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Sony HDR-CX400E Camcorder

£298.00
9.2MP 1/5 190g Feb 2015
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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Full HD
Has an image stabilizer
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Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Based on 4,270 expert and user reviews (including 383 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its camcorders. Sony also has good ratings specifically within its medium total megapixels camcorders range compared to other brands. 88% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Two Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Sony released the HDR-CX400E.


Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Sony HDR-CX400E supports HDMI. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder also support HDMI.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Sony HDR-CX400E has a DC-in jack. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder also have a DC-in jack.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDR-CX400E has an image stabilizer. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera also have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

Medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder have digital zooms of between 2x and 1,800x, and the average digital zoom is 160x. The Sony HDR-CX400E has a fairly big digital zoom (350 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 350x (digital) camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ530 (£429).

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Average Optical Zoom

The HDR-CX400E has a fairly average optical zoom (30 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Number

The HDR-CX400E has a fairly high maximum aperture number (10) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder. The maximum aperture numbers of medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera range from 1.8 to 34.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 984 millimeters, the HDR-CX400E has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. Camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 2.7mm and 2,300mm.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years range from 1.5" to 4". With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the HDR-CX400E has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

If you want a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ530 (£429) (3" and higher rated).

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Sony HDR-CX400E has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-CX400E is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also are Full HD.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think the Canon EOS C300 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

Video cameras of this age and type have bitrate at maximum video resolutions of between 9 Mbit/s and 50 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 32 Mbit/s. At 50 megabits per second, the HDR-CX400E has a quite big bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 190 grams, the HDR-CX400E has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The Sony HDR-CX400E supports On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder also support On Screen Display (OSD).

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Sony HDR-CX400E has a self-timer. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have a self-timer.

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Still Image

Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The Sony HDR-CX400E supports a maximum still image resolution of 640 x 480. That's 85% less still image resolution than the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080 (which is also supported by this Sony camcorder). This video camera also support a still image resolution(s) of 4032 x 2272 and 3024 x 2272.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) is in fact the worst supported still image resolution across all medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

Across similar types of video camera the best supported still image resolution is 4608 x 3456.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony HDR-CX400E supports near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera also support near Field Communication (NFC).

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Features Wi-Fi

The Sony HDR-CX400E features wi-Fi. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder also feature wi-Fi.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The HDR-CX400E has a face detection, as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

Medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 1.5m. At only 0.01 meters, the HDR-CX400E has a fairly small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this camcorder.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

Like most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this video camera, the HDR-CX400E does not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Sony HDR-CX400E does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth noting that most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera also do not have a built-in flash.

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Audio

Has a Wind Filter

The Sony HDR-CX400E has a wind filter, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDR-CX400E has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDR-CX400E has a built-in microphone. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago also have a built-in microphone.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HDR-CX400E has an AC adapter included. Most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The HDR-CX400E has a batteries included. Most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a batteries included.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027242886131, 04905524924923

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