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CX455 Handycam® with Exmor R CMOS sensor

Model # HDRCX455

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Simple sophistication in action

High Definition Handycam® camcorder

Aim for high impact in high definition with a Sony Full HD Handycam® camcorder that's ready for action wherever you go. Shoot movies of everything, from wide open scenes to quick, intimate glances, with sophisticated features that make it simple to capture the feeling of the moment in great detail.


Less blur in action shots

Put smarter, speedier focus into play

Fast Intelligent AF autofocuses not only with exceptional speed, but with uncanny precision as well.


Fast Intelligent AF works fast and smart

A new AF algorithm optimizes communication between the lens and image processor for extra-fast AF, and a state-of-the-art AF range prediction system keeps the subject in sharp focus.


Optical 30x zoom with 26.8 mm 2 wide angle

The ZEISS lens' vast 30x optical zoom range extends to 26.8 mm wide - an angle of view wide enough to cover expansive scenes when it is difficult to step back to frame them.


For those who demand more

Special effects add impact to movies

Handy functions and brilliant effects are at your command. Enjoy a time-lapse movie 5 . Push a button to make a highlight clip. It's amazing how far all the fun can go.


See life change with time-lapse movies 5

With Time-lapse Capture, shoot stills of a scene over a period of time with a chosen interval between each shot and edit the sequence into a high-quality time-lapse movie 5 .


Wide-ranging accessories meet every need

Professional options open up new horizons.

Further expand your shooting pleasure and give your image output a professional edge with accessories 7 specially designed for this model.

Features:

