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Sony CyberShot DSC-T9
Sony CyberShot DSC-T9

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T9

We've given the DSC-T9 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

Sony steadies your hand with the DSC-T9's Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization. Looking eerily similar to the elegant DSC-T7, the Sony DSC-T9 needed a little something extra to set itself apart. The 6 megapixel sensor is nice, but not as much of an incentive to trade up as the optical image stabilization is. With a camera this small (.8 inches thick), even slight tremors of the hand can knock a picture out of whack. The Super SteadyShot stabilization works to counteract those wobbles and wiggles to leave you with crisp, satisfying photos.


  • 6 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 2x digital zoom
  • autofocus
  • auto exposure
  • ISO 80-640
  • lithium battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization
  • Part Number: DSCT9
  • UPC: 027242675469
  • Release Date: Nov 02, 2005

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T9 Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-T9 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great pictures, Not Invincible (Ryan — 03/02/2009)

I have taken so many photo's with my DSC-T9 , nearly 3000 pictures at this point. I am simply amazed with the quality of photos. Many photo's in my resume and published articles have come from this camera, and not an expensive studio model. People are so amazed when I answer them that the spreads were produced using a handheld. Storing, uploading, and accessing the files is a breeze... This download system has really made my life easy- especially with the seamless compatibility with Apples iPhoto's on OSX. Battery life is decent for use.
Now onto the negatives, which I am sad to say it has a few. The digital zoom is "toothy" in that it doesn't do well with clarity in the zoom function. This is where a unit with a mechanical lense will excel. Secondly the anti-shake stabilization hardware has a knack of jamming, effectively leaving your unit useless. Popping the battery out and restarting it while holding down the "hands" button on the top right until it stops shaking will fix this temporarily. You may need to do this each time it is turned on. Until I learned this trick I lost about 500 shots that were sorely missed.
Overall I feel it is a great unit, but has a couple design flaws that may have been addressed in later models.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Crazy Spots! (Neha Kaul — 12/27/2006)

I really like this camera and all them manual settings on it but ever so often, in the auto mode it gives me pictures with ugly spots on them and this has happened in bright daylight as well as with the flash. I don't know what it is but I find it REALLY irritating. I would suggest you avoid spending on this camera if things like that bother you.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good camera marred by lack of optical viewfinder (Ro — 12/26/2006)

I was very pleased with my camera until I took it out into bright sunlight. The glare on the LCD viewfinder makes it virtually unusable, even though there is a setting for bright light. I regret that I didn't buy a camera with an optical viewfinder.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent!! (Irene — 12/24/2006)

it takes very nice photos, its little, practical, nice. you only have to learn how to use it, read the manual! i would definetly buy another one!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Failed LCD screen not covered by Sony or Best Buy (Laurel Kaeferlein — 11/29/2006)

I'm sure that if the camera worked properly, it would have been fantastic; however, I received a camera on my birthday this year, only to have difficulty with the focussing mechanism. I took 4 blurry shots of my son's birthday party, and the next time I turned the camera on, the LCD screen was broken. We purchased the extended warranty from Best Buy, so when I brought the camera (10 days old, mind you) in for repair, they insisted that I'd dropped it and broken it (which I hadn't), even though there were no signs of external scratches, dents or anything. After sending it in, they informed me that it would cost us $180 to fix, and that they wouldn't fix the focussing mechanism until I'd paid for the LCD screen to be fixed. Disgusted, I retrieved my camera from customer service unfixed. I contacted Sony, who appologized and told me to send in my camera for free repair. I ended up receiving a call from their repair center, informing me that it would cost me $180 to repair and that LCD screens are not covered, whether I received it broken or not. I tried a third time for repair, only to be told that I would have to pay. My mother tried to use her Buyer's Protection Plan from her Visa (it was a birthday gift from her to me), only to have her money refunded, then re-charged months later when Best Buy's legal department wouldn't pay her Visa bill.
Based upon our experiences (among other bad experiences with Best Buy), we stopped shopping at Best Buy, and now own a lovely Olympus camera. Don't buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-T9

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome Sony T9 (akshay — 09/22/2006)

Hey ,i am very happy to be the proud owner of T9,
It has the best lens in the world and ofcourse the way u shoot it with defined settings ,u will get the results.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Cam (Kimberly — 09/03/2006)

Since I have gotten this camera I've had no problems what so ever. As for emailing pictures, the Picture Package Menu that comes with the cd, resizes them perfectly and easily. A great camera that can fit newhere.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Derek Oliver — 09/01/2006)

The Cam I have is Sony
The D S C T9
I set the thing on Auto
The Pics all turned out fine

I set it then on program
And settled for white balance
I took the cam outside the house
And viola Par Excellence

I fiddled with the focal length
And fiddled with the flash
I fiddled with EV
The pics were all a smash

But hold on there I went indoors
And flashed then let out a sigh
For the pics were clear but Oh My Gosh
Not one without Red Eye.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good General use Camera but not rugged and poor repair service (David Bir — 08/17/2006)

