Sony HDRCX405 Handycam Full HD Camcorder

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Record with remarkable clarity and detail with the HDRCX405 Handycam Full HD Camcorder from Sony which boasts an enhanced and expedient design featuring a 2.7" Clear Photo LCD Screen, an XAVC S recording format, an Exmor R CMOS Sensor, a Zeiss Vario-Tessar with a 26.8mm Wide Angle Lens, a 60x Clear Image Zoom, and much more beauty.

Key Features

  • Precise: uses an XAVC S recording format enabling high bit rate recording of up to 50Mbps, suppresses compression noise and delivers Full HD images where you can achieve lifelike clarity each time.
  • Clear: use the Intelligent Active Mode via Sony’s Optical SteadyShot to shoot action-packed scenes with unsurpassed stability, and to experience the latest in optical image stabilisation which allows for smooth recording even when zooming in or running after a subject.
  • Consistent: contains a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor which ensures stunning performance through its deliverance of clearer and sharper images and drastically reduced noise even in low light.
  • High-quality: embodies a high-performance Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens featuring a brilliant spectrum of shades, and enables an overall outstanding image quality complete with high resolution, sharp detail, contrast, and colour rendition. And with Sony’s By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, you’ll still achieve crisp sharp results when using the Clear Image Zoom function - even after 60x magnification.
  • Expedient: quickly select your greatest moments and start editing with Highlight Movie Maker which automatically takes your best scenes and then creates a highlight movie with background music. 
All Product Details
Brand Sony
Product Type Video Cameras
Model HDRCX405
Camera Features
Screen Type Clear Photo LCD
Screen Size 2.7"
Sensor Type 1/5.8 type(3.1mm) back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS Sensor
Video Quality Full HD
Optical Zoom 30x
Enhanced Zoom 350x
Stabilisation Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ intelligent Active mode
Media Type SD, SDHC, SDXC
Face Detection Yes
Connector Type 1x Micro HDMI
USB 1 x USB 2.0
Product Width 5.4cm
Product Depth 12.8cm
Product Height 5.95cm
Product Weight 0.19kg
Manufacturers 12 Months
Sony HDRCX405 Handycam Full HD Camcorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 49.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from small but powerful Having had a high quality camcorder for some years I decided I wanted one that recorded to a memory card rather than mini tapes. I must admit that I thought it would be as simple as putting the card in a card reader as I do with my DSLR camera. I was a little disturbed at having to use a Sony site to download but after a short session of familiarisation I found it quite easy. The quality of the pictures and sound is very good and the handycam fits very easily into a pocket. With a little more time and practice I believe I will really enjoy my purchase.
Date published: 2015-04-22
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive Performance I spent a long time researching - I'm talking months - before deciding which handycam to buy. I was looking for a quality high definition performance within my tight budget. And I wanted the option of manual control over certain camera settings such as shutter, aperture, focus and white balance to give me the freedom to capture specific creative results outside the range of the auto point-and-shoot and in-built scene selection features. I chose the Sony CX405 because its specification gives me everything I want, including the means of easily capturing the action in MP4 format for display on the Internet. For me, image performance is paramount. A camera can have all the features in the world but if the final on-screen image is lacking in sharpness, definition, or realistic colour rendering it would be a complete non-starter. At the time of writing this, I've completed my initial tests with the CX405 using a selection of the wide range of video resolution settings it offers and I have to say the Zeiss Tessar lens and Sony's Exmor R CMOS sensor deliver an image clarity which is, to say the least, outstandingly good. The CX405 records primarily in the .m2ts format which isn't likely to be properly understood by any existing movie software you have, so I strongly recommend you download Sony's free Play Memories Home software which handles .m2ts video files with ease and allows you to use them in a variety of ways. Although the CX405 will record in MP4 format if you wish using its dual-record facility, the Play Memories Home software also provides the means of easily converting the default high quality .m2ts format files into MP4 format - which is useful if you've chosen to shoot only in the .m2ts format and later decide you'd like the clip in MP4 format for use on the Internet. It also means you can import the MP4 file into your existing movie software and manipulate it and its sound track in any way you wish. In short, in my experience the CX405 produces great results with the fully auto point-and-shoot setting and provides the means of getting really creative using the optional manual controls.
Date published: 2015-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use CX405 .I bought this for a holiday we had planned and I am so pleased I did. It was so easy to use and after a few practices I soon found any problems were easy to solve. Light and compact it was great to handle and manoeuvre giving great results. I have never had such good footage of our grandchildren, all the family in fact, which, will be enjoyed by our grandchildren when they film their own family, hopefully. I use it every month to show how the children are growing and maturing. It's wonderful for us an excellent purchace.
Date published: 2016-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Quality Movies I have had this device for a month now. I bought it to take on a trip to New Zealand and Fiji for Christmas so I have spent lots of time learning how to get the best from it. In a nutshell, it is simple to use and the quality of the movies and the still photos is second to none. If I were forced to make a criticism, I would say that it suffers from a grainy quality if the light levels are too low. What camera doesn't? ,
Date published: 2015-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile beginners camcorder Replacement for an ancient camcorder, menus easy to set up, had a flickering on right side of picture initially but it cleared quickly
Date published: 2015-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great quality i have had this camera for some time now. And i am very impressed with the 1080p footage it outputs. As it is crystal clear. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a camcorder in this price range. However the only issue with it, is the file type. Being a .MTS file it is very hard to find editing software that works with the file type.
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Straight forward and easy to use This is the first camera I have used that does not need a tape. I found it very easy to use and given its price, extremely good quality. The steady shot capability and zoom was particularly impressive.
Date published: 2015-06-17
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What's in the box
  • Sony HDR-CX405 Camcorder
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • USB AC Adapter
  • HDMI (micro) Cable
  • USB Connection Support Cable
  • Operating Guide
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