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SonyCyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 165 reviews)

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    (98)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (59)

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    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (134)
  • Zoom range/performance (134)
  • Good image quality (132)
  • Large clear LCD (121)
  • Image stabilization (120)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (23)
  • Short battery life (23)
  • Lag / shutter delay (17)
  • Poor flash (15)
  • Poor image quality (9)

Best Uses

  • Travel (134)
  • Family photos (124)
  • Landscape/scenery (115)
  • Video (106)
  • Low light (89)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (70), Photo enthusiast (70), Semi-pro photographer (19), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (148), Yes (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good compromise

This is a good camera for someone looking for one of the most versatile devices around. This camera offers long focal length, lots of tech features, great video, and strong low light...Read complete review

This is a good camera for someone looking for one of the most versatile devices around. This camera offers long focal length, lots of tech features, great video, and strong low light performance. This is a camera for all ocassions; and as a jack of all trades, it's master of none. It's good at many things, but if you are interested in one particular feature, there's probably a better alternative.

That said, the Sony (and close competitors, like the Nikon 9100 or the Canon SX230) is very convenient. Fits in your pocket, 24-384mm, HD video, and, finally, OK low light shooting.

The Sony stands out from the aforementioned competitors mostly because of its feature set. It has some smart options: the panorama mode is brilliant, the video good enough to replace a camcorder, and some clever tricks that use the bracketing and fast shooting, like handheld nightshot (high iso bracketing to reduce noise) or background defocus (combining in- and out of focus images for a shallow depth of field effect). Lots of things to play with, and much of it accessible enough to make sure you actually will.

Although I think the Sony is the best compact superzoom around now, the Canon SX230 and Nikon 9100 are also very good. The Canon has excellent image quality and full manual controls, but less features, a very annoying flash, and terrible battery life. The Nikon has great auto performance, but video is not great and there are no manual controls. Since these cameras are all about compromise, it's a good idea to look at these three top contenders and see what's good for you.

For the Sony, here's the main pros and consL

PROS
* Great features
* Excellent video (enough to replace a camcorder)
* Nice build and design
* Useful focal range, with strong macro and image stabilization to let you use it all
* Quick Autofocus at all focal lengths
* Good low light performance - good up to ISO 800. (Of course, no match for an SLR)
* Good battery life (for me, a decider compared to the Canon)
* Good screen

CONS:
* No shutter/ aperture priority mode (there is a manual mode with access to both, though the camera actually has no variable aperture, but a N/D filter)
* Some ergonomics issues - buttons that lag a little or are hard to press, awkward button assignments.
* no flash power setting - awkward, because the flash overexposes!
* Battery charges in-camera. An external charger can be bought separately.
* Connects to computer through proprietary USB cable
* Aggressive noise reduction and compression - Canon has significantly better image quality.
* Indoor white balance can be iffy on auto

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great photos and movies, but sluggish

Having the Sony TX7, I was used to their great HD movies, better than anyone else's (gotta love that stereo audio), so the HX9 was the logical next step up. While its...Read complete review

Having the Sony TX7, I was used to their great HD movies, better than anyone else's (gotta love that stereo audio), so the HX9 was the logical next step up. While its photos and movies are even better, and the menu system is thorough, there are some real annoyances.

The camera starts up quickly enough, but switching between photo/movie mode is a 5-second wait (the screen reads "Stand by" - stand by for WHAT?), as it is when changing the mode dial, and this makes the camera feel sluggish. Sony also forces image review on the user instead of making it an option, so forget about snapping a number of shots successively as your kid unwraps his present - you WILL miss some Kodak moments with this camera. (Maybe we should call all of those missed shots "Sony moments"?)

So, this is a great camera if you always have plenty of time to get the shots, but for kids, sports, wildlife, etc. - anything that moves - forget about it. Sony should really upgrade the firmware to address these issues.

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4.0

Great Camera

By Douglas

from Forida

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel

Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

Casual Photos

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

quality

By otaxi ge

from georgia

Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

The best part about this camera is the zoom. At 16x it allows me to get great pics of my kids when they perform on stage in school plays and the like.

