Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Input and Output Notes
Memory Card Slot: The Sony HDR-CX405 Full HD camcorder can record video and photos onto
Memory Stick Micro (Mark2) memory cards up to 16 GB in capacity, as well as
Class 4 or faster microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC Memory Cards up to 64 GB.
The camcorder has no internal memory.
2.7" LCD Screen: The 2.7" Clear Photo LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution.
The 230,400-dot (960 x 240) 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
using the Multi Selector button, located beside the LCD. The LCD also features an adjustable
brightness and color level. You can
also power on this camcorder by simply opening its LCD display.
Note: The LCD does not feature a touch screen function.
This camcorder does
not include a separate viewfinder.
Imaging Device: The HDR-CX405 features an advanced 1/5.8" (3.1mm)
back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS imaging sensor with 2,510,000 gross pixels. The
camcorder has 2,290,000 effective pixels for 16:9 movies and still images and
1,710,000 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.
This is equivalent to 26.8-804mm in 35mm photography.
30x Optical and 60x Clear Image Zoom: The CX405 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 Active Mode uses 3-way Shake-Canceling 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.
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-CX405 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. The minimum focus distance is approximately
0.4" (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 ten different scene modes, as well as wind
noise reduction. There are 60 possible combinations, including Portrait, Baby,
Tripod, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, and Low Light.
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
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 Recording: The HDR-CX405 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 and MPEG-4
|Image Quality ||Bit Rate ||Pixels |
|XAVC S ||50 Mbps ||1920 x 1080/60p, 30p |
|AVCHD (PS) ||28 Mbps ||1920 x 1080/60p |
|AVCHD (FX) ||24 Mbps ||1920 x 1080/60i |
|AVCHD (FH) ||17 Mbps ||1920 x 1080/60i |
|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: By default, movies are recorded with
the AVCHD format and MP4 format at the same time. High definition 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
Built-In Zoom Mic: The built-in Zoom Microphone allows you
to record sound with directivity as you move the power zoom lever. The
camcorder's microphone level can be set to Low or Normal.
Divide Movies: The Divide
Movies feature allows you to divide movies on the inserted memory card. You cannot restore movies once they are divided.
Digital Still Camera Features
Digital Still Image Recording: Still images can be recorded with the camcorder in the
either Still Image or Movie mode (Dual Capture). Still images are recorded in the following
- 9.2 MP: 4032 x 2272 (16:9)
- 2.1 MP: 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
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.
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: This unit comes with an
NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6 Volts, 1240 mAh, 4.5 Wh). The battery can be charged in the camera via USB in approximately
2 hours 35 minutes using the supplied AC-UUD11 AC adapter.
You can also charge the battery in 4 hours 35 minutes via USB using your
computer. A fully charged battery provides approximately 110 minutes of
continuous recording time, 55 minutes typical recording time, or 210 minutes
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 CX405 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. When
connecting the camcorder to a Bravia Sync-compatible TV via HDMI, you can
control play back on the camcorder by aiming the TV's Remote Commander at the
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.
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
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:
- Import images from your camcorder
- View images on a calendar
- 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 8/8.1, Windows 7
(SP1), and Windows Vista¹ (SP2), and Mac OS X v10.7-10.10.
Note: XAVC S movies may not play back smoothly with Mac OS X.