Wednesday 6 June 2007

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9

Courtesy: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonyh9/

Cyber-shot DSC-H9 vs DSC-H5 - key changes
  • New sensor (8MP versus 7MP)
  • longer lens range (15x up from 12x)
  • Higher maximum sensitivity (ISO 3200)
  • Tilt-up articulated screen
  • Lithium Ion battery
  • Control dial has moved to rear of camera
  • 9-point AF (was 3-point)
  • New Sports mode
  • HDTV (1080i) video output (via optional component cable)
  • Face detection
  • D-Range optimization (auto contrast)
  • In-camera retouching
  • Remote control included
  • NightShot function for shooting in the dark
  • Entirely new user interface
Sensor

• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 8.1 million effective pixels

Lens

• Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
• 31-465mm (35mm equiv)
• 15x optical zoom
• F2.7-4.5

Maximum Image Size 3264 x 2448

Sensitivity

• Auto
• ISO 80-3200

Top shutter speed 1/4000th

Autofocus modes

• 9 Area Multi-Point AF
• Center AF
• Flexible spot AF

Scene modes

• Twilight • Twilight Portrait • Portrait • Landscape • Beach • Snow • Fireworks • High Sensitivity • Advanced Sports Shooting

Continuous Shooting 100 shots, 2.2fps, 8MP (max)

Flash range, Auto ISO Up to 9.8m (wide)

LCD screen

• 3.0-inch tilt-up TFT
• 230,000 pixels

Power

• Lithium-ion NP-BG1 battery

Battery life (CIPA standard, using LCD) 280

Weight (inc batteries) 546g

Remote control Included

Other

• NightShot infrared system
• Face Detection
• HDTV output (optional cable)
• Bionz processing engine
• In-camera effects

DSC-H9 specifications

Street price • US: $480
• UK: £320
Body Material Plastic
Sensor

• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 8.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 640 x 480
• 3264 x 2176 (3:2)
• 1920 x 1080 (16:9)

Movie clips

• MPEG VX Fine / Standard
(640 x 480 @ 30 / 16 fps MPEG-1 with audio)

File formats • Still: JPEG
• Movie: MPEG VX (MPEG-1)
Lens

• Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
• 31-465mm (35mm equiv)
• 15x optical zoom
• F2.7-4.5

Image stabilization Super SteadyShot®
Conversion lenses Yes
Digital zoom • 2x (24x total)
• Up to 30x Smart Zoom (dependent on selected resolution)
Focus • Auto
• Macro
• Single
• Monitoring
AF area modes • 9 Area Multi-Point AF
• Center AF
• Flexible spot AF
• Contrast detect
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: 50cm (19.7 in) minimum (W), 120cm (47.25 in) minimum (T)
• Macro: 1cm (0.4 in) wide only
Metering • Multi-pattern (49 zone)
• Center weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
Exposure compensation • +/-2EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Exposure bracketing +/- 0.3, 0.7, 1.0 EV
Shutter speed

• Auto: 1/4-1/4000sec
• P: 1"-1/4000sec
• S: 30"-1/4000sec
• A: 8"-1/2000sec
• M: 30"-1/4000sec

Aperture F2.7-5.6 (w) F4.5-8 (t)
Modes

• Program
• Aperture priority
• Shutter priority
• Manual
• 9-preset select scene modes

Scene modes • Twilight
• Twilight Portrait
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Beach
• Snow
• Fireworks
• High Sensitivity
• Advanced Sports Shooting
White balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Fluorescent 1, 2, 3
• Incandescent
• Flash WB
• Manual

Self timer • 10 or 2 secs
Continuous shooting 100 shots, 2.2fps, 8MP (max)
Image parameters Natural, Vivid, Sepia, B&W, Sharpness, Contrast
Flash

• Auto
• On
• Slow Synch
• Off
• Red-eye reduction
• Front/rear synch
• Auto/Daylight synch
• Range: 0.2 - 9.8m (wide) 1.2 - 6m (tele)

Viewfinder • 0.2" EVF
• 201K pixels
LCD monitor • 3.0-inch tilting TFT
• 230K pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0 high speed
• HD
• AV w/multi-jack
• DC in
Print compliance PictBridge, DPOF
Storage • Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo compatible
• 31MB internal memory
Power • Lithium-ion NP-BG1 battery
• BC-CSG Charger
Weight (inc batt) 554 g (1 lb 4.3 oz)
Dimensions 113.2 x 83 x 94 mm (4.6 x 3.3 x 3.7 in)


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