Product Comparison: Sony HDR-CX405 vs Canon VIXIA HF R700

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General Specifications
About the Product
Make it memorable with Sony Full HD/60p quality. Capture amazing footage in low light and control. Get close to the action with a 27x zoom, wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and say goodbye to shake with Steady Shot image stabilization. It’s the perfect starter camera.
From creative video essays to fun family times and travel memories, the VIXIA HF R700 camcorder can be ideal for families, new parents and anyone looking for great-quality results, done simply. See how the camcorder's remarkable 57x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer free up your creativity and shooting flexibility by helping you capture distant subjects without interrupting the scene, and achieving smooth, steady video throughout the zoom range even if you shoot while walking. Record beautifully detailed Full HD video directly to a convenient removable SD card for quick and easy sharing.
Key Specs
Sensor Resolution
9.2 MP
2.07 MP
Sensor Type
Exmor R® CMOS
Maximum Frame Rate
60 fps
60 fps
Video Resolution
1080 p
1080 p
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Sony HDR-CX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder
  • Nice camera. I like its high quality of resolution, but be careful it is very light.
  • Camera that is high quality and high resolution for a wonderful price.
  • Love the simple instruction as well as great resolution.
  • I can shoot videos with the same resolution and audio using the camera on my phone. This product does not shoot in true "HD."
  • Not worth, resolution is not good and the storage is not good
Canon VIXIA HF R700 SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 1080p 60FPS video is buttery smooth with no frame dips or choppy segments.
  • The lens has front threads for attaching filters and additional lenses.
  • This has all the features I require and takes great video with stabilization, which helps or a lot for spring events and action shots. Zoom is awesome and steady.
  • I was impressed by this camera. The sensor is great, it was able to handle every scene I was able to throw at it.
  • The video was not very sharp for a full 1080p camera. There was even a slight white outline around the subjects in the video, which caused added fuzziness.
  • Due to the small CMOS Image Sensor, the video quality is not as good as i had hoped for!
Size & Weight
2.38 in.
2.3 in.
2.25 in.
2.1 in.
5.13 in.
4.6 in.
6.7 oz.
10.8 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Optical Zoom
30 x
32 x
Digital Zoom
350 x
1140 x
F/1.8 (W) - 4.0 (T)
F/1.8 (W) - 4.5 (T)
Image Stabilization
Face Detection
Low Light/High Sensitivity
Image File Format(s)
What customers say about "Imaging"
Sony HDR-CX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder
  • Perfect camera for the price. Good quality images.
  • The sony camera is a great item. The quality of the images and movies is excellent.
  • The camcorder has a very good zoom, excelent image quality
  • With low light conditions image looses quality.
  • Camera feels sheap.... and image quality to mach...
Canon VIXIA HF R700 SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Video quality is top notch in decent lighting conditions, and acceptable in low light conditions.
  • Image stabilization works great for handheld, there are 3 different types of IS for your situation.
  • Image stabilization is surprisingly good even at high zoom.
  • The face detection feature can cause more problems than it solves, often times making the entire scene uncontrollably pulse in and out of focus while shooting indoors.
  • If you don't have enough light your video will look grainy, low res, out of focus... This is true for all cameras though, keep your expectations within reason.
Display Type
Touch Screen
Aspect Ratio
Screen Size
2.7 in.
3 in.
What customers say about "Display"
Sony HDR-CX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder
  • Takes very clear video and looks great on HD screen when viewing.
  • Very simple to use, clear video recording. Compact and clear screen
  • This is a light weight video camera with a nice size LCD screen. It is very easy to setup and use. It was just what I was looking for.
  • The screen menu is self explanatory and very simple to use.
  • My only problem is that it does not seem thus far able to record while the lcd screen is open.
Canon VIXIA HF R700 SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
  • LCD screen is bright enough to see clearly in daylight.
  • The LCD screen rotates 180 degrees to point forward, so you are able to see the shot while standing in front of the camera.
  • The video is clear and the touch screen is responsive.
  • The tough screen is great at first but if you have big fingers it can be a pain to have to edit things quickly.
  • My biggest complaint is that in direct sunlight the LCD screen can be really hard to see, but that by no means is a deal breaker.
Microphone Type
Built-in Zoom
3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
Slow Motion Recording
HDR Mode
Action Camera
Night Recording
Wind Noise Reduction
Shock Resistant
Water Resistant
Optical SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode, Up to 26.8 mm wide-angle lens, Exceptional image quality, Highlight Movie Maker, Motion Shot Video, Built-in USB cable, Dual Video Recording, Dual Record mode
57x Advanced Zoom, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, Audio Scene Select function, Intelligent Image Stabilisation (IS), Pre-Rec function, RGB primary color filter, Touch Decoration, Video Snapshot mode
What customers say about "Features"
Sony HDR-CX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder
  • This camcorder is simple to use and has great features. Best quality videos. Also got a great deal for thanksgiving.
  • I like the feature of the charging cord attached to the camera.
  • Great camera with lots of features. Beautiful pics of Alaska.
  • I love all the features on the camera. Such as the filters you can film in.
  • Great camera for value. The features are strong and the device is easy to use.
Canon VIXIA HF R700 SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
  • If you run out of battery power mid shot the camera will still save your video and not corrupt the file.
  • The built in microphone is pretty great, it records in stereo and does an ok job at boosting the gain to appropriate levels.
  • I love how it automatically shuts off when you close the tough screen on its side.
  • MIN/MAX button displays the last High and Low temp that you measured, so that is helpful as I am cooking as I tend to forget.
  • The tripod mounting threads are plastic and can be stripped if you're not careful.
  • No external light. That's sort of a big deal. Minus 1 star!
Wi-Fi Enabled
Microphone Input
Tripod/Monopod Mountable
Micro-HDMI (Type D), Composite Video Out, Bravia Sync, USB 2.0
Mini-HDMI (Type C), USB 2.0, Composite video/audio
What customers say about "Connectivity"
Sony HDR-CX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder
  • Great camera, easy to operate and connect to computer.
  • Fits well in hand and has in-built usb to connect to pc. Videos were excellent.
  • Easy to use. Not hard on the battery. No problems with connecting to the PC. Pleased with both video and camera features
  • I love this camera. Easy setup and easy to connect to tv. Even my kids are able to use it.
  • Video quality looks really good when connecting directly from Camera to my Samsung LED TV.
Canon VIXIA HF R700 SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Also ports for a mic, a/v out, HDMI and USB...many more choices than the Sony I had.
  • My setup is to use a video capture device to record the video directly to computer via HDMI cable (provided by Canon) which is the best way to get clean uncompressed video, and then choose exactly how it should be recorded to disk.
  • I wish I had sprung for the model with WiFi but now I know for next time.
AC Adapter Compatible
Battery Model
NP-BX1 rechargable battery
BP-727 Li-ion rechargeable battery
Charging Interface(s)
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
229.99 $

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