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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 Gordon Laing, May 2007

Sony H9 results : Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Distortion / Vignetting

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 corner sharpness comparison

  To measure and compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9's corner sharpness we photographed the Enhanced Digital Camera Resolution Chart with it and a number of rival super-zoom models, each using their best quality JPEG and default image tone and sharpening settings.

We set each lens to their widest and longest focal lengths and tested them at various apertures. The crops are taken from the extreme lower left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

Zoomed-out to wide angle, the Sony H9 is reasonably sharp in the corners, but exhibits noticeable coloured fringing at all apertures; you can also already see evidence of greater geometric distortion compared to the others.

Zoomed-into its longest focal length, the Sony H9 again is reasonably sharp in the corners, but again suffers from coloured fringing at all apertures. This is clearly one of the weak points of the Sony H9's optics, although to be fair it does have one of longest optical ranges of the cameras tested here. Revealingly the Olympus SP-550UZ, which has the longest optical range of all, also suffers from coloured fringing in this test: slightly less than the Sony when zoomed-out, but slightly more when zoomed-in.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9
Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Panasonic DMC- FZ8
Olympus SP-550UZ
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 5.2mm f2.7
Panasonic FZ50 at 7.4mm f2.8
Panasonic FZ8 at 6mm f2.8
Olympus SP-550UZ at 4.7mm f2.8
5.2-78mm at 5.2mm f2.7
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f2.8
6-72mm at 6mm f2.8
4.7-84.2mm at 4.7mm f2.8
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 5.2mm f4
Panasonic FZ8 at 6mm f4
Olympus SP-550UZ at 4.7mm f4
5.2-78mm at 5.2mm f4
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f4
6-72mm at 6mm f4
4.7-84.2mm at 4.7mm f4
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 5.2mm f5.6
Panasonic FZ50 at 7.4mm f5.6
Panasonic FZ8 at 6mm f5.6
Olympus SP-550UZ at 4.7mm f5.6
5.2-78mm at 5.2mm f5.6
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f5.6
6-72mm at 6mm f5.6
4.7-84.2mm at 4.7mm f5.6
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 5.2mm f8
Panasonic FZ50 at 7.4mm f8
Panasonic FZ8 at 6mm f8
Olympus SP-550UZ at 4.7mm f8
5.2-78mm at 5.2mm f8
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f8
6-72mm at 6mm f8
4.7-84.2mm at 4.7mm f8
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9
Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Panasonic Lumix FZ8
Olympus SP-550UZ
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 78mm f4.5
Panasonic FZ50 at 88.8mm f3.7
Panasonic FZ8 at 72mm f3.3
Olympus SP-550UZ at 84.2mm f4.5
5.2-78mm at 78mm f4.5
7.4-88.8mm at 88.8mm f3.7
6-72mm at 72mm f3.3
4.7-84.2mm at 84.2mm f4.5
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 78mm f5.6
Panasonic FZ50 at 88.8mm f5.6
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 72mm f5.6
Olympus SP-550UZ at 84.2mm f5.6
5.2-78mm at 78mm f5.6
7.4-88.8mm at 88.8mm f5.6
6-72mm at 72mm f5.6
4.7-84.2mm at 84.2mm f5.6
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 78mm f8
Panasonic FZ50 at 88.8mm f8
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 72mm f8
Olympus SP-550UZ at 84.2mm f8
5.2-78mm at 78mm f8
7.4-88.8mm at 88.8mm f8
6-72mm at 72mm f8
4.7-84.2mm at 84.2mm f8

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 results continued...

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Distortion / Vignetting
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