Sony - Handycam CX405 Flash Memory Camcorder - Black

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Utilizing Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, a BIONZ X image processor and an Exmor R CMOS sensor, this Sony Handycam HDRCX405/B camcorder enables you to capture video footage with 1920 x 1080 resolution and sharp still images.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Handycam CX405 Flash Memory Camcorder
    • Owner's manual
    • Rechargeable battery pack (NP-BX1)
    • USB AC adapter, micro HDMI cable, USB cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1462 out of 1531)

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    Features


    30x optical/320x digital zoom

    Brings subjects and scenes into clear view.

    2.7" Clear Photo LCD

    With 230,000 pixels makes it easy to set up and review shots and video footage.

    1/5.8" back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor

    With RGB primary color filters and approximately 2510K pixels lets you capture sharp footage.

    BIONZ X image processor

    Helps ensure high-quality capture.

    Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens

    Enables versatile shooting.

    Optical SteadyShot) image stabilization with Active Mode

    Helps prevent the occurrence of camera shake and vibration.

    High-definition video recording

    Lets you capture movie footage with 1920 x 1080 60p resolution.

    9.2MP effective still image resolution

    Allows you to achieve sharp photos.

    Audio formats

    Include Dolby Digital 2-channel stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, MPEG-4, AAC-LC 2-channel, MPEG-4 and linear PCM 2-channel (48kHz/16-bit) for clear sound.

    Card slot

    Accepts select microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC and MSM formats (cards not included).

    Micro HDMI output

    Allows you to connect to an external display.


    Customer rating

    4.5
    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Amazing quality camera for the price

      Posted
      BeachBum
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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

      Good Cam

      Posted
      Chrissy
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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

      Awesome!

      Posted
      Steph
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      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

      Overall good camcorder for the money

      Posted
      Brian
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Easy to use camera

      Posted
      HdrGuy350
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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: 1 out of 5 stars

      Horrible Video Quality!

      Posted
      Paula

      I am very disappointed with this camcorder because the video quality looks great on the camcorder and very crappy on my computer. On the computer the videos are very dark and grainy. It took me hours to edit the videos to make them somewhat usable for my YouTube Channel. Unfortunately, I did not get to return this camcorder back to BestBuy in time to get a refund. I wasted $200.00, which is a shame! I ended up buying a far less expensive camcorder costing $70.00 that has far better video quality when uploaded to my computer. Finally, I did not like the AVCHD formats, which is not standard. Therefore, I do not recommend buying this camcorder.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        Hi Paula, There is a possibility that your computer is not capable of playing HD movies smoothly.
        You may want to upgrade the RAM (memory) of your computer, usually, it helps: https://www.sony.com/electronics/support/articles/00030735
        Sony takes into consideration all feedback to improve the performance and quality of our products and services. We will forward this feedback to the right department.
        Regards,
        Vincent sony_US

    • 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: 3 out of 5 stars

      Simple to use after you get used to it

      Posted
      Evika
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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




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