Sony HDR-CX240 vs Sony HDR-CX330 vs Sony HDR-CX405

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Sony HDR-CX240
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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Significantly bigger sensor size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 9.2MPMP sensor camcorder (as does the Sony HDR-CX330), 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.

Shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a minimum focal length of 1.9mmmm, whereas the Sony HDR-CX330 is a 26.8mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (24.9mm longer).
14% lighter Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 190gg weight camcorder, and so does the Sony HDR-CX330. 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 $225.99 less than the Sony HDR-CX330 and costs $14 less than the Sony HDR-CX405.
8 Reasons For
Bigger sensor size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 is a 9.2MPMP sensor camcorder, and so does the Sony HDR-CX240. That's 6.91MP bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MPMP). 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.

6.91MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 has a megapixel count of 9.2MPMP, however the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 2.29MPMP camcorder (6.91MP lower).
10% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 has an optical zoom of 30xx, and so does the Sony HDR-CX405. That's 3x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (30xx). 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.

30x bigger digital zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX330 is 350xx (digital) (as does the Sony HDR-CX405), but the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 320xx (digital) camcorder (30x smaller). 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.

980mm longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 has a maximum focal length of 984mmmm, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 4mmmm maximum focal length camcorder (980mm shorter).
Vastly smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 is a 3lxlx minimum illumination camcorder, and so does the Sony HDR-CX405. That's 3lx smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (3lxlx).
14% lighter Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 has a weight of 190gg (as does the Sony HDR-CX240), however the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 215gg weight camcorder (25g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Better user reviews
The average user review score of the Sony HDR-CX330 is 89%, however the average rating of the Sony HDR-CX240 is 77% (based on 76 reviews) and the average rating of the Sony HDR-CX405 is 83% (based on 192 reviews).
4 Reasons For
Slightly bigger optical zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is 30xx (optical) (as does the Sony HDR-CX330), 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, and so does the Sony HDR-CX330. 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 (as does the Sony HDR-CX330), but the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 6lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx bigger).
Available from 8 shops
The more retailers stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
12% smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has an optical zoom of 27xx, however the Sony HDR-CX330 and the Sony HDR-CX405 are both 30xx (optical) camcorders (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-CX330 and 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.

245x shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 4mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 980mm shorter than the Sony HDR-CX330 ().
A lot bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a minimum illumination of 6lxlx, however the Sony HDR-CX330 and the Sony HDR-CX405 are both 3lxlx minimum illumination camcorders (3lx smaller).
Less retailers
Only 4 retailers 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.
A lot Lower user review Score
The Sony HDR-CX240's average user rating is only 77%, however the Sony HDR-CX330's is 89% (based on 959 reviews) and the Sony HDR-CX405's is 83% (based on 192 reviews).
4 Reasons Against
93% longer minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 is a 26.8mmmm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 24.9mm longer than the Sony HDR-CX240 ().
More expensive by $226
The Sony HDR-CX330 is $225.99 more expensive than the Sony HDR-CX240 and $211.99 more expensive than the Sony HDR-CX405.
Less retailers
The Sony HDR-CX330 is only stocked by 1 store, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 is stocked by 4 stores and the Sony HDR-CX405 is stocked by 9 retailers. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Older by ten months
The Sony HDR-CX330 is three months older than the Sony HDR-CX240 and ten months older than the Sony HDR-CX405.
5 Reasons Against
Four times smaller sensor size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a sensor size of 2.29MPMP, however the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDR-CX330 are both 9.2MPMP sensor camcorders (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.

Lower megapixel count Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MPMP camcorder. That's 6.91MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX330 (2.29MPMP).
Heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 215gg weight camcorder. That's 25g heavier than the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDR-CX330 (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.
Lower user review Score
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an average user rating of 83%, but the Sony HDR-CX330 has an average user rating of 89% (based on 959 reviews).

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Image Sensor

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

Lens System

Optical Zoom
27x 30x
BEST
30x
BEST
Digital Zoom
320x 350x
BEST
350x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
4mm 984mm
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length
1.9mm
BEST
26.8mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Value
Unknown - Click to provide data 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 37mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
29.8 - 804 26.8 - 804 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range
2.1 - 57 1.9 - 57 1.9 - 57

Storage

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

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Manual
 Auto
 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
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Push
 Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Push
 Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Push
 Indoor

Shutter

Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/8 - 1/100000 1/25 - 1/10000

Display

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

Viewfinder

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

Camera

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

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 28 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Capture Mode
 FH
 HQ
 LP
 FH
 HQ
 LP
 FH
 HQ
 LP
Video Capturing Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Mode
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG2
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG2
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG2
 MP4
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 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
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC

Still Image

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

Audio

Audio Format
 MP4
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 PCM
 MP4
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 PCM
BEST
 MP4
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 PCM
BEST
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

USB 2.0 Port
1 1 1
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Type
NP-FV50 NP-FV50 NP-BX1
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,030mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 7Wh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Charging Source
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
190g
BEST
190g
BEST
215g
Height
59.5mm 59.5mm 595mm
Depth
128mm 119mm 128mm
Width
54mm 57mm 54mm

Packaging Content

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

Other Features

Aperture Range
1.9 - 4 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
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