Measuring 3. In other words you can carry this around all day with your smartphone and still not be burdened. Unfortunately, adjusting screen brightness is buried several levels down in the menu system. How we wish manufacturers would make this important process more accessible. Naturally the LCD takes up most of the rear real estate but there are several key controls on the right.

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The Cyber-shot line has produced a number of high-performance models, though their often high pricetags have put them out of contention for bargain hunters. Sony has done an effective, if not creative, job of integrating memorable snapshot features throughout the stylish design. Look and feel. Aesthetics have always been an asset of the Cyber-shot line, and the Sony WX9 is no exception. The slight frame weighs in at under five ounces and is offered in multiple colors: Black, Silver, and Red.

The strawberry-red WX9 is the most attractive option, while the brushed black frame assumes a sleeker, more covert presence.

Extending just 3. The camera is tall enough to sport a large 3. Typical of sleek point-and-shoot designs, the Sony WX9 omits a grip or textured material to support your shooting hand. The weight is well balanced, allowing you to support the camera with your thumb and index finger resting on the shutter button and navigation wheel on the top and back of the camera, respectively. A small power button is just left of the shutter button, and two holes for the microphone are left of that.

The rear dial provides for directional selections Drive, Flash, Display, and Self-timer , along with quick navigation of the menus and settings. The dial is set off the Sony WX9 to help you locate it by feel, and is responsive. It ultimately speeds up selections and menu surfing significantly over a more conventional four-way directional control. Above the rear dial are the Mode switch and Movie Record button.

Like most contemporary point-and-shoot digital cameras, the Sony WX9 opts for a larger LCD screen and omits an optical viewfinder. The 3. There is also a five-step control to brighten or dim the screen to accommodate glare or difficult viewing conditions. The screen resolution is one of the more impressive elements of the Sony WX9, though the level of detail the monitor displays shows some of the image quality flaws for better or worse.

This allows you to check and determine how soft particular objects may appear in the printed image; however, there is no correction for it. The large aperture helps to produce images with less visual noise in low light conditions when shooting at full wide angle. The graphic structure and orientation of the menus on the Sony WX9 is organized, clear, and instructive. A shooting menu overlay allows real-time adjustments to the live composition. This is particularly helpful when trying to determine the best color balance setting for the shot.

Sony has maintained clean menus with an inviting graphic user interface. New users will adapt to the menus quickly. The user is given control over the information that is displayed over the live and captured shots. This element is consistent with most competing models. A standard left-tabbed menu system accesses all the rest of the controls, accessible with the suitcase menu at the bottom of the main overlay menu.

I found the white and pink menu styles to be a bit jarring on my eyes, but some may find the blast of color enticing. Either way, it is adjustable by the user, so you can easily select the design to best suit your style as we did for this animation at right. Sony leaves a conventional mode dial off of the diminutive WX9 to keep the camera trim and unfettered, instead using a combination of a Mode switch and the Rear dial to select your shooting mode.

A vertical switch on the back of the camera quickly selects among three shooting modes: Still Image, iSweep Panorama, and Video capture. In Record mode, turning the Rear dial brings up a virtual dial that slides out from the right of the screen. You can also immediately begin capturing video by depressing the Movie Record button just to the right of the Mode switch. Little manual control is given to the user over specific exposure settings, but there are many special modes for different subjects, and helper modes designed to achieve specific goals.

For instance, Sony includes a background defocus setting that blurs the background, mimicking a shot with a large aperture. Since there are no aperture blades on the Sony WX9 nor on many pocket cameras , the camera uses a unique trick, focusing on the foreground and background, then capturing and combining two images, one in-focus, the other out, and the camera makes an educated guess which is the foreground object and which the background, essentially cutting out the foreground and laying in the blurred background image for that "SLR-like" effect.

The effect is not always that perfect, especially with unusual objects like the teapot. Using a sweeping motion, you can capture 3D stills with the WX9. With the WX9, along with other current Cyber-shot models, you can snap 3D stills and panoramas and display them with full dimensionality on your new television.

