Sony HDR-CX405 HD Handycam

Sony HDR-CX405 HD Handycam

Sony HDR-CX405 HD Handycam

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  • Full HD Video / 9.2MP Stills
  • Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Bionz X Processor
  • Zeiss 30x Optical Zoom Lens
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • XAVC S Recoding, AVCHD, and MP4
  • 2.7" Flip-Out LCD View Screen
  • Supports Memory Stick Micro Media Cards
  • Supports microSD/SDHC/SDXC Media Cards
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Sony HDR-CX405 overview

  • 1Description

The Sony HDR-CX405 HD Handycam features an Exmor R CMOS sensor and a wide-angle Carl Zeiss zoom lens with 30x optical zoom. The CX-405 captures Full HD 1920 x 1080 video at 60p and 9.2MP still images to optional Memory Stick Micro and microSD/SDHC/SDXC media cards. The Exmor R CMOS sensor is designed for increased sensitivity in low light situations and the Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Intelligent Active Mode delivers smooth video. Users can monitor and playback footage via the 2.7" LCD display with 230K dot resolution.

The camera records using XAVC S codec at up to 50 Mb/s and features dual recording, which lets you simultaneously capture both high-quality AVCHD and web-optimized MP4 files. The Intelligent Auto mode analyzes your shot and automatically selects the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes, with 60 different possible combinations. A built-in USB 2.0 cable provides a connection to your computer for charging or file transfer and fits conveniently into the hand strap, so it's out of the way until you need it. The camera accepts a rechargeable X type battery pack for power.

1080/60p and 9.2MP Still Images
Create high definition 1920 x 1080 60p videos and take high quality 9.2MP still images. Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor is designed for compact cameras and camcorders. The sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, which maximizes the light gathering area per pixel and achieves better results in low light conditions.
Wide Angle Carl Zeiss Lens
The lens has a 35mm equivalent of 26.8mm at the wide end of the focal range. Shoot distant subjects with a 30x optical zoom.
2.7" LCD Display
The 2.7" (16:9) LCD features 230K dot resolution for sharp, bright, vivid images, enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene.
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Intelligent Active Mode
Compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting.
Minimum Illumination
  • Standard: 6 lux (1/30 shutter speed)
  • Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 shutter speed)
Intelligent Auto
Selects from ten different settings including Portrait, Baby, Walk, Tripod, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, and Low Light to choose the best settings for your shot.
Scene Modes
Available scene modes include auto, night, sunrise/sunset, fireworks, landscape, portrait, spotlight, beach, and snow.
AVCHD and MP4 Dual Recording
Record video in the AVCHD and MP4 formats for high-quality or easy transfer and sharing. For the greatest flexibility, you can even record AVCHD and MP4 formats simultaneously. AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs and is ideal for capturing precious memories at special occasions, family vacations and other moments you want to treasure for a lifetime. MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud.
Supported Media Cards
Memory Stick Micro
Built-In USB 2.0 Cable
The built-in, high-speed, USB 2.0 cable provides an easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer without the need for a separate cable. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap, so it's out of the way until you need it. Charging your camcorder is faster now through the USB; for every two minutes of charge time, you get one minute of recording time.
UPC: 027242886148
In the Box
Sony HDR-CX405 HD Handycam
  • NP-BX1/M8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1240mAh)
  • AC Adapter
  • Micro-HDMI Cable
  • USB Connection Support Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Sony HDR-CX405 specs

