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Sony HDR-CX405

£198.00
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A critically acclaimed and very popular 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with an affordable price and great features
30x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.29MP 1" Jan 2015
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Sony HDR-CX405 Review

With excellent reviews and representing value for money, we have ranked the Sony HDR-CX405 number 4 in best selling camcorders and number 19 across all camcorders.
94
Reviews
986 Reviews
89
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Age
3 Years Old
85
Overall Score
Excellent

Why Has it Scored 85?

It has very good expert reviews and great user reviews with 95% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others. HP camcorders also have excellent reviews in general.
This camcorder is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer camcorders with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest camcorders 2018.
This Sony camcorder is one of the best selling video cameras currently on the market. View best selling video cameras January 2018.
Customers report it is reasonably priced, product quality and it is a good size. However they also report unacceptable noise level.
The HDR-CX405 has some great features:
Very light
Progressive recording
PlayMemories home6
Dual memory card compatibility
Manual settings for iris and shutter speed
Picture effect
Event browse
Smile shutter4
Intelligent auto
Face detection4
Dual record mode
Dual video recording2
9.2MP still image capture
Bigger than average optical zoom
ZEISS lens
BIONZ X image processor
Exmor R CMOS sensor
Built-in USB cable
Motion shot video
Highlight movie maker
Exceptional image quality
Up to 26.8mm wide-angle lens
Optical steadyshot with intelligent active mode
Supports HDMI
Has an image stabilizer
X type battery operation

Should You Buy it Now?

Our unique forecasting algorithm looks at historic price trends and predicts the most likely price change over the next 2 weeks. There was a cheaper price of £138.05 on Amazon UK 66 days ago. We predict that the price will go down again.
There is a 59% chance that the price will go down. However the future is never certain and there remains a chance that the price will actually go up. Get Price Alerts.

Sony HDR-CX405 Video Reviews

Sony HDR-CX405 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Excellent Expert Reviews

This camcorder received a score of 90 out of 100 from expert review site allesbeste.de. If all the camcorders are ranked by average expert review score then this Sony camcorder is in the top 8%.

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Good User Reviews

Based on 985 user reviews the average user rating of this Sony video camera is 88%. Over 88% of reviewers gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 95% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Customers Report That it is Fairly Priced

121 people who bought it agreed that it was good value for money.

Users Report Excellent Product Quality

112 customers who reviewed the product considered that it was good quality, however 14 people said that it was not of a good quality. and 14 owners reckoned that the product was not good quality.

Customers Report That it is a Good Size

38 owners who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was compact, 31 owners thought it was lightweight and 15 customers who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to carry around. three people who bought it reckoned that it was a good size.

Customers Report That it is Easy to Use

196 owners thought the Sony HDR-CX405 was easy to use, nine owners said in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus and eight customers who bought the product considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. four owners who purchased it mentioned that it was easy to setup.

Users Report Unacceptable Noise Level

Three customers who bought this camcorder considered that it was noisy.

  • There is lots of noise (grainy looking…
  • Turns on, records great, background noise comes out minimal…
  • Because the camera does NOT provide any port to connect external microphone, so the motor noise problem is almost impossible to solve…
    OTP (Amazon) - May 2015

Users Report a Good Quality Lens

50 people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom, six owners who reviewed the Sony HDR-CX405 reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser and four people who purchased it agreed that it had a good lens. three customers who reviewed it thought it had a good autofocus.

Popular Choice

According to sales data from Amazon, the HDR-CX405 is a popular choice amongst people who bought camcorders in the last 3 months.

Very Good Brand

Based on 9,817 owner and expert reviews (including 2,796 verified purchases), Sony has very good reviews for its video cameras. 91% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Excellent Design

24 people who purchased the product thought it was good looking, three owners mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was well designed and two owners wrote in their reviews that it was smooth. two people mentioned in their reviews that it was neat.

Users Report Helpful Technical Guidance

Three customers who purchased this camcorder agreed that it had good technical guidance.

Customers Report Superior Technical Features

12 owners said in their reviews that it had good features.

