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Sony HDR-CX405


Quick Overview

Optical SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode

Advanced image stabilisation keeps footage blur-free, even when the recording circumstances or the user's hands are shaky.

Up to 26.8mm wide-angle lens

Whether you’re shooting movies or still images, the class-leading wide angle lens can help you capture more of landscapes shots and indoor scenes, when you don't have enough room to step back. Even without a wide conversion lens, selected camcorders shoot as wide as 26.8mm1 (16:9 aspect ratio) in movie mode.

Exceptional image quality

The high-bitrate XAVC S format is for videographers ready to take their work to the next level. Delivering incredible quality, XAVC S is built from the XAVC format used by professional filmmakers and broadcasters, while employing intelligent data compression to export consumer-friendly file sizes.

Highlight Movie Maker

A versatile tool to streamline movie editing, Highlight Movie Maker offers several time-saving features. Add highlight markers to key moments while recording, and let the software automatically sync your transitions to your chosen soundtrack.

Motion Shot Video

Motion Shot Video plays a sequence of superimposed images that trace recorded action in split-second intervals for you to analyse in detail. During playback, you can adjust the interval, or pause to capture and share a still image.

Built-in USB cable

The built-in USB cable stowed in the hand strap is very convenient for extra-quick charging and connection to a PC, so there is no need to pack a bulky extra USB cable or AC adapter. For charging without a PC, use a compact AC-USB adapter (optional).

Exmor R™ CMOS sensor

This large, cutting-edge sensor enhances image clarity, reduces noise in dark environments, and enables soft background defocusing.

BIONZ X™ image processor

The advanced BIONZ X™ image processing engine helps achieve more naturally vivid and lifelike image quality as well as faster processing capabilities.

ZEISS lens

Sharing a commitment to outstanding performance and design, Sony and Carl Zeiss co-develop lenses that combine the best possible optics with premium-quality electronics and sensor technology for Sony’s Handycam® models.

9.2MP still image capture

Sometimes you don’t need — or want — video. Put your video camera in still image mode and capture amazing high-quality 9.2-megapixel single images as easily as you do with a still image camera.

Progressive Recording

Clear movies, that contain twice the image data of movies recorded in interlace mode, can be recorded in Full HD at 60p/50p in progressive recording mode. The images are as smooth as those shot at 60/50 frames per second, and each frame is recorded as one full picture. So a still captured from a movie recorded in progressive mode looks extra-sharp.

Dual Video Recording2

Record two movies at the same time — one in the maximum-quality XAVC S or AVCHD format and another in MP4 format. That way you’ve got a small file ready for instant sharing, plus a professional-grade file for further editing.

Dual Record mode

Dual Record mode enables you to shoot HD video and high-resolution still images simultaneously to capture the best shot in both ways.3

Face Detection4

This automatically optimises focus, exposure, and colour for best results. Select someone to be prioritised simply by touching their face on the LCD display, which is useful for selecting a key person when shooting at a crowded event. Even if the subject leaves the frame, they will be remembered and prioritised upon re-entering the scene.

Intelligent Auto

This feature automatically determines the type of scene being shot and optimises a combination of settings from three groups (Face, Scene, Camera shake). It provides the best results for up to 1805 scene types, even at night and in backlit scenes. Selected settings are displayed as icons on the LCD screen for easy reference.

Smile Shutter4

Because great smiles are fleeting, this feature ensures they’re never lost. Automatically capture snapshots of smiling faces, even while recording video.

Event Browse

For easy browsing and playback, this Handycam® plays back GUI group videos and still images that have been recorded as separate events. You can choose from different display schemes from event view or index view as needed, for better organisation, searching, viewing, and sharing of your personal content.

Picture Effect

Give free reign to your imagination. Picture Effect expands movie and photo enjoyment by letting you add up to seven creative effects (Partial Color, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization) without troublesome editing on a computer.

Manual settings for iris and shutter speed

This camcorder gives you freedom to choose manual settings for iris and shutter speed control when shooting under backlit and underexposed conditions, as well as in other situations.

Dual memory card compatibility

This Handycam® has slots for Memory Stick Micro™ and Micro SD/SDHC cards, so you can conveniently record to whichever one is more readily available.

PlayMemories™ Home6

With PlayMemories™ Home software installed on a computer7, it’s easy to import footage from a Handycam® camcorder to view, edit, print, share via the web, burn files on to a disc, and even create a multi-view movie with a simultaneous split-screen view of up to four selected clips.

X type battery operation

Use an extra-light, extra-compact X type battery to minimise the overall size and weight of this Handycam® in operation.


Image sensor
Total megapixels9.2 MP
Optical sensor size25.4 / 5.8 mm (1 / 5.8")
Effective megapixels (movie)2.29 MP
Effective megapixels (image)2.29 MP
Sensor typeCMOS
Lens system
Focal length range (f-f)1.9 - 57 mm
Focal length (35mm film equivalent)26.8 - 804 mm
Minimum aperture number1.8
Image stabilizerYes
Digital zoom350x
Optical zoom30x
Camcorder media typeMemory card
Compatible memory cardsMicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC
Disc types supportedNo
Camcorder tape typeNo
Focus adjustmentAuto/Manual
Light exposure
Scene modesFireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Beach, Snow
Light exposure modesAuto
White balance
White balanceAuto,Indoor,Outdoor
Built-in lightNo
Built-in flashNo
Camera shutter speed1/25 - 1/10000 s
Display aspect ratio16:9
Built-in displayYes
Display resolution (numeric)230400 pixels
Display diagonal6.86 cm (2.7")
Camcorder typeHandheld camcorder
Product colourBlack
Self-timer delay10 s
Minimum illumination3 lx
Image processorBIONZ X
Shooting modesAuto,Movie,Scene
Product colourBlack
HD typeFull HD
Maximum video resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Video formats supportedAVC,AVCHD,H.264,MPEG4
Still image
Maximum image resolution4032 x 2272 pixels
Still image resolution(s)640 x 480
1920 x 1080
3024 x 2272
4032 x 2272
Image formats supportedEXIF
Audio systemDolby Digital 2.0
PCM digital audio16-bit/48 kHz
Built-in microphoneYes
Built-in speaker(s)Yes
Audio formats supportedAAC,PCM
Ports & interfaces
S-Video outNo
USB 2.0 ports quantity1
Composite video out1
Charging sourceAC,USB
Battery technologyLithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery typeNP-BX1
Technical details
USB chargingYes
Weight & dimensions
Width540 mm
Depth128 mm
Height595 mm
Weight215 g

Additional Information

EAN 4548736016804
Specification N/A
Manufacturer Sony
Reviews N/A
PDF Url No
SKU Manufacturer HDRCX405B.CEH

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