Sony HDRCX405 Handheld camcorder 9.2MP CMOS Full HD Black

9.2MP, 1/5.8" CMOS, f=1.9 - 57.0mm, 6.858 cm (2.7 ") LCD, BIONZ X
Manufacturer part number HDRCX405/B
Vendor Sony
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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.


Audio system
Dolby Digital 2.0
PCM digital audio
16-bit/48 kHz
Built-in microphone
Built-in speaker(s)
Audio formats supported


Battery technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Charging source
Battery type


Camcorder type
Handheld camcorder
Self-timer delay
10 s
Minimum illumination
3 lx
Image processor
Shooting modes
Auto, Movie, Scene


Color of product


Display diagonal
Built-in display
Display aspect ratio
Display resolution (numeric)
230400 pixels


Built-in flash
Built-in light


Focus adjustment

Image sensor

Sensor type
Total megapixels
9.2 MP
Optical sensor size
Effective megapixels (image)
2.29 MP
Effective megapixels (movie)
2.29 MP

Lens system

Focal length range (f-f)
0.0748 - 2.24" (1.9 - 57 mm)
Optical zoom
Digital zoom
Image stabilizer
Focal length (35mm film equivalent)
1.06 - 31.7" (26.8 - 804 mm)
Minimum aperture number

Light exposure

Light exposure modes
Scene modes
Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Beach, Snow

Ports & interfaces

S-Video out
USB 2.0 ports quantity
Composite video out


Camera shutter speed
1/25 - 1/10000

Still image

Maximum image resolution
4032 x 2272 pixels
Still image resolution(s)
640 x 480\n1920 x 1080\n3024 x 2272\n4032 x 2272
Image formats supported


Camcorder media type
Memory card
Compatible memory cards
MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC
Disc types supported
Camcorder tape type

Technical details

USB charging


Maximum video resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels
Video formats supported
HD type
Full HD

Weight & dimensions

21.3" (540 mm)
5.04" (128 mm)
23.4" (595 mm)
7.58 oz (215 g)

White balance

White balance
Auto, Indoor, Outdoor

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