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Sony - Handycam CX405 Flash Memory Camcorder - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1861 reviews

95%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Simple to use after you get used to it

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    Evika
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    It took quite a bit of trial and error before I managed to get the hang of it but now it works easily. As usual, there is not enough info in the manual, but at least you do get one! The main drawback is that it washes out people's faces in very bright light, as on a stage where I shoot most of my stuff for my church. I need to leave the setting on auto because I often swing around to the congregation as there is interaction. Doing it on manual becomes too dark then. On the other hand, it does pretty well in other situations when the low light feature is utilized. Also handy, is that you can take photo's quite easily. Battery life is not bad and I've been able to get 90 minutes ok, but need to be careful on not zooming too much when I know I'll be shooting that long. Zoom is great and focuses pretty quickly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok for beginners or everyday shots

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    DebbieIASC
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    I bought this camcorder to record some small events. The picture quality is ok and sound will depend of your background. I had to be very close in order to get good voice recording. Not great when wind is blowing hard, Not much to add, it is really basic, has good zoom, it is user friendly, I would recommend to a friend with this disclaim; if his/her purpose is to record their kids playing or if they are not looking for great quality as upgrades are limited (additional microphones wasn’t a good option, neither noise concealer) it’s a cheap choice for everyday activities. Not good for major events or large areas regardless if outdoor or indoor. Definitely not good for fast action activities.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not bad for the price

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    Jerry
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    This is good enough for casual use, which is what most people have probably purchased it for. The device feels a bit cheap, but I think this is mainly due to its light weight, which can also be seen as a benefit. The menu system and manner of accessing it seems clunky and outdated, but once you get used to it it works alright. The video quality is average, better in good light. The stereo audio is very good. I have not yet taken advantage of all of the features, and I cannot yet vouch for long-term durability, but generally I think this recorder will meet my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good camera, but not great

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    Nana
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    This camera is super light and easy to just throw in your purse. The videos are pretty good but when you are in less than optimal light it tends to get a little grainy. Photos on this camcorder are definitely not the best. I returned because I was looking for a camera for a grandchild and we will be using it indoors so the quality will not be great.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Okay

    Posted
    Flyweight
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    It will get the job done if you aren't looking to do anything special with it. No video pausing, fine quality when not moving, no internal memory. For what the product is, meh. For my needs, four stars is more accurate. Get something better if you need a good, not okay, video camera.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Am a beginner - hard to use following instructions

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    wally
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    Had to go back to Best Buy to figure out how to use it - instructions were not clear - had to buy another attachment to transfer recordings to computer - this was not provided - normal cables were not recognized by camera - is a flaw in the camera. Hopefully, I can navigate the other functions and hope they work right. Complicated use for a beginner.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    1st the salesperson sold me incorrect SD card

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    Nancy
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    The camera is ok. The fact you must open the door to turn the camcorder on is not good at all. What if the door breaks off? Also, the battery is dead already. I bought this a few weeks ago. I would like to bring the camcorder back and buy a different more improved one. Please advise. Thank you. Nancy

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Easy To Use But Not Greatest Picture

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    EvanC
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    The camera is really easy to use and is user friendly. The only negative is that although it is 1080 capture, the quality of the videos are not all that crisp. I am not sure as to why this is but it is something I noticed right away. It is certaintly HD, but looks more like 720 than it does 1080.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi EvanC, we're sorry about your disappoitnment with the image quality of the camera. But we appreciate your honest feedback and we'll forward this to the right people for future product developments. Thanks_Mitch sony_US

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Didn't meet my needs

    Posted
    HawthorneB
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    I returned the camera because I just wasn't satisfied. I guess it might've been adequate for someone else for the price but I wasn't happy with the sample video I took. I couldn't run the risk of recording my whole event with it and end up with the possibility of having poor footage.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's a great starter choice

    Posted
    Jaybugg
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    This is a handiest little Camara I've seen yet. It's a little on the small side. No steady stream though. You can move around to much. Just have to so small things. It's a easy cam to work. Great for beginners such as myself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's an ok digital camera for the Bucks.

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    Algosc51
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    The camera worked great out of the box. I needed a camera that would let me record about 20 interviews with people and burn them to a DVD for playing at a meeting at work. It came with free Sony movie software so I thought I was ok. Not! Had to buy additional software.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Meets basic needs

    Posted
    Zippy
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    With grown kids and an iPhone I don’t really need a video camera much anymore, but this low end unit does the trick for vacations. Fine if you are not asking for many features; the quality is very good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    camcorder

    Posted
    reviewer
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    Okay camcorder. Eleven year old Granddaughter likes it but I find it didn't respond to the buttons most of the time and frustrating. It takes nice video . Just not very user friendly. Too expensive for what you get.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Handy little fella

    Posted
    Jordan
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    Great camera for the price. It is small and feels plasticy.. but you get what you pay for and of course, it does work and has great zoom! Just feels a little cheap.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    average

    Posted
    Jennifer
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    I bought this to record my child in a school play. The battery only lasted half of the play. Also on play back on the tv the picture quality was a little grainy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Starter Camera

    Posted
    AZDAD
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    This is a great starter camera, purchased for my 9 yr old to shoot videos for Youtube and she loves it, also great for taking pics, killed 2 birds with one stone Cons: Had to purchase memory card, but 32GB was more than enough

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price

    Posted
    Jaxiel
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    Easy to use, very small and light. I bought it for a friend and she didn't like the video quality but I think is fine for the price. Still she wants to return it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Handy

    Posted
    JimTex
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    The best part of this camera is its wide angle and motion dampening. However, since the sensor is not that big do not expect great results when there is not a lot of light.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works good for every day

    Posted
    Jennifer
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    We bought this for a play. Batter life only lasted half way through. We were 5 rows back and the quality was not as clear on playback as I thought it should be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good camera but...

    Posted
    Oleu404
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    This camera takes quality pictures and videos but i was looking for a camera that does well in low light like it states;the low light filming is very poor...I returned the camera. My phone does better that

    I would recommend this to a friend