    Sensor 1-Chip 1/5.8" CMOS
    Backside Illumination Yes
    Color Filter RGB
    Sensor Resolution 2.51 MP
    Effective Pixels 2.29 MP (16:9 Video / Image Stabilizer Off)
    2.29 MP (16:9 Photo)
    1.71 MP (4:3 Photo)
    Focal Length 1.9 - 57mm
    35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 26.8 - 804 at 16:9 
    32.8 - 984 at 4:3 Photo
    Maximum Aperture f/1.8 - f/4
    Zoom Optical: 30x
    Digital: 350x
    System NTSC
    Video Format 1920 x 1080p at 30/60 fps (50 Mb/s XAVC S)
    1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1440 x 1080i at 60 fps (9 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1440 x 1080i at 60 fps (5 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1280 x 720p at 30 fps (AVCHD)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 9.2 Megapixel, 4032 x 2272 (16:9)
    JPEG: 6.9 Megapixel, 3024 x 2272 (4:3)
    JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
    JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480 (4:3)
    Audio Format AAC-LC
    Dolby Digital 2ch
    Sampling Frequency LPCM: 48.0 kHz
    Bit Rate LPCM: 16.0-Bit
    Display Type LCD
    Screen Size 2.7"
    Screen Resolution 230,000 Dots
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Rotation Opening Angle: 90°
    Turning Angle: 270°
    Exposure Controlzbtxxwdbdzasdfvwvtztzrqrtbexffzst
    Shutter Speed 1/8 - 1/10000 Second (Video)
    Exposure Modes Modes: Auto, Manual
    Shooting Modes Auto
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Scene Modes Preset: Yes
    White Balance Modes Auto
    Indoor 1
    Creative Effects Yes
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Input/Output Connectors
    Outputs 1 x Composite Video Requires A/V cable not included
    1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
    1 x USB 2.0 Built-in type A
    1 x Bravia Sync
    Menu Languages Brazilian Portuguese
    Battery Rechargeable Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC
    Charging Method AC Adapter
    Power Adapter 5 VDC
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.1 x 2.3 x 5.0" / 54.0 x 59.5 x 128.0 mm
    Weight 6.70 oz / 190 g Main unit only
    7.58 oz / 215 g With NP-BX1
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.3 x 4.8 x 3.4"

