Looking for a new camera as you head back to class? Take a look at our Back to School Pick this year, the sleek Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9. It's a stylish point-and-shoot loaded with premium features that won't break the bank.
The Cyber-shot WX9 is a good performer in the low light conditions that are typically challenging for compact point-and-shoot cameras. Using on-board flash isn't always ideal, and the WX9's backside-illuminated CMOS sensor is optimized to help create better images in dim conditions without resorting to flash.
It also offers a versatile 5x optical zoom lens. Starting at a wide 28mm angle, it will come in handy framing photos of friends and gatherings.
If it's high quality video you're after, the WX9's 1080 HD video recording mode has you covered. High resolution clips will look great on HDTVs, and web-friendly video resolutions are also available for easier sharing on the web.
Sites like Facebook and Flickr are good for showing off your pictures, but a lot of photo sharing happens right on the camera. The WX9's crisp 3.0-inch LCD packs in 921k-dots of resolution so photos look clear and vibrant when you're displaying them for friends.
Catching high-speed action is also easy with the WX9. It's capable of capturing 10 frames at 9.8 fps, ideal for photographing action at a sporting event. And there's no shortage of scene modes for other shooting situations, including Soft Skin and Gourmet settings.
And the price tag? The WX9 offers all of this for just around $200. For that kind of savvy shopping, you'll go right to the head of the class. For more, read our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 review.
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