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Sony Cybershot DSC-TX9 Camera Review

written by: Misty Faucheux•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 10/28/2010

The Sony DSC-TX9 Cybershot Camera is a very small camera that can take pictures using 3D technology. But is it worth purchasing? Find out more in our camera review!

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    Rating Average

    The Sony DSC-TX9 Cybershot Camera is a point and shoot camera that has a 3.5 inch LCD touch screen and a 25mm wide-angle lens. It is a 12 megapixel camera, and it can take 1080i film at 60 frames per second. It also has a 4x optical zoom and 32 MB Flash Memory, and it has an internal lens camera.

    What’s nice about the body of this camera is that it’s really small. The dimensions for the Sony DSC-TX9 Cybershot Camera are 3.9 inches long by 2.4 inches width and 0.7 inches high, and it only weighs 5.3 ounces. The camera has a pretty simple design, and it fits pretty nicely in the hand.

    Most of the buttons on this camera are on the back and side, and the LCD is large enough for you to easily see the menu items. Since this is a touch-screen LCD, the extra space between icons helps keep you from accidentally hitting the wrong buttons. It’s also easy to navigate to between movie and camera modes.

    The major problem with the screen is that if the touch screen gets wet with moisture or sweat from your hands, then it's hard to scroll up and down. Your fingers simply slip off the screen as opposed to getting it to move. On the other hand, the screen is nicely backlit, allowing you to see it in the brightness of lights.

    Battery life was a disappointment with this camera. It uses a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, but it only last a few hours. Additionally, you can’t charge the battery in the camera. You must remove it and put it in an actual charger.

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    The camera features both manual and automatic white balance, and it also has two 3D shooting modes. If you are, however, searching for a good camera to take 3D images then this may not be the camera for you. The pictures didn’t come out all that great. At 8 x 10 or Source: smaller sizes, they are fine. If you try blowing them up any further, they get really noisy and grainy.

    However, the Superior Auto mode is quite nice. It was able to capture great pictures in different lighting situations, including low-light situations. This would be the perfect camera to take to a night-time party.

    Another nice feature is the Sony’s TransferJet technology, which allows you to wirelessly transfer your video clips and photos to any TransferJet-compatible device. You do have to be very close to the device to make this work.

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    Picture Quality

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    Overall, however, the picture quality was OK. For a camera that costs between $370 and $400, there are others in this category that can capture high-quality images. For example, both the Nikon Coolpix and Canon PowerShot consistently take good picture quality, and they cost the same as this camera.

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    Shooting Modes

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    The camera does come with 13 scene situations, and it comes with face detection. If you purchase an underwater casing for this camera, it also has an underwater shooting mode. There aren’t a lot of manual modes for this camera; you can only manually manipulate the white balance, focus, ISO and metering settings. You cannot, however, manipulate the aperture or shutter speed. But, the Program Auto does allow you to manipulate items like ISO, metering and exposure.

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    Bang for the Buck

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    Overall, the picture quality isn’t great for professional-looking photography. The pictures are very soft when you blow them up, especially around the edges, and some of the photos do come out grainy and noisy. So, you can't make these prints larger than 4 x 6 or 3 x 5.

    The Sony DSC-TX9 Cybershot Camera takes pictures quite fast, and it’s small enough to be taken nearly anywhere. For smaller prints, the quality is decent, and the low-light pictures come out pretty good. If you are planning on using this camera for a social networking site, then it’s a perfect choice for you and for your teenager during this holiday shopping season.