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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Sony HandyCam CX405

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    Pros mentioned:
    Compact, Ease of use, Video quality

    Great compact video camera using small SD flash card. So far, 64gb is enuff for a lot of photos & videos. Camera & User manual easy to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Talk about bang for the buck!

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    This is my first video camera. I use it solely for the creation of Soccer highlights for scouting purposes. The zoom is great. Even though I use it freehand, the image is not like watching the Blair Witch Project. Not sure if there is an image stabilization or I have a better than average steady-hand but it takes great video. Battery life is excellent. I get a full 90-minute game in on about 50% battery. It’s super light and the charger/USB function is pretty slick. I have no need for 4K, and I picked this up for $179 on a big BestBuy sale. Simply cannot beat it for twice the price. I bought a 32GB card and each game takes about 6-7GB in HD.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing quality camera for the price

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    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality, Price, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Microphone

    This Sony HDR-CX405 Handycam camera is a great product. The price is unbelievable for what you get. This is Sony, it's basically all I buy. This is a very basic camera without any bells and whistles. The picture quality is very good during daylight and normal bright conditions. At night and during dark scenes however, it lacks in its ability to deliver a quality image without a lot of image noise. It does have a low-light mode that does help a little. The camera is very lightweight. Some people think that it is cheaply built. But there are advantages to going towards an ultra-light camera. It is certainly easier to hold up in the air with your arms for longer periods of time than traditional cameras that have some weight to them. However, parts on the camera probably tend to break much more easily. For me, there is a little plastic flap that covers where the memory card goes and I have managed to leave that open, while the screen slammed shut and bent the hinges on the little flap. It still works and didn't break, but it is bent now but it still closes properly and completely. The other side of the camera has a smaller plastic flap that covers a single input. That little plastic cover flap gets snagged on my hand often, when I put my hand up through the hand-strap to hold the camera properly. It won't last too long and will no doubt break at some point, especially when I'm grabbing my camera as I'm going to film another viral video. They should have made the plastic cover to have the hinge on the opposite side or something. Poor design on the plastic flap covers. The view-screen is not touch-screen, but instead you will use a tiny joystick to move the cursor around on the screen and you press the center of the joystick to make selections. It has a built-in speaker with volume control that allows you to watch back your recorded video while being able to listen to it too. The screen flips out from the camera. The screen can then be rotated so that the person that the camera is recording can see themselves on the screen at the same time. Perfect for recording video selfies or taking selfie photos too. The menus could be constructed better and might take a little getting accustomed to before you feel comfortable knowing where all of the options are located. Personally, I always use Sony products so there is hardly a learning curve for me. I recommend changing the recording to the highest quality possible, which is at 60 full frames per second. Go in to the menu. Go: "Image Quality / Size". Select "Frame Rate". Select "60p" then click "Next". Now click "OK" to save setting. Now you are set to the highest quality of video recording. Note that when it is set to this highest quality, that you cannot press the "Photo" button that is on top of the camera (it sits right up against the zoom lever), while you are video recording. If you do have the video quality set to a lower setting, it is possible to press the photo button which takes a photo while simultaneously recording video. But personally, I want nothing less than the most premium video quality possible, and will sacrifice all else to do so. There is a short USB cord that you cannot remove from the camera. This is a Sony standard and it is just amazing. You can use that USB cord to plug in to any USB charger and it will charge the camera. You can also use the embedded USB cord to plug in to your computer (or easily to any other computer wherever you are) to charge the camera and to transfer images and videos to the computer for long-term storage, editing, and sharing to all of your friends and family on your favorite social media sites. This camera has a micro-SD memory card slot. I have issues with it not inserting properly sometimes and the camera tells me to "Reinsert the memory card". I comply, and it usually works after trying once or twice. I found that a good trick seems to be to turn the camera over so that it is upside-down and then insert the memory card in to the slot firmly. It is so lightweight, that you can use a rope that has a clip where you can wear the rope around your neck, allowing the camera to hang as if a pendant on a necklace. I have had this before with my previous Sony camera that was much heavier and it worked well. This camera uses the very exact same battery as does my tiny Sony Actioncam (Sony's version of a GoPro) and consequently, I now have an extra battery for either camera. The batteries are very slim and lightweight. Great for packing many with you and you won't even notice. It has a great playback feature that will automatically mix clips from your videos from the day and it will create a final edited video for you to watch on the screen, and even allows you to save it for later so you can transfer and watch it on your computer. The zoom is very good. It says it is 60x optical zoom. Do not turn on digital zoom (on any camera, ever) as that distorts the image and is just horrible. Friends don't let friends use digital zoom. The higher the optical zoom number, the better. Don't be fooled by a high digital zoom number cause the higher the digital zoom number, the absolute worse the image will be (totally grainy and blocky and just ugly). I have a 32 GB memory card on board this camera and that gives me 2 hours 38 minutes of video recording at the highest quality. It records in stereo and it does not have any type of microphone input jacks, as it is just a very basic video camera. It has a standard tripod mounting screw hole that allows you to attach it to a standard tripod, monopod, or other attachments. It has a flip-switch near the lens that will open and close the lens cover. It is not a powered lens cover and does not open and close automatically, so be sure to remember to switch it closed after each use to prevent dirt and scratches to your lens. The camera will remind you that the lens cover is still closed, if you forget to open it up before starting to record video. I paid $179 for this Sony HDR-CX405 camera in April 2017 from Best Buy Honolulu. I don't expect this camera to be available for very long as I think it will soon be a discontinued item. This camera for this price range will be replaced be the next camera in the line. This camera should provide you a few years of service at a minimum and even longer if you take care of it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Just about everything you need in a camera

