With the selection below I tried to cover most shooting situations you might encounter. If you want to see more, check YouTube and Vimeo for the newest clips. Vimeo has a 1080p 50/60 fps group where you also find some Sony HX9V original clips to download (you have to be registered). There is now also a HX9V group on VimeoSony HX9V Race Day
have a look how well the focus tracking works.
Wide Angle Conversion Lens Adaptor/holder for the Sony HX9V
Following on from the success of the adaptor with the panasonic lumix TZ7 and TZ20 cameras I wanted to build a similar adaptor for the HX9v. Its dimensions were almost the same as for the lumix models, the only difference is 2 lugs on the sony lens flange which meant milling out corresponding notches in the adaptor flange. At the end of the video i have included some aspect from "the making of" this adaptor showing some of the build of this design. The includes 24 mm still image followed by the 24mm vide clip shows the amount of wide angle lost when in video mode due to sensor crop and the conversion to 1080. You will notice also a colour shift plus some contrast change. The 0.45x lens does vignette slightly but if you use a "wide screen" letterbox format this would be masked out. There is a slight amount of edge distortion. The 0.8 lens has no such problems and gives back the 24 mm plus a little more.
Wide Angle Conversion Lens Tests on the Sony HX9V
"A few test video clips and stills using my adaptor to hold in place wide angle conversion lenses on the Sony HX9V. The Konica Minolta 0.8X gives almost perfect results, just minor out of focus image at the corners. The Sony only has 2 apertures, around f3.3 and f9. There seems to be more distortion when the f3.3 aperture is selected. The Neweer 0.45 lens shows vignetting and more chromatic aberration especially at the extreme edges. As with all wide angle lenses any tilt on the camera will exaggerate converging verticals on buildings, for example."
"Have this little cam now since 10 days and spent a very nice time in Provence. The overall performance is very good. Especially i liked the combination of high quality video and decent picture quality. I came from a HX5V and like the new toy a lot more. My Canon 7D stayed in my bag all the vacations. I found no need, to use it.
Best regards from Germany, Daniel" forum post
Provence 2011 from Daniel Denzi on Vimeo.
Summer in Germany - Sony HX9V Test on Suzuki Burgman
Here are several Sony HX9V Ke$ha clips in 1080 LIVE from Budapest and some Sony HX9V Herbert Grönemeyer clips in 1080 LIVE from Frankfurt
the next 3 videos are pros having fun with the HX9V
"LOVE". A Sony HX9V test from Johnnie Behiri on Vimeo.
Finally Got the Sony HX9V. Wanted to put my hands on this camera since it was out and test if this modestly priced tool can be a legitimate alternative for serving as a "B" camera In case of a need especially when on assignment away form home.
On paper the little Sony though being (almost) fully automated while in video mode captured my eyes because of its high resolution (1080), progressive frame rate (50p for PAL countries and 60p for NTSC), and I won't deny, the price was right.
Jeen shot a beautiful short piece demonstrating the power of this camera in professorial hands. (http://www.dslrnewsshooter.com/2011/06/15/little-sony-hx9v-compact-punches-above-its-weight-test-video-by-documentary-shooter-jeen-de-vos/)
His demo was shot from a tripod and proved that in certain conditions this camera can deliver surprising results.
My aim was to test the following: Hand held shooting, the optical stabilizer, the "follow focus" function and "how nice the slow motion is".
First I had to find a solution to "how to view the LCD during day light". It was almost an instinct to take the Zacuto Z-finder and see if it fits the little Sony. So it does, sort of....the VF will seat a bit higher then the camera and a 1mm away from the screen. It was fine for that test.
I could now have a better camera stability by holding the VF against my eye while griping the camera and shoot.
Luckily, Today in Vienna it was the "Rainbow parade". It gave me the opportunity to check all I wanted.
Unfortunately the day was very gray and the parade started late afternoon so it became darker earlier. The consequence was that this automatic camera boosted the ISO/noise, affecting the overall picture quality. Later it started to rain...that was the time to end the test since the camera is not weather/dust protected.
