Sony Cybershot TX9 Brief Review


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  • 12 megapixels
  • 4x optical zoom
  • Optical image stabiliation
  • 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD
  • 1080p MP4/1080i AVCHD HD video
  • 25-100mm focal length
  • Sony G f3.5-6.3 lens
  • 10 fps burst mode
  • Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • iSweep Panorama/3D Sweep Panorama
  • Background Defocus
  • Backlight Correction HDR
  • Captures to SD/SDHC/Memory Stick Duo media cards
  • HDMI output
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-07-09
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony Cybershot TX9
12 megapixels; 4x optical zoom; Optical image stabiliation; 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD; 1080p MP4/1080i AVCHD HD video; 25-100mm focal length; Sony G f3.5-6.3 lens; 10 fps burst mode; Exmor R CMOS sensor; iSweep Panorama/3D Sweep Panorama; Background Defocus; Backlight Correction HDR; Captures to SD/SDHC/Memory Stick Duo media cards; HDMI output; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The TX9 is the latest in Sony's ever-popular, under-performing, and over-priced slim lineup. Sporting the usual sliding lens cover on the front, the TX9 costs more than the smaller and lighter WX5 (also just announced), but seems to put more of an emphasis on style than image quality, judging by the specs at least. The TX9 does have a whole bunch of cool image blending tricks, including sweep panorama, background defocus, low-noise stacking, and a nifty 3D mode. The lens, however, is a slow 4x zoomer and the 3.5" touchscreen isn't for everyone. At $399, this seems a little rich for our blood, but who are we to put a price on style?

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