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Sony HDR-CX405 Camcorder

2.29MP 1/5 215g Jan 2015
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Good brand
Full HD
Only 1" optical sensor size
205 Reviews

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Reviews

Good Brand

We checked 4,270 expert and user reviews (including 56 verified purchases) for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically within its small total megapixels camcorders range. 100% 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-CX405.


Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-CX405 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 350 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX405 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Other 350x (digital) video cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the HDR-PJ620, or the HDR-CX130E + 16GB SD both from Sony which has better reviews.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Legria HF R606 (1,140x), the Vixia HF R600 (1,140x), or the Legria HF R66 (£269.99) (1,140x) all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 30 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-CX405 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 30x (optical) video cameras currently available including the HDR-CX130E + 16GB SD, or the HDR-PJ620 both from Sony which has better reviews.

If this small total megapixels camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Legria HF R606 (32x), the Vixia HF R600 (32x), or the Legria HF R66 (£269.99) (32x) all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

Small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera have display diagonals of between 1.4" and 4.3". The HDR-CX405 has a fairly small display diagonal (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

If this Sony camcorder display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ620 (3" and higher rated), or the Canon Legria HF R606 (3" and higher rated).

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HDR-CX405 supports HDMI. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also support HDMI.

There are a number of other video cameras which support HDMI currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Sony HVR-Z7.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The HDR-CX405 has a composite video out. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera also have a composite video out.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-CX405 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also are Full HD.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

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

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.29 megapixels, the HDR-CX405 has a quite high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera. The effective megapixels (movie) of camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (image)

The lowest effective megapixels (image) of video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera is 1.1MP, the highest is 10MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.4MP. The HDR-CX405 has a quite high effective megapixels (image) (2.29 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Focusing

Has a Face Detection

The HDR-CX405 has a face detection. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago also have a face detection.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The Sony HDR-CX405 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder, the HDR-CX405 does not have a built-in flash.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDR-CX405 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDR-CX405 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also have a built-in microphone.

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Still Image

1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This camcorder supports a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 480|1920 x 1080|3024 x 2272|4032 x 2272, which is the most commonly supported still image resolution(s) on small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers beach camera e1snhdrcx240b, sony hdrcx405bsr32uy2atq, focus camera hdrcx405k3, focus camera hdrcx405b, sony hdrcx405bk1, sony hdrcx405be
Barcodes 00027242886148, 00027242886155, 00616256356985, 00616639721188, 00845251067408, 04548736001091, 04548736001107, 04548736001114

Sony HDR-CX405 Review Sources

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