As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 is also often compared to travel zooms and entry-level DSLRs. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9's top rivals come from Fujifilm (such as the FinePix S2900HD and the FinePix S5700 Zoom) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V and the CyberShot DSC-H300)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-H9 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a screen which flips out and has a faster max shutter speed (1/4000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (31 mm vs 26 mm), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), lacks and external mic jack and has a slightly shorter battery life (280 shots vs 350 shots).

Fujifilm FinePix S2900HD

Fujifilm FinePix S2900HD
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the S2900HD (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 28 mm vs 31 mm

Significant disadvantages of the S2900HD (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the S2900HD and DSC-H9

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (110×73×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (110×83×86 mm)
  • Very light: 437 g vs 440 g
  • Thin: 3.2" vs 3.4"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
7 years newer
$448

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 31 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the DSC-H9)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and DSC-H9

  • Fairly small: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Prosumer size (110×83×86 mm)
  • Light weight: 660 g vs 440 g
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 3.4"

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
7 years newer
$140 - $178

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 31 mm
  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 280 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and DSC-H9

  • Light weight: 590 g vs 440 g

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 31 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and DSC-H9

  • Fairly small: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Prosumer size (110×83×86 mm)
  • Light weight: 650 g vs 440 g
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 3.4"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1
2 years older
$504

Significant advantages of the DSC-H1 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H1 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 31 mm
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the DSC-H1 and DSC-H9

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (108×81×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (110×83×86 mm)
  • Light weight: 591 g vs 440 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 3.4"

Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100
2 years newer
$489

Significant advantages of the P100 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Much better wide angle: 26 mm vs 31 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P100 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the P100 and DSC-H9

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×83×99 mm) vs Prosumer size (110×83×86 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 440 g
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 3.4"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-H9 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.3), has a screen which flips out, has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), has a faster max shutter speed (1/4000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second) and slightly longer exposures (30 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (31 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), is slightly larger (prosumer size (110×83×86 mm) vs mid size (106×69×40 mm)), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.2 fps vs 10 fps) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
7 years newer
$279

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 31 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2.7
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the DMC-ZS50 and DSC-H9

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-H10 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H10 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 31 mm
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.7
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the DSC-H10 and DSC-H9

  • None found

Olympus 620 UZ

Olympus SP-620 UZ
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the 620 UZ (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 31 mm
  • Thinner: 1.6" vs 3.4"

Significant disadvantages of the 620 UZ (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the 620 UZ and DSC-H9

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-H9 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), has a screen which flips out, is much smaller (prosumer size (110×83×86 mm) vs professional size (132×103×77 mm)) and is slightly lighter (440 g vs 703 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 930k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (8 MP vs 24.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.2 fps vs 5 fps).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
6 years newer
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (110×83×86 mm)

common strengths of the D3300 and DSC-H9

  • Light weight: 430 g vs 440 g

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
1 year newer
$449 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 930k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the DSC-H9)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×103×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (110×83×86 mm)

common strengths of the D90 and DSC-H9

  • None found