Sony HDR-CX450 vs Zoom Q8
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Sony HDR-CX450

75

Overall Score

75

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX450

£229.99
Our Verdict:
A fully featured and excellently reviewed 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, but representing only average value for money
93
Reviews
86 Reviews
50
Value for Money
Average
80
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Age
2 Years Old
75
Overall Score
Very Good
30x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.29MP 1" Jan 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 30x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2016
Zoom Q8

72

Overall Score

72

Overall Score

Zoom Q8

£286.80
Our Verdict:
A top-rated but slightly out of date 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features but representing only middle of the road value for money
85
Reviews
39 Reviews
51
Value for Money
Average
74
Features
Good Features
81
Age
2 Years Old
72
Overall Score
Very Good
1x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3MP 1" Jan 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 1x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2016
Sony HDR-CX450

75

Overall Score

75

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX450

£229.99
Our Verdict:
A fully featured and excellently reviewed 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, but representing only average value for money
93
Reviews
86 Reviews
50
Value for Money
Average
80
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Age
2 Years Old
75
Overall Score
Very Good
30x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.29MP 1" Jan 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 30x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2016
Zoom Q8

72

Overall Score

72

Overall Score

Zoom Q8

£286.80
Our Verdict:
A top-rated but slightly out of date 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features but representing only middle of the road value for money
85
Reviews
39 Reviews
51
Value for Money
Average
74
Features
Good Features
81
Age
2 Years Old
72
Overall Score
Very Good
1x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3MP 1" Jan 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 1x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2016

Top Prices

Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
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Reasons For

Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
9 Reasons For
Bigger Optical Zoom
The Sony HDR-CX450 is a 30x optical zoom camcorder. That's 29x bigger than the Zoom Q8 (1x).

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

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Vastly Bigger Digital Zoom
The Sony HDR-CX450 has a digital zoom of 350x, however the Zoom Q8 is only a 4x (digital) camcorder (346x smaller).

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

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Image Stabilizer
The Sony HDR-CX450 has an image stabilizer, however the Zoom Q8 does not have an image stabilizer.

This denotes whether the camcorder has an Image stabiliser system - a function that smooths out the movement of the camera.

Image stabilization allows for far smoother videos, and lessens the amount of jerky movement that comes with handheld recording.

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Larger Display Diagonal
The Sony HDR-CX450 is a 3" screen size camcorder. That's 0.3" larger than the Zoom Q8 (2.7").

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

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Wi-Fi
The Sony HDR-CX450 features wi-Fi, whereas the Zoom Q8 does not feature wi-Fi.

This denotes whether the camcorder is capable of connecting to the net via wifi, in order to upload videos and images.

A wireless connection on your camcorder allows you to easily transfer videos to your computer, store them on the cloud or upload them to Facebook, all without having to worry about connecting via a wire.

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10g Lighter
The Sony HDR-CX450 has a weight of 250g, whereas the Zoom Q8 is a 260g camcorder (10g heavier).

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

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Cheaper by £57
The Sony HDR-CX450 is £56.81 cheaper than the Zoom Q8.
Much Better User Reviews
The Sony HDR-CX450 has an average user review score of 87%, whereas the Zoom Q8 has an average rating of 72% (based on 26 reviews).
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 82.4%, but Zoom has an average rating of 81.4%.
2 Reasons For
Bigger Total Megapixels
The Zoom Q8 is a 3MP camcorder. That's 0.71MP bigger than the Sony HDR-CX450 (2.29MP).