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

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    It works exactly as it says, records continuously, and in 2 formats if you need it. I needed this to record at least an hour with no breaks and it was a champ! Battery life is great. I am super happy I bought this and from best buy too, because they were able to answer my questions about it - which lead to its stellar performance when I needed it most.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice camera

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    Owned for 10 months when reviewed.

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    This camera is nice but the charger stop work a couple months after purchasing. So i bought extra batteries with external charging port. Must 10 months later camera even with full battery camera does not come on. But with work if put into charging port plug into the wall. Now i have a camera i can only use indoors

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Seems to be a nice video camera.

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    Owned for 5 months when reviewed.

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    I bought this video camera because it's a Sony and Sony has a very good reputation. It also had decent reviews. I haven't used it nearly as much as I thought I would. But when I have used it, it has done a nice job. Very Compact size fits nicely into my palm. Battery life seems to be very good as well as the zoom feature. I expect it will prove to be a decent purchase and value for the money spent.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy for a novice to use

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    My only concern about this camera was that the sound would not be picked up from presentations, yet as it turns out, it did! Nicely designed with USB port that tucks in to the wrist holder so it cannot get lost. It's quite functional and practical at the same time.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Very nice

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Very lightweight. Seems to work just fine. For a few years I had this handycam but with a Hard Drive which made it heavy but I did like having harddrive. WIth this particular model, I had to buy some high storage SD disks and they are working out great.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Works Good

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    I am using the camera to record high school soccer games and it does the trick nicely. The battery lasts the entire game and the 64g card records it all in HD. The camera has a decent zoom function and does a nice job remaining stable and reducing any type of jitter.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good camera, could be better

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    This camera has a pretty good picture quality and zoom overall! Pretty good low light, tends to adjust focus a lot which kinda sucks. Would be so much better if able to use a live feed from camera to pc.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Camera for the Money

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    The Handycam CX405 is a great camera for those who desire to capture video of life's memorable moments. I returned the videocam because it did not meet my needs as a streaming camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Cam

    Posted .

    I love how light weight this camcorder is and the zoom helps you to see things really far without distortion. The menu is easy to navigate. You don't need to buy any other cords to hook the camcorder up your HDTV or computer; it comes with all of it! The battery is good for over 7 hours and will automatically shutdown after 30 secs of non-use, or after closing the window. My complaints are unless the person you are recording is close or speaking slightly louder than their inside voice the recorder will not pick up their voice, but if you have loud speaking friends or family this should not worry you. These are minor issues. The biggest problem I have is the USB charging wire attached to the camcorder. If that wire brakes there is no other way to charge the camcorder... Even with these complaints I would still recommend buying it. 4 stars because of the attached USB wire.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I have always liked the line of Sony cameras and camcorders, but the quality of products seem to be getting cheaper at the same price point. The cx405 may produce good quality video, however, it feels like a small, plastic toy. Getting past the setup menu was also a chore. If you are looking for something small and light, you may be happy with this model.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for a soccer dad

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    Owned for 8 months when reviewed.

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    Bought this camera to replace my VHS-C Camcorder and go digital. Able to post and edit online easily.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite camcorder

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    Owned for 6 months when reviewed.

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    Bought this because it was comfortable when holding it takes good video easy to hold and carry around

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little camera

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

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    Very easy to use. Picture quality is good. Lightweight. Use it to record cans and choir concerts for my school and it works well.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good little camera!!

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

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    Bought this camera to take on a trip I went on used it all the time.Makes good videos I don’t know if they still make thee cameras,

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

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    Gave this as a gift. Very useful, light weight, and easy to use.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this camera

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    Owned for 4 months when reviewed.

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    It was a gift to my son. He went to study abroad and recorded his entire trip on it.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Ended up returning the item

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    The camera I came to the store to purchase was out of stock. An associate told me that this was a comparable item that would do all of the things the other camera was capable of doing (specifically, we were looking for an entry level camera for streaming). This camera is not a equal to the one we came to purchase and was returned so we could purchase the correct camera from another source.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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