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2.29MP 1/5.8 215g Jan 2015
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29 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this camcorder rated it as 83 out of 100.

Reasonably Priced

A number of Sony HDR-CX405 owners who reviewed the Sony HDR-CX405 agreed that it was good value for money. Alan Moore said “Good for the price” in his review of this camcorder. Amazon Customer wrote two years ago “Audio at a very reasonable price” . Amazon Customer also mentioned “I think it suits the purpose of catching memories for an affordable price”.

Several Sony HDR-CX405 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product was a bargain for the price. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Felt plastic and cheap, picture quality was poor” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX405. Amazon Guy said on Amazon “Much better deal! With the right settings this camera is ausome!” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX405 and gave the Sony HDR-CX405 an excellent review score. Bonnie Andy wrote in her review on Amazon “Feels a bit cheap as it is mostly plastic”.

Several Sony HDR-CX405 reviewers considered that it was cheap. Last year Amazon Guy said on Amazon “Great budget camera”. Bonnie Andy wrote in her review on Amazon “I say, treat yourself to this great budget price camera”. In January last year Boombucket wrote “Holidays as its not super expensive”.

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Good Quality Lens

Fourteen customers who reviewed the product considered that it had a good zoom. Two years ago Amazon Customer mentioned in their Sony HDR-CX405 review “The zoom is fabulous”. Brandy said on Amazon in January last year “Clear video & great zoom” and rated it as excellent. D C rated the product 4 stars and said “The resolution is very good, however, if you zoom in you'll find that the pictures do get considerably blurrier” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX405.

A few Sony HDR-CX405 reviewers who bought it agreed that it had a good lens. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “The only complaint I have is the lens cover is very flimsy” in their review of this camcorder and scored it 5 stars. Two years ago Jim gave the product an excellent rating and he wrote “The quality of the lens is fantastic” in his Sony HDR-CX405 review. Ken W. wrote in January last year “This new model doesn't have the Carl Zeiss lens or as large/high quality CCD as I'm used to” in his review of this camcorder.

Three customers who bought it agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. In January last year Amazon Customer rated the Sony HDR-CX405 as excellent and wrote “I have a slight tremor in my hand and the stabilization is excellent”. Graham Curry said on Amazon two years ago “Therefore simple to use for beginners, excellent picture quality, image stabilisation and sound quality” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

A number of people who reviewed it considered that it had a good autofocus. Jimmy said on Amazon “The screen rotates, full manual control of focus, exposure, Iris” in his review of the Sony HDR-CX405. Two years ago Jk rated the product 80 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “A smaller (+) iris setting (sharper focus”.

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Easy to Use

Fourty people agreed that it was easy to use. Amazon Customer rated the Sony HDR-CX405 80 out of 100 and said “Very simple to use, very small”. Amazon Customer also said “Easy to use and high quality”. Amazon Customer also wrote “The screen bends in all directions which is handy for pointing the camcorder downwards, for selfies etc, especially when using a small tripod or selfie stick”.

Four people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony HDR-CX405 was comfortable and easy to hold. Ken W. wrote on Amazon “It's comfortable to wear on your hand for hours at a time” in his review of the Sony HDR-CX405 however he only gave it a score of 60 out of 100. In January last year Lawrence D. said in his Sony HDR-CX405 review on Amazon “I bought a 64gb class 5 memory card that has enough storage to hold 5 or 6( or probably more) full games”.

A number of customers considered that the product was easy to use the menus. Fran mentioned “There are plenty of settings for any kind of shooting”. Jk said in their review “Many features and settings are available within the menus, accessed from within rather than by outside controls”. John T. wrote on Amazon “Great battery life (BTW battery life of Sony battery much better than Watson), fast zoom, great stabilization, easy menu navigation”.

One customer considered that the product had a good interface. Boombucket gave the product a rating of 4 stars and said “The user interface is easy to understand”. One person who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to setup.

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Good Battery Life

Several Sony HDR-CX405 reviewers reckoned that it had a good battery life. Amazon Customer mentioned “Down or left to right, what a bonus! Battery life is excellent, I bought a spare battery on eBay for about £4 which performs just as well”. Bryan Corcoran said “My only issue is battery life” in his review of the Sony HDR-CX405. Danny wrote on Amazon “Shut the lens cover If you want to record with the LCD closed to save battery power you can't” in his Sony HDR-CX405 review however despite that he scored it 20 out of 100.

