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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 1874 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camcorder, easy to use

    Posted
    whirlygent
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought this Sony camcorder to film video of my wedding. I was a bit concerned from some of the negative reviews, especially about sound quality, since there is no external mic input, and because I had real Hollywood professionals singing solos. I made a separate independent audio recording to ensure I had good sound. But what I found was that with the zoom mic setting filming from a tripod in the balcony, even across some distance, the sound came out surprisingly great and clear. Additionally, the church sanctuary had very low lighting, yet the video quality is quite good. The result is a video of this wonderful event that looks and sounds much better than expected from an entry level video camera. Another concern I had was in regard to the recording format and whether it would be difficult to upload to my computer for viewing and editing. It is quite simple using the free Sony PlayMemories software as explained in the user guide. Following the upload, one can convert to MP4 if one wishes to use a more comprehensive video editing program if it does not support AVCHD or XAVC S format native to this camera. Both the upload over USB and the conversion process to MP4 is very slow, especially if the video is full resolution and long duration, so I let it run through the night and could edit the following day. However, if one wants a quick viewing, the camera can simultaneously record a lower resolution MP4 version that can be copied quickly to the computer. Also worth mentioning is that the zoom range of this camera is amazing, from very wide angle to far away zoom, much broader than competitive cameras. Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase and will cherish my wedding video forever.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use camera

    Posted
    HdrGuy350
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    Bought this camera for a rail trip to the Grand Canyon. Camera was easy to use as it fit in my right hand with easy to access video, still shot, on and off buttons. Flat screen display was nice to use except when in a position where the sunlight washed out the display. Bought two batteries as previous experience with another camera made me wish I had done that at that time. Buying a separate charger for the batteries might be a good idea as you have to charge the batteries IN THE CAMERA which means you can't use the camera at that time OR must remember to charge the batteries over night or when the camera is not being used. Great zoom (60x). Bought 128 GB memory which turned out to be over 14 hours (!) of recording time (2nd highest resolution setting - which allowed taking still shots AND video shots WITHOUT going into menus to change settings!). Just came back from trip so have yet to actually look at what I shot (video) or print (still photos) so can't offer any comments there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for what you pay for!

    Posted
    Mayflowers
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    I bought this for my dad for Christmas, finally his first camcorder! This camera is tiny and so light in weight! It amazes me how great it captures video because of the weight. You can playback on the camera and it includes sound as well. Comes with a HDMI cable to connect to the tv and it's super easy- just plug in and begin. I also like when you plug the camera into the tv and play a video, it continues to play everything next without a gap so it loops it together like one big video. I also changed the video quality to "highest" and it's way more clearer than the default setting. The battery comes with the outlet box for the option of wall charging or USB conputer charging so that's super convienient. Definitely recommend especially for first timers and for those who just love to record. One thing I didn't know and was upset about was it did not come with a SD card so make sure you have one available to use or buy one because the camera won't let you record without one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Terrific and simple

    Posted
    TheRealStephenC

    Picked this camera up because I needed a third camera to do three camera interviews. Didn't want to spend a ton, and this was the cheapest HD video camera I could find. Excellent low light capability, color balance and autofocus. Can intersperse video with video from a Canon 70D or 5DII and fits in perfectly. Auto stabilization makes it great for hand held interviews when a tripod isn't practical, but has a tripod connection for when you need it. Charges from USB cable to computer. No remote mic connection, but audio works well. If you need better sound, best to record separately and synch. It's simple enough for a novice to use, but produces good enough quality (as long as you don't need 4K) that you can use it on more advanced projects.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple to use, great HD pictures for price

    Posted
    Bob1401
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I was looking for a simple to use, small camcorder that would fit in my pocket. This camera was more than I hoped for for the price. Takes good HD pictures, even in low light, on wide angle with steady-cam the pictures look like they were shot using a tripod. Some reviews complain about the picture quality, but I think it was the setting to get maximum time that would reduce the resolution, then another complained about Best Buy Salesperson who gave bad info and rated this camera one star. I have a friend who saw the results and is going to buy this same great quality bottom of the line without all the bells and whistles that neither one of us needs. I've posted my first video edited with Pinnacle 19.5 on Vimeo in HD and have gotten good comments about the quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent camera

