Sony has introduced a new Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 that is super thin and has a touchscreen of 3.5 inches with tap to focus. It has got built in 3D which can be used to capture still images by just using a single lens. The camera dock has a HDMI output which can be used to view the images in 3DTV while in 3D Sweep Panorama mode. The Exmor R CMOS sensor that is back illuminated helps to capture pictures in dark conditions. It is bundled with 4GB SDHC memory card, Camera dock, Battery charger, A/V cable, Sony PMB software disc and user manual. It would have been great if the bundle included a HDMI cable and a carry pouch.
It belongs to T-series of Sony cameras and is just 17.5mm thick and weighs around 150g. Because of this it is easy to carry the camera in the pocket. The body has a brush metallic finish that makes it look awesome. You will feel its rugged built when you clench it in your fist. At the front of the camera is a smooth sliding lens cover that also acts as a power switch. The sliding technique is solid and it takes just 1.7 seconds to enter into the ready to shoot mode once the cover is down.
It has 4x optical zoom with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar wide angle lens. The placement of lens is such that it reduces the chances of your finger getting on the lens while shooting. Above the open lens cover is a stereo microphone. At the top you can find most of the camera controls. Instead of sliding lens cover you can use the power button which is deeply recessed. There is a zoom rocker located at the top right which is very tiny to be noticed and becomes a problem for those who have large hands. In the next row is a play button which lets you to play everything you have captured and next to the play button is a toggle button which lets you to change modes from still to video and vice versa.
There is a 3.5 inch touchscreen at the back with 921,600 dots. The images displayed are very crisp and vivid. The camera comes with a stylus as the screen is very responsive and is hocked at the wrist strap of the camera. But the stylus is rarely used as the screen is perfectly responsive to finger touch. It has 4:3 aspect ratios. The wide screen has space at its left and right side to access controls and the frequently used controls are on the left side which can be easily swiped with a finger. At the bottom of the camera is a compartment that houses the battery and memory card. The memory card formats it supports are SDHC, SD and SDXC.
It has a Lithium ion battery which has to be charged whit a charger provided outside and cannot be charged within the camera. It also has a threaded tripod socket made of metal to ensure durability. The camera dock has interfaces such as HDMI, A/V out, and USB port. It has got an ultra thin frame design and hence has attractive looks.
Features and Performance
- Display: 3.5 inch touch screen
- LCD Resolution: 921,600
- Size: 98x60x18mm
- White Balance: Cloudy/Auto/Flash/Daylight/Incandescent/Fluorescent /Shadow/Manual/Underwater/Sunny
- Flash Modes: anti-red-eye/fill in/ slow flash/auto
- Energy: Li-ion
It has 4x optical zoom that delivers descent performance. It has thirteen scene modes such as Twilight, soft snap, beach, fireworks, snow, landscape, underwater, high speed shutter, gourmet, soft skin and pet. The best one is the soft skin mode that reduces the wrinkles and blemishes by recognizing the skin tone without affecting the rest of the image. You can shoot objects from less than 1cm distance from the lens with the macro mode. But to get the best effect the object must be well illuminated.
To shoot the vehicles moving you need to switch on the Hi-speed shutter mode. The Twilight mode is used to shoot the pictures under sodium lights. In low light environments the Exmor R CMOS does not work very well. Many ISO sensitive modes can be selected but with ISO 800 you get the best result especially while shooting in dark conditions. It lacks manual focus. It is very expensive and has a nascent 3D technology. The touchscreen can easily get dirty with the finger prints and it has tiny zoom and power buttons.