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Sony - Handycam CX405 Flash Memory Camcorder - Black-Angle_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing quality camera for the price

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    BeachBum
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

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    Steph
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    I'm new to cameras and this one is a great beginners camera. It was super simple and easy to use. Super lightweight so I had no problem carrying it around during my vacation. The only reason I'm giving this a 4 is due to a problem I had. I originally ordered it Open Box and it said there were no missing pieces and when I received it the hdmi cable was missing. I took it to my nearby Best Buy and they wouldn't replace the missing part they would only sell me an hdmi cable which didn't make sense to me so I decided not to buy the cable. I went home and when I went to charge the camera a day before my vacation I saw the charging cable was missing as well. So I went to a different best buy and they were going to sell an hdmi cable to me and just give me the missing battery cable. They didn't have it so they were going to make me pay the difference into just buying a complete new camera. I went ahead and just did that because I had no time to try and argue. The brand new camera had all the parts and it was amazing. The battery life is alright. I had a backup battery though during my vacation so everything turned out fine.All in all though it's super lightweight, very simple to use, and very good for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Cam

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    Chrissy
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall good camcorder for the money

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    Brian
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    So far this camcorder has been good. I have used it for recording work processes in our manufacturing facilities and really like the video quality and the ease of downloading. Having the USB cable in the handle is great. You never lose it and never have to look for it. Using it for video has been very easy and it is very light and small so carrying it around is no issue. The battery lasts for between 3 and 4 hours so I wish that you could record while the camcorder was plugged in but you can't. Although it is a user issue (mine) I have had some problems taking photos. When you click the button, something flashes on the screen. I assumed it took the photo. (I was wrong). It will show you that it is capturing it when you take the photo. It also takes a long time. I didn't buy it for a camera so I don't fault it too much. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who wants good quality video from a small light camcorder.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi Brian, thanks for the wonderful feedback. Before a shot is taken , the camera needs to focus on your subject first,. Learn more on how to take photos at helpguide.sony.net/cam/1440/v1/en/contents/TP0000557750.html?search=photo. Thanks_Mitch Sonystyle

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for price

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    Skoobyk
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    Not groundbreaking or anything in technology. Doesn’t even have a touch screen. But it weighs hardly anything and is easy to use. Battery keeps a pretty long charge. My wife can put it away in her purse easily. In a time where most people record everything with their cellphones it may seem archaic. But my wife likes the simplicity of popping the screen out on side and pressing play and recording on the go. No opening apps or searching through photos and videos for what you recorded. It’s exactly what she wanted for a gift “simple device that does what it’s suppose to well”

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great video camera for the price!

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    twaller80
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    I bought this camera for my daughter when she had her first child (my first grandchild). I was torn between this model and the similarly-priced Canon, but the Best Buy salesman said this was the better camera. It has all the features you would ever need to capture those precious moments in life. Yes, it does feel a bit "light" in your hand, as though you paid $250 for something that probably cost $10 to make. But it works like a dream. I would recommend this camera to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Everything EXCEPT

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    VidGuy069
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    This was an impulse buy. I didn't NEED the camera, but I was in a small bind of my own making. Purchased at the Best Buy in Virginia Beach, this camera has ALMOST everything I look for in a camcorder. It's extremely lightweight, has a Zeiss lens. From what I learned Zeiss lenses are of very high quality. It produces very clear pictures/video. I found it add that the USB charger/transfer cable is in the hand grip, but whatever. This camera dos NOT do time lapse. Other than that, I find little to complain about. For my needs, this camera is ALMOST perfect. VidGuy069

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for a beginner, but not major projects

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    Elizabeth
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    This camcorder works fine for the price I paid for it (I happened to get it on sale). But if you're hoping to get better sound quality, probably look elsewhere. This camcorder picks up pretty okay sound, but it doesn't allow for a mic input to get better sound. If you're hoping to use this a relatively cheap option to really start a focus on videos, I really recommend getting another camera. Otherwise, for family events or as a gift to an aspiring artist, this is a great option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Compact and good HD recordings

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    Mayito
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    i am not a big fan of recording >3 minute videos with cell phones, although I admit it, I used to use a digital camera for videos, but got tired of so so videos of school events of my kids. The videos are sharper, and the 60x zoom works great and it’s very easy to operate. simple, just aim, record zoom in and zoom out, This is an entry model, and doesn’t have cool features, but you still get a decent HD video compared to using cell phones or small cameras. It can take still images but definately not recomended for that purpose.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good basic camera

