Sony HD Video Recording HDRCX405 Handycam Camcorder

Sony HD Video Recording HDRCX405 Handycam Camcorder
From Sony

List Price: $228.00
Price: $178.00

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Ships from and sold by DataVision Computer Video

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Average customer review:
(4.0 stars, based on 266 reviews)

Product Details

  • Sales Rank: #239 in Camera & Photo
  • Size: Camcorder
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Sony
  • Model: HDRCX405/B
  • Released on: 2015-02-15
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 3.50" h x 4.72" w x 6.30" l, .47 pounds
  • Memory: 0GB
  • Battery type: Lithium Ion
  • Display size: 2.7


  • 50Mbps XAVC STM1 1920x1080 at 60P, AVCHD® and MP4 codecs. 30x Optical / 60x Clear Image Zoom to get closer to the action. 26.8mm wide angle ZEISS® Lens
  • Automatically creates highlight video in MP4 from multiple clips. Optical SteadyShotTM image stabilization w/ Active mode. Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
  • Face Detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction. Get creative w/ 7 picture effects for video and still photos
  • View on 2.7" Clear Photo PlusTM LCD display. Intelligent Auto (60 different scene combinations possible) , Focal Length (35mm) (Video) f=26.8 - 804.0 mm (16:9) Focal Length (35mm) (Still Image) f=26.8-804.0mm (16:9), f=32.8-984.0mm (4:3)
  • This product does not have an external microphone input.

Create clearer memories with Full HD/60p and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. Every moment you capture benefits from a 26.8mm wide angle ZEISS lens and 30x Optical / 60x Clear Image Zoom. Easily charge or transfer files with the built-in USB cable, and automatically create highlight videos from multiple clips in MP4 for easy sharing.

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

154 of 163 people found the following review helpful.
5Very nice
By Jim
Ye gods!!!! This thing is no bigger than a soda can and weighs almost nothing. The quality of the lens is fantastic. I zoomed into my computer from about thirty feet away and was able to read a Wiki article through the camera. The menus take a little getting used to, but this thing is really pretty decent. Sound quality could be a tiny bit better, but everything you need is here. They've even got this cool setup where the USB is actually attached to the camera and tucks into the hand strap so you won't lose it. Charging wire is separated and easily connects. I wouldn't want to drop this on concrete as it doesn't look like it's built for punishment.

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
3Nothing simple about setting up this camcorder
By Queen
This handycam is indeed handy after a long learning curve. The camcorder does not come with a memory card, so I purchased the Sony HDR-CX405 Camcorder Memory Card 32GB microSDHC Memory Card with SD Adapter separately. Setting up and operating the camcorder has been a challenge. The Instruction booklet has a lot to be desired, so I spent many hours viewing u-tubes and websites to learn how to operate it, I wish there were in depth video instructions on Sony's website. There is a very small button to select up, down, left and right on the LCD screen that is very difficult for users with normal size fingers. Using my fingernail is the only way to make the button work. Playback instructions are confusing and I have yet to tackle that.
The Free Play Memories Home app for the PC gives you the ability to delete frames, resize and crop. Initially the download did not go well and I had to restore my computer to a previous point to uninstall and reinstall the program.
It is very lightweight and for the price I am happy with the quality and sound. An inexpensive way to capture grand baby's first years.

46 of 51 people found the following review helpful.
5Great camera for vlogging
By Kelsy Smith
I bought this camera because I, like a few hundred thousand (maybe up to million, now) people on the internet decided they wanted to vlog on youtube. There's some cons that are a little challenging, but it's really more of a learning curve than a "con".

The camera films in multiple formats, or rather it saves your video in two formats simultaneously. The first, traditional mp4, which is not a really high quality. The second, which can be one of two options with multiple frame rates selected, is the AVCHD or the XAVCS HD format. The latter format gives you 1080p/30fps OR 60fps.

The software that's recommended to manage, which isn't too bad, so Play Memories. You can clip videos together, but forget any additional editing. For that, use OpenShot Video Editor - it's free and can handle the super HD format that's unique to this camera & others in it's quality range. I wish someone had told me that when I was asking questions at the store and I'm glad my Google-Fu is strong. Another hit against it, which I'm not removing a star from currently, is that there's no external mic option/input. If my youtube channel takes off, I'll probably be upgrading to a camera that has the input.

The video it shoots is really great, and the depth with the XAVCS-HD is very noticeable compared to mp4!! I highly recommend this camera and will edit this as my experience with this camera increases. If you're looking for a good camera to start on YouTube or take great home videos that put you right there in the action, you got it.

PS: If you're into vlogging, get the Sony VCTAMP1 Monopod for Action Cam (Black) or something comparable - the angle will be wonderful!

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