Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9 16.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Still Camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080/60i Video (Black)

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  • Brand: Sony
  • Category: Digital Camera
  • camera pixels: 16.2M

Sony's sleek little Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Digital Camera (Black) isn't just another pretty face--a high-resolution 16.2MP CMOS sensor, Carl Zeiss 5x wide-angle 25-125mm (equivalent in 35mm format) lens, and full HD 1080/60i video make this a major-league player. A large, bright 3" 921K-dot high-resolution LCD monitor makes it a treat to compose and review your photos and videos.

The DSC-WX9 has a full arsenal of cutting-edge features that let your creativity run free: a high resolution iSweep Panorama mode for automatically putting together an impressive, ultra wide-angle panorama photo (without using a tripod); backlight correction HDR for turning high contrast problem shots into beautiful images; Background Defocus to give your portraits that subject-in-sharp-focus, background-way-out-of-focus professional look; 3D and 3D Panorama; and Smile Shutter (snaps a picture when it detects a smile), Anti-blink (doesn't take a picture when eyes blinking are detected), and Soft Skin (reduces blemishes and wrinkles) for flattering pictures of friends and family.

Plus, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, Motion Detection and Anti-motion Blur mode banish blurry pictures forever. And with Superior Auto mode, the WX9 automatically detects 33 different situations and gives you the optimal settings for each situation--all you have to do is press the shutter button!

16.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS Image Sensor
The DSC-WX9 features a 16.2 megapixel "Exmor R" CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera's Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain. In addition, the combined "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor delivers extremely fast up to 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 1080i movie modes.
3.0" XtraFine LCD display
3.0" (920K) XtraFine LCD technology gives you brilliant-quality still images and movies with easy focus.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens with 25mm equivalent wide 5x Optical Zoom
The high-performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5x optical zoom lens brings distant subjects closer for video recording as well as for outdoor, sports, and travel photos, and Close Focus shoots close-ups up to within a 0.5" of the subject. A wide angle of 25mm equivalent wide-angle lens allows you to take wider shots of the scene or group in crowded spaces.
Full HD 1080/60i Video
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60i in 1080 AVCHD. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.
High-Resolution iSweep Panorama Mode
With high resolution iSweep Panorama mode just press the shutter, pan the landscape and let the camera do the rest. It automatically links together each frame to produce a high resolution panoramic image providing the ability to zoom in on small details. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion.
Background Defocus
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear.
3D Still Image and Panorama
Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities. Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way.
Superior Auto Mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using backlight correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 33 scenes for still images and movies, making it easy to get the best shot.
Backlight Correction HDR
Don't miss a single detail in high contrast shots. The built in backlight correction analyzes the image and automatically adjusts accordingly to give you a perfectly lit shot. Backlight Correction HDR helps correct for this by taking three pictures at different exposure settings and processing the best elements of each into a single image for more natural looking shots.
Digital Zoom
Capturing the right shot at the right moment has never been so easy. Digital zoom brings the action up close to get that perfect shot, every time.
Natural Flash
Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don't capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash mode takes a reference shot without flash and then uses that reference to correct the color, for far more lifelike images.
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically shifts the lens to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality.
Face Detection Technology
Sony's Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.
Soft Skin Mode
Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.
Smile Shutter Technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.
Anti-Blink Function
It's frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting or blinking. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.
HDMI Output
The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video connector interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as a compatible camcorder, Blu-ray Disc player, a personal computer, a video game console, or an AV receiver to a compatible digital audio device and/or video monitor such as a digital television (DTV). Easily connect your Cyber-shot camera via HDMI cable to any compatible HDMI compatible device to easily enjoy and upload content.
Motion Detection
Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.
Anti-Motion Blur Mode
Capture cleaner and sharper images in low light for non landscape shots. When set in Anti-motion Blur Mode, the DSC-WX9 captures six images in a fraction of a second with higher shutter speed and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and dramatically reduce subject blur, beyond the capability of traditional cameras.
Sweep Multi Angle Mode
In Sweep Multi Angle mode, the camera takes 15 images at different angles as it sweeps across the scene. By tilting the camera during playback, the camera's Gyro Sensor detects motion and displays the image in a 3D-like view on the camera's LCD.
TransferJet Technology
TransferJet technology, developed by Sony and advanced and promoted by consortium of 18 other companies, allows you to transfer up to ten files between two TransferJet enabled devices just by touching their TransferJet logos together, without the hassle of hunting for cables or the complication of pairing.
Compatible with PC and MAC Systems
The high definition, AVCHD, video captured with the DSC-WX9 can be used with the provided Picture Motion Browser software for PC and iMovie (sold separately) for Mac systems.
Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software Ver. 5.5
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD using an external DVD burning device (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites (such as Facebook and Sony's Personal Space site).
Includes Sony PMB Portable Software
With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable software the DSC-WX9 makes it easy to pre-select videos and images in the camera and conveniently upload them from the camera to a compatible PC and popular Internet sharing sites without the need for any additional software or install.
  • Exmor R CMOS sensor for low-light performance, 5x, bright lens
  • Full HD 1080x1920 with dual record of stills and movies
  • 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama
  • Fast capture with 10fps at full 16.2 MP resolution
  • iSweep Panorama for one shot landscapes
Pixels Actual: 16.8 Megapixel
Effective: 16.2 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC
Max Resolution 16MP: 4608 x 3456 @ 4:3
Other Resolutions 10MP: 3648 x 2736 @ 4:3
5MP: 2592 x 1944 @ 4:3
0.3MP: 640 x 480 @ 4:3
12MP: 4608 x 2592 @ 16:9
2MP: 1920 x 1080 @ 16:9
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Color Spaces sRGB
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar, 6 elements in 5 groups
3 Aspheric
EFL: 4.5-22.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 25-125 mm)
Aperture: f/2.6 (W) - 6.3 (T)
Filter Thread None
Zoom Optical: 5x
Intelligent Zoom: 6.3x
Focus Range Wide: 1.97" (5 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 3.28' (100 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-3200
Shutter 2 - 1/1600 sec
1 - 1/1600 sec 
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Auto, Programmed Auto
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent 
Burst Rate Up to 10 fps at 16.2 MP for up to 10 frames
Self Timer 2 Sec, 10 Sec 
Interval Recording No
Remote Control None
Flash Modes Auto
Flash On
Slow Sync
Effective Flash Range Wide: 0.16 - 17.39' (0.05 - 5.3 m)
Telephoto: 3.28 - 7.22' (1.0 - 2.2 m) 
External Flash Connection None
Built-in Memory 19MB
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo 
Still Images per GB JPEG: 167 @ Highest Resolution - 4800 @ Lowest Resolution
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Video Clip Length Up to 2GB or 29 Minutes
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Viewfinder Type LCD Display
Screen 3" LCD Rear Screen (921,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
DC Input
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Connectors 1x AV Output, USB 2.0
Software Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
-4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Battery NP-BN1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 600mAh
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.7 x 2.2 x 0.8" / 94.6 x 56.3 x 19.8 mm


