"Very good camera, great HD video, "OK" image quality."4.0 starson by ariehs123
Pros: 1. Excellent HD video.
2. Very good image quality for all around use and small / medium size prints, especially in good lighting.
3. Excellent Zoom range for a very Compact camera and image stabilization works well even at max zoom.
4. Very nice Macro cap
Cons: 1. Somewhat disappointing image quality when viewing pictures at full size. Nothing close to a DSLR (OK, that it obvious). Pictures at full resolution from my prior Canon A650 (12MP from 2008) were sharper and closer to DSLR. Not sure if this is due to th
Summary: Had a Canon A650 since March of 2008, to complement by Canon XTi, then T2i - it was a wonderful P&S with excellent image quality. When the LCD on the A650 "died" 6 months ago, I did a lot of research for another P&S and narrowed down to:
- Canon SX230
- Nikon S9100
- Sony HX9V
I ultimately picked the Sony due to the excellent reviews of it's HD videos and the higher resolution.
The camera produces nice, saturated color images especially in daylight. However at full size, the pictures are a bit noisier and not as accurate as the Canon A650 was which was a bit disappointing - I guess there is only so much a small sensor can do at 16MP. In addition, you need to pay attention to the corners when you take a picture at the wide end of the lens - they will be distorted and that can mess up a group picture.
All in all, with the relatively minor flaws noted above it is a very good, excellently built camera and I cannot think of a better camera with the size, zoom, resolution and HD quality.