The Sony HXV9 Point and Shoot Camera

by Ralpapajan

My first steps to learn the features of the Sony HXV9. I am blown away as an amateur photographer.

A few photographs taken with my new Camera

My old Sony W30 Point and Shoot Camera has taken nearly 12500 pictures!

I bought myself a new Camera as a Christmas Present to myself.

I am a firm believer that one can do no better than the Sony range if you are an amateur.

Sony Cyber-shot HXV9

 

I have been using Sony since I first saw and used a Sony Mavica MVC FD5 in South Africa in 1997. An accountant friend brought it back from Singapore.  I have been using Sony ever since. 

I bought this new one, the Sony Cyber-shot HXV9 Black, in Mid-December and have practised with it a few times.

 

Don't get me wrong! I love my Sony a390 DSLR and wouldn't even consider replacing it.  It does the job I want it to do and I feel that the photographs I have taken with it are not too dusty.   

The problem was that my old Sony W30 Cybershot Point and Shoot is getting a bit long in the tooth. The only trouble I have had with it was after I dropped it a few months ago. It just stopped working.

 I almost gave it up then and put it away in a drawer.  Something prompted me to look at it one day a couple of weeks later and when I took it out I dropped it again.  Whatever had gone wrong was corrected by that latter shock.  To me this testifies to its rugged construction.  The HXV9 seems even more rugged; and no, I am not going to drop it to see if it is.

That was nearly 3000 'exposures' ago!  The same battery I bought with it is still charging and is lasting about 80% of its original capacity after over 5 years usage. 

I was thrilled to find out that the HXV9 uses the same battery! It also uses the same memory card as my a390!  That is a bonus.

So why the Cyber-shot HXV9?

I love taking Panoramic Photos.  In my opinion they show the scale of Landscape Photographs far better than the normal ones; depending on the subject of course.  My daughter has a Sony Hex3 and she introduced me to the Sony system they call Sweep Panorama. It made my old fashioned method of taking photographs and then stitching them together look really old-fashioned.  And it saved so much hassle!  This camera has that facility.

Next came the Telephoto capacity.  This one has 16x optical magnification.

Then there is the Pixel Count 16.2 Megapixel Exmor CMOS ~ whatever that means.

A 3 inch LSD with 921 000 dots.

A 24 mm wide angle lens, GPS tagging and a HD Movie camera facility.

The lens film equivalent is 24-384mm 

It can also take 3D Photographs.

This is a Chongololo that was in a suitcase that came in from South Africa

 

And Macros This is a Chongololo (Afican Millipede) that got into my granddaughter's suitcase as she was packing to come home from KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.

 

 

 

That looked good but what about the size?

This little compact camera that is packed with features is only 4 1/4" x 2 1/2" x 1 /12". And  that to me at any rate is amazingly small for what it can do.

But that's enough about the camera.  You should always look at reviews and other sites to get the full picture.  I have added a few here.  Now let us look at some of the photos I have taken.

 

 

 

Some of the Photographs I have taken using my new Sony Cyber-shot HXV9 Camera

Look at the Camera quality rather than the Photographer's skill.
Sweep Panorama of the path to the Hospital in Limes Park, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England.
Sweep Panorama of the path to the Hospital in Limes Park, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England.
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Sweep of the refurbished  'The Malls'  in Basingstoke - note that there is a belling effect due to the proximity
Sweep of the refurbished 'The Malls' in Basingstoke - note that there is a belling effect due to the proximity
Ralpapajan
Inside 'The Malls',  using 24mm lens. Note the window just to the right of the tree, in the yellow wall.
Inside 'The Malls', using 24mm lens. Note the window just to the right of the tree, in the yellow wall.
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Inside 'The Malls',  taken from the same spot as before but using the 348mm lens.  This is the same window.
Inside 'The Malls', taken from the same spot as before but using the 348mm lens. This is the same window.
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Some more examples of photographs taken using a Sony Cybershot HXV9 Digital Camera

Out and about in Newbury in Berkshire, England.
A Construction Crane in Newbury, Berkshire, using the 24mm lens.
A Construction Crane in Newbury, Berkshire, using the 24mm lens.
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The same crane in Newbury taken from the same spot but using the 348mm lens. Both were taken with a hand-held camera.
The same crane in Newbury taken from the same spot but using the 348mm lens. Both were taken with a hand-held camera.
Ralpapajan
The Crane with Digital Zoom
The Crane with Digital Zoom
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The same crane from the same spot Zoomed in Closer using Digital Zoom. Note the quality.
The same crane from the same spot Zoomed in Closer using Digital Zoom. Note the quality.
Ralpapajan
A young swan on the Kennet and Avon Canal, Newbury.
A young swan on the Kennet and Avon Canal, Newbury.
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Feeding the birds ~ Kennet and  Avon Canal, Newbury
Feeding the birds ~ Kennet and Avon Canal, Newbury
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Sweep Panorama of the Swans and other birds on the Kennet and Avon Canal, Newbury.
Sweep Panorama of the Swans and other birds on the Kennet and Avon Canal, Newbury.
Ralpapajan
The Kennet and Avon Canal flows through the centre of Newbury
The Kennet and Avon Canal flows through the centre of Newbury
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A couple of videos

I am still learning to make videos ~ Make sure you see what the camera does ~ not the cameraman.

Some links to Sony Information and Reviews

Simple information that counts.

The Sony Mavica on Wikipedia
A few facts about the Sony Mavica ~ what Mavica stands for.

The Sony Mavica FD5
The first digital camera I ever used was this model.

This is an Australian Review by an expert.
I am NOT a Professional, merely an Enthusiastic Amateur. This review is very fair.

The Sony Cyber-shot HXV9 Camera

Have a look here
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V 16.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Still Camera with 16x Optical Zoom G ...

Let yourself go and rejuvenate your passion for photography with the Cyber-shot® HX9V DSC-HX9V digital camera. Boasting innovative features like Full HD for crystal clear ...

Only $328.00
Updated: 06/19/2013, Ralpapajan
 
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Tell me what you think ~ did I succeed with my intention of telling you all about the amazing Sony Cyber-shot HXV9?


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david maestri on 03/10/2012

Shutter speed is 1/1600, is that enough ? What about action shots ?

I am a noob !

Ralpapajan on 02/05/2012

TYVM ~ I love it. My Sony A390 is my favourite for scheduled shoots but this one is easier to carry.

katiem2 on 02/05/2012

I love the simplisity of this camera, thanks for sharing the results and tips. As a busy working Mom of two teenage girls a quick and easy way to capture the moment is always on the top of my list.

Jimmie on 01/10/2012

Wow. Yes, you have sold me on the camera. I had a Sony that I loved. I literally wore it out. Then I switched to a Pentax. Big mistake. Total lemon. HATE that camera and will never buy another Pentax again. I love my DSLR Canon, but sometimes it's too bulky. I would like another small camera. This looks like a good one.

Nikki on 01/10/2012

Really Cool, Makes me jealous :-)
I want one

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