    Posted
    JuanG2084
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This is the best camera on a budget you can get, I bought it back in 11-2015 and use it quite frequently so I waited over a year to do a review on it. I always record on the XAVC S mode which gives you a better quality it does use more space but its definitely worth it, I use it in conjunction with Adobe Elements which you can save your videos in 4k resolution. I got this camera at a steal for $129 at that time when it was on sale. in the daytime or very well lit places this camera shines, at night time not so much you can see a little bit of distortion but not as much as will be a deal breaker. i fine tune it when i'm editing my videos..I've read some reviews where they say they bought it for their kids...don't let those comments fool you..its an excellent camera keep in mind that is budget friendly. check this video out try to watch it in 4k resolution if you can, its not the best thing out there but it is an excellent product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mini camcorder for the price is unbeatable.

    Posted
    Notorio
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    I was looking for something compact & affordable. This hit the nail on the head I was of course debating on getting something better but at the time I had no money. I've had this camera for about 2 months now & I've recorded my b-day celebration, my cousin's graduation, & a couple of vlogs. This camcorder is awesome! I don't know much about camcorder tech but from whatever I can learn from this one I will pass on knowledge to future buyers. This camera is small & discrete & can fit in cargo shorts or straight fit jeans. Very accessible the boot up time is almost non-existent. It gives plenty of recording options the settings are easy to toggle through my only complaint would be a bigger & more sturdy navigation toggle button I have small but beefy hands & it's not an issue for me to go through the settings it just feel better if it was bigger & more sturdy as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Camera was a timely gift for daughter & family

    Posted
    ShopperC
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    We researched video cameras for our daughter and son-in-law to find a good one where they could post films of their son and new baby due at the end of May. They seemed very pleased with the gift and used it right away for our Grandson's 3rd birthday party. They liked the ease with which it worked and quality of pictures. I haven't heard much more about using it lately, but am sure they will be taking pictures of the "Big Brother" welcoming his "baby sister". I also like the ease of purchasing the camera. I checked at our local Best Buy store & they didn't have one in stock. I checked on line as to what store had it immediate purchase. I called that store and they took my information, item #, etc and contacted me when it was ready for pick-up .I asked for an additional memory card and case for camera and they had all 3 items at the pick-up desk ready for me and my name on each item.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Talk about bang for the buck!

    Posted
    GasMan
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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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Camera for the Price

    Posted
    Driftingthrutime
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    I bought this camera, which was on sale, to film my daughter's graduation. We haven't bought a dedicated video camera since our digital 8mm tape camera. WOW! This thing is amazing. The pluses: clear HD video with excellent sound recording, the camera makes files for each segment so drag and drop into your video editor is simple, great stills with some zoom. The minuses: The optical zoom sounds incredible, but in the store I noticed the advertised zoom is based on a fish-eye like original picture so the actual zoom from reality is about 3X. I bought it anyway and was very happy with the results. I have some concerns about how little it weighs, but that paid off (with the video stability turned on) when recording long sequences.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent and great camera, easy use, great price

    Posted
    Reggie
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    I bought this camera to specifically use for our wedding and it turned out very well. The sound quality is good, visuals are great, and it's very handy in size. The memory cards make it easier to transfer files to the computer for permanent storage, which is better than the old fashioned tape needed to record stuff on. I am pleased with this handycam, if one is just looking for a decent priced camera for occasional use and recording, this one is it. You can even extend the viewing (via HDMI hookup) to your tv and never even have to take out the mem card if you're wanting to view it to a large audience. Great price, great product, and I am very pleased with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great camera for people with a life ......

