Sony HDR-CX240 vs Sony HDR-CX405

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Sony HDR-CX240
Sony HDR-CX405

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
Significantly bigger sensor size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 9.2MPMP sensor camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 2.29MPMP sensor camcorder (6.91MP smaller). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

14% lighter Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 190gg weight camcorder. That's 25g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX405 (215gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

$14 cheaper
The Sony HDR-CX240 costs $14 less than the Sony HDR-CX405.
5 Reasons For
Moderately bigger optical zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is 30xx (optical), but the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 27xx (optical) camcorder (3x smaller). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

9% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 350xx (digital) camcorder. That's 30x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (350xx). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

Smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a minimum illumination of 3lxlx, but the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 6lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx bigger).
Available from 5 shops
The more retailers stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
User reviews are better
Based on 192 user reviews, the Sony HDR-CX405 has an average review score of 83%, but the Sony HDR-CX240 has an average rating of 77% (based on 76 reviews).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
12% smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has an optical zoom of 27xx, however the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 30xx (optical) camcorder (3x bigger). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX240 is only 320xx (digital). That's 30x smaller than the Sony HDR-CX405 (350xx). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

A lot bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a minimum illumination of 6lxlx, however the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 3lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx smaller).
Less retailers
Only 4 shops sells the Sony HDR-CX240, whereas 9 retailers sell the Sony HDR-CX405. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Seven months older
The Sony HDR-CX240 is older than the Sony HDR-CX405 by seven months.
Lower user review Score
The Sony HDR-CX240's average user rating is only 77%, however the Sony HDR-CX405's is 83% (based on 192 reviews).
3 Reasons Against
6.91MP smaller sensor size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a sensor size of 2.29MPMP, however the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 9.2MPMP sensor camcorder (6.91MP bigger). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 215gg weight camcorder. That's 25g heavier than the Sony HDR-CX240 (215gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

$14 more expensive
The Sony HDR-CX405 is more expensive than the Sony HDR-CX240 by $14.

Average Expert Rating

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Average User Rating

Date Released

31 months Ago 24 months Ago

Image Sensor

Sensor Size
9.2MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.29MP
Movie Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.29MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
27x 30x
BEST
Digital Zoom
320x 350x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
4mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Minimum Focal Length
1.9mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
29.8 - 804 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range
2.1 - 57 1.9 - 57

Storage

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Auto

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor

Shutter

Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/25 - 1/10000

Display

Screen Size
2.7" 2.7"
Display Resolution
230,000 pixels 230,400 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Resolution
230,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 electrical
BEST
 electrical

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Minimum Illumination
6lx 3lx
BEST
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data 10

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Mode
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
Still Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4032 x 2272
 4032 x 2272

Audio

Audio Format
 PCM
 AAC++
 PCM
 AAC++
BEST
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

USB 2.0 Port
1 1

Battery

Battery Type
NP-FV50 NP-BX1
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Charging Source
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
190g
BEST
215g
Height
59.5mm 595mm
Depth
128mm 128mm
Width
54mm 54mm

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
PlayMemories Home Unknown - Click to provide data
Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
 USB
 HDMI

Other Features

Aperture Range
1.9 - 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
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