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Sony HDRCX405BE Camcorder

2.29MP 1/5.8 215g Jan 2015
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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... More
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Good User Reviews

People who bought this video camera rated this video camera 83% on average.

Good Quality Lens

Several customers who bought this camcorder concluded that it had a good zoom. Amazon Customer wrote in their Sony HDR-CX405 review “The zoom is fabulous”. This month Brandy wrote “Clear video & great zoom” in her review. D C wrote also this month “The resolution is very good, however, if you zoom in you'll find that the pictures do get considerably blurrier” .

Some Sony HDR-CX405 owners agreed that the product had a good lens. A few weeks ago Amazon Customer wrote “The only complaint I have is the lens cover is very flimsy” in their review. Jim mentioned in October last year “The quality of the lens is fantastic” in his review of the Sony HDR-CX405. Ken W. said in his review of the Sony HDR-CX405 a few weeks ago “This new model doesn't have the Carl Zeiss lens or as large/high quality CCD as I'm used to” although he only rated the product 60 out of 100.

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good image stabiliser. In October this year Amazon Customer mentioned “I have a slight tremor in my hand and the stabilization is excellent” in their review of this camcorder. Graham Curry said in his Sony HDR-CX405 review on Amazon “Therefore simple to use for beginners, excellent picture quality, image stabilisation and sound quality”.

Several people concluded that the Sony HDR-CX405 had a good autofocus. Jimmy wrote “The screen rotates, full manual control of focus, exposure, Iris”. Jk gave it a score of 4 stars and said in their review on Amazon “A smaller (+) iris setting (sharper focus”.

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Easy to Use

Some Sony HDR-CX405 owners wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Amazon Customer said “Very simple to use, very small” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX405. Amazon Customer also wrote “Easy to use and high quality”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “The screen bends in all directions which is handy for pointing the camcorder downwards, for selfies etc, especially when using a small tripod or selfie stick”.

Several customers mentioned that the Sony HDR-CX405 was easy to use the menus. Fran mentioned on Amazon in October this year “There are plenty of settings for any kind of shooting” in her review of the Sony HDR-CX405 however she gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Jk mentioned on Amazon “Many features and settings are available within the menus, accessed from within rather than by outside controls” in their review. John T. mentioned in his Sony HDR-CX405 review last year “Great battery life (BTW battery life of Sony battery much better than Watson), fast zoom, great stabilization, easy menu navigation”.

Four customers thought this camcorder was comfortable and easy to hold. This year Ken W. mentioned on Amazon “It's comfortable to wear on your hand for hours at a time”. Lawrence D. wrote a few weeks ago “I bought a 64gb class 5 memory card that has enough storage to hold 5 or 6( or probably more) full games” in his review of this camcorder and scored the product 4 stars.

One Sony HDR-CX405 owner who reviewed it said that it was easy to setup. One Sony HDR-CX405 owner concluded that the Sony HDR-CX405 had a good interface. In October this year Boombucket wrote on Amazon “The user interface is easy to understand” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX405.

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Good Battery Life

A few Sony HDR-CX405 owners mentioned that it had a good battery life. Amazon Customer gave the product a score of 4 stars and mentioned “Down or left to right, what a bonus! Battery life is excellent, I bought a spare battery on eBay for about £4 which performs just as well” in their Sony HDR-CX405 review. Bryan Corcoran said “My only issue is battery life” in his review of the Sony HDR-CX405. Danny wrote in his Sony HDR-CX405 review “Shut the lens cover If you want to record with the LCD closed to save battery power you can't”.

One Sony HDR-CX405 owner who purchased it thought it was quick to charge. Paul wrote on Amazon this year “From flat it takes about 2 hours to charge and on holiday in Disney recently lasted me nearly 2 days on one charge with intermittent recording throughout both days”.