I have owned the DSC-T9 for about 90 days and have gotten only about 14 days of use. The LCD screen went blank. Precision Camera, the company used by Sony for their warren ty repair said the camera had impact damage and Sony would not honor the warren ty. 55 days after sending the camera for repair Precision Camera is still awaiting parts for repair. I am convinced that the camera can not withstand normal use since the camera was never dropped or banged about.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great but slightly disappointing (Rosh — 08/08/2006)

I spent ages choosing a new camera and decided to choose this one because of its very small form factor, yet high quality lens (Carl Zeiss), and wanting a point and shoot camera its presets were accessible by only one button which helps this. The auto preset is also good enough. The camera takes great pictures, having taken it to the British Motor Show, and also testing it while out and about.

Despite all its features to reduce blur, this is prevalent even in well lit areas. Don't get me wrong only some pictures have blur (i have taken many pictures in the night and most have come out perfect), however for the money i spent on it, and all its anti-blur features, it seem disappointing when you do get blurry pictures.

The main problem however, is that of red eye. During the day or night, it makes no difference, every person in my pictures look demonic. At first when i saw a picture of me taken with my camera, i thought oh dear, my parents were right, they had raised the devil, but i soon discovered, that it was yet another disappointing feature of the camera. The red eye reduction makes no difference so i just leave it off.

I would concur with one of the previous reviews, to make best use of the camera and to get great pictures, you need to read the manual and play around with camera to find all the presets and settings. Once you've played around and gotten used to the presets, getting great pictures out of the camera is easy, and you still don't lost any of the easiness of point n shoot.

Overall opinion - i would recommend anyone shopping for an ultraportable camera and a point n shoot camera to get this one.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Stylish friend (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Compare to different camera, Sony T9 is very flexible, you never miss a good moment of memory first, second I enjoy make small video movie for make more exicting life story and than look at the computer own popuri(mix of the happy moments). I chose T9, becose of quality, style and very small size, like second sell phone, which always with me:-)))) Recomending.
T9 is for very charming lady, who have use to uniqe and perfect selective staff.

  • 4.0 out of 5
This camera is greattt... if you know how to us it... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is greattt... if you know how to use it. My advise - read the instruction manual that goes with it, and don't assume that you know how to operate it just by browsing on the manual, play with it using the different settings, and you'll be amaze of what this small thing can do. With indoor settings, you don't necessarily require flash, I normally use -PROGRAM mode - and I adjust ISO to the highest setting with stabilizer ON and whoollaa - see the results for yourself. I'm not a professional but I'm a hobbyist. This ultra compact size camera really stands out with the features it has. I like the slideshow wih music option and effects - attach it to your TV - and you get an instant Still movie for friends and families to watch... Very handy for travelling... I got this together with a Sanyo Xacti Camcorder... packed both in a tiny small bag (3" x 1.5" x 4"). "it's realy a head turner" coolest gadgets of 2006.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Mobility plus for daytime (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a great tiny camera that I can carry round everywhere, jungle walking and down the street, so I can take pictures when I want. Also took small movie of pianist 2 nights ago playing an encore and that worked really well too.

Zoom and flash in evenings is a compromise, and not as good as others. But if you want a camera to take with you all the time and not be weighed down, this is great. I've taken some superb photos in Asia (where I live), so am happy with the trade-off re the flash and zoom. But macro has taken some great flowers and fungii here!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Compact (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

best compact camera I've ever used. Good functions, functional IS...

  • 1.0 out of 5
Sending mine back (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Everything set on auto, out of the box— In the day the pictures are spotty and overexposed. In the evening, the photos are dark and grainy.
After reading the book and changing incrementally every setting with respect to iso, exposure, brightness, focus, everything, I could not get this camera to take one darn decent picture. I have to assume that there is something wrong with the one I got- The last Sony camera I had worked just fine.

  • 1.0 out of 5
stay away from this store usa photonation (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

if the price seems to good to be true it probably is. the other day i purchased this camera from usa photonation. one day later when i phoned to follow up on the order after spending half an hour waiting to speak to a person, i finally got someone whose entire interest was in selling me more accessories, when i made it very clear to him that all i wanted was the item i purchased he proceed to make sure i know that they only sell grey market cameras, and that there is absolutely no warranty, in addition he told me that it would take up to six weeks to get the camera, when i pointed out that his web site mentioned 7-12 days he told me that is from when he gets it. he then told me that any manuals instructions, softwear etc. would only be in japanese! great place to do business! but for an additional $150 i could get a package that included an american version, still "less then best buy" as he put it!