I'm using a class 6 SDHC card and I find that due to the size of the images (16Mb) it takes a while to save to the card so taking more than one pic in quick succession is difficult and I sometimes miss that perfect moment while I'm waiting for the camera. It does however have a burst mode which I haven't used yet but may help with getting just that right shot.
you can visit hx9v websie.

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5.0

Amazing picture quality, zoom and video

By Martin

from Quebec, Canada

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Short Lag Time

Cons

  • Flash not well position

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

Picture zoom is very good for a compact camera (16x optical)
Video zoom also very good
Manage very well low light pictures
A lot of feature available on high end camera..

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Great Camera

By Steve

from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great panoramas
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • Poor Flash location

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

This camera simply takes great quality photos. All I ever ask of a camera is to have high quality photos. I will suffer from lack of features to get a good pic. With this little Sony I don't have to sacrifice either. The panorama feature is excellent as well. The flash does pop up in a terribly awkward spot but I am a one hand picture taking guy so this is not a problem for me.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

BEST POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA

By Sam

from NYC

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

    best point and shoot camera
    size is fine, not too big nd fit the pocket of your jeans
    Best camer for all new photographers who don't know shooting skills required for SLR cameras
    The picture quality is great.
    Only fare quality at night, but quality is not bad considering its price.
    I gave it as a present for someone I love and she liked alot.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    4.0

    Good camera

    By Rat_marin

    from Quebec City, QC

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

    • Complicated

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

    The smart auto is a very good feature. I almost always use this mode, because choosing the other scene modes is too long in the menu. Picture quality is good in low light indoor scenes. Great zoom and stabilizer. The flash is positioned where I naturally put my left index, so sometimes it gets stuck. I had to adjust my way of handing the camera.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Even I can get great pictures!

    By Jerry

    from Israel

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

      If I can get great pictures anyone can with this exceptional camera.
      I'm an old man (over 70) and not very tech-savy. And my friends cannot believe the fantastic pictures that I took with my new camera.
      It's fast and does everything on its own. And I am told that there are some great manual options - I'll wait for my next lifetime to try them!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Simply Excellent!

      By RevSgtJoe

      from Sheboygan, Wisconsin

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • flash
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • High Quality Photos
      • High quality videos
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • LCD smudges easily

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

      Took a few minutes to become familiar with basic features. Photos are beautiful. Video is simple to use, produces crystal clear videos. Forget the rest...buy this camera!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      2.0

      Not as Good as I expected

      By Mike

      from Albany, OR

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • Poor Flash
      • Poor Image Quality

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

      Honestly, I was not thrilled with this camera. It was slow to focus and shoot indoors which was the only time I used it. After I saw the images, I wasn't impressed. Also, the flash is positioned in a way that your hand will interfere with it popping up. I returned it the next day and exchanged it for a Nikon P310. MUCH better camera!

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      • No

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      4.0

      Excellent Sony

      By Chuck

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

          Very good image quality and sturdy feeling in hand. Lots of options makes the menus a bit cumbersome, but excellent performance and once you get up the learning curve it is an excellent device.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent camera for a non-pro user

          By jorgkpo

          from Orange , NJ

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great video
          • Great Zoom
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

          • Poor photos at night

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

          Great camera to get excellent quality photos and videos for a user without technical knowledge.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Excellent Camera At Great Price

          By Dave S

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Poor Image Stabilization

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

          I bought this camera at the end of 2011 and love it. It is my first digital camera after using film cameras for 30 years. Switching from film to digital was a breeze with this camera (and I'm coming from a Nikon). The functions are easy to figure out, and the screen is bright and sharp. The images are stellar on my computer screen as well. It is light, and powerful for its size. The zoom has good range, but image will be shaky at the tightest end of the telephoto if you don't have a tripod. I had a little difficulty getting autofocus to work on very close up shots. Overall, I am very impressed with the features and quality of this little camera. I have not yet tried the video.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Great video, good photographs.

          By lifeisgreat

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder
          • Pop-up flash design

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

          BEFORE purchasing, I thought this would be a great point-and-shoot camera, by the specifications - quick (low) shutter lag, wide-angle (24mm) lens, 16x optical zoom, HDR, panorama, 3D, GPS, and more.