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Robust

A number of people who reviewed this camcorder considered that it was well made. In October D C wrote on Amazon “The cool thing about this camcorder, like a lot out there is that the charger is built into it” in their review. Das Em mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Record needs with solid HD video recording, this is a great little camera! My purposes are simple, I need a camcorder that's light, takes good quality video with good sound”. Samir Al-Busaidy wrote “Image ON THE DISPLAY (in built) is Amazing, I hope I will get as good or better image on videos” and rated the product as very good.

Some people thought the Sony HDR-CX405 was strong and durable. Aiden rated it as very good and wrote in October this year “Cant really fault the video camera -- Be very careful I dropped this handy cam onto the floor on the carpet”. Das Em rated it as excellent and wrote on Amazon “Sony has always done a great job on making tough, unassuming camcorders” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX405. Jason wrote in his review of the Sony HDR-CX405 on Amazon “Has lasted this long in his hands so I will say it is pretty durable too”.

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Nice Design

Several Sony HDR-CX405 reviewers who purchased the product concluded that it was good looking. Alan Moore wrote in his review “Auto focus is pretty snappy as is the white balance if moving between lighting conditions”. This year Das Em mentioned on Amazon “It still feels pretty solid” in their review of this camcorder and gave this camcorder a very good review. Also this year Finwiz mentioned on Amazon “Provides a beautiful picture for everyday family recording”.

Three people who bought the product concluded that it was smooth. Alfie Brown scored it very highly and mentioned “The video is beautifully smooth and elegant” in their review of this camcorder. One Sony HDR-CX405 owner wrote that it was ergonomic. In October L. Roth gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “I could be a little happier with the placement of the controls from an ergonomic standpoint”.

One customer who reviewed the Sony HDR-CX405 thought it was neat. This year D C wrote “The build quality is immaculate”.

One person considered that the product was a good design. Jessica mentioned on Amazon “It's a design flaw that's for sure”.

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Good Size

Seven Sony HDR-CX405 reviewers agreed that the product was a good weight. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “Light weight and fits great in the palm of your hand” and rated it 5 stars. Amazon Customer also said “It is simply light weight and easy to manage with adjustable strap”. In October Joanna Rowan mentioned in her Sony HDR-CX405 review on Amazon “Light weight! Great quality”.

A few Sony HDR-CX405 owners wrote that the Sony HDR-CX405 was easy to carry around. This year Amazon Customer said in their review on Amazon “Brilliant! Light and easy to use” and gave the Sony HDR-CX405 a very good review score. David Golanth2020 mentioned in the same month “A very light and easy to use video camera” in his review of this camcorder. Mohamed B. mentioned in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “Surprisingly light and easy to hold”.

A few customers thought it was compact. This month Dts wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Very compact with decent sound” and scored this camcorder very highly. J Alfred wrote in their review “Easy to use, great zoom, compact” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Lagarto rated it 4 stars and wrote in October last year “Cheap, compact, takes decent video” in their review of this camcorder.

A few Sony HDR-CX405 reviewers considered that it was lightweight. Ken W. said in his Sony HDR-CX405 review a few weeks ago “Very lightweight” but he rated it 60 out of 100. Speaking from Direct Experience mentioned in their review of the Sony HDR-CX405 on Amazon “Lightweight, image stabilization, great mileage on a battery charge” but even so they gave it a score of 2 stars. Tammy M Adams wrote “Lightweight and easily portable” in her review of the Sony HDR-CX405 and gave it a score of 5 stars.

One person reckoned that this camcorder was heavy and bulky. Das Em said “It doesn't feel heavy at all, sometimes people associate lightness with it being cheap in quality” in their review and gave the Sony HDR-CX405 a rating of 5 stars.

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Good Product Quality

Fifty-eight Sony HDR-CX405 reviewers considered that it was good quality. Alan G. Ferguson mentioned on Amazon “Amazing quality”. Alan G. Ferguson also wrote “Extremely high quality video imagery! Japanese technology”. Alan Moore said on Amazon in October last year “Its image quality is sharp though” in his review but even so he gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.

