At almost half the price of Sony's high-end compact cameras, one would think the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 is just an inferior, trimmed down version of the Sony TX100V, TX10 and the like.
In this review, you will find out if this 200 dollar worth camera is really no good compared to its more expensive cousins.
Light Sensitivity and Image Quality at par with $ 350 Sony Cameras
Better low light shots should be expected in all of Sony's cameras this year – no exemptions. The reason is that the tech giant started using the new Exmor-R sensors which are more than twice as light sensitive than the old camera sensor types.
What this means is that whether you buy the cheaper point-and-shoots like the WX9 or the more expensive Sony TX100V, you get the same improved low light performance.
On top of that, you also get a higher resolution at 16.2 megapixels just like the high end Sony compact cameras, as well as faster image filters for fast continuous burst shots.
Higher Resolution LCD Screen
Again, this is true for all 2011 Sony cameras. You can enjoy the 921k dots display which means image previews are as accurate as they can be.
That is, you get to see immediately if your shots are blurry or not without having to preview it on large screen devices like laptops. DSLRs today have the same screen resolution as the Sony DSC-WX9. The only difference is that the DSC-WX9's display is not a touchscreen.
Camcorder Video Quality
This year, the line separating camcorders and compact cameras has become increasingly indistinct as Sony introduced new point-and-shoots that can record full HD videos. As you may have guessed, this is once again true for Sony compact cameras this year.
So if you are planning to buy a 1080i camcorder to record high definition movies then you might want to consider the WX9 instead as it is capable of doing just that. Really, if the camcorder you're eyeing is not capable of 3D video record then there's nothing really special about it.
Speaking of 3D, while the Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 is not capable of recording 3D movies, it can take 3D stills. Using only one lens, the WX9 produces three-dimensional photos with the help of a high-tech algorithm that takes two angles per shot.
Why It's Cheaper
So far, I've only talked about the strong selling points of the Sony WX9. However, there had to be reason why it's cheaper. The main reason is that it is slightly larger at 94x56x19 mm versus 96x58x17 mm dimension of the Sony TX100V.