Sony does, however, caution users that 3D viewing is not intended for long durations and warns against children with still-developing vision using the feature. This tactic will ensure that your subject is properly exposed, however, it nonetheless comes at the expense of the background which is typically washed-out. Sony takes an advanced approach to this within the WX9, instantly snapping three consecutive images at bracketed exposures and combining them into a single file.

The camera takes the highlights, shadows, and mid-tones from each frame and fuses them into a single, tone-optimized image. The result is a proper exposure for both the subject and background. You merely have to switch into the iSweep Panorama shooting mode, hold down the shutter button and pan the camera horizontally.

The integration and interface are smooth and astonishingly effective. In Wide mode, iSweep Panorama grabs a decent degree picture: the roads left and right are a straight line. The same scene captured with iSweep in vertical mode, which captures more of the buildings and foreground.

Multi-angle is particularly unique, creating a 3D image that you can view on the back of the camera by tilting the camera horizontally as you look at the LCD. Finally the 3D panorama is only truly viewable on a 3D TV.

You can capture up to 10 full-resolution images in a single burst sequence, a feat that also had been previously relegated to DSLR shooting. The real value of the feature is being able to capture a shot sequence in full resolution.

Previously, point-and-shoot cameras were basically useless for action shots due to the slow shot-to-shot speed and drawn-out shutter lag. Storage and battery. The slim camera is powered by a 3.

In my experience with the camera, I found it easily endured for over images or so, though it still falls short of what I would expect.

A USB 2. It shoots consecutive images every 1. Buttons are a little small, particularly the Menu, Playback, and Movie Record buttons. The Menu button is a little too close to the rear dial, making it difficult to press without activating the Self-timer mode instead the bottom button on the rear dial. As we mentioned, shooting in Superior Auto for just a few minutes was enough to make us turn it off and switch back to Program mode.

It can be a little surprising when you go to take one shot and the camera fires off three times, but the improved results are hard to dismiss. Perhaps Sony should have reserved this mode for a camera with a little more processing horsepower. Wide and Tele. Ranging from mm eq.

Image quality. Unfortunately, printed images from the WX9 only maintain reasonable image quality up to ISO , when printed at 8x10 or smaller. Corners are soft at 25mm, with considerable blurring on the right edges of the frame. Print quality shows inconsistent focus and blurring along the bottom and edges of the frame.

In telephoto images, the center of the composition also gets somewhat softer than at wide angle. Recording movies with the Sony WX9 is pretty easy, and there are many modes to choose from. AVCHD recording is the default format, and several recording qualities are available. Unfortunately, the zoom makes a little squeaky noise as it starts. Click on the image for a After that, zooming is fairly quiet. The substandard picture quality delivered by the WX9 dramatically offsets the value created by its pleasing design, feature set, and price.

At telephoto, the entire image is soft, though blurring is stronger in the right corners. The left corners are actually a little sharper than everywhere else. Wide: Bright Tele: Low Chromatic Aberration: Chromatic aberration at wide-angle is moderate in terms of pixel count, though pixels are very bright and noticeable.

Telephoto, however, shows less distinct distortion, with faint reddish pixels suggested. However, corners softness and chromatic aberration are better than average here a common limitation among consumer digital cameras in macro mode. Details on the dollar bill are best defined, while the brooch and coins are fuzzy. Minimum coverage area is 2. The camera focuses so closely that the flash is blocked by the lens, resulting in an uneven exposure with a strong hot spot on the brooch.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Image Quality Color: Overall color looks pretty good, though bright yellows are somewhat muted, and strong reds and blues are pumped a little high blues much more so than reds.

Hue is also a little off for colors like yellow, orange and cyan. Dark skin tones are slightly warm, and lighter skin tones move toward magenta. Still, good results overall. Auto WB:.


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Manuals

It is because with the manual, both users and enthusiast will be able to get the needed information about a certain product. With this manual too, the learning process upon the camera product is started. So, we can say that manual is the best reference when we want to understand the digital camera product. And for now, we will talk about the specification of this Germany-made camera, starting with the overall look of it first. The biggest asset of the Cyber-shot collection is the aesthetically pleasing design, and this camera is no exception. Extending just Aside from that, the WX9 also has balance weight, allowing the users to hold the camera even by single hand.


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