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    AvidShopper
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    So far I like that it's compact and lightweight, so light it may feet like a toy. However this does what it's suppose to do for me: take videos and also still pictures. I like that it has a micro disc and that is easy to use even my 10yr old niece figured it out. . The review screen a little small and a bit cumbersome to try and review your shots. I haven't used all features yet bit so far it does the job. The quality of videos decent but not professional & audio is okay. If you want a basic start up camera, this is good deal ($129.99 Black friday).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use

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    FormerSpotOwner
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    Easy to use and a good starter camera for any one not sure how much into video recording they are going to get. If you are going to record an event of unspecified duration, it would be wise to get another battery or upgrade to longer lasting battery or a cord extension for charging while using would be a good thing as well. Resolution is OK, but if you want a higher resolution make sure to have very good lighting and don't be too far from your subjects. Owners manual that came with camera pretty basic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sony - Handycam CX405 Flash Memory Camcorder - Bla

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    Majakubo
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    We bought this handycam for our daughter's gymnastics meets. Our intent wasn't to get a high-end camera, but one that would capture the meets. It picks up sound very well, and is lightweight, and easy to use. I really like how simple it is to hook up to the television for viewing at home. I was hoping the picture quality would be a little better zooming in from long distances, it's a little fuzzy. However, that's a small complaint. Otherwise, from shorter distances, it produces a very clear picture.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good purchase (for the price)

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    JorgeST
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    Low light performance might be a little disappointing. Nonetheless, under the right lighting conditions, it is a good performer (in the video department). The lack of a microphone/line input severely affect the quality of the audio that one will get. I use Sony Movie Studio to dub the audio that I record separately using a DAR so for what I use the camera; it is not a factor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great entry-level camera

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    PhenotypeV
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    I bought this camera for my wife who wanted something a bit more reliable for video recording than her cell phone. For basic recording, it does it's job admirably. The interface isn't overtly complicated and everything is pretty easy to handle and use. The one con I do have for this camera is that it feels cheaply built. I'm afraid if my wife or I ever drop the camera, it'll break instantly. Other than that, I would recommend this camera to anyone looking to film home movies and similar events.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Camera for the price

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    TG5198
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    It was time for me to update. This camera takes really nice video. Extremely light weight. I like using flash memory. Taking video while looking at the LCD takes some getting used to for me. I am old school and would have liked a view finder to look through. I'm sure it will get better with time. Taking video in bright sun can be a challenge when objects reflect off the LCD. It makes it hard to see what you are trying to video sometimes. All in all though, I give it a thumbs up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good video camera for the price

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    KimB
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    Definitely a good buy for the price ( I paid $159-Black Friday). Good product for general recording. Only negative comment is this - it came up in a search for night vision; in the specs it says 'yes' for night vision; but it does not record in true night vision - in the dark. What it has is the ability to record in low light. Still happy with the purchase though. Not a good buy for anyone looking for a night vision recorder.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Convenient, Easy to use and Travelable

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    TraderChick
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    Great camcorder to use for vlogging and traveling. It's lightweight and easy to hold while taking videos. You can take pictures as well. The screen flips so you can video yourself and see yourself. Video quality is very good and the zoom is pretty good for a beginner. If you want extreme details for distance shot and special lighting, you will have to spend more money. But, for most uses, this is a great camcorder.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    1080p video with 9.2 meg pixel still picture

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    BestBoy
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    Picture quality is good enough for concerts or vacations. File size gets really big if shooting in best quality. Optical image stabilizer works well, but at 30x zoom, maybe shaking without tripod. Battery compartment can fit 2 batteries, but camera only uses one at a time. To fit extra battery, pry open the cover, check YouTube video how to do it. Have not tried night time yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera

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    Izzy

    I purchased this Camcorder for recording. I have a dslr camera, which will also record, but they are short clips. It is very light, and easy to carry. I don't like having to charge the battery in the camcorder. It would be great to have a charger, without the battery being left in it. At first, it was hard to get my videos to download. But you have to follow the manual step by step. It can get trickey in exporting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Small, light and compact

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    Mayito
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    For a long time I’ve trusted on Sony products and not disapointed with my new camcorder. It is small, compact and very light. the image quality is perfect for what I need with a great 60x zoom, perfect for the school concerts of the kids. I used to use a Nikkon camera to shoot videos, although good for pictures and ahort videos it was just about time to upgrade to a real Video recorder. Looking forward for the next school activity to use it!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend