – with just 19mm thick – and the optical unit – wide-angle 24 mm / 4x optical zoom – the T99 is just an economical version of its big brother. You should know that the sensor Exmor R is not available for this model. It doesn’t have the Full HD (but it retains a very proper 720p) and the 3D panoramic pictures (but not a tragedy either). The ISO is mounted, according to Sony, at the same (ISO 3200), but it is a safer bet that the performance of this sensor will be far from the standard powerful sensor Exmor R.

The T99 has its purpose, however: while the Sony CyberShot DSC-TX9 is not less than 400 euros, it offers the same optical range, the same design and same finesse, for just 250 Euros. The WX5 is offered as an option for 320 euros. These three devices have been available in stores since September 2010.

Positive points (pros)

* Great performance of the Exmor R sensor;
* The ability to take panoramic pictures;
* Panorama 2D / 3D mode;
* The Full HD 1080i (interlaced) included;

Negative points (cons)

* The high price for the TX9 model;

Technical specifications

Resolution of sensor: 12 Mpixels;
Maximum Optical Zoom: 4X;
Supported Memory Card: Memory Stick Duo, Pro Duo, Pro HG / HX Duo, SD and SD HC;