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Sony Handycam® HDR-CX455

High-definition camcorder with 8GB flash memory and Wi-Fi®

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When you're at a once-in-a-lifetime family reunion, little league game, or dance recital, you want the best image quality possible from your camcorder. The Sony Handycam HDR-CX455 is packed with features that make that goal easy to achieve. Line up each shot and monitor it in real time with the adjustable 2.95" LCD touchscreen. Rest assured that your subject will be in focus, thanks to 5-axis SteadyShot® image stabilization and lock-on autofocus. Match the camera's settings to your surroundings by choosing from nine scene modes, including Snow, Fireworks, Night, and more.

Capture family events large and small with the help of the Sony Handycam® HDR CX455

Shoot and share family fun with the help of the Sony Handycam® HDR-CX455.

A Handycam® that helps you get the best shot

When you're at a once-in-a-lifetime family reunion, little league game, or dance recital, you want the best image quality possible from your camcorder. The Sony Handycam HDR-CX455 is packed with features that make that goal easy to achieve. Line up each shot and monitor it in real time with the adjustable 2.95" LCD touchscreen. Rest assured that your subject will be in focus, thanks to 5-axis SteadyShot® image stabilization and lock-on autofocus. Match the camera's settings to your surroundings by choosing from nine scene modes, including Snow, Fireworks, Night, and more.

Your videos will sound great, too

If your home video looks fantastic but sounds bad, it's still a disappointment. So Sony built in a 5.1 surround sound microphone to pick up all the voices and sounds that go with your images. The 'CX455 is just as smart about audio as it is about video. It enhances volume for voices in front of the camera, and limits volume for the voice of the person holding the camera, so you get balanced dialogue levels.

Easy sharing options

The camera offers a dual recording mode that records high-resolution files and compressed files simultaneously. The larger files are perfect for editing into polished productions, and the compressed versions come in handy for quick sharing on the Internet. Built-in Wi-Fi even lets you  live-stream video as it happens, for sharing with family members who couldn't make it to the big event. Sony's PlayMemories app makes it easy to transfer files wirelessly or control the camcorder using your mobile device. There's also quick-pairing with NFC-enabled Android™ devices, to make the process even simpler.

Product Highlights:

  • 2.2-megapixel Exmor R® CMOS sensor
  • built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC touch-pairing with compatible devices
  • wide-angle Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar lens
  • 2.95" Clear Photo LCD display (460,800 dot)
  • 30X optical zoom (350X digital zoom)
  • optical SteadyShot® image stabilization keeps your shot from shaking
  • lock-on autofocus helps keep a moving subject looking sharp
  • built-in 5.1 zoom microphone records surround sound
  • shoots full HD video up to 1080p
  • 8GB internal flash memory
  • also records to optional Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
Special Features:
  • face detection technology with voice enhancement keeps people in focus and easy to hear
  • My Voice technology keeps the voice behind the camera from overwhelming the audio
  • in-camera picture effects for more creative video and still photos
  • nine scene modes for common shooting environments (Portrait, Snow, Fireworks, and more)
  • Dual Record mode lets you simultaneously shoot high-res files for editing and compressed files for quick sharing
Connections:
  • USB port for charging and data transfer (cable included)
  • micro (Type D) HDMI output (adapter cable included)
Specifications:
  • rechargeable NP-FV50 battery included
  • 2-7/8"W x 2-5/16"H x 5-1/16"D
  • weight: 8.8 oz. (with battery)
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camcorder (black)
  • NP-FV50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (6.8V 980mAh 6.6Wh)
  • AC-UUD12 AC adapter (DC output: 5V 1.5A)
  • 40" HDMI cable (Full-size HDMI on one end and Micro HDMI on other end)
  • 40" USB extension cable (Male Type A USB on one end and Female Type A USB on other end)
  • Getting Started (Eng)
  • Getting Started (Span)
  • Getting Started (Fren)
  • Limited Warranty card (US)
  • Consumer Warranty (Canada)
  • Online registration card (Thank you for your purchase!)
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General Features
Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Battery Information
Input and Output Notes
Software

General Features

Compatible Memory Cards: The Sony HDR-CX455 Full HD camcorder can record video and photos onto Memory Stick Micro (Mark2) memory cards, as well as microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC Memory Cards. The camcorder also has 8 GB of internal flash memory. Some restrictions apply to certain recording formats:

  • AVCHD: Memory Stick Micro (Mark 2 only) and microSD / microSDHC / micro SDXC Speed Class 4 or faster
  • XAVC S: microSDHC (4 GB or more) / microSDXC Speed Class 10 or faster

2.95" LCD Screen: The 2.95" Clear Photo LCD touch screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The 460,800-dot (960 x 480) LCD screen rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp and detailed images for monitoring or playback. In addition, you can navigate through the menu system by touching the screen. You can also power on this camcorder by simply opening its LCD display.

