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Sony HDR-CX405

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1179 reviews of Sony HDR-CX405. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and memory. There are some mixed reviews about the durability.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

memory, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-CX405 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Anna Burleson (

Sony HDR-CX405 Handycam Review


Image stabilization is available to steady the effects of shaky hands or a rough environment.

It has a manual lens cover.

The Sony Handycam HDR-CX405 gives you the basic features you need from a camcorder and records in full 1080p high definition.

Apr, 2018

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Great for expedition


I bought a similar earlier model 7 years ago for expeditions and used successfully on Kilimanjaro in freezing temperatures and again on Mt Kenya, in heat and dust of African bush. I bought this new one for Mt Meru as mobile phone technology has...

Mar, 2019

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great camera does it all ,great pictures and video .light and easy to use even for a novice .had the older version did look at cheaper 4k alternative,but went with sony as its always been reliable recommended

Mar, 2019

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Good value for money


Have used this twice to record sporting activity both indoors and outside and very happy with it. Would prefer not to have to download into Sony specific software on computer but overall very happy. Its very lightweight and doesn't feel like it would...

Mar, 2019

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Nice compact camera


Bought this for a recent holiday and it was very good. It is very light and compact and very easy to use. As soon as you open the side cover the camera starts up and closes down when you close it. Very simple to use and not as complicated as our...

Nov, 2018

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simple to use


A fine example of ingenuity in this technical world that we live in, this Handycam has all the features that you will need for every video recording you make, the results are outstanding,

Oct, 2018

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Camera Good- Sony Micro card a Disaster!!


Have bought this camera for a once in a lifetime family trip to Australia. All went well - camera easy to use- compact and captured some great family moments. Then disaster. Had specifically bought a Sony micro sd card 32gb and the camera said I had...

Aug, 2018

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Loving my video camera


I am using my Handycam HDR-CX405 since December 2017 when I got it. I love how it works. It just does a great job. It takes very good video shots, and also very good photos. I'm happy with my purchase.

Aug, 2018

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Great product


I got this camera for Christmas. Using very often mainly home videos. Very happy so far.

Jun, 2018

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Really easy to use


Bought this last month to video our school's sporting fixtures

Jun, 2018

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC, PCM
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
PCM digital audio:16-bit/48 kHz


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-BX1
Charging source:AC, USB


3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Back light compensation:
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:BIONZ X
Minimum illumination:3
Self-timer delay:10
Shooting modes:Auto, Movie, Scene


Colour of product:Black
Product colour:Black


Built-in Display: Yes
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:6.86
Display resolution (numeric):230400


Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: No


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.29
Effective megapixels (movie):2.29
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5.8
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:9.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:350
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):26.8 - 804
Focal length range (f-f):1.9 - 57
Image stabilizer: Yes
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Optical Zoom:30

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto
Scene modes:Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Beach, Snow

Other features

Audio recording formats:

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/10000

Still image

Image formats supported:EXIF
Maximum image resolution:4032 x 2272
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480\n1920 x 1080\n3024 x 2272\n4032 x 2272


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC
Disc types supported: No

Technical Details

Lens cover included:
Playback modes:
USB charging: Yes


HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:AVC, AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4

Weight & Dimensions

Height :59.5

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Indoor, Outdoor