Shortly after Christmas, the Fed-Ex man brought me a present. Well, actually, it was from my friends at Sony Electronics.
I opened the box to find a Sony Cyber-shot. The DSC-WX9. Oh yay! With awesome stats like 16.2 Megapixels, a 5x Optical Zoom and 25mm Wide-angle lens PLUS Full HD movie capability, this little camera packs a lot of punch.
I want to point out right away that my last point and shoot camera is also a Sony Cyber-shot, so I saw the improvements and changes right away. It was really nice compared to my DSC-H55.
My absolute favorite thing about the DSC-WX9? Hands down that it takes pictures in low-light conditions. Not just pictures. Usable, non blurry I can actually see my kids/cat/snowfall pictures. I haven’t used the flash yet. That’s right, this little camera allows me to use natural light. And I am excited about that. But even if I did use the flash, there is also a special mode called Natural Flash. Natural Flash mode takes a reference shot without flash and then uses that reference to correct the color, for far more lifelike images. Cool, huh?
Want to see some of the photos I’ve taken with my new Cyber-shot? Check out my 365. Nearly all of those photos (I think the exception is just one) have been taken with this handy little camera. Not bad. Now just think what would happen if I took the time and effort to really compose each shot. I know, right?
I love the LCD viewing screen on the DCS-WX9 too, it’s really takes advantage of the “real estate” on the body of the camera. It makes it pretty easy to frame your shot and get an idea of what it’s going to look like.
It’s fairly small and slim, which I absolutley love. However, if you don’t have small or adept fingers the controls might be hard to manipulate on the DSC-WX9, which also means you risk dropping it. I know it’s a trade off for having a camera smaller than a deck of cards, but it’s a real design flaw for some.
The biggest bummer? The battery life is subpar. Really subpar. Also, in the manual it states that I can charge the battery via USB and my computer. I’ve tried multiple times without any luck. That’s pretty disappointing, and when you add to the fact that you can’t charge the battery without it being in the camera, it means I need to remember to plug the camera into the wall charger the night before I want to use it. I’ve reached out to Sony on this, to make sure it’s not just me. I’m just waiting for their feedback.
Still, for a point and shoot priced below $200 on Amazon.com, it’s a great deal. I recommend picking up an extra battery and an accessory case to protect your camera. (Speaking of, I need to order my extra battery.)
Am I happy with my little Cyber-shot? Absolutely! It’s been my go-to camera for blogging this year! I’m planning on really testing it’s action capabilities this weekend for my son’s 4th birthday at the bouncy house – I’ll try and remember to share some of them so you can see!
Disclaimer: I was given a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 to review. No other compensation was received and the opinions here are my own.