Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9 review


A new 16MP camera from Sony

Sony have introduced a new camera on the market: we are talking about the newest Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9. Does it live up to expectations? We took it for a spin and here is what we think after the test performed for this review.
Specifications for this new camera are as follows: 3.75 x 2.25 x 0.78 inch, 139g., 3-inch LCD screen, 16.2 megapixels, CMOS chip, 3D, HDMI cable, USB connector, NP-BN1 battery, USB AC adaptor, AVCHD video, 16.2MP bursts, 28-page manual and a CD-ROM featuring Sony’s Picture Motion Browser software version 5.5.

Wide-angle Carl Zeiss lenses

Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-WX9Now on to the camera’s design: the matte surface looks good, but the amalgam of text surrounding the lens is an eye-sore. The wide-angle Carl Zeiss lenses are impressive. The front houses an AF Assist/self-timer lamp and the flash options. The shutter with its zoom toggle sits on the top; there are two mics for stereo sound and an off/on key. The 3-inch LED screen can be found on the back of the camera. It displays 920K pixels and excellent contrast and black levels. However, our tests showed that the screen suffers some problems in direct sunlight: it tends to wipe out. Also, we had to flip through many levels of the menu to be able to adjust screen brightness.

Panorama shooting mode

The LCD screen also comes with various buttons on the right: one for switching between the panorama, camera and movie recording, one for when you want to record videos without having chosen the movie option and one that enables users to select shooting mode options (namely: Intelligent Auto, Program, Superior Auto, Scene – with its 14 options -, Background Defocus and, finally, 3D).

In the Intelligent Auto option, the camera guesses the subject standing in front of it and makes the needed adjustments to ensure the quality of the image. With the help of HDR, the Superior Auto option takes six shots of the person or object you wish to shoot and merges them; this operation cuts down on noise and increases dynamic range.

10 fps in burst mode

The Sony DSC-WX9 comes with a 10 frames per second burst mode once you use the Program option. The Background Defocus option helped us blur the background; the subject remained focused after-wards. If you want to snap stills in the MPO format, then the 3D option is your best choice.
We were also able to take single 3D frames and 3D Sweep Panoramas once we chose the Panorama feature and the results were very good.

Easy video mode

Shooting videos is an easy operation with the DSC-WX9 camera. You can choose from various shooting options with the help of a control wheel. Also, you can adjust the burst mode, display, flash and self-timer by pressing the four corners of the above mentioned control wheel. There are grid lines that will help keep horizons straight and buttons for accessing the menu, for deleting files and for choosing playback mode. With the special cable featuring an USB connector we were able to download video and stills we snapped to a PC; this also had the following advantage: it charged the camera’s battery. Other than that, this special cable connects itself to the AC adaptor and plays the role of a separate plug-in charger for the battery, because the latter charges in-camera. There is a compartment for a mini HDMI cable and a wrist strap on the right, as well as an output adaptor and a tripod mount on the bottom.

The zoom sound is register

Videos will appear in the AVCHD format at 24Mbps. On the downside, we discovered that the mics register the zoom’s noise.
The battery compartment of the Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9 features a combo slot for Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo or SDXC cards.
Sony’s newest camera is among the first to incorporate 16.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensors.
Our tests showed that stills and videos with the digicam are top-notch. Colors in photos snapped outdoors are vibrant and sharp, even after we chose the highest resolution. But, when choosing ISO 1600/3200, the camera encountered some issues.

Review conclusions

All in all, the review conclusions are clear. The Sony CyberShot DSC-WX9 is a cool gadget to have. It offers a unique combination of 4608×3456 pixel photos and Full HD AVCHD videos.

Technical specifications

Type caseCompact
Sensor TechnologyExmor CMOS R
Sensor Resolution16 Mp
Resol. sensor (MPixel)16.2 Mp
Optical Zoom5x
Zoom level3 to 6x
Screen Size7.6 cm
Lens ApertureF/2.6 – F / 6,3
Shutter speed2 to 1 / 1600 sec.
SensitivityISO 3200
Storage MediaMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HX Duo, SDXC, Secure Digital, Secure Digital HC
Computer ConnectionUSB
Weight139 g