So how is it to film with this little camera?. It is a mixture of fun and frustration...Fun because it is so small and together with the Z finder it is almost like the "ultimate run&gun" ENG style camera (sure I am exaggerating but look at the footage and see those amazing smooth steady shots). Also the zoom lens works like a treat. Frustrating because there is "no control on anything" but the "exposer starting point". The possibility is to assign the "custom button" on top of the camera to adjust the image brightness (+) or darkness (-). If only there was a way to lock exposure and lock focus this camera would have been a real jewel but I hear you saying, what do you expect from.....
So here we go. A 6:30 minutes long rainbow parade made with the little Sony. Some of the scenes are a bit longer then I would normally edit. The reason is to show how focusing holds.
Footage (1080/50p) was converted with "Cineform" and dropped into Adobe Premiere CS2 1080/25p timeline for "slow motion" editing. No color correction was done so you are able to see what came out of the camera.
Photo on the right taken by Nino Leitner
Across the green lake (Sony HX9 test) from Jeen de Vos Producties on Vimeo.
Another short film to test the Sony HX9v compact camera.
This time I wanted to test some overexposure and underexposure capabilities. And how it works handheld. The film ended up a bit dramatic and gloomy...
Filmed with Sony HX9v
Edited on Adobe Premiere CS5
1080p 50 frames (50% slowed down in post)
No color correction
Music: "Queen of the wind" by Roger Subirana
The Harbour (Sony HX9 test) from Jeen de Vos Producties on Vimeo.
Short film to test the Sony HX9v.
A compact camera that fits in your pocket and produces an amazing 1080p 50 frs.
No colour correction in post. Just removed some sharpness en reduced the contrast a bit.
Thanks Jeen for the link
Sony HX9V goes concert: Kylie Minogue - Aphrodite Les Folies
Words from a non Sony blog: "Sony HX9V – Oh my … the video is astounding …"
Robert Plant & The Band of Joy - Ramble On - Portland, OR - Sony HX9V from ML71 on Vimeo
Robert Plant from ML71 on Vimeo.
Medley includes portions of: In the Mood, Houses of the Holy, Ramble On, and Harm's Swift Way.
and here is the discussion about the clips
Live @ Kink Earth Day Concert at Aladdin Theater Portland, OR - Shot with Sony Cybershot HX9V
Sony HX9V - Yoyogi 04/16
Yoyogi 04/16 from ausfj on Vimeo.
Hirsti and his HX9V go skiing and paragliding
HX9V Tokyo Sky Tree in the clouds
Something the HX9V can not do
SONY DSC-HX9V Zoom mode 60p
You are in for a treat to start the Monday
Go on top of the highest building in the world.
Burj Khalifa sky elevator to AT THE TOP [1080/60p recording by DSC-HX9V]
Burj Khalifa view of AT THE TOP [1080/60p recording by DSC-HX9V]
The Dubai Fountain view from AT THE TOP Burj Khalifa [1080/60p recording by DSC-HX9V]
The Dubai Fountain view at the front of Dubai Mall [1080/60p recording by DSC-HX9V]
Dubai Aquarium at Dubai Mall [1080/60p recording by DSC-HX9V]
not the HX9V but since we are already there:
Ski Dubai at Mall of The Emirates top2base [720p recording by DSC-WX1]
now let´s leave Dubai for some beautiful flowers in Japan
Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Cherry blossoms at night and Matsumoto Zyou
Sony HX9V night focus and zoom test
Sony HX9V in graffiti alley
a walk through dark graffiti alley lit by one streetlight, HD 1080 60i, in-cam active stabilization
this video is part of a test group for the new youtube stabilisation feature
Sony HX9V Spring in Japan
Sony HX9V video comparison against the Panasonic HS300 3 sensor mos camcorder
Hirsti brings another video to show the capabilities of the HX9V.
"The game started with floodlights on and low light, majority of footage was shot at night with floodlights on. Both camera and camcorder were on a monopole. Beginning of video show the HX9V, the end of the footage is the Panasonic HS300. HX9v was shot in 50p, HS300 was shot in 50i. All footage has been put into Sony vegas, no adjustments just re-rendered to 1920x1080 50i avchd (Sorry vegas will not render to 50p)"
Sony HX9V plane landing - and here you hear why the windfilter I made for my HX5 will be installed on my HX9V too.
