The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 zoom camera looks like a superb digital camera. Its list of specifications, on paper at least, appears to be a statement of how far weâ€™ve gone where consumer cams are concerned. Itâ€™s state-of-the-art in the point-and-shoot department.
The DSC-H9 is equipped with a high zoom lens (15x Carl Zeiss) and has built-in image stabilization for steady shots. Bequeathed from Sonyâ€™s Alpha DSLR are its Bionz processing engine and Dynamic Range Optimizer for sharper, truer images. Itâ€™s designed for families who want to take quality photos of fast action scenes like Juniorâ€™s baseball game or Lisaâ€™s cheering squad.
Its 8.1-megapixel CCD offer more than enough resolution to print large pictures of those memorable sports moments. Its shutter speed goes up to 1/4000th of a second. Combine this with ISO 3200 sensitivity (but thatâ€™s too much!) and theoretically you can take photos of fast actions even in low light.
The DSC-H9 has an articulating 3-inch LCD which enables shots from virtually all angles, and there are people who go for this. Itâ€™s a must-have feature for composing creative shots from down at ground level to high up there for a view of the whole crowd of people witnessing your sonâ€™s home run.
The new camera from Sony also has other features that make it really easy to take good pictures. The added face detection with auto white balance and auto flash and new in-camera re-touching filters make this happen.
The DSC-H9 is priced at $480. At this price point, why would you not go for a DSLR instead? Because Mom doesnâ€™t want to fiddle with mysterious settings and just wants to take nice pictures right away. Besides, DSLRs force you to go to school to learn about esoteric terms like aperture, focal length, crop factor, depth-of-field, bokeh, etc., etc. And then you still have to learn about RAW, workflow, metadata, and again etc. Mom just wants to have fun taking photos of Junior, is why.