Note: This camcorder does not include a separate viewfinder.

Imaging Device: The HDR-CX455 features an advanced 1/5.8" (3.1mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS imaging sensor with 2.5MP gross pixels. The camcorder has 2.29 MP effective pixels for 16:9 movies and still images and 1.71MP effective pixels for 4:3 photos. The unique image processing system of the Sony BIONZ-X processor allows 16:9 still image resolution of up to 9.2 MP (4032 x 2272).

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens: The camcorder features a premium-quality 1.9mm-57mm wide-angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens designed specifically for compact camcorders. The 35mm equivalent is 26.8-804mm for 16:9 movies and still images.

30x Optical and 60x Clear Image Zoom: The CX455 has a 30x optical zoom and a 60x Clear Image Zoom. While most digital zooms electronically crop the picture to get closer to the subject, the Clear Image Zoom uses advanced processing to double the optical zoom. The processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, which results in more realistic, and clearer images. In addition to the Clear Image Zoom, you can activate the Digital Zoom for a total zoom value of 350x.

Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with a 5-axis Intelligent Active Mode to compensate for camera shake. With SteadyShot activated, you'll get smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto, even while shooting footage while walking.

Built-in Wi-Fi: The CX455 has built-in Wi-Fi capability (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n), which allows you to use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder or remote control. Through the PlayMemories Mobile app, available for iOS and Android, you can perform numerous wireless functions. The One-Touch Sharing function lets you transfer your videos and photos from your camcorder to your mobile device or computer. You can wirelessly connect NFC-enabled Android devices by simply touching the device to the camera. You can also connect using the QR Code reader on your smartphone or tablet. Live streaming via UStream allows you to share events in real time.

Face Detection: The camcorder's Face Detection technology recognizes faces and optimizes the camera settings for videos and still photos. Videos and photos recorded using Face Detection are indexed according to the faces detected in each scene. This allows you to search for what you want by selecting the faces displayed in the index.

Focus Modes: The Sony Handycam HDR-CX455 features Auto Focus and Manual Focus modes. When using Auto Focus, you can choose to focus on a subject in the center of the screen. For more difficult focusing situations, you can manually adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch screen. The minimum focus distance is approximately 0.39" (1 cm) at wide angle and 31.5" (80 cm) at telephoto.

Intelligent Auto Mode: Intelligent Auto mode analyses the scene and automatically selects from three groups (face, scene, camera shake). There are up to 180 scene types, including night and backlit scenes.

White Balance Adjustment: Sets the color balance to the brightness of the recording environment. Your choices are:

  • Auto: The white balance is adjusted automatically.
  • Outdoor: The white balance is adjusted for the following conditions: Outdoors, night views, neon signs and fireworks, sunrise, sunsets, under daylight fluorescent lamps.
  • Indoor: The white balance is adjusted for the following conditions: Indoors, party scenes and studios where lighting conditions change quickly, and under the video lamps or incandescent-like color lamps.
  • One Push: The white balance will be adjusted according to the present ambient light.

Data Code Function: The camcorder automatically records time codes along with the images you shoot, so you can display the date and time during playback or editing. You can also display the camera settings when recording movies or photos.

Protect: You can protect movies and photos to avoid deleting them by mistake.

Power On By LCD: You can set the camcorder to automatically power on when you open the LCD, and turn off when you close the LCD.

Video Camcorder Features

Video Recording: The HDR-CX455 records High Definition video in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios with 5 image sizes to choose from. Movies can be recorded in XAVC S format at 50 Mbps, using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression and linear PCM audio compression. Video can also be shot in AVCHD (with Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2-channel audio) and MPEG-4 modes (AAC 2-ch audio):

Image Quality Bit Rate Pixels
XAVC S 50 Mbps 1920 x 1080/60p, 30p, 24p
AVCHD (PS) 28 Mbps 1920 x 1080/60p
AVCHD (FX) 24 Mbps 1920 x 1080/60i, 30p
AVCHD (FH) 17 Mbps 1920 x 1080/60i, 30p
AVCHD (HQ) 9 Mbps 1440 x 1080/60i
AVCHD (LP) 5 Mbps 1440 x 1080/60i
MP4 3 Mbps 1280 x 720/30p

Dual Video Recording: In Dual Video Recording mode, movies are recorded with the XAVC S or AVCHD format and another in MP4 format at the same time. High definition XAVC S or AVCHD format movies are best viewed on an HDTV, while MP4 video can be easily uploaded to social media sites, emailed, or uploaded to the internet, and viewed on a smart phone or tablet.

Dual Record: In the Dual Record mode, you can record HD video and high-resolution still images simultaneously.

Time-Lapse: You can capture a series of still images continuously over a period of time at a set interval. You can select intervals of 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds, and between 1 and 999 shots. Image sizes are 1920 x 1080. These photos can be played back as a time-lapse movie.

