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

96

Overall Score

96

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX240

$189.00
$100.99
Our Verdict:
A low cost and classic 27x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with features
98
Reviews
544 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
95
Features
Fully-Featured
96
Overall Score
Excellent
27x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 9.2MP 1" Jan 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 27x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 9.2MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2014
Sony HDR-CX405

99

Overall Score

99

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX405

$191.93
Our Verdict:
A very good value for money and critically acclaimed 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with terrific features
99
Reviews
986 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
98
Features
Fully-Featured
99
Overall Score
Excellent
30x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.29MP 1" Jan 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 30x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2015
Sony HDR-CX240

96

Overall Score

96

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX240

$189.00
$100.99
Our Verdict:
A low cost and classic 27x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with features
98
Reviews
544 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
95
Features
Fully-Featured
96
Overall Score
Excellent
27x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 9.2MP 1" Jan 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 27x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 9.2MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2014
Sony HDR-CX405

99

Overall Score

99

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX405

$191.93
Our Verdict:
A very good value for money and critically acclaimed 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with terrific features
99
Reviews
986 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
98
Features
Fully-Featured
99
Overall Score
Excellent
30x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.29MP 1" Jan 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 30x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2015

Top Prices

Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
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$189.00
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Sony HDR-CX240/B Full HD 9.2 MP Camcorder with 27x Optical Zoom, MicroHDMI, USB 2.0, WiFi, NFC, 2.7" LCD and SteadyShot Image Stabilization, Black
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Reasons For

Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
4 Reasons For
Significantly Bigger Total Megapixels
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a total megapixels of 9.2MP, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 2.29MP camcorder (6.91MP smaller).

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.

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

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
More Popular
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a more popular choice amongst buyers.
4 Reasons For
Moderately Bigger Optical Zoom
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an optical zoom of 30x, but the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 27x optical zoom camcorder (3x smaller).

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.

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9% Bigger Digital Zoom
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 350x (digital) camcorder. That's 30x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (320x).

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.

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Expert Reviews Are Hugely Better
Based on 2 expert reviews, the average review score of the Sony HDR-CX405 is 90%, but the average rating of the Sony HDR-CX240 is 60% (based on 2 reviews).
User Reviews Are a Bit Better
Based on 937 user reviews, the average review score of the Sony HDR-CX405 is 88%, but the average rating of the Sony HDR-CX240 is 85% (based on 455 reviews).

Reviews & Awards

Average Expert Rating

The Sony HDR-CX405 has better expert reviews than the Sony HDR-CX240. The average expert reviews score for the Sony HDR-CX405 is 90% based on 2 reviews, where as the average score for the Sony HDR-CX240 is 60% based on 2 reviews.
Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
5 stars
0 reviews
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
1 review
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
Best
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

The Sony HDR-CX405 has better user reviews than the Sony HDR-CX240. The average user reviews score for the Sony HDR-CX405 is 88% based on 937 reviews, where as the average score for the Sony HDR-CX240 is 85% based on 455 reviews.
Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
5 stars
229 reviews
4 stars
165 reviews
3 stars
28 reviews
2 stars
17 reviews
1 star
16 reviews
Best
5 stars
541 reviews
4 stars
290 reviews
3 stars
61 reviews
2 stars
28 reviews
1 star
17 reviews

Proportion of Users That Recommend It

For both the Sony HDR-CX405 than the Sony HDR-CX240 the same percentage of owners recommend the product. In both cases 73.6% recommend the product, based on a total of 940 reviews for the Sony HDR-CX405 and 940 reviews for the Sony HDR-CX405.

Date Released

Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
50 months old 37 months old Best

Key Features

Optical Zoom

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.

Digital Zoom

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.

Total Megapixels

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.

Weight

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Specification

 
 
 
Lens System Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Optical Zoom 27x 30x
BEST
Digital Zoom 320x 350x
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Image Stabilizer Type
Hybrid
 Hybrid
Hybrid
 Hybrid
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Supported Video Modes
1080i 1080p
720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
1080i 1080p
720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 
 
 
Image Sensor Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Total Megapixels 9.2MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image) Unknown - Click to provide data 2.29MP
Effective Megapixels (movie) Unknown - Click to provide data 2.29MP
 
 
 
Storage Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
MS Micro (M2) MicroSD (Transflash)
microSD MicroSDHC
MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 microSD
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
SDXC SDHC
MS Micro (M2) MicroSD (Transflash)
microSD MicroSDHC
MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 microSD
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Focus Adjustment
Manual Auto
 Manual
 Auto
Manual Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 
 
 
Light Exposure Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Light Exposure Modes
Auto
 Auto
Auto
 Auto
 
 
 
White Balance Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
White Balance
Auto Outdoor
Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
Auto Outdoor
Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 
 
 
Shutter Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Camera Shutter Speed Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Display Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Display Diagonal 2.7" 2.7"
Display Resolution (numeric) 230,000 Pixels 230,400 Pixels
BEST
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Viewfinder Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Viewfinder 230,000 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
electrical
 electrical
electrical
 electrical
 
 
 
Camera Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Shooting Modes
Auto Scene
Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Auto Scene
Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Minimum Illumination 6lx 3lx
BEST
Self-Timer Delay Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Still Image Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Still Image Resolution
640 x 480
 640 x 480
640 x 480
 640 x 480
Image Formats Supported
JPG EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
JPG EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
Maximum Image Resolution
4032 x 2272
 4032 x 2272
4032 x 2272
 4032 x 2272
 
 
 
Audio Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Audio System
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
USB 2.0 Port 1 1
 
 
 
Battery Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Weight 190g
BEST
215g
Height 59.5mm 595mm
Depth 128mm 128mm
Width 54mm 54mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Bundled Software Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
USB HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
USB HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
Included Memory Card Size Unknown - Click to provide data 32GB
 
 
 
Other Features Sony HDR-CX240 Sony HDR-CX405
Aperture Range (F-F) Unknown - Click to provide data

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