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Sony HDR-HC9 IR Enabled

Model: XNiteSonyHC9 (USA Model NTSC) - PAL model on request

Please Note: Sony no longer produces this camera.  We can occasionally find new cameras, but can mostly only find refurbished or used cameras in very-good to excellent condition.  Because of limited supplies, we can no longer guarantee that you will get a new camera for this model.  You may also send us in your camera for conversion.



High Definition Mini DV Infrared Capable Camcorder!   

The HDR-HC9 is the definition of stealth—it’s an HDR-HC7 with a fresh coat of glossy black paint. Up front, you’ll notice Sony slapped a hood on the 10x optical zoom lens, which blocks light and gives the camcorder a professional look. Unfortunately, this hood will likely block the light from the pop-out flash if used for macro shooting. The lens has an aperture range of f/1.8-2.9 and is capable of the following focal lengths:

-40mm-400mm in 16:9 video mode (35mm conversion)
-49mm-490mm in 4:3 video mode (35mm conversion)
-40mm-400mm in 16:9 still mode (35mm conversion)
-37mm-370mm in 4:3 still mode (memory)

The HDR-HC9 has a 37mm filter diameter for the addition of aftermarket filters or lenses. An automatic lens enclosure system operates in tandem with powering on and off the camcorder, and is one less thing to worry about during a shoot

Externally, there are no visual changes. Internally, we have modified the optics so that the camera can see from 330nm to 1200nmx versus a stock camera which can see from about 380nm to 750nm


Complete Infrared (X-Ray) Functionality!  Full Infrared (IR) capability with all normal camera functions including aperture control.  You can use the IR features on a sunny beach with no overexposure problems that a stock factory camcorder would have.

Special Note:  This modified camera must use our XNite-CC1 color correction filter for normal (non-IR) pictures.  This modified camera is sensitive to both IR and visible light.  If you take pictures with no filters, the camera will see both the IR light and visible light which will alter the correct color balance.  To take normal pictures, use the camera with a XNite-CC1 filter to block IR and pass visible.  Please see example pictures on color balance here.  To take IR (X-Ray) pictures, you should use one of our XNite IR filters which block visible light and pass IR. 

The 37mm filters for this camera are available Here.

The compact HDR-HC9 mini High Definition DV camcorder, offers digital video and audio recording. The Digital technology delivers rich and accurate picture quality, with up to 1080i lines of horizontal resolution. Equipped with a 6.1 Mega Pixel CCD that provides stunning detail and clarity, it can also record high resolution digital still images and store them directly onto Sony's Memory Stick media.

Also includes a manual focus ring, with Professional Quality Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T Lens. The T lens has an additional coating that reduces lens flare and lens glare.

Would you like us to convert your camera? We can convert your camera for $500 + return S&H ($20 insured UPS ground domestic USA).  Camera should be shipped well packed, insured, with lens cover and battery for testing.  Turnaround is typically 1 or 2 days depending on how busy we are.

Our Performance Guarantee  If you are not satisfied with your IR enabled camera, we will put it back to stock at no additional charge other than return shipping.


bulletProduct Type Camcorder
bulletDigital Zoom 20 x
bulletEffective Sensor Resolution 6.1 megapixels
bulletOptical Sensor Size 1/2.9 in
bulletOptical Sensor Type ClearVid CMOS
bulletMin Illumination 0 lux
bulletDigital Video Format MPEG-2
bulletSpecial Effects Negative Art, Old Movie, Cinematic, Mosaic, Pastel, Sepia, Solarization, Skintone, Flash Motion, Monotone, Still, Trail
bulletImage Stabilizer Optical (Super Steady Shot)
bulletDigital Scene Transition White fader, Black fader, Monotone fader, Mosaic fader
bulletMin Shutter Speed 1/2 sec
bulletMax Shutter Speed 1/10000 sec
bulletShooting Modes Digital photo mode
bulletShooting Programs Sunset, Twilight portrait, Twilight mode, Spotlight, Candle, Landscape, Beach, Portrait mode, Sunrise, Snow, Sports lesson, Fireworks
bulletWhite Balance Custom, Automatic, Presets
bulletWhite Balance Presets Outdoor, Indoor
bulletExposure Modes Automatic, Program, Shutter-priority
bulletExposure Metering Matrix, Spot
bulletCamera Flash Pop-up flash
bulletFlash Modes Auto mode, Red-eye reduction
bulletWidescreen Video Capture Yes

