Sony HDR-CX405 Review – 9.2 MP Full HD Camcorder
Sony loves showing off new stuff as CES, and wasn’t left behind in January 2015. The Sony HDR-CX405 was part of the company’s 2015 lineup, and looks much like the older HDR-CX330 model. It is however available at an intriguingly low and attractive price. A confusing part, however, a higher number but less features.
The HDR-CX405 retains it predecessors’ dimensions and weight, at only 6.7 ounces, good for easy mobility. Recording feels more natural with the nice hand strap. A very useful modern feature is the built in USB cable that you can use to either transfer photos or charge the device. You do not have to bring an extra cable along.
Since the unit is small and the LCD is not touch-sensitive, Sony only managed to fit in a small 2.7 inch display. It uses ClearPhoto technology to improve the quality of video previews but it still looks primitive as compared to high end camcorders. It is pretty simple to use, with a joystick next to the display and a preview button. The lens is manual, so make sure you close the lens when not in use.
The HDR-CX405 supports both mp4 and AVHCD codecs and Sony’s XAVCS format, enabling you to record 1080p video at 60p. Video quality is more decent with a 26.8 wide angle lens. It gives you more control on zooming, with the Clear Image Zoom that uses Sony’s special algorithms to allow zooming up to 60X. Again, the camcorder is very user friendly, with 7 picture effects available to enhance your photos and videos. Face Detection improves the video quality of scenes involving people. The Optical SteadyShot Image stabilization with Intelligent Mode compensates for camera shake to deliver a smooth wide angle footage. The lack of Wi-Fi support is a downside but the unit gives the basic features you need from a camcorder, including 1080p HD resolution.