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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 noise level comparison


To measure and compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9's noise levels we photographed the standard Gretag Macbeth ColorChecker with it and a number of rivals at each of their ISO settings.

The crops are taken from the original images and presented here at 100%. To compare typical noise in skies and dark shadows the crops were taken from patches 3 and 24 respectively.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 appears to deliver very clean and smooth results up to 400 ISO with texture from noise only really appearing at 800 ISO and above. Its results certainly look quite different to those from its superzoom rivals, the Panasonic FZ8, FZ50 and Olympus SP-550UZ, which all exhibit greater texturing through noise artefacts at lower sensitivities.

As always though, the flat coloured patches of Gretag chart can hide a multitude of sins when it comes to noise reduction, and some smearing is already quite visible on many of the crops below. So to see how the H9 handles real-life subjects at each of its sensitivities - and crucially how it compares to a rival model - check out our Outdoor noise results page.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9
Panasonic Lumix FZ50
(standard NR)
Panasonic Lumix FZ8
(Standard NR)
Olympus SP-550UZ
(NR on / default)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 80 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ50 - 80 ISO unavailable
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 - 80 ISO unavailable
Olympus SP-550UZ at 50 ISO (NR enabled)
80 ISO
80 ISO unavailable
80 ISO unavailable
50 ISO
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 100 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ50 at 100 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 100 ISO
Olympus SP-550UZ at 100 ISO (NR enabled)
100 ISO
100 ISO
100 ISO
100 ISO
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 200 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ50 at 200 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 200 ISO
Olympus SP-550UZ at 200 ISO (NR enabled)
200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 400 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ50 at 400 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 400 ISO
Olympus SP-550UZ at 400 ISO (NR enabled)
400 ISO
400 ISO
400 ISO
400 ISO
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 800 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ50 at 800 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 800 ISO
Olympus SP-550UZ at 800 ISO (NR enabled)
800 ISO
800 ISO
800 ISO
800 ISO
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 1600 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ50 at 1600 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 1250 ISO
Olympus SP-550UZ at 1600 ISO (NR enabled)
1600 ISO
1600 ISO
1250 ISO
1600 ISO
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 3200 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ50 at 3200 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 3200 ISO
Olympus SP-550UZ at 3200 ISO (NR enabled)
3200 ISO
3200 ISO
(High Sensitivity mode)
3200 ISO
(High Sensitivity mode)
3200 ISO (3 mpixel)

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

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