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The market is becoming further segmented and specialized to appeal to very specific niches.

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Lightweight enough to take almost everywhere without sacrificing image quality.

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Performs well in most conditions--low light, outdoors, indoors, etc.

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Large, tiltable screen is great for candid shots.

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15x optical zoom

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Fast--very little shutter delay, stores images quickly.

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Excessive noise reduction reduces fine texture on any setting over ISO 100.

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UI is slow, awkward and convoluted.

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The manual is very unhelpful to the point of being nearly useless.

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With the massive growth in digital cameras, the market is becoming further segmented and specialized to appeal to very specific niches. The H9 and H7 from Sony are targeted directly towards the family with star athletes that want to capture all of those TSN Turning Points. Sony has engineered many features to accommodate the unique requirements that sport photos demand.

Most significant out of these new features is the Carl Zeiss (used in all Sony digital cameras) 15x optical zoom which is a substantial improvement over the previous high-end standard of 10x optical. To deal with the associated blur that comes with such an extreme zoom, Sony uses their Super Steady Shot technology which they claim achieves image stability without having to crop the picture like other anti-blur systems do.

Sony has also incorporated their high-end video processing chips into these cameras which increases the speed at which pictures can be taken and processed. The H9 and H7 have ISO3200 which lets you take pictures in low light without flash to minimize blur. Combining the fast processing with new predictive technology Sony is introducing an advanced sport shooting mode to take up to 100 continuous shots at frame-rate of 2.2 pictures per second.

For 2007 the H9 and H7 are the only cameras released by Sony that feature a new technology called NightShot which apparently uses infrared technology to capture pictures in situations with almost no light. Other features include a tilting LCD lens, recognizing up to 8 faces, and a high definition output port (custom cable sold separately) to view images directly on the TV.

Differences between H9 ($480) and H7 ($400)

The H9 features a 3" tilting LCD screen, while the H7's screen comes in at a smaller 2.5" and does not tilt.

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07/26/2011 12:28

Quote - "For 2007 the H9 and H7 are the only cameras released by Sony that feature a new technology called NightShot" It's only the H9 that supports Nightshot.. Luv the cam, have one..

02/21/2008 03:47

The camera is loaded with features. However, it has a major drawback. The image quality is not where some existing ultra-zoom users are expecting it to be. Too many pixels are cramped into a tiny 1/2.5" sensor which affects the dynamic range and increases noise levels, especially in low light. Depending on the camera settings, pictures may appear distorted, smudged or with watercolor-like effect. It may be acceptable for printing, but, depending on how critical you are, you may find it just okay for on-screen presentations (e.g. slide shows on a large computer monitor). Flash performance is okay, but recycling time increases dramatically when lowest ISO settings are used. It seem to default ISO to 400 in auto modes.

On the positive side, the focus is fast and accurate, and the camera seems to be very responsive. The wheel control is another useful productivity feature. The flip screen is not as versatile as on the Canon S5IS, but helps taking over-the-head and ground-level pictures. There aren't many cameras, virtually none, that offer infra-red mode.

The best thing would be to try before buying it!

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