Users Report Superior Battery Life

21 customers who bought the product thought it had a good battery life.

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

13 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Sony HDR-CX405 had a good screen.

  • Nice display…
    Jb72 (Bestbuy.com) - January 2017
  • The size of this camera is great! It easily goes with us all the time to be able to capture all of baby's firsts! Great display screen! Easy to figure out how to use…
    Newmom (Bestbuy.com) - January 2016
  • Full 180 degree rotation of screen makes it easy to shoot from various positions…
  • The view finder is not very solid though…
    Stewq (Bestbuy.com) - December 2015
  • Crisp, clear and easy to use joystick and menu functions, large enough view finder, zoom, etc…
  • Wish it was a touch screen to make selecting functions a little easier…
  • It is light and compact, with a clear screen…
  • So far it looks nice and the screen looks beautiful when recording…
    Sandra Huerta (Amazon) - December 2015
  • There is no viewfinder.
    JK (Amazon) - August 2015
  • A useful feature is the screen grid (selected from the menus) which aids greatly in setting up a shot to combat leaning verticals or angled horizons…
    JK (Amazon) - August 2015

Users Report That it is Robust

Seven owners mentioned in their reviews that it was well made and two owners who reviewed the Sony HDR-CX405 agreed that it was strong and durable.

Value For Money

Terrific Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews and good features but is over 6 months old. However at £198.00 it is in the cheapest 44% of video cameras.

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Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Sony HDR-CX405 and the United Kingdom price of £198.00 was the cheapest.

The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $191.93 (£264.15).

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-CX405 in January 2015.

Features

Very Small Total Megapixels

The smallest total megapixels of camcorders is 0.3MP, the biggest is 50MP, and the average total megapixels is 7.8MP. The total megapixels of the HDR-CX405 of only 2.29MP is smaller than average when compared to most other camcorders. It is in the smallest 12% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Resolution

This video camera has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders.

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Very Light

The weight of the HDR-CX405 of only 215g is lighter than average when compared to most other camcorders. It is lighter than 65% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature. The lightest camcorder is 50g , the heaviest is 7.5kg, and the average weight is 570g.

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Bigger Than Average Optical Zoom

The optical zoom of the HDR-CX405 of 30x is bigger than average when compared to most other video cameras. It is bigger than 71% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature. Camcorders have optical zooms of between 1x and 70x, and the average optical zoom is 19x.

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Very Small Optical Sensor Size

The smallest optical sensor size of video cameras is 0.12", the largest is 1.8", and the average optical sensor size is 0.37". The Sony HDR-CX405's optical sensor size of only 0.172" is smaller than average when compared to most other camcorders. It is smaller than 92% of all video cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-CX405 has an image stabilizer. 69% of camcorders also have an image stabilizer.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The HDR-CX405 supports a maximum still image resolution of 640 x 480. That's 85% lower still image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most common resolution supported by video cameras. The worst resolution of all camcorders is 640 x 360 and the best is 4912 x 3680.

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Smaller Than Average Display Diagonal

Across all the camcorders the display diagonals range from 1.3" to 9", and the average display diagonal is 3". The display diagonal of the HDR-CX405 of only 2.7" is smaller than 84% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature.

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Supports HDMI

HDMI

The HDR-CX405 supports HDMI. 70% of camcorders also support HDMI.

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Bigger Than Average Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of camcorders is 1.5x, the biggest is 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 460x. The HDR-CX405's digital zoom of 350x is bigger than average when compared to most other camcorders. It is bigger than 73% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-CX405 is Full HD. 70% of camcorders also are Full HD.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony HDR-CX405 has a built-in microphone. 54% of camcorders also have a built-in microphone.

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Has a Face Detection

The HDR-CX405 has a face detection. 70% of camcorders do not have a face detection.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

sony 4548736001114, info hdrcx405bceh, sony hdrcx405bceh, sony n129028w, sony b41dzs00, sony b41dza00, sony 63ypp

Barcodes:

00027242886155, 04548736001091, 04548736001107, 04548736001114, 04548736016804

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