One Sony HDR-CX405 reviewer thought it was quick to charge. Paul said in his review of the Sony HDR-CX405 on Amazon “From flat it takes about 2 hours to charge and on holiday in Disney recently lasted me nearly 2 days on one charge with intermittent recording throughout both days”.

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Robust

A few Sony HDR-CX405 owners who reviewed it concluded that it was well made. Last year D C mentioned “The cool thing about this camcorder, like a lot out there is that the charger is built into it”. Das Em mentioned on Amazon “Record needs with solid HD video recording, this is a great little camera! My purposes are simple, I need a camcorder that's light, takes good quality video with good sound” in their review of this camcorder. Two years ago Samir Al-Busaidy wrote on Amazon “Image ON THE DISPLAY (in built) is Amazing, I hope I will get as good or better image on videos”.

A number of customers who reviewed this camcorder said that it was strong and durable. Aiden mentioned last year “Cant really fault the video camera -- Be very careful I dropped this handy cam onto the floor on the carpet” in their Sony HDR-CX405 review. Das Em said “Sony has always done a great job on making tough, unassuming camcorders” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX405 and gave the Sony HDR-CX405 a score of 5 stars. Jason wrote on Amazon “Has lasted this long in his hands so I will say it is pretty durable too” in his Sony HDR-CX405 review and scored the product 5 stars.

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Nice Design

Eleven Sony HDR-CX405 reviewers thought it was good looking. Alan Moore said on Amazon “Auto focus is pretty snappy as is the white balance if moving between lighting conditions”. Das Em mentioned “It still feels pretty solid”. Last year Finwiz gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned “Provides a beautiful picture for everyday family recording” in their Sony HDR-CX405 review.

A number of Sony HDR-CX405 owners considered that it was smooth. Alfie Brown wrote on Amazon “The video is beautifully smooth and elegant” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX405. One Sony HDR-CX405 owner who purchased the product mentioned that it was neat. Last year D C mentioned “The build quality is immaculate” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX405.

One Sony HDR-CX405 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good design. Jessica mentioned on Amazon two years ago “It's a design flaw that's for sure”.

One customer said that it was ergonomic. L. Roth scored it very highly and mentioned on Amazon “I could be a little happier with the placement of the controls from an ergonomic standpoint”.

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Good Size

Several customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good weight. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “Light weight and fits great in the palm of your hand”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “It is simply light weight and easy to manage with adjustable strap”. Joanna Rowan she mentioned on Amazon “Light weight! Great quality”.

A few people wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to carry around. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Brilliant! Light and easy to use” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX405 and rated it as excellent. David Golanth2020 he said on Amazon “A very light and easy to use video camera” in his review. Mohamed B. said two years ago “Surprisingly light and easy to hold” in his Sony HDR-CX405 review.

A number of people said in their reviews that it was compact. In January last year Dts mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Very compact with decent sound”. J Alfred gave it a score of 4 stars and said in their review of this camcorder “Easy to use, great zoom, compact”. Lagarto gave this camcorder a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review on Amazon two years ago “Cheap, compact, takes decent video”.

Several people considered that it was lightweight. Ken W. said on Amazon last year “Very lightweight” but in spite of that he only rated it 3 stars. Speaking from Direct Experience said on Amazon “Lightweight, image stabilization, great mileage on a battery charge” but despite that they only rated the product 40 out of 100. Tammy M Adams said on Amazon “Lightweight and easily portable” in her review of this camcorder.

One Sony HDR-CX405 reviewer considered that it was heavy and bulky. Das Em wrote in January last year “It doesn't feel heavy at all, sometimes people associate lightness with it being cheap in quality” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX405.

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Good Product Quality

Fifty-eight Sony HDR-CX405 reviewers who reviewed the Sony HDR-CX405 thought it was good quality. Alan G. Ferguson wrote in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “Amazing quality”. Alan G. Ferguson also mentioned “Extremely high quality video imagery! Japanese technology”. Alan Moore wrote on Amazon “Its image quality is sharp though” in his Sony HDR-CX405 review however despite that he only gave this camcorder a score of 3 stars.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few Sony HDR-CX405 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good screen. Amazon Customer rated the product 80 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “The little fold out screen is fine when the sun does not shine” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX405. Geoff Pritchard wrote last year “Picture quality is good easy to use however construction is weak not a robust bit of kit at all screen swivel is flimsy” . Jk said “In strong sunlight a screen can sometimes be overpowered.” in their Sony HDR-CX405 review.

