Sony HX9V for $299

Sony HX9V

B&H has the Sony HX9V point and shoot camera for $299 right now.  The HX9V is probably the best do-it-all point and shoot camera.  It captures great 16.2MP still images and captures HD video up to 1080/60p.   Unfortunately, I have not gotten around to completing my review of the HX9V; however, I give it high marks all around and think that it is worth every penny of the asking price.

Note that you’ll have to add the camera to your cart to see the deal price, which is good through Dec. 10.


Sony NEX-5N ‘Clicking’ Problem Update

Sony NEX-5N

I have heard from several Sony NEX-5N owners that the “performance improvement” offered by Sony for the NEX-5N’s clicking defect during video capture has been resolved.  I recently confirmed this for myself with several NEX-5N models that had the fix applied.  In all cases, the clicking was not audible to me anymore.

I’m revising my Sony NEX-5N review to reflect this solution and changing my recommendation for the NEX-5N as a highly-recommended camera.

Sony NEX-5N Review

Sony NEX-5N

The Sony NEX-5N is part of Sony’s second go-round at the mirrorless camera format. The NEX-3 and NEX-5 were largely regarded as a success – and for the most part the NEX-C3 and NEX-5N models which followed on a year later have been held with similar regard.

What you need to know up front is that the Sony NEX-5N is not a perfect camera.  It’s a solid (bordering on excellent) offering from Sony; however, it has some niggling problems and concerns that take some of the luster off of it.  (Update 11/9/11:  The core defect appears to have been fixed. See details below.) [Read more…]