Hitman 5.0
124 of 125 people found the following review helpful
I currently own a D90 but decided to buy this camera for occasions not convenient to carry a bulky camera. I have used this camera during last weekend shooting under daylight, indoor and low light condition and I am really impressed with camera.What I like:- Outside shooting: Excellent picture- Indoor shooting: Excellent picture even under auto mode. Apparently we cannot compare with DSL camera but the picture quality is much better than previous Sony digital cameras that I owned (See uploaded i ... mages)- Superior Auto Mode: a new feature that automatically reduce blur and noise after each shooting.- Sweep Panorama is great and time saving- 3D picture is a nice feature, I tried it with my 3D TV and it looks great, although it is not as good as you are watching 3D movie from Bluray but you actually can see some depths of the image.- 1080i movie recording is great even watching on 55" TV.- Can use both SDHC & Duo cards. - Inexpensive for a extra battery, $12 from Amazon. What I do not like or need some time to adapt: - Battery is not so good (The bright 921K XtraFine screen should be the main reason) but a spare battery can fix this. - The screen easily captures your fingerprints. Looking for the screen protection. - Need some time to learn using dial control for mode changing. - Superior Auto Mode: needs about 2 seconds after each shot to process the image. When you want to act fast, this mode should not be your choice. More >
Jason Frost "RubiconReader" 4.0
167 of 184 people found the following review helpful
**Updated June 30, 2011**After our trip to Disneyland and California Adventures I have a few issues with this camera. When using it in a setting like this; IE turning it on and off, focusing and zooming, quick shots in an array of settings... she didn't do so well. The biggest issues was focusing. I was wondering why this camera wouldn't focus at times when the settings didn't change. Turns out that I had to turn the camera off and back on, almost like I had to reset it. NOT COOL! At a the ... me park like this where you need to get the shot on the fly, I was getting very frustrated. I still like this camera, but things like this reinforce that my next camera will be a DSLR. I know it's still a point and shoot camera but something like this is unforgiveable. I'll be heading to San Diego next and I'll keep an eye out for this. Oh... get another battery for this puppy as well. I took about 245 shots and two short videos before my camera went out. THAT was my fault **I've had this camera for about three weeks now. Did not know my review would be this long. Sorry.** :-) After months of looking, researching, web surfing, asking friends, bugging friends, waiting, and Google picture searching, I have FINALLY chosen the Sony Cybershot DX9 as my next point and shoot camera. A tiny bit of history: My first digital camera was a Sony Cybershot DSCN1 8.1 MP and was an absolutely magnificent camera. I had it for 5 years before I fatally dropped and killed it. My second digital camera was the Sony DSC-T99 and the absolute WORST camera I have ever owned! I had no problem being loyal to Sony because of the DSCN1 but they almost ruined it with the T99! So I made it a point to do so much research for my next camera, Dan Brown would be jealous. More >
amir9910 4.0
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
I'm gonna make it short:PROS:- amazing daytime photos with vibrant colors.- nice slow syncro flash mode.- video quality is awesome.- the price is unbeatable.- Nice panoramic photosCONS:- slow and lagged user interface.- microphone sucks. any simple breeze will cause distortion in sound. if you want a camera to use at clubs, bars or other loud places, this one in not for you.- backlit sensor almost makes no difference. still very grainy photos in Twilight Handheld mode.- does not come with a case ... - you can hear the lens motor in videos when zooming in/out More >