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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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 purple fringing comparison

  To measure and compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9's purple fringing caused by lens chromatic aberrations and sensor blooming, we photographed a test chart with areas of very high contrast using it and a number of rival super-zoom models.

We used the lenses at their widest and longest focal lengths and with the apertures wide open. The crops are taken from the upper left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

The Sony H9 suffers from quite noticeable coloured fringing in its corners when zoomed-out or in, and sadly this doesn't improve as you close the aperture. It's just something you'll need to live with if you want this 15x optical zoom.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9
Panasonic Lumix FZ50
Panasonic Lumix FZ8
Olympus SP-550UZ
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 5.2mm f2.7
Panasonic Lumix FZ50 at 7.4mm f2.8
Panasonic Lumix 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 78mm f4.5
Panasonic Lumix FZ50 at 88.8mm f3.7
Panasonic Lumix 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 macro comparison

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 macro test  

To measure and compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9's macro performance we photographed a custom chart using it and a number of rival super-zoom models with their built-in lenses.

Each camera was positioned at a distance and set to a focal length which delivered the maximum possible reproduction.

The dark lines are 10mm apart and the result is not cropped. Smaller areas are preferred in this test. The image left was taken with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 in its Macro mode.

5.2-78mm at 5.2mm
Max area of 36x26mm

The Sony H9 can focus as close as 1cm from its subject when zoomed-out, which allows for some very impressive macro-photography. Obviously like other cameras which focus down to 1cm, the challenge at such close range is avoiding casting shadows on the subject or even prodding it with the lens. The shot above was taken as close as we could get to our chart without completely obscuring the illumination. We're confident you could get a fraction closer still to match the result from the Olympus SP-550UZ, although when zoomed-out, you will suffer from noticeable geometric distortion with the H9. Still a good result here for the H9 though.

Panasonic Lumix FZ50
Panasonic Lumix FZ8
Olympus SP-550UZ
Panasonic Lumix FZ50 macro test
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 macro test
Olympus SP-550UZ macro test
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm
Max area of 60x42 mm
  6-72mm at 6mm
Max area of 44x42mm
  4.7-84.2mm at 10mm
Max area of 32x24mm

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

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