The HDR-HC9 looks almost identical to the camera it replaces, the HDR-HC7. As with most small cameras, the camcorder features a flip panel on the left side for viewing and a clear 2.7-inch LCD screen that accurately portrays the colors and look of what you are shooting. It has a touchscreen and, while some have argued that it is hard to use, I have never had a problem navigating with it.
The handling of the camera is comfortable and everything is within reach while shooting, a good quality to have when needing to zoom, pan and move while shooting a scene. The right finger sits beside the zoom control while the thumb rests beside the start/stop button. If you want to stop and take a photo, that button is right next to the Zoom button, making it easy to snap that photo in a flash.
The camera features a power jack and HDMI input on the back of the camera and FireWire, A/V, component out and mini-USB jacks on the side by the LCD screen. That gives the user plenty of options for data transfer opportunities. The camera also possesses a LANC jack, making the HDR-HC9 compatible with jib cranes.
As well as the MiniDV option, there is also a slot to insert an 8 GB memory card to store your photographs on. I also should mention that anyone who wants to archive their footage will love the MiniDV format still being utilized on this product, although a tape library can grow out of control quite quickly.