Main Features

bulletCamcorder Sensor Resolution 3.2 megapixels
bulletCamcorder Effective Video Resolution 2.2 megapixels
bulletCamcorder Effective Still Resolution 3.04 megapixels
bulletCamcorder Interpolated Still Resolution 6.1 megapixels
bulletColor Support Color
bulletStill Image Format JPEG
bulletRemote Control Remote control - Infrared
bulletTV Tuner None

Memory / Storage

bulletFloppy Drive None
bulletImage Storage JPEG 640 x 480, JPEG 2048 x 1536, JPEG 2848 x 2136, JPEG 2848 x 1602
bulletMedia Type Mini DV (HDV)
bulletRecording Speed LP, SP

Camera Flash

bulletRed Eye Reduction Yes
bulletEffective Flash Range 1 ft - 8 ft

Lens System

bulletType Zoom lens - 5.4 mm - 54 mm - F/1.8-2.9
bulletFocal Length 5.4 mm - 54 mm
bulletLens Aperture F/1.8-2.9
bulletOptical Zoom 10 x
bulletLens system type Zoom lens
bulletMin focal length 5.4 mm
bulletMax focal length 54 mm
bulletAuto Focus TTL contrast detection
bulletLens Manufacturer Carl Zeiss
bulletFeatures Built-in lens shield
bulletFilter Size 37 mm
bulletFocus Adjustment Automatic, Manual
bulletZoom Adjustment Motorized drive

Additional Features

bulletDV input Yes
bulletLow Lux / Night Mode Yes
bulletDigital Still Camera Function Yes
bulletAdditional Features USB 2.0 compatibility, Display brightness control, DPOF support, PictBridge support, Built-in speaker, Accessories hot shoe, Touch-screen control, Backlight compensation, Auto power save, Progressive scanning, Date/time stamp, Histogram display, Progressive shutter system
bulletTime Code Yes
bulletRemote control Remote control - Infrared
bulletSoftware Sony Picture Motion Browser, Drivers & Utilities
bulletIncluded Accessories Lens hood


bulletViewfinder Type LCD
bulletViewfinder Diagonal Size 0.27 in
bulletViewfinder Resolution 123,200 pixels
bulletImage Aspect Ratio (camcorders) 16:9


bulletType LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7 in - Color

Digital Player (Recorder)

bulletType None


bulletType Microphone - Built-in


bulletConnector Type 1 x Component video output, 1 x Headphones, 1 x HDMI output, 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK), 1 x Control-L (LANC), 1 x Composite video/audio output, 1 x USB, 1 x S-Video output, 1 x DC power input, 1 x Microphone
bulletExpansion Slot(s) 1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo

Audio Input

bulletAudio input type Microphone
bulletMicrophone type Built-in
bulletMicrophone Operation Mode Stereo
bulletMicrophone Technology Electret condenser

System Requirements for PC Connection

bulletOperating System Support MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000 Professional
bulletPeripheral Devices USB port, CD-ROM drive


bulletCarrying Case None
bulletCables Included 1, 1 x USB cable, IEEE 1394 cable, 1 x A/V cable, 1 x Component video cable


bulletPower Device Power adapter - External


bulletSupported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )

Viewfinder / Display

bulletDisplay Form Factor Rotating
bulletDisplay Format 211,200 pixels
bulletViewfinder Color Support Color

Physical Characteristics

bulletWidth 3.2 in
bulletDepth 5.4 in
bulletHeight 3.2 in
bulletWeight 1.2 lbs



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Last modified: June 18, 2015