Popular Choice

The HDR-CX405 is one the most popular video camera currently available for purchase.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Ten Sony HDR-CX405 reviewers considered that it had a good screen. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “The little fold out screen is fine when the sun does not shine”. Geoff Pritchard mentioned this month “Picture quality is good easy to use however construction is weak not a robust bit of kit at all screen swivel is flimsy” in their review. Jk mentioned in their review on Amazon “In strong sunlight a screen can sometimes be overpowered.”.

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Small sensor size camcorders manufactured by Sony have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just small sensor size camcorders) and found that Sony also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Good Connectivity

A number of people said in their reviews that the product was good in terms of USB connections. This year Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “I love the built in usb charger/data transfer cable”. Jim said on Amazon “They've even got this cool setup where the USB is actually attached to the camera”. Paul said “My only bug bear is the little built in USB charger cable on the strap”.

One Sony HDR-CX405 reviewer who purchased this camcorder thought it was good in terms of HDMI connections.

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Good Technical Features

A number of people who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. Bonnie Andy she said in her review of this camcorder “More than enough features in the selection of menus”. Ian Craig mentioned on Amazon “The quality of the footage that I took is super with the help of some nice features tucked away in the menus”. James Tang mentioned “The features were exactly the same except for the zoom was increased from 54 to 60” in his review.

Acceptable Noise Level

Two Sony HDR-CX405 owners who reviewed the Sony HDR-CX405 thought it was quiet. Doug he said last year “A quiet nature scene, or are fussy about quality, then forget it” in his Sony HDR-CX405 review.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The HDR-CX405 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

Alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to consider include a cheaper camcorder such as the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price], or the Panasonic HC-V160[plb_2749040_price] or you might consider a better rated camcorder such as the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price].

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-CX405 is Full HD. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than a year ago also are Full HD.

There are a number of alternative Full HD camcorders currently available that you might also want to consider including the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price], or the Panasonic HC-V160[plb_2749040_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDR-CX405 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX405 also have an HDMI port.

We compared all the other camcorders with an HDMI port to this video camera and we think the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price], and the Panasonic HC-V160[plb_2749040_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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Very Light

Video cameras of this spec and age have weights of between 180g and 1.6kg. The Sony HDR-CX405 is quite light (only 215 grams) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDR-CX405.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDR-CX405 has a built-in display. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX405 also have a built-in display.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with a built-in display currently available including the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price] which has better reviews; or the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price], or the Panasonic HC-V160[plb_2749040_price] which is cheaper.

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Supports Two Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the HDR-CX405 is more than most comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than a year. The most commonly supported audio format is LPCM, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats AAC and PCM are also supported by this Sony camcorder.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080i|1080p|720p video mode, which is typical of many video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The HDR-CX405 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HDR-CX405. The white balance modes "Indoor" and "Outdoor" are also found on this Sony camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on video cameras of this age and type.

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Quite High Movie Megapixel Count

At 2.29 megapixels, the HDR-CX405 has a quite high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX405. Across all the comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-CX405 the movie megapixel counts range from 2MP to 3MP.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of video cameras of this age and type range from 2MP to 3MP, and the average megapixel count is 2.2MP. With a megapixel count of 2.29 megapixels, the HDR-CX405 has a fairly high megapixel count compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-CX405.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camcorder has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This camcorder supports a still image resolution of 640 x 480|1920 x 1080|3024 x 2272|4032 x 2272, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than a year.

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9 Reasons Against

Poor Support

Three customers who purchased the product considered that it did not have good technical guidance. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “Great camera, bad instructions” in their review of this camcorder nonetheless they still scored it 80 out of 100. Carol Dutcher mentioned this month “The instructions were not good either” in his review and gave it a rating of 20 out of 100. Dwight said on Amazon in October last year “If im stupid somebody help me” in his review.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDR-CX405 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-CX405 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Screen Size

The screen sizes of small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX405 range from 2.7" to 3.5". At only 2.7 inches, the HDR-CX405 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX405.

