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Having had this DSC-WX9 camera for only 2 days! I was IN LOVE with this camera at FIRST sight! From the very first picture! And with the first video I made, I was in HEAVEN! LOL. Never in my life have I been more happy with the purchase! I mean, the videos are sinfully CLEAR! Its HD! Even BETTER quaility than my last Canon Vixia HF10 HD camcorder that I bought for $1000 back in 2008! YES it is actually BETTER quality! Yeah, you read this right! It uses AVCHD format! And the GREAT about it. It does NOT eat a lot of memory space! About 100 mb/ min. I had a Panasonic FH5 camera before, HD vid on that cam needed 200 mb/ min. And was only 720p, and quality was NOT near this Sony!
WELL ultimately, the thing I REALLY LOVE about this Sony WX9. My dream finnally came TRUE! The best of BOTH worlds in ONE camera! Not like before: You always had to SACRIFICE one or the other! No matter how good the snap shot camera is. I always needed my separate and bulky HD camcorder for the video. And while using my HD cam, I always had a separate quality snapshot camera since my HD camcorder offered only a basic 3mp camera. Of course with my hobby, I gotta have the best quality pics and vids. Unfortunately, I always needed to bring BOTH! Which was a pain to do!
BUT with THIS Sony, NO MORE do I need to carry BOTH!
And besides this, its a really nice looking camera.. professional looking. Black is a nice color. And the great part! The price is very FRIENDLY! Well I bought mines at Costco. I got the camera, plus came with a 4 gb class 4 memory card and a Sony carry case, NICE! For $169. Im love this cam SO MUCH, Im thinking of buying another one as a second cam. Especially if the price is awesome coming onto black friday! Exciting! LOL
So all in all... The things I really like about the WX9 are
1. Stunning 1080i HD video! Incredibly clear! And has 3 HD settings. Even the cheaper of the 3 HD settings is AS GOOD AS my $1000 HD camcorder! BUT not only that, it does have an MP4 setting to make a video for Youtube! Convenient!
2. Super clear photos! Take excellent indoor shots!
3. I get a super WIDE angle view! This is GREAT when im in a cramped area. I can get a lot of items into the picture! Not like my $1000 HD cam, I was only able to get a few items to fit in the picture!
4. Love the compact size! TOO easy to carry in pocket!
5. Has an HDMI output!
6. Handles the low light really well!
7. Being a more known brand. And the fact that its not a budget brand like Insignia, or Apex
8. Has optical zoom 5x, and optical image stablizer, and records audio in stereo for camcorder.
9. HD videos are NOT a gas hog... rrr I mean NOT a memory space hog on this camera! Takes about 100mb for each minute.
10. The fact that I got the BEST of BOTH worlds. Awesome snap shot camera/ AWESOME HD camcorder all in ONE convienient pocket size camera! YES!
****************** UPDATE 6-1-12 ******************
Having had this cam since 11-11! Still VERY happy with this cam! Now for what I dont like!
1) batteries run out too quickly on video mode!
2) The protruding lens. Prone to accidental breakage!
3) Sometimes takes too long for it to get ready to take a picture or video. Busy busy. And annoy me when after waiting a couple seconds, when I take a picture/ video, its still not ready.
4) CANT take pictures while making a video! All cams are like that
Thats all I can think of which is no big deal! I STILL GIVE THIS WX9 A 5/5 RATING.
I bought this camera to take pictures on my Honeymoon in Italy, and was not disappointed. It's compact and fits nicely in your shirt or pants pocket or a bag. Panoramic feature is amazing. I was able to take beautiful shots of Lake Como and city wide shots of Rome with amazing clarity. Some may prefer more than 5X zoom, but I didn't have any problems with framing my shots or getting the correct size picture. I was amazed by the low light capability!!! I own large format and several Nikon SLR cameras and have the best light meter devices you can buy, but this cameras ability to take high quality, high resolution, sharp photographs indoors, twilight and in the evenings with available light was incredible. The motion control capability combined for some of the best pictures I have ever taken. Especially in the museums where flash is not allowed, I was able to take some very high quality, picture book quality photographs. And the price is a fantastic deal! Best small camera I have seen and owned to date, and I've owned several over the years.
It's the second WX9 16.2 that I own. It works great, I got a good deal for my money. It takes professional quality pics and fits in your pocket with attratint attention. Recommend get an extra battery.
Easy to use menu. Nice lens, found on more expensive models. Crisp clear pictures. Compact. Good zoom. 3D is nice feature. View screen is clear and easy to see. Great price.
Takes clear, crisp photos with excellent detail. However, photos you take are automatically taken as "read only"; this means you must go through each photo individually and alter them so you can edit them or even use them, which is the entire point of taking photos. On the expensive side for a product that does not have up to date technology
I purchased this camera equipment for my wife for x-mas. I liked the phys. size of the camera and the size of the view screen very nice.It takes excellent photos.The external Sunpack flash works great When you need more than what the camera can supply.The whole system is impressive with the quality of photos and it's being easy to use.Anyone can take great photos.Very easy to learn how to use.AAAAA +++ as far as I can see.I've been into photography for 35 + years .Thanks Sony
I already own a Nikon Coolpix P100 and was planning on buying another smaller Nikon to carry around when I don't want to lug the bigger camera, but the picture quality in the smaller cameras did not measure up. So I opted for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC WX9 16.2 mp digital camera because when I tested in stores, I love how beautiful the pictures came out. I like how light (weight) it is and that it takes great pictures like the bigger cameras. It also works fairly well in low light conditions (even in candle-light dinners) although you can't expect that it comes out too clear if the environment is dark. I can say it performs better than the average cameras in its class.
I was looking for a replacement for our family camera, which was broken by our kids. After a day of research and comparison stopped on Sony DSC-WX9. I like the wide lens burst shot mode, which is capable of 10 shots a second! One of other features like almost full HD - 1080i was also important. By my surprise it is much more feature rich than was described. The best thing it features is taking stills during movie recording - you don't need camcorder AND camera, this small piece will substitute both. When browsing the images inside the camera, the sets of images taken in burst mode are displayed as a pack, and you can view the sequence by tilting the camera left and right (i assume it has a gyroscope). The Panorama mode is flawless - vertical and horizontal, same can be told about the 5x zoom. In pair with a high speed SD card there is not much you will miss. In comparison with the other, more expensive models this one has a lack of 3d display but the 3d pictures it takes are good.
But the main negative thing is that the still are noisy when the iso is higher than 800. (it is capable of iso 3200). Overall, keeping in mind that this is a point and shoot camera, it meets almost all of your demands.
It's a really good camera for somebody that is not looking for a professional one. It takes really good pictures, it has nice features that enhance the experience, and for the amount paid is the best choice you can make.
I wanted this product because I don't have thing to use.
I like this cause it's handy.
It has new features, like 3D, panorama and the price is not bad.