Sony HDR-CX455 Full HD Handycam Camcorder with 8GB Internal Memory

Sony HDR-CX455 Full HD Handycam Camcorder with 8GB Internal Memory

Sony HDR-CX455 Full HD Handycam Camcorder with 8GB Internal Memory

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Product Highlights

  • 1080p Video up to 60 fps & 9.2MP Stills
  • 1/5.8" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 26.8mm Zeiss Vario-Tessar Zoom Lens
  • 30x Optical Zoom & 60x Clear Image Zoom
  • SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode
  • Fast Intelligent AF
  • XAVC S, AVCHD, and MP4 Recording Options
  • Interval Capture for Time-Lapse
  • 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Microphone
  • Wi-Fi / NFC Connectivity
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Sony HDR-CX455/B overview

  • 1Description

Featuring intuitive operation and a wide-angle Zeiss 30x optical zoom lens, the Sony HDR-CX455 is a Full HD Handycam camcorder that's ready to capture all of life's moments, from expansive scenes to far away action. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Intelligent Active Mode helps keep your handheld footage looking clear and smooth, even when you're on the move, while an advanced Fast Intelligent AF system works to keep your subjects in sharp focus. The camcorder supports 1080p video up to 60 fps, still images up to 9.2MP, and records to either microSD memory cards or the internal 8GB of flash memory. Advanced features include a 5.1 channel built-in zoom microphone, interval photo capture for creating time-lapse videos, and Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity for wireless control and file sharing.

1080p Video Recording and 9.2MP Stills
The Exmor R CMOS image sensor combines with the Bionz X processor to support 1080p video up to 60 fps and 9.2MP still photos.
Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens with 30x Optical Zoom
The HDR-CX455 comes equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar zoom lens that features a wide 35mm-equivalent focal length of 26.8mm (in movie mode) to fit more into your shots and a 30x optical zoom range. To get you closer to the action, the zoom range can be extended to 60x using Clear Image Zoom.
Optical SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization steadies footage being recorded when shooting conditions or the user's hands are shaky. 5-axis Intelligent Active mode compensates for vibration in five different directions so you can shoot stable high-quality movies even while jogging lightly.
Fast Intelligent AF
Fast Intelligent AF achieves quick and accurate contrast-detection autofocus by minimizing lens motion, predicting the AF range, and accelerating the lens drive.
Versatile Shooting with XAVC S, AVCHD, and MP4 Codecs
The HDR-CX455 records 4K and HD movies in the XAVC S format, which uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 for video compression and linear PCM for audio compression, while saving files in a MP4 wrapper which allows for extensive record times and easy editing. Additionally, you can chose to record HD in AVCHD (ideal for HDTV and Blu-ray disc burning) or MP4 (ideal for sharing over the internet).
Dual Video Recording
Record two movies at the same time - one in the maximum-quality XAVC S or AVCHD format and another in MP4 format. This gives you a small file ready for instant sharing, plus a professional-grade file for further editing.
Time-Lapse Capture
Capture still images continuously over an extensive period of time at a selected constant interval from each shot to the next, edit the entire sequence of still images in post-production, and enjoy playback of that series of images as a time-lapse movie.
5.1 Channel On-Board Audio Capture
Record clear sound that accurately captures the atmosphere of the scene, and enjoy surround sound playback on your home theater system. Level meters on the LCD panel provide visual monitoring of each channel's levels.

Note: 5.1 channel audio is only available when recording in AVCHD.
Simple Connectivity to Smartphones via Wi-Fi/NFC
Built-in Wi-Fi/NFC support enables easy connectivity with smartphones for one-touch sharing and one-touch remote control. NFC (near field communication) provides "touch connection" convenience when transferring images to Android smartphones and tablets. You simply touch your NFC-compatible device to the camcorder to establish a connection.
Live Streaming
Share the moment as it happens via Ustream live streaming. Now your circle of friends and family can share the excitement in real time by simply logging in to UStream from anywhere. You can also link your favorite social accounts to notify your friends when you start streaming video.
Highlight Movie Maker
Highlight Movie Maker produces a short highlight movie clip to share and enjoy instantly. Using an advanced algorithm based on the motion gyro, Highlight Movie Maker automatically selects the best scenes from your videos and creates a MP4 highlight reel of your recorded action.

Note: Highlight Move Maker is only available in AVCHD.
Intelligent Auto
This feature automatically determines the type of scene being shot and optimizes a combination of settings from three groups (Face, Scene, Camera shake). It provides optimal results for up to 180 scene types, even at night and in backlit scenes. Selected settings are displayed as icons on the LCD screen for easy reference.
Picture Effect
Add up to seven creative effects (Partial Color, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization) without troublesome editing on a computer.
Motion Shot Video
Motion Shot Video plays a sequence of superimposed images that trace recorded action in split-second intervals for you to analyze in detail. During playback, you can adjust the interval, or pause to capture and share a still image.
Additional Features
  • Dual Record for simultaneously capturing HD video and still images
  • Manual iris and shutter speed control
  • My Voice Canceling
  • Manual mic level control
  • Auto wind noise reduction
  • Lock-on autofocus
  • Face Detection and Smile Shutter
UPC: 027242895645
In the Box
Sony HDR-CX455 Full HD Handycam Camcorder with 8GB Internal Memory
  • NP-FV50 V-Series Rechargeable Battery Pack (980mAh, 6.8-8.4V)
  • AC Adapter
  • Micro-HDMI Cable
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Limited Warranty (1-Year Parts, 90-Days Labor)
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    Sony HDR-CX455/B specs