A Best Selling Camcorder

According to sales data from Amazon, the HDR-CX405 is one the top selling video camera currently available.

Good Brand

We checked 3,411 owner and expert reviews for Sony camcorders and found that on average Sony has good ratings. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically within its small total megapixels video cameras range.

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Good Connectivity

A few Sony HDR-CX405 reviewers who bought the Sony HDR-CX405 agreed that it was good in terms of USB connections. Amazon Customer wrote in their Sony HDR-CX405 review on Amazon “I love the built in usb charger/data transfer cable”. Jim mentioned two years ago “They've even got this cool setup where the USB is actually attached to the camera”. Paul mentioned in his Sony HDR-CX405 review last year “My only bug bear is the little built in USB charger cable on the strap” and scored the product very highly.

One customer who purchased the Sony HDR-CX405 wrote that it was good in terms of HDMI connections.

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Good Technical Features

Some Sony HDR-CX405 reviewers wrote that the product had good features. Bonnie Andy gave it a very good review score and she wrote “More than enough features in the selection of menus”. Ian Craig said in his Sony HDR-CX405 review two years ago “The quality of the footage that I took is super with the help of some nice features tucked away in the menus” . James Tang said on Amazon “The features were exactly the same except for the zoom was increased from 54 to 60”.

Acceptable Noise Level

A few customers considered that the Sony HDR-CX405 was quiet. Doug said in his review “A quiet nature scene, or are fussy about quality, then forget it”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-CX405 is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDR-CX405 are not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might also be worth considering include the HC-V110[pl_1939467_price], or the AG-HCK10[pl_1974555_price] both from Panasonic.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HDR-CX405, the HDR-CX405 has an HDMI.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other video cameras with an HDMI currently available including cheaper video cameras such as the Panasonic HC-V130[plb_2196459_price].

Other video cameras which also have an HDMI that you might want to look at include the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-CX405 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDR-CX405 also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to consider including the Panasonic HC-V130[plb_2196459_price] which is cheaper.

It is worth also looking at other camcorders which also have an image stabilizer including the HC-V110[pl_1939467_price], or the AG-HCK10[pl_1974555_price] both from Panasonic.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has Six Scene Modess

The number of scene modes found on the HDR-CX405 is more than most video cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This video camera has an Spotlight scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX405. The scene modess "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Portrait", "Beach" and "Snow" are also found on this Sony camcorder.

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Supports Two Audio Formats Supporteds

The HDR-CX405 has a greater number of audio formats than most comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is WAV, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC and PCM are also supported by this camcorder.

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1080i Supported Video Modes

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. The worst video mode of all camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDR-CX405 is 576i and the best is 1080p.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the Sony HDR-CX405 has a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Panasonic HC-V130[plb_2196459_price] which is cheaper.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a built-in display that you might want to consider including the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price].

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

At 2.29 megapixels, the Sony HDR-CX405 has a quite high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX405. The effective megapixels (movie)s of small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 0.41MP to 1,300,000MP.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of 2.29 megapixels, the HDR-CX405 has a fairly high effective megapixels (image) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX405. Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX405 the effective megapixels (image)s range from 1.1MP to 10MP.

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Has Three White Balances

The HDR-CX405 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on video cameras of this spec and age. The white balances "Indoor" and "Outdoor" are also found on this Sony camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution(s)

This camcorder supports a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 480|1920 x 1080|3024 x 2272|4032 x 2272, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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7 Reasons Against

Poor Support

Several Sony HDR-CX405 owners who reviewed the Sony HDR-CX405 considered that it did not have good technical guidance. Amazon Customer wrote “Great camera, bad instructions” in their review. Carol Dutcher mentioned in his Sony HDR-CX405 review “The instructions were not good either” . Dwight said in his review of the Sony HDR-CX405 “If im stupid somebody help me” and scored it 2 stars.

Price Increase of £9.01

The HDR-CX405 has increased in price by £9.01 in the last 49 days.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX405, the HDR-CX405 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras of this spec and age do not have a night mode. The Sony HDR-CX405 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D

Most camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDR-CX405 are not 3D. The HDR-CX405 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Not Waterproof

The HDR-CX405 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX405 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-CX405, the HDR-CX405 does not have a built-in projector.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX405

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this Sony camcorder was released.

