Sony HDR-CX240 vs Sony HDR-CX405

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Sony HDR-CX240
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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
Significantly bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 9.2MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 2.29MP 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 190g weight camcorder. That's 25g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX405 (215g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

5 Reasons For
Moderately bigger optical zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is 30x (optical), but the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 27x (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 350x (digital) camcorder. That's 30x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (350x). 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.

400 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (400 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a minimum illumination of 3lx, but the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 6lx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx bigger).
User reviews are a bit 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 79% (based on 37 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
12% smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has an optical zoom of 27x, however the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 30x (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 320x (digital). That's 30x smaller than the Sony HDR-CX405 (350x). 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.

Slightly lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony HDR-CX240 is only 230,000 pixels display resolution, but the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorder (400 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

A lot bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a minimum illumination of 6lx, however the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx smaller).
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Over one year older
The Sony HDR-CX240 is older than the Sony HDR-CX405 by 13 months.
Marginally Lower user review Score
The Sony HDR-CX240's average user rating is only 79%, however the Sony HDR-CX405's is 83% (based on 192 reviews).
2 Reasons Against
6.91MP smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a total megapixels of 2.29MP, however the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 9.2MP 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 215g weight camcorder. That's 25g heavier than the Sony HDR-CX240 (215g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

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Average User Rating

Date Released

38 months Ago 25 months Ago

Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
9.2MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.29MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.29MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
27x 30x
BEST
Digital Zoom
320x 350x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
4mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1.9mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
29.8 - 804 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.1 - 57 1.9 - 57
Wide Angle Lens System
 Wide angle lens system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Face Detection
 Face detection
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
Smile Detection
 Smile detection
Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

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

White Balance

Outdoor White Balance
 Outdoor white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
Indoor White Balance
 Indoor white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
Onepush White Balance
 Onepush white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
 Built-in light
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data

Shutter

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

Display

Display Diagonal
2.7" 2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,000 pixels 230,400 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Back Light Compensation
 Back light compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
6lx 3lx
BEST
Self-Timer Delay
Unknown - Click to provide data 10

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
Video Resolutions
 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 Formats Supported
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
Still Image Resolution(s)
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4032 x 2272
 4032 x 2272

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
 AAC++
 PCM
 AAC++
BEST
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Composite Video Out
 Composite video out
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
S-Video in
 S-Video in
Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Type
NP-FV50 NP-BX1
Battery Technology
 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

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bundled Software
PlayMemories Home Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
 USB
 HDMI
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Handheld Remote Control
 Handheld remote control
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Night Mode
 Night mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Manual Focus
 Manual focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
Spotlight
 Spotlight
Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range (F-F)
1.9 - 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Backlight
 Backlight
Unknown - Click to provide data
Integrated USB Cable
 Integrated USB cable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Electrical Viewfinder
 Electrical viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data

Projector

Built-In Projector
 Built-in projector
 Built-in projector

Technical Details

USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
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