    Camera
    Sensor 1-Chip 1/5.8" CMOS
    Backside Illumination Yes
    Sensor Resolution Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Effective Pixels 2.29 MP (16:9 Video)
    2.29 MP (16:9 Photo)
    1.71 MP (16:9 Photo)
    Optics
    35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 26.8 - 804 at 16:9 
    32.8 - 984 at 4:3 
    Maximum Aperture f/1.8 - f/4
    Minimum Focusing Distance 0.4" / 1.0 cm
    Zoom Optical: 30x
    Clear Image Zoom: 60x
    Digital: 350x
    Filter Size 37 mm
    Recording
    Recording Media x Internal Flash Memory (8 GB Maximum)
    x microSD/HC/XC, Memory Stick micro (Mark 2)
    Video Format 1920 x 1080p at 24/30/60 fps (50 Mb/s XAVC S)
    1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080p at 30 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080p at 30 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (24 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 (3 Mb/s MP4)
    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)
    Channels 5.1-Channel
    Audio Format AAC-LC
    Dolby Digital 2ch
    Dolby Digital 5.1
    LPCM
    Sampling Frequency LPCM: 48.0 kHz
    Bit Rate LPCM: 16.0-Bit
    Display
    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 2.95"
    Screen Resolution 460,800 Dots
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Rotation Opening Angle: 90°
    Turning Angle: 270°
    Exposure Control
    Shutter Speed 1/8 - 1/10000 Second ()
    Exposure Metering Multi, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: Auto, Manual
    Interval Recording 1 Second
    2 Second
    5 Second
    10 Second
    30 Second
    60 Second
    Self-Timer 10 Sec
    Features
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Scene Modes Preset: Yes
    Lux 3 (Low Lux, 1/30 shutter speed)
    6 (Standard, 1/30 shutter speed)
    White Balance Modes Auto
    Indoor 1
    Onepush
    Outdoors
    Creative Effects Yes
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Wi-Fi Yes
    Tripod Mount 1/4" - 20
    Input/Output Connectors
    Outputs 1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
    1 x Multi-Terminal Micro-USB
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    General
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 6.8 VDC, 1030 mAh
    Charging Method AC Adapter
    USB
    Power Consumption In LCD Operation: 2.5 W
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.2 x 2.3 x 5.1" / 5.6 x 5.8 x 13.0 cm with supplied battery attached
    Weight 8.82 oz / 250.05 g with supplied battery attached
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.3 x 4.8 x 3.4"

    Sony HDR-CX455/B reviews

    HDR-CX455 Full HD Handycam Camcorder with 8GB Internal Memory is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! We needed a video camera with a microphone input to do interviews with elderly relatives. This camera on standard quality (no HD needed for wrinkles!) is outstanding!! Great zoom in and out with photo takes and easy transfer to my computer via the SD card (in an adapter.)
    Date published: 2016-06-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Light-Duty Travel use I wanted this camera for light-duty travel use. Meaning, it's is compact yet powerful. Easy to carry around while touring and ready to go when a snapshot or video opportunity presents (a Kodak moment?). The quality of the photos and the video is excellent. It also has many optional modes for low-light video which I used with success.
    Date published: 2016-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use Very easy to use and great quality video and stills. We use this for creating educational videos within our company. We upgraded to the CX455 so we could have the audio inputs for our lapel microphones as we are in a very noisy environment.
    Date published: 2016-11-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice, very light, no remote This camera is very easy to use and extremely light. I assumed (wrongly) that it would come with a remote for stop/start/play. It doesn't. Sony makes a remote app which is difficult to use and doesn't do what a complete remote would. If a remote is important to you, get a different camera.
    Date published: 2018-03-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small and cute i like this handy camera. Its small and light weight - easy to carry and easy to handle without a tripod.� I prefer to capture images in the highest possible resolution - this has an impact on the storage. Most of the times 8GB is not sufficient. Will need a high capacity card.
    Date published: 2018-01-19
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does not work well with Wide Angle lens I purchased this camcorder because you can attach filters/lens to the camera. I have an yearly event I need to video and we always have the camera setup very close to the stage, to the point where regular camera lenses cannot video the entire stage. I have other Sony HD cameras that I have been happy with, but none of them have the filter mount so I purchased this one specifically to use with a wide angle lens. I purchased this camera along with Raynox HD-6600PRO-37 Wide Angle Conversion Lens (0.66x) (BH# RAHD6600P37). With this lens attached to the camcorder, the left side of the image is blurry. I have done testing where I rotated the lens 1/4 turn to 1/2 turn, however, the distortion remains in the same spot. If there was an issue with the wide angle lens, I would expected it to move when the lens was rotated. I have also exchanged the camcorder once and the second camcorder has the exact same issue in the exact same spot. Thus it would seem the wide angle lens is highlighting flaws that exist with this model. I have an old non-HD Sony DV tape camera (DCR-HC36) with a Sony 0.70x wide angle lens that worked with no issues before I replaced the non-HD camcorder with the HD camcorder. Based on that experience, I had expectations that this setup would work but that is not the case here. Additionally, the filter size on this camcorder is an issue. The filter size is 37mm while similar Canon camcorders have a 43mm filter size. And even other Sony camcorders use a different filter size. For example, the Sony HDR-CX675 has a 46mm filter size while other Sonys are 55 mm. Thus, this is very limiting. In contrast, 5 of the 8 Canon camcorders I looked at could use filters and they all used the same 43mm filter size. Bottom line, this camcorder completely failed to meet my needs. I would not recommend this camcorder.
    Date published: 2018-07-11
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