Average Digital Zoom

At 350 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX405 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDR-CX405.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Sony HDR-CX405 has a relatively standard optical zoom (30 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HDR-CX405.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the HDR-CX405 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 2.7" screen size camcorders and we think the Panasonic HC-V130[plb_2196459_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Average Weight

The Sony HDR-CX405 has a fairly typical weight (215 grams) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-V130[plb_2196459_price] (181g and cheaper).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Minimum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Shooting Modes
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer Delay
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details
USB Charging

User Reviews

(192)
Reviewed 8 March 2015 by Correy Sanders

I purchased three of these to upgrade from two old Canon XL1's. Yes, believe it or not! MiniDV is old, Firewire transfer is old, heavy camera weights fatigue your cameramen. We've come a long way... Read more…

Reviewed 18 May 2015 by Shinji-P

Upon seeing the positive reviews for this tiny Handycam, I thought it would make a great, extremely cheap replacement for my 4-camera event shooting setup. I own a HDR-CX150 from 2010 with a 1/4"... Read more…

Reviewed 19 February 2015 by SkraMnoR
SkraMnoR would recommend the Sony HDR-CX405 (Verified Purchase)

If you know, going in, that this camera is not going to be the camera you make your independent film with and use it for what is good at you will not be disappointed.The camera has a relatively... Read more…

Reviewed 3 June 2015 by AZE

Pros: - Outdoors in bright sun light the picture quality is pretty good. - Impressive zoom distance and quality in bright sunlight. - Easy to navigate menus. Cons: - Poor video quality indoors... Read more…

Reviewed 21 April 2015 by JTendy
JTendy would recommend the Sony HDR-CX405

I gotta give this one 5 stars. It's not a pro camera by any means, definitely entry level. But for [$] you get a LOT. Great battery life, fast zoom, great stabilization, easy menu navigation. What... Read more…

Jo would recommend the Sony HDR-CX405 (Verified Purchase)

Ships with the adapter need to use in full size reader, but the camera itself uses just the micro SD card. So very small, I just hope it doesn't get lost. Otherwise, loving the mp4 formatted files... Read more…

Reviewed 27 July 2015 by Squabler

When objects move, or when you move, there are these glitch lines, no matter if you're in 60p or 60i mode. This happens in good or bad lighting. On the other hand, I don't find that there is an... Read more…

Reviewed 21 March 2015 by Mark
Mark would recommend the Sony HDR-CX405

I needed a travel cam to hand a novice to capture image stabilized B roll. This is light as a feather and can fit in a man's cargo pants. This cam is simple. You'll be able to figure out all the... Read more…

Reviewed 21 December 2015 by Nothing but the truth
Nothing but the truth would recommend the Sony HDR-CX405 (Verified Purchase)

The camera takes nice video. I bought this video camera with a microSDHC Memory Card. What the B&H website did not make clear is that this camera needs a SDXC card (not SDHC) in order to shoot in... Read more…

Reviewed 26 October 2015 by Jhonna the photographer
Jhonna the photographer would recommend the Sony HDR-CX405

Bought this camera to shoot high school sports for the coach at the high school!!! took me some time to figure out how to put it on dvd for him but done!!!! The picture is great very clear!! Just... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrcx405, sony hdrcx405b, sony hdrcx405bk1, focus camera hdrcx405, focus camera hdrcx405b, focus camera hdrcx405k3, beach camera e1snhdrcx240, beach camera e1snhdrcx240b
Barcodes 00027242886148, 00027242886155, 00616256356985, 00616639721188, 00845251067408, 04548736001091, 04548736001107, 04548736001114

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2.6lx Smaller Minimum Illumination
Better User Reviews
Hugely Bigger Digital Zoom
£249 More Expensive
25% Heavier

Sony HXR-NX3 vs Sony HDR-CX405

Sony HXR-NX3 vs Sony HDR-CX405
Sony HXR-NX3 Sony HDR-CX405
£ 3,086.34 £198.95
Smaller Minimum Illumination
Smaller
SDXC Memory Card
Twice the Optical Sensor Size
£2,887 More Expensive
91% Heavier
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