“ Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9S - Digital camera - compact - 8.1 Mpix - optical zoom: 15 x - supported memory: MS Duo, MS PRO Duo - silver „
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I have had this camera now for a few months and I have a mixed opinion about it.
I chose this as an upgrade from a kodak 5mp camera as I wanted a camera that was a bit more challenging and could offer me a better range of options that would bring out the best in my pictures.
I am not a professional photographer by any means but I really enjoy taking good quality pictures when I am on my travels. After a trip to New York with my kodak I was really disappointed to get home and find that my pictures werent the best they could have been and so decided to take the plunge and get myself a new camera.
The sony looks stunning. Its a beautiful and solid camera. The Carl Zeiss lens was one the of the things that attracted me to the sony over other cameras. As a novice I wanted a camera that would allow me to take simple automatic pictures but give me scope to learn more about photography and alter functions myself. The sony does exactly this. It has an auto function and lots of other functions for the budding photographer. It was important that it had face detection which is a great feature and the image stabilisation function is brilliant for those who have shaky hands.
So far I have not had any pictures come out with red eye which is amazing. Not having to go and edit this out is a great time saver.
The internal memory is of course small but i've only had a 512MB memory card and thats managed to hold over 200 pictures. The battery is pretty average. Thankfully its rechargable but I do think a spare battery would have come in as a useful extra.
The zoom is phenomonal. Perfect to get those amazing shots from the back of a crowded arena or to catch that bird flying miles over head. I love having 15x zoom it really enhances the photography experience and you no longer get frustrated at taking pictures only to find you can only get the smallest picture of something in the distance. I would have liked a wide angle lens for the price aswell but the lens isnt too bad for wide shots in itself. However I was unable to get a good picture of the whole coliseum at Rome with the camera which was rather disappointing.
Another fab feature is the 3.2" display screen on the back of the camera which is tiltable. Perfect for when the sun is too bright to get a good look at the screen or if you need to stand on your tip toes with the camera above your head for a good pic. You can now tilt the screen so you are able to see what you are taking a picture of!
Now to the problems. 8.1mp isn't one of the greatest mps out there but I've found that there isnt a big quality impact on the pics. They look great and there is a HD feature. But for the money I spent I would have liked 10mp.
The most annoying problem I have which if I had known about before I got the camera I would have actually refused to buy it is that it can take a looooong time to take the picture. I've stood there for minutes at a time constantly clicking the button to try and make it take a picture. This is unbelievably frustrating when something is on the move or you're in a rush or there are people behing you wanting to take a picture of the same thing. I get so mad when this happens and its not just a few occasions that it happens. This makes the camera a rather disappointing buy. Sometimes you need a camera that you just shoot and click. And most of the time this camera just wont do it for me!!
Overall in theory and on paper this camera is a great buy but get in the field and try taking a simple picture and you could get into a serious argument with your camera. Aside from this the pictures eventually come out great and I wouldnt go back to my kodak even with is problem.
Sony DSC-H9 is designed to appeal to families with budding athletes in their broods, featuring advanced sports shooting mode. This mode combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing. The camera 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.
The camera features 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 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 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 H9 camera features NightShot technology, which allows taking photographs in environments with virtually no light so you won't miss the action, even at a late night game.
The camera's high sensitivity 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.