“For casual shooting, the Sony will do. For serious shooting, unfortunately, you’ll have to move up. For video, however, the HX9V is a real shirt-pocket bargain.”
Note: If you are ordering from Amazon.com, be aware that they seem to be confused between the HX9 model (without GPS) and the Hx9V model (with GPS). If you click thru to their page from the link above, it is not clear exactly which model is being offered.
byThom has published their review of the Sony DSC-HX9V, a 16.2MP resolution (1/2.3-in. “Exmor R” CMOS Sensor) ultra zoom digital camera with 16x wide-angle optical zoom (26-416mm equiv.), GPS + Compass and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, 3.0-in. LCD (921k-dot), iAuto, P, M, Easy Shooting, iSCN, in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR), Intelligent Sweep Panorama, 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Continuous Shooting 10fps (16.2MP full resolution), Background Defocus, Handheld Twilight Mode, Smile Shutter Technology, Anti-Motion Blur Mode, Anti-blink Function, and Full HD 1080/60p Movie.
Read the Sony HX9V Review @ byThom.