    Posted
    yatzee
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    i am trying to start a YOUTUBE channel for my hobby gaming , and i needed a descent camera for shooting the video with . i am not trying to make it all artsy or look like it was professionally produced , just shoot some good video of the model building techniques and take some descent pics of finished pieces . this camera does all that and more . i doubt i will ever use 90% of the settings and features on this thing just because i dont need to . if your NOT a tech nerd or camera collector and like me want a camera thats easy to use and takes good video , this is a GREAT camera to choose ! i have no regrets or complaints at all and have recommended this camera to others .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    sony cx 405 reiew

    Posted
    canman
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    All good... this is easy enough for the not tech savvy to figure out. record and play is similar to models that have preceded up to 20 + years ago. have actually felt it out and watched file sizes.... reduce picture quality, or start making DVD's from downloaded files without changes That's all inside menu... all good.... I was told no better picture quality than other models.. all good here! This is cool for still photos also... Like real photos and not the the cheesy phone pictures you ever try to print! That ate skinny and useless. to reprint. for normal camcorder this is great! No over kills, works why waste hundreds more when items outdate so fast.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for a little camera

    Posted
    cori1024
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    Quickly needed a little inexpensive video camera for my daughters wedding as our older door stop type camera died - after a quick tutorial from the Best Buy guy, we just bought and headed out the door - the camera seemed a little chincy and cheap as it is so light weight and really nothing to it but...it was all we had for the last minute. It was very easy to use and operate and move around with. The picture is very good and for the $$ has a nice zoom. I haven't tried to hook it up to the computer to burn a disc or the t.v. yet but I am sure it will be great!! Very pleased with this purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for the price

    Posted
    Prplladee
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    I purchased this camera during the Black Friday weekend so I got a really good deal! The customer service rep was really patient and answered all of my questions as well as helped me decide which camera would be best since I only plan to use it for recording memories with my family. I’m a bit old fashioned and don’t like to have videos on my phone. I have been very pleased with the picture quality as well as the ease of using since I don’t consider myself to be tech savvy. I would definitely recommend to anyone just needing to capture precious moments. I haven’t done much else but I may explore some this summer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camcorder

    Posted
    John
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    This camcorder is great!!! pop in an sd card go your off and recording. I had and older model touchscreen but someone stole it at Disneyland I know out of all places :( I had to go out a buy a new one. First a got a cannon camcorder salesman said it was the best it was more $, it make noise when you would zoom in and out and the picture quality was not the greatest so of course I brought it back and got a Sony the one I wanted. oboy you should follow your instincts I know Sony makes in great cameras this is why I went back. This model Cost way less. I have no complaints other than don't listen to the salesperson Sony's number one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My son loves this camcorder

    Posted
    Lori
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    I bought this for my 9 year old son for Christmas as he had been begging for video camera for quite a while. He had saved up for and bought an action camera last summer and was really disappointed that the audio recording was practically nonexistent and it just wasn't what he wanted. He LOVES this camcorder! He can narrate as he is recording and then, as a bonus, found that the camcorder will take clips and make a short movie with music in the background.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent picture quality

    Posted
    WolfiJ
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    I bought this for parents as a Christmas gift and helped them set it up . It’s pretty much straight forward to use and operate. The only thing I did was set the date and time, the rest is self explanatory. The zoom and picture quality is awesome! I easily zoomed in from across the room and could make out all the buttons and words on their kitchen stove . Imagine stabilization is top notch! This was a special buy that came with a memory card. For basic everyday use you can’t go wrong. If were in need of a camcorder for myself, I would easily buy this unit . They love it .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Perfect Christmas Present

    Posted
    Coolite
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    I purchased this for an aspiring cameraman. He expressed an interest in filming newscasts and documentaries so I purchased this camcorder to allow him to practice filming and see if he really likes it. He was very excited when he opened this Christmas day and is filming all the time now. We purchased a 128GB card, too, so he should be busy playing with this for awhile. The camcorder is easy to use and takes great videos and shots. It is also really small, making it very portable. Best of all, I received a bear hug for helping him to "follow his dream."

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Little Camera Big Result like Pro

    Posted
    Mtbee
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    ok guys, before make a purchase I read reviews always from 1 stars. Just wondering why people make 1,2 or 3 star. some of them say very light, too little and cheap made. finally I bought this camera because the price was so low on blackfriday, and still thinking want to return it before opening the box.one day my phone was no more space for video taking, then we took the camcorder out to snow play with our daughter, the quality of video & picture make all of us can't stop to talk bout how good the quality of camera. Only $129 on blackfriday but quality was so amazing HD.

    I would recommend this to a friend