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

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More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
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Reviews & Awards

Average Expert Rating

Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
No reviews found
Best
5 stars
0 reviews
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

The Sony HDR-CX450 has better user reviews than the Zoom Q8. The average user reviews score for the Sony HDR-CX450 is 87% based on 84 reviews, where as the average score for the Zoom Q8 is 72% based on 26 reviews.
Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
Best
5 stars
52 reviews
4 stars
21 reviews
3 stars
5 reviews
2 stars
2 reviews
1 star
4 reviews
5 stars
9 reviews
4 stars
6 reviews
3 stars
4 reviews
2 stars
5 reviews
1 star
2 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Sony has a better average brand rating than Zoom. The average brand rating for Sony is 82.4% based on 10,421 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Zoom is 81.41% based on 231 reviews.
Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
Sony

82

82

Based on 10,421 reviews
Zoom

81

81

Based on 231 reviews

Proportion of Users That Recommend It

For both the Sony HDR-CX450 than the Zoom Q8 the same percentage of owners recommend the product. In both cases 58.3% recommend the product, based on a total of 103 reviews for the Sony HDR-CX450 and 103 reviews for the Sony HDR-CX450.

Date Released

Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
25 months old 25 months old

Key Features

Optical Zoom

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Digital Zoom

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

Image Stabilizer

This denotes whether the camcorder has an Image stabiliser system - a function that smooths out the movement of the camera.

Image stabilization allows for far smoother videos, and lessens the amount of jerky movement that comes with handheld recording.

Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
Best
Yes
No

Total Megapixels

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Optical Sensor Size

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a camcorder. The sensor is what processes the light from the lens and transfers it into a digital image.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality results, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed videos and photos.

Display Diagonal

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Weight

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Review Analysis

Price

For both the Sony HDR-CX450 and the Zoom Q8 people thought the price was excellent.
Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
  • Good value for money…
    Pogi - November 2016
  • And cheap…
    Bogda - May 2017
  • Very pleased with purchase and good value for money…
    MJBs - June 2016
  • Excellent camera, great value for money as we bought when it was on offer…
    Keith Teeth - June 2016
  • Sound quality is very good and it really is an excellent camcorder for a very reasonable price…
    David - May 2017
  • Overall it is good value for money though…
    Gitmo - August 2017
  • Great for beginner and great quality for price…
    Floobultastic - December 2016
  • Just what we wanted & value for money would defiantly recommend this model…
    Expat_Scouse - May 2016
  • Great product for the price…
    Timothy - December 2016
  • Made of "cheap" plastic so be careful not to drop…
    Timothy - September 2016
  • Great product at a very affordable cost…
    Thomas - October 2016
  • It is definitely the best camera for the price… at least for my applications…
    BIlly G - May 2015
  • Product Quality

    Reviewers of the Sony HDR-CX450 thought the product quality was excellent, but thought the Zoom Q8 product quality was only average.
    Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
  • The picture and sound quality are both very good…
    Richard48 - June 2016
  • Its compact, easy to use, great zoom, image quality very good as well as the price…
    Pravin - October 2017
  • Excellent piece of kit easy to use and good quality pictures…
    Davet - March 2017
  • Picture quality is good…
    Bionic - October 2016
  • The video quality is perfect and it handles very easily…
    Alex - May 2017
  • Great video quality…
    NMC68 - April 2016
  • Excellent quality picture and comfortable to use…
    MJBs - June 2016
  • Good product with great sound and picture quality, fits neatly in the hand…
    Michaelmd - July 2016
  • Sound quality is very good…
    David - May 2017
  • Great for beginner and great quality for price…
    Floobultastic - December 2016
  • Video quality is not bad if the room is well lit, or if your recording outdoors during daylight hours…
    Bing Bing - February 2016
  • Terrific sound recording capability and great video quality…
    Rob - April 2015
  • The video quality is bad! If you have anything better than a cell phone to record video it will do better than this…
    Nick - July 2015
  • The sound quality is good…
    Isaac - March 2017
  • Not to mention the awful video quality…
    Isaac - March 2017
  • The audio quality is exceptional…
    Gingley - January 2017
  • The video quality is disappointing, especially in lower light…
    Jim D - May 2015
  • * Great sound quality…
    Music gal - December 2015
  • Image quality is OK.
    MT Vessel - November 2015
  • Audio quality is superb…
    MT Vessel - November 2015
  • Lens System