  • This image stabilization steadies footage being recorded when shooting conditions or the user's hands are shaky. 5-axis Intelligent Active mode compensates for vibration in five different directions so you can shoot stable high-quality movies even while jogging lightly.
  • Fast Intelligent AF achieves very speedy, accurate contrast-detection autofocus by minimizing lens motion, predicting the AF range, and accelerating lens drive, thereby improving response so you can capture more fleeting moments.
  • Whether you're shooting movies or still images, the class-leading wide-angle lens can help you capture more of landscapes and indoor scenes, when you don't have enough room to step back. Even without a wide conversion lens, the camcorder shoots as wide as 1.06 inches (16:9 aspect ratio) in movie mode.
  • You can capture still images continuously over an extensive period of time at a selected constant interval from each shot to the next, edit the entire sequence of still images in post-production, and enjoy playback of that series of images as a time-lapse movie.
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  • A versatile tool to streamline movie editing, Highlight Movie Maker offers several time-saving features. Add highlight markers to key moments while recording, and let the camcorder automatically sync movie transitions to your chosen soundtrack.
  • Record two movies at the same time - one in the maximum-quality XAVC S or AVCHD format and another in MP4 format. That way you've got a small file ready for instant sharing, plus a professional-grade file for further editing.
  • One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera, and One-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera. Either way, by installing PlayMemories Mobile app to your NFC enable Android smartphone or tablet, you can avoid complex set-up sequences and establish wireless connection simply by touching your device to the camera. You are now ready to control your camera from your smartphone to take a photo from a previously out-of-reach spot, or simply be in your own group shot, as well as transfer them instantly to your smartphone for sharing on SNS. No NFC" No problem. You can also pair the devices manually.
  • From performances to sports events, some things are best seen in real time. Share scenes as they happen with high-quality picture and sound.
  • Record clear sound that accurately captures the atmosphere of the scene, and enjoy surround sound playback on your home theater system. Level meters on the LCD panel provide visual monitoring of each channel's levels.
  • Reduce the intensity of the voice of the user shooting from close behind the camera, whether the user is from talking to subjects or cheering them on.
  • With a wide-angle lens that is ideal for capturing grand landscapes, the camera also provides 30x optical zoom and up to 60x Clear Image Zoom for versatile image options.
  • The high-bitrate XAVC S format is for videographers ready to take their work to the next level. Delivering incredible quality, XAVC S is built from the XAVC format used by professional filmmakers and broadcasters, while employing intelligent data compression to export consumer-friendly file sizes.
  • Enhances the tracking of moving subjects by using the optimal AF point at all times, and adjusting the target frame size to match your subject's characteristics. Just touch the subject on LCD to lock on fast-moving targets precisely for shooting.
  • This automatically optimizes focus, exposure, and color for best results. Select someone to be prioritized simply by touching their face on the LCD display, which is useful for selecting a key person when shooting at a crowded event. Even if the subject leaves the frame, they will be remembered and prioritized upon re-entering the scene.
  • Because great smiles are fleeting, this feature ensures they're never lost. Automatically capture snapshots of smiling faces, even while recording video.
  • Dual Record mode enables you to shoot HD video and high-resolution still images simultaneously to capture the best shot in both ways.
  • This feature automatically determines the type of scene being shot and optimizes a combination of settings from three groups (Face, Scene, Camera shake). It provides the best results for up to 180 scene types , even at night and in backlit scenes. Selected settings are displayed as icons on the LCD screen for easy reference.
  • Give free reign to your imagination. Picture Effect expands movie and photo enjoyment by letting you add up to seven creative effects (Partial Color, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization) without troublesome editing on a computer.
  • Motion Shot Video plays a sequence of superimposed images that trace recorded action in split-second intervals for you to analyze in detail. During playback, you can adjust the interval, or pause to capture and share a still image.
  • This camcorder gives you freedom to choose manual settings for iris and shutter speed control when shooting under backlit and underexposed conditions, as well as in other situations.
  • This large, cutting-edge sensor enhances image clarity, reduces noise in dark environments, and enables soft background defocusing.
  • The advanced BIONZ X image processing engine helps achieve more naturally vivid and lifelike image quality as well as faster processing capabilities.
  • Sharing a commitment to outstanding performance and design, Sony and ZEISS co-develop lenses that combine the best possible optics with premium-quality electronics and sensor technology for Sony's Handycam® models.
  • Sometimes you don't need - or want - video. Put your video camera in still image mode and capture amazing high-quality 9.2-megapixel single images as easily as you do with a still image camera.
  • Using an advanced sound-analysis algorithm, this feature eliminates wind noise - the biggest culprit of bad outdoor audio.
  • For recording movies, you can fine-tune the microphone level to optimize quality of any sound input, from a quiet birdsong to a loud band performance. Even when the sound level increases suddenly, Auto Gain prevents the sound from degenerating.