Built-In 5.1-channel Zoom Mic: The built-in 5.1-channel surround microphone can clearly capture the atmosphere of the scene. The Zoom Microphone records sound with directivity as you move the power zoom lever. The camcorder's microphone level can be set to Low or Normal. The CX455 also has a 3.5mm microphone input for an optional external microphone.

Digital Still Camera Features

Digital Still Image Recording: Still images can be recorded with the camcorder in the Photo, Movie, or Dual Record modes in the following resolutions:

Photo Mode Movie and Dual Record Modes
Large 16:9: 4032 x 2272 (9.2 MP) Large: 4032 x 2272 (9.2 MP)
Large 4:3: 3024 x 2272 (6.9 MP)
Small 16:9: 1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP) Small: 1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP)
Small 4:3: 640 x 480 (0.3 MP)

Capturing Still Images From Video: You can capture still images from recorded video. The image size is fixed at 2.1MP 1920 x 1080. The recording date and time of the captured photos is the same as the recording date and time of the movie. If there is no data code on the movie, the recording date and time will be the date/time you captured the photo from the video.

Self Timer: This feature allows you to record a still image about 10 seconds after the Photo button is depressed.

Slide Show: You can automatically play back images stored on the memory card in a slide-show fashion.

Battery Information

Battery: This unit comes with an NP-FV50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (6.8 Volts, 980 mAh, 6.6 Wh). The battery can be charged in the camera via USB in approximately 2 hours 45 minutes using the supplied AC-UUD12 AC adapter. You can also charge the battery in 5 hours 5 minutes via USB using your computer. A fully charged battery provides approximately 155 minutes of continuous recording time, 75 minutes typical recording time, or 240 minutes playback time. For longer battery life, the optional NP-FV70 or NP-FV100 batteries are also compatible.

Power Save: You can choose from Standard or Maximum Power Save modes, which turns off the camcorder after a period of time when it is idle. Power Save mode can be turned off, if desired.

Input and Output Notes

HDMI: The CX455 is equipped with a micro-HDMI (Type D) output for connecting your camcorder to an HDTV. A 40" HDMI cable is included with the camcorder. You can set the HDMI output resolution to Auto, 1080p, 1080i, or 720p. The Auto setting will output the signal according to the TV's capability.

Multi Connector: The camcorder features a proprietary Multi Connector for use with an optional AV connecting cable (available separately from Sony) for displaying the camcorder's contents on your non-HD television.

Microphone Input: The CX455 has a 3.5mm input for an external microphone. The built-in microphone is disabled when an external mic is plugged in.

Headphone Output: The camcorder features a 3.5mm output for connecting headphones so you can monitor the audio as you record, or listen to the audio track during playback of a recorded movie.

Built-in USB: The camcorder has a built-in male USB Type A plug and a 40" USB extension cable (Type A USB female-to-Type A USB male) for connecting to a PC. Connecting to a PC via USB allows you to download still images and video files on the memory card. You can edit and save your video files onto your computer, then make DVDs of them using the downloadable PlayMemories Home software.

Software

Downloadable Software: The camcorder has no built-in software for importing images and video from the camcorder to your computer. Instead, the PlayMemories Home software can be downloaded directly to your computer via the Internet (URL provided in the supplied Operating Guide). With PlayMemories Home, you can:

  • Upload images to a cloud service
  • Import images from your camcorder
  • Search and View images in a calendar view
  • Share images on "PlayMemories Online"
  • Upload images to network services, such as Facebook and YouTube
  • Create a disc

Compatible Operating Systems: PlayMemories Home is compatible with the following Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and Windows Vista (SP2), and Mac OS X v10.8-10.11.

Note: XAVC S movies may not play back smoothly with Mac OS X.

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Good value. Sony reputation. Will transfer video wirelessly to mobile devices. [ A  Feb 11, 2017 ]

4 questions already asked

The camcorder has a built-in 5.1 channel surround sound microphone so, I recommend using it for the most immersive recordings. Having said that; the HDR-CX455 also features a 3.5mm input for connecting an external microphone so, if the mic you want to use terminates in the standard 3.5mm connection, yes, you can use it with this Sony. [ Ryan  Aug 23, 2017 ]  Staff
Yes - I use a tabletop mount for the camera regularly. Though its a little unstable (top heavy) so you need to be careful [ CAROL  Jun 05, 2017 ]
Yes [ FLORENCIO  Jun 05, 2017 ]
Yes you can. Has standard tripod mount. [ marc  Jun 04, 2017 ]
The Sony HDR-CX455 has a built-in 5.1 channel and Zoom microphone but also offers a standard 3.5mm audio input for connecting an external microphone. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the camcorder's main webpage. I hope that helps. My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Apr 28, 2017 ]  Staff
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. You can also download the users manual on the product page under the details tab underneath "whats in the box". If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Kenny  Mar 26, 2016 ]  Staff
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