          AFTER using this camera, I absolutely love the video quality, and that is what made the difference when purchasing over a Canon point-and-shoot, the 1080p (progressive) at 60fps! The video is awesome!

          Would I buy it again? Yes, the video is that good. However, there are things I do not like, e.g., how the pop-up flash is sometimes covered by the fingers of the left hand, particularly if I ask someone to take a photo for/of me, and, due to the number of features, the complexity increases while the simplicity decreases.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 4
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great compact

          By Coach Mike

          from Idaho

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

            This camera is great. I owned an older 7 megapixel Sony point and shoot for the last several years and it finally died recently... I cannot believe how much better these cameras have gotten. The large optical zoom is very handy and the image quality and video quality are outstanding. The low-light shooting has greatly improved also, although the flash still makes the pictures look hokey, I can shoot indoors now in low light and the photos look good where in the past the camera was pretty much unusable inside the house.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Great point and shoot camera

            By Henrik

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

            Have had this camera for 3-4 weeks. I bought it as a pocket camera to be used on my travel. I have several DSLR cameras for more professional photography. However, I travel extensively and like to always have a camera ready. I have had the Canon G9, G10 and G12. In comparison the camera is smaller (easier to have in your pocket) and it has a wider range zoom. The aperture opening is OK for everyday use, but has a fairly large depth of field of view.

            The face detection is very good. And so is indoor focussing in mixed lighting. Great overall camera. The GPS is slow to lock on to satellites specially when you travel extended distances.

            The on-off switch is on top of the camera and can turn it on by accident. So be aware that you could use the battery by accident.

            I would recommend it to travelers that need a compact point and shoot camera

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 7
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Good quality camera in a compact size

            By Ahmed

            from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

              I am using this camera for last 10 days. Highly amazed with it.
              This is a very good compact digital camera.
              The automatic detection of the best mode is really good and videos are also amazing with this camera.
              My pictures are very clear, good and colours are excellent.
              Very very happy with my purchase

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great camera, comfortable and easy to us

              By Giora

              from Israel

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

                The use of the camera is very friendly and easy.
                I would recomend in future versions to switch between the program wheel and the shooting nob

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Superb Video in a compact camera

                By PatriCanuck

                from Vancouver, BC Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Lag changing modes
                • Lag writing to SDHC
                • Pop-up flash

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Video quality is great
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

                I bought this camera not just for stills, but for the video quality. In many places that I travel, a smaller camera is more *welcome* than a larger DSLR or dedicated video camera. For me, besides great video quality, equally important is Sony's optical stabilyzing which works very, very well. As most places no longer allow tripods *or* a balanced, "Glidecam or Steadicam-style" stabilizer, the Sony does an adequate, sometimes superb job of compensating for camera movement.

                As for stills, yes, I think Sony's too-agressive noise reduction creates a problem for printing, however, for web-based posts or use in video editing, this little camera takes adequate, sometimes great shots depending on the quality, and amount of light.

                So, along with my Canon T2i DSLR, and this camera, I'm all set for continuing to travel the world.

                Definitely recommended and a nice step-up in additional features *and* refinements compared to the DSC-HX5V it replaces. Also, much appreciate the higher resolution LCD screen.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again!

                By dmas

                from San Luis Obispo CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

                  I love taking pictures. This camera has exceeded my expectations. The zoom is amazing. Takes great low light pictures. Is small and easy to use.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  A lot of camera in a small package

                  By CQBert`

                  from Washington, DC

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Short Lag Time

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Video

                    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V Digital Camera (Black):

                    I purchasesd the camera primarliy to have with me when I am out with my 6 and 4 yr old. It fits in a pocket reasonably well and powers up to take a shot quickly. I teamed it with a Sandisk Extreme Pro card and highly recommend that as well. When shooting the lag between shot is virtually gone as the card records so quickly. I am happy with the quality of the shots I have taken - very nice in good naturaly light - the flash is fine for basic indoor shots. I have not shot any low light yet.

                    Overall there is not much to complain about for +/- $300 area.

                    I agree with most of the reviewers on line. There are a ton of features in the camera and I have not begun to explore its more creative side.

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                    • No

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