Sony HX9V - JB4020 Geiger counter shot from China
Sony DSC-HX9V 50p low light football
compared to: Sony DSC-HX9V 50p football shot at night under floodlights
and how about taking the kids to the zoo? on Hawaii - in 7 parts
Sony HX9V Hawaii 04/04/2011 Honolulu Zoo Part 1
The Red Chevy: MD Photographer Sony HX9V & YouTube Stabilizer test
sending a picture from the Sony HX9V to the Galaxy S via Eye-Fi
Sony HX9V Cherry Blossom in Hamamatsu Castle Park (nicely edited)
Sony HX9V driving through Tokyo International Airport
Sony HX9V St.Martin Maho Bay Beach
Sony HX9V dog
Sony HX9V on the bicycle
Sony HX9V tree
Sony Hx9v original MTS sample 1920x1080p 60fps
Sony DSC HX7V Zeit in Ihrer schönsten Form
Sony DSC-HX9V wind noise reduction Audio Test OFF
Sony DSC-HX9V wind noise reduction Audio Test ON
Sony DSC-HX9V Valley Railway
Sony DSC-HX9V Valley Railway
Sony DSC-HX9V Valley Railway
Sony DSC HX7V The Five Sisters-Band
SONY DSC-HX9V Okayama Pref Yagiyama
SONY DSC-HX9V in car sound check
Sorry, no subwwoofer in car. Nor do I have anything with a loud bass. The sound is picked up pretty well by the camera and replay sounds good as well
SONY DSC-HX9V low light focus and zoom check
SONY DSC-HX9V Yokogawa Hiroshi river cruise
SONY DSC-HX9V Hamamatsu Fruit Park
SONY DSC-HX9V videos on VIDUBA
SONY DSC-HX9V Movie Test in the night situation
SONY DSC-HX9V Movie Test in the night situation (pool side)
Sony Handycam HDR-CX7 Camcorder Movie Test in the night situation (for DSC-HX9V comparison)
sony hx9v 50p
SONY DSC-HX9V shot from a motorcycle
Let´s go back to the Bangkok Motor Show for a bit of eye candy - and you know what would have been awesome? These cute girls doing the Candyman
SONY DSC-HX9V Movie Test in 32nd Bangkok Motor Show 2011 (MITSUBISHI Booth)
|HX9V original size crop from a 1920x1080 frame|
SONY DSC-HX9V Movie Test in 32nd Bangkok Motor Show 2011 (16x optical zoom)
SONY DSC-HX9V Movie Test in 32nd Bangkok Motor Show 2011 (SUZUKI Booth)
Sony HX7V 2 polar bear cubs
SONY DSC-HX9V Shizuoka Hobby Fair
Sony HX9V snow drive
Let me take you on this nice Sunday to the 32nd Bangkok Motor Show
SONY DSC-HX9V Movie Test in 32nd Bangkok Motor Show 2011 (YAMAHA Booth)
Ahhh chicks and nachos - you bring the nachos
SONY DSC-HX9V Movie Test in 32nd Bangkok Motor Show 2011 (checking Active Mode)
SONY DSC-HX9V Movie FT-86 Concept in 2011 32nd Bangkok Motor Show
(1080/60p) SONY DSC-HX9V Movie Test in 32nd Bangkok Motor Show 2011
(1080/60i) SONY DSC-HX9V Movie Test in 32nd Bangkok Motor Show 2011
Sony HX9V - Behold! The Moon - shaken not stirred - from 64x digital zoom over 16 x to 1 x
|Sony HX9V original size video crop (click for full size)|
Just to show what is possible with the newest digital video zoom
|Canon EOS 600D shot with a 300mm lens and added 10 x digital zoom makes with the 1.5 crop factor a 4500mm equivalent. (... and I only downloaded the 720p version)|
there was more here and now it is gone ???