DSC HX9V - Not happy
22 February, 2014
I'm not a camera person - at all. F-stop, ISO, aperture -- not a clue.
I primarily wanted something to take picture of the kids at home, outside playing, on vacation, etc...
And I wanted something that took video, because the idea of carrying two devices around wasn't appealing.
Finally, i wanted something that had good zoom and i could put in my pocket.
On one hand not the most stringent of requirements, but also not the easiest to fulfill.
This camera takes really great video outdoors, decent video indoors, and decent pictures outside. That's it.
Indoor pictures are TERRIBLE. In the standard "Super Processing mode", the images are seriously red-shifted. Indoor pictures of my kids look like caricatures.
Outdoor pictures are better and the colors seem more real - still a little red shifted, but the sun seems to help out.
Putting the camera in Program mode and playing with the White Balance helps. But then it seems to wash out a bit.
And I didn't buy an expensive P&S to fiddle with white balance.
The zoom is great, but after a certain point, the pictures get a bit grainy, so effectively you're not going to use 16x zoom.
Auto focus outside is pretty good. Indoor, not so much - you'll definitely miss shots.
The video, as I said, is very good.
I had a Canon (old one) before, and that thing took forever to focus, but the pictures it took were great. Part of it is because that camera wasn't part of the MegaPixel race, so they just made a good camera.
Nowadays, to please less than informed customers, companies make 90 billion pixel cameras coupled with the same sensor that once served 5 mega pixels cameras. Oh well...
As for this camera, I can't possibly recommend this camera to anyone.