    Reviews for the Sony HDR-CX450 mention that lens system was very good, but reviews for the Zoom Q8 mention that lens system was only average.
    Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
  • Pros Comes loaded with features and is an overall good camcorder with decent zoom, dual format recording for instant sharing/ upload…
    Salkaz - October 2016
  • Zoom is also good…
    TheNailWoman - September 2017
  • Battery had been left in camera for 3 weeks zoom is not heard on recording…
    Tangobaldy - October 2017
  • Its compact, easy to use, great zoom, image quality very good as well as the price…
    Pravin - October 2017
  • Screen fiddly and unresponsive zoom causes lot of shaky movement DON'T BUY…
    Currie - November 2017
  • The most important thing in this camcorder is the powerful Zoom lens…
    Bayolateef2000 - September 2017
  • The zoom feature is excellent…
    Swansea cinders - February 2017
  • Very good zoom & easy to use…
    Lester - May 2016
  • Outstanding zoom…
    Keith Teeth - June 2016
  • Image stabilisation is impressive, particularly at high zoom…
    Gitmo - August 2017
  • Lens is simply too wide…
    Stick - September 2015
  • The Zoom does a better job with audio…
    Nick - July 2015
  • The curve on the wide angle lens is unacceptable…
    Nathaniel - September 2015
  • Limited "zoom" function has 5 zones, not a smooth transition…
    MT Vessel - November 2015
  • For the price it should have a much better lens and image processing…
    Juanman - January 2016
  • Specification

     
     
     
    Lens System Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
    Optical Zoom 30x
    BEST
    1x
    Digital Zoom 350x 4x
    BEST
    Minimum Aperture Number 1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Maximum Aperture Number 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Image Stabilizer Type
    Optical
     Optical
    Optical
     Optical
    Filter Size 37mm Unknown - Click to provide data
    Focal Length Range (f-F) Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Video Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
    Max Video Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    Maximum Frame Rate Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
    HD Type
    Full HD HD
    HD
     Full HD
     HD
     HD
    Full HD HD
    HD
     Full HD
     HD
     HD
    Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution 50 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
    Supported Video Modes
    1080p 720p
     1080p
     720p
    1080p 720p
     1080p
     720p
    Video Resolutions
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
    1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
    848 x 480
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080
     1440 x 1080
     1280 x 720
     848 x 480
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
    1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
    848 x 480
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080
     1440 x 1080
     1280 x 720
     848 x 480
     
     
     
    Image Sensor Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
    Total Megapixels 2.29MP 3MP
    BEST
    Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
    Sensor Type
    CMOS
     CMOS
    CMOS
     CMOS
    Effective Megapixels (image) 2.29MP Unknown - Click to provide data
    Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.29MP Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Storage Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
    Maximum Memory Card Size Unknown - Click to provide data 128GB
    Memory Slots 1 1
    Compatible Memory Cards
    SDXC SDHC
    MS Micro (M2) MicroSD (Transflash)
    MicroSDHC MicroSDXC
    microSD SD/SDHC
    SD/SDHC/SDXC
     SDXC
     SDHC
     MS Micro (M2)
     MicroSD (Transflash)
     MicroSDHC
     MicroSDXC
     microSD
     SD/SDHC
     SD/SDHC/SDXC
    SDXC SDHC
    MS Micro (M2) MicroSD (Transflash)
    MicroSDHC MicroSDXC
    microSD SD/SDHC
    SD/SDHC/SDXC
     SDXC
     SDHC
     MS Micro (M2)
     MicroSD (Transflash)
     MicroSDHC
     MicroSDXC
     microSD
     SD/SDHC
     SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Camcorder Media Type
    Memory card
     Memory card
    Memory card
     Memory card
     
     
     
    Focusing Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
    Closest Focusing Distance 0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
    Focus Adjustment
    Auto Manual
     Auto
     Manual
    Auto Manual
     Auto
     Manual
     
     
     
    Light Exposure Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
    Light Exposure Modes
    Auto Manual
     Auto
     Manual
    Auto Manual
     Auto
     Manual
     
     
     
    White Balance Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
    White Balance
    Auto Outdoor
    Push Indoor
     Auto
     Outdoor
     Push
     Indoor
    Auto Outdoor
    Push Indoor
     Auto
     Outdoor
     Push
     Indoor
     
     
     