    Sony HDR-CX405 reviews

    HDR-CX405 HD Handycam is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 42.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor low light quality 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 (normal indoor lighting) and low light. There is lots of noise (grainy looking). This is the reason I returned the camera. - No built in light to help in low light. - Panning even at a medium speed doesn't look good. - Doesn't include external charger. The battery must be in the camera, and the camera plugged in to charge. Buy the Watson wall charger or charger/battery combo (BC-4234K), it works great.
    Date published: 2015-06-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little camera! 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 it doesn't have: eyepiece, mic in, headphone out, but that's why it's so inexpensive. Indoors XAVCS looks best, AVCHD was a bit grainy indoors. In good sunlight AVCHD is fine. Stills are weak, don't even bother. Workaround: frames in XAVCS at 30 are better quality than stills. Specs says it shoots at 24, but I can't for the life of me find setting other than 30 or 60. Maybe specs are wrong or maybe there's a firmware upgrade I'm not aware of? For my quick review and field test search youtube for SONY HDR-CX405 HD - Quick Review and Field Test.
    Date published: 2015-04-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good for the price 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 XAVC format. I only discovered this when I could not do it with the card I bought. I looked it up in the manual and it says: When recording images in XAVC S format, use a microSDXC memory card of Class 10 or faster. Also, the full instruction manual does not come with the camera. I had to download it. It only comes with an incomplete manual with poorly bleached paper that makes it hard to read. So, make sure that you get the proper card unless you only want to shoot video in AVCHD format.
    Date published: 2015-12-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice for the Price Handycam feels almost cheap & I initially thought it wasn't worth the money I spent. However, for someone who has arthritis in both hands, the lightness made it easy to handle during a recent videoing of our Church Christmas Worship. The sanctuary was dimly lit so I was amazed at the quality of the video and the sound was great - crystal clear. Even moving around, the picture remained steady. I was even able to take some still shots. The handycam is easy to handle and downloading to my computer was a breeze. The cons: the menu/setup button is so tiny I finally ended up using a pencil to help me to navigate. That's a little crazy & frustrating. There are a couple of things I am still trying to figure out, but all-in-all, a nice video camera for the price.
    Date published: 2016-12-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite as expected with limited usefulness 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 image sensor that does fairly well in indoor light considering the technology. Having seen what the new Sony sensors can do, I thought that this CX405 camera would blow away my old CX150 even though it has a smaller sensor. Bottom line: I couldn't have been more wrong. I sold off my collection of Canon G10s in hopes of moving to an all-Sony workflow (to ease color differences and because I like Sony's tonality in general). I shoot events with multiple angles and edit them together to follow the action and provide variety. I have grown accustomed to using pro-sumer quality cameras, and the CX405 just doesn't cut it in any lighting other than outdoors in sunlight. Many of the events I shoot have uncontrolled and drastic lighting changes that require cameras that can handle anything the venue throws at them. This does not describe this model. Here is what I found: initially I was running in all automatic mode and got some nasty noise in a typical indoor lighting setting. I thought this was runaway gain so I went into manual exposure. Upon dialing down the exposure from maximum, I expected to see the noise level go down. HOWEVER, the noise level remained about the SAME! It went from being noisy in the dark tones with clean high tones (not blown), to properly-exposed midtones having noise as I cranked down the exposure. Yes, that's right, noise in the midtones! That means skin, clothing, faces, anything important would be full of gritty noise. My old CX150 doesn't even do that. I find this completely unnaceptable in a modern camcorder, especially considering the huge leaps Sony has made in sensor technology. That's not to say the camera is all horrible, but it certainly does not fulfill my needs as an event shooter. The camera does have some very nice features, though. My favorite aspect is the USB power supply function. You can power the camera with the USB power supply while recording as long as there is a battery in the camera. The camera also uses a file system that is not FAT32 which means you can record long files without breaks. The files transfer very quickly through the USB2.0 cable with drag-and-drop ease, and the MP4 XAVC-S files are a breeze to play and edit. Don't believe people who say you need the newest editing software to edit these files. I edited them just fine in Sony Vegas Pro 11. They are just high bit-rate progressive-scan AVC files with a standard MP4 wrapper. It doesn't get any easier than that! I cannot recommend this camera to event shooters who have to deal with typical indoor lighting, but I think it's a great camera for anyone shooting outside with fast action as the 60p XAVC-S mode will really bring out all the detail you could ever need with a high shutter speed in bright light. The camera is VERY sharp in bright light and has excellent dynamic range and color. The small sensor is the obvious weak point, but that's what makes it cheap. In conclusion, I find this camera to produce very good quality pictures and motion as long as very high light levels are present. If this describes your situation, it's a great bargain. You really get a lot of great features and image quality for the price. For me, however, I have to deal mostly with indoor and unpredictable lighting, so it is not useful for me. I returned it and bought a CX900 instead. That one has a 1 chip (equals 6x the diamter of the CX405 or a whopping 36x the light collecting area!). I will review that camera once I receive it and check it out at my next event shoot which will be a high school graduation.
    Date published: 2015-05-18
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Horrible video when objects move 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 issue with low light shooting. It worked quite well.
    Date published: 2015-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Christmas Gift Purchased as a gift for my teenage grandson who started creating epics with his phone and pad using plastic action figures as actors when he was 12. Now at 15 He recruits relatives and friends. He selected the camera from a list he generated on the 'net and even told us which local stores had it in stock. I chose B&H because of years of excellent experience with them. The camera was reasonably priced, and has enough capability to meet his current and growing needs. Reliability I've experienced with Sony in the past was a plus.
    Date published: 2015-12-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny! 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 small (1/5.8) sensor compared to all the, APS-c DSLRs, M4/3rd and even consumer 1/2.3 sensors that you can buy just about anywhere. That's OK. Where this camera shines is that the Depth of Field at most aperture settings and focal lengths is deep enough that the consumer grade auto-focus does not have any trouble at all!I turned off the digital zoom as the quality starts to degrade even at the long end of the optical zoom, let alone digital zoom. The optical zoom is plenty for all but the longest needs of a spy!The image stabilization is impressive up to about 1/2 of the optical zoom range. After that, it gets a bit shaky. However, at modest zooms, the footage is a joy to edit in as opposed to the Kodak Zi12 camera that I replaced with this Sony CX405.The camera is tiny and extremely light weight and can fit in a cargo pant pocket or most any purse. Great for vacations. It turns on in about 1 second ready to shoot. Try that with a cell phone when you need to get the action quickly!Another feature that I love is that the battery mounts internal and not external. This is a big deal for me as I have had issues in the past hiking or dirt-biking with cameras and the battery had popped off. Not the case with this one. Overall, I am very impressed with the video quality for what it is. A $$video camera that shoots 1080-60p that far surpasses the usability of a cell phone. Great for daytime events, sports, vacations, outings, etc. I would not buy this for a low light camera although it can get by in a pinch. I also would not buy it if I were trying to make a documentary etc. For a fun camera with a very high data-rate, zoom and image stabilization, there is nothing that compares in this price range!
    Date published: 2015-02-19
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