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Sony DSC TX9 : Goodness of 3D in your Pocket

TX9 is a 12.2 MP camera which is capable of shooting 3D still images. The surprising part is that unlike other 3D cameras that we have seen, which sport dual lenses (to capture the left and right eye image) for 3D capture, the TX9 does that with a single lens. This is possible with the help of sweeping the camera from left to right, which covers the image from the perspective of both the eyes. The camera then merges those images to give you a three dimensional image. User interface is quite easy to navigate through. You have around eight shooting modes including a 3D shooting mode, Superior Au to Adjustment mode which will click a burst of four to six images and then auto correct them for noise or other fallacies to give one clean image.

Image quality was quite crisp in daylight as well as under low lighting conditions. Touchscreen is quite responsive and we did not find any lag, though it is a finger print magnet. Visibility in bright sunlit conditions is not bad. The 3D shooting mode is useless unless you have a 3D TV to view the image. The 3D Sweep Multi angle mode is quite impressive as it gives you an idea of the depth in an image by tilting the camera on the left and right in the review mode due to the gyro sensor. TX9 can shoot HD videos at 1080i resolution. The video output was much better outdoors in brightly lit conditions.

At a price point of Rs. 21,990, the TX9 is targeted at premium users. An ideal buy for those who indulge in a lot of panoramic shooting as the stitching of images happens within the camera. Do not buy it purely for its 3D shooting mode.


Sensor: 12.2 MP CMOS
Optical Zoom: 5x
Video resolution: 1080i
LCD: 3.5 inch touchscreen

Rating : 6.5 / 10

Features 7.5 / 10
Performance 6.5 / 10
Build Quality 7.0 / 10
Value for Money 5.5 / 10