    Shutter Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
    Camera Shutter Speed Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Display Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
    Display Diagonal 3"
    BEST
    2.7"
    Display Resolution (numeric) 460,800 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
    Display
    LCD
     LCD
    LCD
     LCD
     
     
     
    Camera Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
    Minimum Illumination 3lx Unknown - Click to provide data
    Self-Timer Delay Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Still Image Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
    Maximum Image Resolution
    4032 x 2272
     4032 x 2272
    4032 x 2272
     4032 x 2272
     
     
     
    Ports & Interfaces Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
    USB 2.0 Port 1 1
    Mini USB Port Unknown - Click to provide data 1
    Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity 1 1
     
     
     
    Battery Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
    Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
    Battery Voltage Unknown - Click to provide data 4.2V
    Battery Capacity Unknown - Click to provide data 1,700mAh
    Battery Technology
    Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
     Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
    Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
     Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
    Battery Supported 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Weight & Dimensions Sony HDR-CX450 Zoom Q8
    Weight 250g
    BEST
    260g
    Height 59.5mm 69mm
    Depth 128.5mm 158mm
    Width 57mm 48mm

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    reviews
    25g lighter
    Image
    stabilizer
    Zoom Q8
    Zoom
    Q8
    £286.80
    VS
    Sony HDRPJ410
    Sony
    HDRPJ410
    £246.49
    £40 Cheaper
    Better brand
    Vastly bigger
    digital zoom
    Bigger optical
    zoom
    Significantly
    better user
    reviews
    68% bigger
    total
    megapixels
    50g lighter
    Image
    stabilizer
    Wi-Fi
    Zoom Q8
    Zoom
    Q8
    £286.80
    A lot bigger total megapixels
    VS
    Canon Legria HF R806
    Canon
    Legria HF R806
    £245.00
    £42 Cheaper
    Better brand
    1,136x bigger
    digital zoom
    97% bigger
    optical zoom
    Hugely better
    user reviews
    Lighter
    Image
    stabilizer
    Zoom Q8
    Zoom
    Q8
    £286.80
    Better brand
    Bigger total megapixels
    2% lighter
    VS
    Panasonic HC-W580EB-K
    Panasonic
    HC-W580EB-K
    £238.00
    £49 Cheaper
    Bigger digital
    zoom
    Bigger optical
    zoom
    Larger display
    diagonal
    Image
    stabilizer
    Wi-Fi
    Zoom Q8
    Zoom
    Q8
    £286.80
    Bigger total megapixels
    VS
    Panasonic HC-V270
    Panasonic
    HC-V270
    £234.99
    £52 Cheaper
    Significantly
    better user
    reviews
    Better brand
    Vastly bigger
    digital zoom
    98% bigger
    optical zoom
    44g lighter
    Image
    stabilizer
    Wi-Fi
    Zoom Q8
    Zoom
    Q8
    £286.80
    Better brand
    Bigger total megapixels
    Slightly lighter
    VS
    Panasonic HC-W580
    Panasonic
    HC-W580
    £233.70
    £53 Cheaper
    Vastly bigger
    digital zoom
    Bigger optical
    zoom
    Larger display
    diagonal
    Image
    stabilizer
    Wi-Fi
    Zoom Q8
    Zoom
    Q8
    £286.80
    Better brand
    30g lighter
    4% larger display diagonal
    Microphone in
    VS
    Panasonic HX-WA30
    Panasonic
    HX-WA30
    £281.99
    £5 Cheaper
    97% bigger
    digital zoom
    13.4MP bigger
    total
    megapixels
    Significantly
    bigger optical
    zoom
    Image
    stabilizer
    Wi-Fi
    Sony HDR-CX450
    Sony
    HDR-CX450
    £229.99
    Vastly smaller closest focusing distance
    Better brand
    Bigger optical zoom
    Marginally better user reviews
    Higher maximum aperture number
    Image stabilizer
    VS
    Ricoh Theta S
    Ricoh
    Theta S
    £189.99
    £40 Cheaper
    125g lighter
    More popular
    11.71MP bigger
    total
    megapixels