  • 4.0 out of 5
maybmaynotb (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was stunned when i took the pictures in daylight.The pictures were true to life.But it performed very bad when the pictures were taken in low light.The pictures in low light contained round spots which were very disturbing.The pictures look great on the lcd but when it is transferred to the computer there is a remarkable loss of clarity and brightness.But if u r planning to take pictures in daylight it is worth going for.You can zoom the pictures to its maxm and yet u can notices fine details.I used to enjoy while counting my skin -holes on my face.On whole,I think its performance is brighter in daylight and darker in darklight

  • 3.0 out of 5
T7 is thinner! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The T9 falls badly on the T7's sword in terms of form-factor. The T7 was much slimmer, and if you're an owner of a 30GB 5G iPod, you would know what the benefits of slim is.

Fortunately, the T9 has brought down the price of the T7. I am going to grab myself a T7 as soon as I can before the stores run out of stock! Afterall, what's less than a megapixel more with all the added bulk?

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Fuji 602 (previous camera) needed a pc to make the pictures appear as they were taken, always too dark and needed enhancing. This one using pictbridge and no photo editing produces perfect results. Example being photos of the cats... pin sharp with every whisker visible, colours exactly correct this is the dogs doodahs. Highly recommended

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't bother (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had perviously sony t5 and t7. None of which can take photos in the night or in a moving car without bluring. T9 claims it has dual anti shake - what a lie. It's only slightly better than t7 and t5. I will return it tomorrow and get a panasonic fx9.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Fuzzy spots ... come on now (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The reports of fuzzy spots are nothing more than reflection of the flash off dust in the air. It has nothing to do with this camera's quality. I use several cameras in factory environments and that is a problem with any camera using a flash ... film or digital. When shooting in dusty environment you shoot without a flash or ... do a little post processing in Photo Shop.
I've been happy with the T9 which is replacing my T1. I've had no problem in low light ... you just have to know your limitations and how to compensate.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Sharp and brilliant pictures comes in daylight.But due to some reason party photos in low light tend to have round fuzzy light spots which spoils the picture.Night photos tend to become orange. Flash gun capacity is quite low.Camera however is super sleek and packs interesting features.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Ok (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am graduating from a Nikon Coolpix 4500 that i broke and like it much better than this one. I can�t figure out how to control the shutter speed independent of everything else and end up getting blurry pics due to the auto defaulting to 1/40 ps shutter speed. Also because the flash is right next to the lens red eye is much more prevalent that my other camera and I usually take pics on the fly so using the red eye feature is not an option.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The new T9 is the best slim camera i have ever owned. It certainly has its own class in the ultra slim family. The picture quality is great despite all the talk about bad pictures in bad light conditions. I think people need to know how to use this marvel before they can start commending on this product. I really like this camera

  • 3.0 out of 5
not good for parties (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the T9 for parties as it is so compact.50% of photos taken in very dark situations ie parties,get dust spot reflections or lens reflections appearing as round fuzzy spots ruining your photos.I am therefore very disappointed; I have found this reported by others. Brilliant in daylight and low light without flash. Very easy to use.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Simple enough to take snaps . (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

T9 is just an amazing piece of gadget, which every camera guy should own. Excellent quality pictures like professional. But I want to know that does clicking 6mp pics make the size of the photo big? I mean computer storage memory. I find it hard to email this pics, as it says too large files.

  • 5.0 out of 5
a remarkable compact camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Going to have one. So far, retaining CANON S400 that has conventional aspect ration 4:3.
Normally i like the natural tone of Carl Zeiss. I am expecting to utilize the utility of Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization. It works very well on zoom and low light shooting (as i have experimented). The fantastic 1cm macro is far-out. And a 16:9 aspect ratio is so wonderful for viewing via nowadays modern LCD HDTV! Bloody great!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very nice compact all rounder (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Excellent carry all the time camera. At low ISO (80-100) the quality is excellent, little noise.
Movie mode is very good and macro very impressive.
Lens could be a bit sharper at the corners but more than acceptable for this ultra compact and slim camera. Recommend but wish the battery was a bit better.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Really thin!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I don't own one, but I already can see it looks really cool! How thin is it?? I have a SONY camera, and I can't find it here!!! This one looks really cool! lol, well do you know where the cameras photographers use are? Thanks!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera to carry on my hunting trips. I needed a simple and small camera that will take good pictures in daylight. The T9 does this in spades As a travel camera it's as good or better than anything I have seen. The only thing I can fault is the location of the lens, I tend to stick my finger in front of lens as I am left handed. I just need to correct the way I hold the camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
For everyday use is good enough (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Good camera overall. Under daylight pictures are clear, sharp and rich colors. Under low light conditions is still not very good. Pictures tends to look orangee (restaurant dim lights).
Its best to take pictures within 1 meter range under low lights conditions. I have Previous Sony model T1 (very poor under low lights),But I must say that there are slight improvements on this T9. What I like about this T9 model is also the size and design. Size is very compact and the design is very stylist too.
For everyday use is good enough. Its just very handy to carry around.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Small, very easy to use, excellent pictures in daylight,but in bad conditions of light..... Weak flash with small angle cover. Good LCD.
only 2x digital zoom, a very very good macro ( 1 cm ).Nice SteadyShot