Sony Cybershot H9 Brief Review

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  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 15x optical zoom / 30x digital zoom
  • Auto focus
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 80-3200
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization
  • HDTV output
  • 3.0-inch LCD
  • Memory Stick storage (31MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2007-02-28
  • Final Grade: 78 3.9 Star Rating: Recommended

3.9 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony Cybershot H9
8.1 megapixels; 15x optical zoom / 30x digital zoom; Auto focus; Auto and manual exposure; ISO 80-3200; Movie mode with sound; Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization; HDTV output; 3.0-inch LCD; Memory Stick storage (31MB internal); Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The Sony Cybershot H9 is a solid follow-up to the immensely popular H5 extended zoom camera. Joining the Olympus SP-550UZ, the H9 pushes beyond the 12x threshold with an amazing 15x optical zoom. Super Steady Shot image stabilization makes sure that your photos won't be blurry or otherwise affected when you take long-distance shots, and the camera even features "Night Shot" mode, for taking photos in complete darkness. The H9 is an appealing camera with a sterling pedigree, and we're very excited to see a new edition to Sony's superlative extended zoom line. Consumers may now want to consider Sony's H50, with a 15x zoom and 9 megapixels.

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