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Sony HDR-CX405

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1208 reviews of Sony HDR-CX405. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and size. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas the viewfinder and memory get critical comments. Reviews are divided on the durability.

usability, portability, price, size, image quality

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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony HDR-CX405


alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of Sony HDR-CX405 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the size and price are generally positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. The viewfinder and reliability get negative views.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

reliability, viewfinder

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-CX405 Full HD Handycam CamcorderSony HDR-CX405 Full HD Handycam Camcorder

Jun, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony HDR-CX405


alaTest has collected and analyzed 197 user reviews of Sony HDR-CX405 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical comments about the viewfinder. Opinions are divided on the durability.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size


84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HD Video Recording HDRCX405 Handycam CamcorderSony HD Video Recording HDRCX405 Handycam Camcorder

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Anna Burleson (

Sony HDR-CX405 Handycam Review


Sony's Handycam HDR-CX405 is a lightweight and simple camcorder without many extra features. We appreciate its portability but were not convinced that is reason enough to choose it over cameras with better features or image quality for the same price....

Its small size makes it incredibly portable.

Its ports aren’t easy to access.

The CX405 offers very basic functionality in a compact and lightweight body. For those who need to save all the space and weight they can, this may be a good choice. Others would likely be better served by a larger, more fully featured camera.

Dec, 2016

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Lightweight and easy to use


I bought this video camera for my girlfriend's mom's 90th birthday party. Very easy to use and excellent video

Nov, 2016

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Great Starter Camera


Very excited to learn about this camera. I wish the included instruction booklet had a bit more detail about how to use all camera features as I am an absolute newbie to camcorders. I also wish it came with a memory card. Overall, it is easy to use. I...

Oct, 2016

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bought for hunting


used it today for the first time for hunting. It worked great! actually filmed 2 small does with it. easy to operate, ultra light. and great picture on the recording.

Oct, 2016

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Light and compact


this camcorder has a wide range of facilities and is surprisingly easy to use. Small ,compact and easy to handle and carry

Oct, 2016

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Good Product


Light...Easy to use. Very good quality of video and sound

Sep, 2016

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We love it! Quick to charge and Very steady viewin


I bought this in May of this year, esp for Grandchildren. It has worked well.

Sep, 2016

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Light weight and responsive


I bought this beauty for a trip to Canadian Rockies and it certainly lived up to expectations. Easy and light to carry. Takes stills easily while filming. Good picture quality and easy to connect to PC.

Jul, 2016

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A very handy handycam


Very happy so far, but cannot find a method of changing the 'Highlight Movie' default tunes. My version of Playmemories does not seem to support this model. I am also a bit concerned that it is not very rugged and wonder if it will survive as long as...

Jun, 2016

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Handy travel cam


Records good quality images in a small unit. Images look a little soft, but are good for everyday use. Reasonable battery life, easy to use usb cable in the handle for charging and downloading. Not easy to transfer to computer, even with help from...

Jun, 2016

Product Specifications


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


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


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


Color of product:Black


Built-in display: Yes
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:2.7
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:1 / 5.8
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:9.2

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.06 - 31.7
Digital Zoom:350
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.06 - 31.7
Focal length range (f-f):0.0748 - 2.24
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 mode:
USB charging: Yes


HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Video compression format:AVC, AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVC,AVCHD,H.264,MPEG4

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

White Balance:Auto, Indoor, Outdoor