If this small sensor size camcorder screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price] (3" and higher rated) or the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price] (3" and cheaper).

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the HDR-CX405 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-CX405 do not have a night mode. The HDR-CX405 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-CX405, the Sony HDR-CX405 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX405 do not have a built-in projector. The Sony HDR-CX405 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Only Auto Shooting Mode

This camcorder has an Auto|Movie|Scene shooting mode, which is typical of many video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Very Big

The smallest video camera that has been around for a comparable time to the HDR-CX405 is 58mm high and the biggest is 600mm. With a height of 595 millimeters, the Sony HDR-CX405 is very big compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than a year ago.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX405

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this small sensor size camcorder was released.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 350 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX405 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX405.

If you want a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price] (1,140x and higher rated); or the Panasonic HC-V160[plb_2749040_price] (2,500x and cheaper).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 30 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-CX405 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

If this Sony camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price] (32x and higher rated); or the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price] (32x and cheaper), or the Panasonic HC-V160[plb_2749040_price] (38x and cheaper).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Shooting Mode
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details

User Reviews

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Reviewed 8 March 2015 by Correy Sanders

I purchased three of these to upgrade from two old Canon XL1's. Yes, believe it or not! MiniDV is old, Firewire transfer is old, heavy camera weights fatigue your cameramen. We've come a long way... Read more…

Reviewed 18 May 2015 by Shinji-P

Upon seeing the positive reviews for this tiny Handycam, I thought it would make a great, extremely cheap replacement for my 4-camera event shooting setup. I own a HDR-CX150 from 2010 with a 1/4"... Read more…

Reviewed 19 February 2015 by SkraMnoR
SkraMnoR would recommend the Sony HDR-CX405 (Verified Purchase)

If you know, going in, that this camera is not going to be the camera you make your independent film with and use it for what is good at you will not be disappointed.The camera has a relatively... Read more…

Reviewed 3 June 2015 by AZE

Pros: - Outdoors in bright sun light the picture quality is pretty good. - Impressive zoom distance and quality in bright sunlight. - Easy to navigate menus. Cons: - Poor video quality indoors... Read more…

Reviewed 21 April 2015 by JTendy
JTendy would recommend the Sony HDR-CX405

I gotta give this one 5 stars. It's not a pro camera by any means, definitely entry level. But for [$] you get a LOT. Great battery life, fast zoom, great stabilization, easy menu navigation. What... Read more…

Jo would recommend the Sony HDR-CX405 (Verified Purchase)

Ships with the adapter need to use in full size reader, but the camera itself uses just the micro SD card. So very small, I just hope it doesn't get lost. Otherwise, loving the mp4 formatted files... Read more…

Reviewed 27 July 2015 by Squabler

When objects move, or when you move, there are these glitch lines, no matter if you're in 60p or 60i mode. This happens in good or bad lighting. On the other hand, I don't find that there is an... Read more…

Reviewed 21 March 2015 by Mark
Mark would recommend the Sony HDR-CX405

I needed a travel cam to hand a novice to capture image stabilized B roll. This is light as a feather and can fit in a man's cargo pants. This cam is simple. You'll be able to figure out all the... Read more…

Reviewed 21 December 2015 by Nothing but the truth
Nothing but the truth would recommend the Sony HDR-CX405 (Verified Purchase)

The camera takes nice video. I bought this video camera with a microSDHC Memory Card. What the B&H website did not make clear is that this camera needs a SDXC card (not SDHC) in order to shoot in... Read more…

Reviewed 26 October 2015 by Jhonna the photographer
Jhonna the photographer would recommend the Sony HDR-CX405

Bought this camera to shoot high school sports for the coach at the high school!!! took me some time to figure out how to put it on dvd for him but done!!!! The picture is great very clear!! Just... Read more…

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