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Sony HDR-CX305

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews of Sony HDR-CX305. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and size. The portability and image quality also get good opinions. Many are negative about the memory and viewfinder. There are some mixed comments about the durability.

usability, image quality, portability, size, design

battery, reliability, price, viewfinder, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-CX305 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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I don't seem to be able to find a way of turning the sound off when recording

Jun, 2012

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Excellent build quality & picture

Apr, 2012

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compact and easy to use. I still have to use it on holiday, and will do so in Iraqi Kurdistan later this month. Plenty of mountains, scenery and Kurdish lifestyle!


Apr, 2012

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light, compact, ease of use, great picture quality,touch screen,

Aug, 2011

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Small.lightweight,easy to operate

could do with a bigger capacity battery to start with

Jul, 2011

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The battery would not fit the camcorder and there was no replacement available therefor I had a refund.

Jul, 2011

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easy to use, light and great image quality.

longer battery life

Apr, 2011

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High quality picture and I like the way everything is ready once you've opened the lcd screen. Easy to upload video using the PMB software and software is easy to use. The image quality if you plug HDMI to HDMI is amazing. Menus are easy to use and...

Should be slightly heavier and bigger so that it felt more stable and everything wasn't so fiddly. Cover to USB and HDMI connectors feels fragile and I suspect will break off in time. I do a look of work outside and still think a viewfinder is...

Feb, 2011

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A good quality product


I was happy about the money I spent on the product. It would be great if the memmory was 32GB for that price.

Jan, 2011

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Sony HDR CX305


Picture & sound quality

Cost of additional lens, wide angle etc...

Dec, 2010

Product Specifications


Audio dubbing: No
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery life (max):2.05
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV50


Minimum illumination:3
Playback zoom:Y
Playback zoom (max):Y


Color of product:Black
Product color:Black


Display Diagonal:2.7


Built-in flash: Yes


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):230400
Optical sensor size:1 / 4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:7

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.17 - 14.1
Digital Zoom:160
Filter size:1.18
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.17 - 14.1
Focal length range (f-f):0.114 - 1.37
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Optical Zoom:12

Other Features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.4
Audio Output:Y
Auto focus: Yes
Cable type:USB
Flash:0.3 - 1.5 m
Interface:USB, HDMI
Lens system:Sony G
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: No
Noise reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video out:Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser (PMB)

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:3
DV port: No
Microphone in: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/8 - 1/1000

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:3072 x 1728
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,3072 x 1728,3072 x 2304 / 640 x 480,3072 x 2304


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal storage capacity:16


HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Video compression format:AVCHD, MPEG2
Video formats supported:AVCHD,MPEG2

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto