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Sony Handycam® HDR-CX405

High-definition camcorder

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Record the moments that are worth saving with Sony's compact, highly portable HDR-CX405. This camera's back-illuminated image sensor captures high-definition video up to 1080p at the touch of a button. That same sensor is designed to gather in as much light as possible, so you can shoot high-quality video at dusk, in a darkened room at a surprise party, or anywhere else you might otherwise not have enough light. 30X optical zoom will get you close to the action even if you're on the other end of the ice when your daughter fires in the winning goal, and built-in image stabilization keeps your shot from getting too shaky as you follow the puck.

The Sony HDR-CX405 is compact and easy to use.

The Sony HDR-CX405 is compact and easy to use.

Never miss a moment

Record the moments that are worth saving with Sony's compact, highly portable HDR-CX405. This camera's back-illuminated image sensor captures high-definition video up to 1080p at the touch of a button. That same sensor is designed to gather in as much light as possible, so you can shoot high-quality video at dusk, in a darkened room at a surprise party, or anywhere else you might otherwise not have enough light. 30X optical zoom will get you close to the action even if you're on the other end of the ice when your daughter fires in the winning goal, and built-in image stabilization keeps your shot from getting too shaky as you follow the puck.

Make art with intelligent auto modes

You don't have to be a member of the Director's Guild to use this camera. It comes with an Intelligent Auto mode that takes stock of your shooting environment and selects the appropriate settings for you. It can help you arrange your close-ups, deal with low light and compose your landscape shots. And there's Baby mode, which collaborates with the camera's face detection and voice enhancement technology to make sure you catch each delightful grin and gurgle. You might not think of yourself as a moviemaker, but the 'CX405 will bring out your natural talents.

Upload and share with ease

When it's time to upload movies to your computer, there's no need to fumble around for a cable. The 'CX405 has a high-speed USB cable built into the chassis, so you can plug in and share at a moment's notice. There's also a micro HDMI cable in the box so you can directly display your creations on your TV's big screen.

Product Highlights:

  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD camcorder with 2.2-megapixel Exmor R® CMOS sensor
  • 29.8mm wide-angle Carl Zeiss® lens
  • 2.7" Clear Photo LCD display (230,400 dot)
  • 30X optical zoom (350X digital zoom)
  • optical SteadyShot® image stabilization keeps your shot from shaking
  • face detection technology with voice enhancement keeps human subjects in focus and easy to hear
  • seven in-camera picture effects for more creative video and still photos
  • dual recording mode creates AVCHD and MP4 files simultaneously
  • intelligent auto mode offers easy scene modes for common shooting environments (Portrait, Baby, Landscape, Low Light, and more)
  • records to optional Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
    • dual memory card slots record to Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD cards simultaneously
  • rechargeable NP-BX1 battery included
  • built-in USB cable makes file transfer and charging easy
  • connect with large monitor screens using included HDMI cable

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camcorder (black)
  • NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 1240mAh 4.5Wh)
  • AC-UUD11 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)
  • Operating Guide (Eng)
  • Instruction Manual (Span)
  • Limited Warranty card
  • Product registration card
  • Accessories brochure

Got this for my son for his student exchange program that he is currently on. He said it was very simple to use and is not have any problems with it right now.

Richard F, Tinian MP


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General Features
Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Battery Information
Input and Output Notes

General Features

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 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-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 modes:

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 or tablet.

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 resolutions:

  • 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.

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-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 playback time.

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 TV.

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 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:

  • 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.

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Great picture, amazing sound, and ridiculously easy to use. [ Larry  Jan 15, 2016 ]