Sensor Type 1/5.8 in (3.1 mm) back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels (Video) approx. 2.29 Megapixels (16:9)
Effective Pixels (Still Image) approx. 2.29 Megapixels (16:9)/approx. 1.71 Megapixels (4:3)
Image Processor BIONZ X image processor
Lens Type ZEISS® Vario-Tessar
Filter Diameter 1 1/2"
Lens Cover Auto
Aperture F1.8-F4.0
Focal Distance f = 1.9-57.0 mm
Focal Length (35 mm equivalent) (Video) f=26.8-804.0 mm (16:9)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) (Still Image) f=26.8-804.0 mm (16:9), f=32.8-984.0 mm (4:3)
Minimum Focus Distance approx. 13/32" (Wide), approx. 31 1/2" (Tele), approx. 1 cm (Wide), approx. 80 cm (Tele)
Optical Zoom 30x
Clear Image Zoom 60x
Digital Zoom 350x
Screen Type 3.0 type (3.0") Clear Photo LCD display (460 800 dots) Wide (16:9)
Touch Panel Yes
Brightness Control Yes (Menu)
Marker/Grid Display Grid Line
Angle Adjustment Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Image Stabilization Type Optical SteadyShot w/ Intelligent Active mode (5-axis)
Focus Type Contrast AF
Focus Mode Auto/Manual (Touch Panel)
Focus Area Full range Focus/Spot Focus
Fast Intelligent AF Yes
Lock-On AF Yes
Mode Auto, Flexible Spot (Touch Panel), Manual (Menu)
Metering Modes Multi-segment/Spot
LOW LUX Mode Yes
Auto Iris Control F1.8-F10
Manual Iris Control F1.8-F10
Backlight Compensation Yes (Auto)
Gain Control Auto
Minimum Illumination Standard: 6 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed), Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
Auto Control Range 1/8-1/10000
Standard 1/30-1/10000
Manual Iris Control (Photo Mode) 1/30-1/10000
Manual Shutter 1/8-1/10000
White Balance Modes Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor
Media Type Internal Flash Memory, XAVC S HD: Micro SDHC Memory Card (4 GB or over, Class 10 or Higher)/Micro SDXC Memory Card (Class 10 or Higher), AVCHD, Still: Memory Stick Micro (Mark 2), Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Internal Media Flash Memory 8 GB
Recording Format (Video) AVCHD format ver. 2.0 compatible: MPEG4-AVC/H.264, MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC S format MPEG4-AVC/H.264
Video Resolution AVCHD: 1920 x 1080/60p (PS), 60i (FX, FH), 1440 x 1080/60i (HQ, LP), MP4: 1280 x 720 30p, XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080/60 p, 30 p
Video Recording Rate (ABR / VBR) AVCHD PS: approx. 28 Mbps/FX: approx. 24 Mbps/FH: approx. 17 Mbps/HQ: approx. 9Mbps/LP: approx. 5 Mbps , MP4: approx. 3 Mbps , XAVC S HD: approx. 50 Mbps
Recording Format (Still Image) JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline-compliant)
Still Image Size (Photo Mode) L: 9.2 Megapixels 16:9 (4032 x 2272), 6.9 Megapixels 4:3 (3024 x 2272), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080), 0.3 Megapixels 4:3 (640 x 480)
Still Image Size (Movie Mode) L: 9.2 Megapixels 16:9 (4032 x 2272), S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
Still Image Size (Photo Capture) 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
Still Image Size (Time-Lapse Capture) HD: S (2.1 M, 1920 x 1080)
Still Image Size (Dual Record) L: 9.2 Megapixels 16:9 (4032 x 2272) , S: 2.1 Megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
Microphone Built-in Zoom Microphone
Audio Recording Format Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1Creator , Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator , MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch , MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch (48 kHz/16 bit)
Mic Level Control Yes (31 steps)
Auto Wind Noise Reduction Yes (On/Off)
My Voice Canceling Yes
Speaker Monaural Speaker
Time-lapse Capture Yes, Shooting Interval (1/2/5/10/30/60sec), Shot Number (1-999), Capture Image Size (HD: S (2.1 M, 1920 x 1080)), AE Mode (AE Lock/AE Tracking)
Scene Selection Auto/Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach/Snow
Other Features Face Detection, Fader Effect(s) (White/Black) , Intelligent Auto (Portrait/Baby/Walk/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape/Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low light/Auto wind noise reduction), Smile Shutter (off/Dual Capture/Always On) , Direct Copy
Fast Playback About 5 times/10 times/30 times/60 times
Slow Playback Forward: 1/5 speed, Reverse: 1/2 speed
Highlight Movie Maker Yes , Highlight background music (Preinstalled 6 music files, Music transfer compatible
Motion Shot Video Yes
Slide Show (Still Image) Slideshow
Wi-Fi® Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band))
NFC Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
Live Streaming yes
Multi Camera Control yes
HDMI Terminal Yes (HDMI micro)
Multi/Micro USB Terminal Yes
Remote Terminal integrated into Multi/Micro USB Terminal
STD Output Composite Video Out (AV CABLE (sold separately))
Microphone Input Stereo minijack
Headphone Jack Stereo minijack
Memory Card Slot Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
DC IN Yes
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)
Power Consumption (LCD) HD: 2.4 W
Power Requirements 7.4 V (battery pack), 5.0 V (AC Adapter)
Charge on Camcorder (charging time with supplied battery) Yes (approx. 2h 45min)
USB Charging DC 5 V 1500 mA
USB Power Supply Yes (Recording/Playback (supplied AC Adapter AC-UUD12))/(Playback (not supplied AC Adaptor limiting 500 mA))
Dimensions (W x H x D) (including supplied battery) approx. 2 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 4 3/4" (approx. 2 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 5 1/8" (including supplied battery)) , approx. 57.0 mm x 59.5 mm x 119.0 mm (approx. 57.0 mm x 59.5 mm x 128.5 mm (including supplied battery))
Weight (main unit only) approx. 6.9 oz, approx. 195 g
Weight (including supplied battery) approx. 8.8 oz (NP-FV50 (supplied battery)) , approx. 10.4 oz (NP-FV70) , approx. 12.0 oz (NP-FV100A) , approx. 250 g (NP-FV50 (supplied battery)) , approx. 295 g (NP-FV70) , approx. 340 g (NP-FV100A)

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