Sony HDR-CX450


Get the best of both worlds with the Sony HDR-CX450 camcorder – its stunning 4K video and 20x optical zoom ensures you capture the perfect moment with crystal clarity!


The Sony HDR-CX450 camcorder is a perfect device for capturing stunning 1920 x 1080 Full HD videos with Clear Image Zoom that can double the range of the lens while still delivering superb image quality. It is a compact, easy-to-use camera that offers great image quality thanks to the 30x optical zoom, advanced image stabilization, and the wide-angle lens.

The camera is equipped with a 2.29-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor which allows you to capture bright and clear images even in low-light conditions. The camera features a Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens that provides an optical zoom range of 30x and digital zoom up to 350x. It can shoot video in AVCHD or MP4 format, and there is an intelligent auto mode that helps capture stunning video and photos without worrying about camera settings.

The HDR-CX450 also offers a built-in multi-interface shoe, which allows you to attach external lights and microphones to the camcorder for better sound and lighting. The camera also offers a wide range of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, NFC, and Direct Copy to external hard drives, making it easy to share and transfer your files.

One of the standout features of the HDR-CX450 is the Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology. This feature reduces camera shake and provides stable images while walking, running, or even shooting in a moving vehicle. It allows for smooth and steady videos with minimal distortion.

In terms of design, the camera has a sleek and compact body that is perfect for on-the-go shooting. It has a 3-inch touchscreen LCD display that provides clear and vivid images. The camera also comes with a built-in rechargeable battery that provides up to 235 minutes of continuous shooting.

Overall, the Sony HDR-CX450 camcorder is a great choice for those who want to capture high-quality videos and photos without having to deal with complicated settings. It is packed with advanced features such as image stabilization and a wide-angle lens that make it easy to capture stunning visuals. Its Wi-Fi connectivity and Direct Copy function ensure quick and easy transfer of files to other devices or external hard drives. The HDR-CX450 is an excellent addition to any amateur vlogger or professional videographers arsenal.


Sony HDR-CX450 properties

Product name HDR-CX450
Max Video Resolution 1080p
Max Frames per second (FPS) 30 fps, 60 fps
Video Resolutions 1920×1080, 1440×1080, 1280×720
Recordable Files MPEG4, H.264
Type Action camera
USB 2.0 Yes
Composite Out Yes
SD Type SDHC, SDXC, microSD
microSD Yes
Memory Stick MS Micro (M2)
Display Yes
Display Size 2.7 “
Sound Mono
Digital Zoom 350 x
Optical Zoom 30 x
Focal Length (Wide-Tele) 1.9-57 mm
Aperture (Wide-tele) 1.8-4.0
Manual Focus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Image Stabilization Type Optical
Sensor CMOS
Sensor Size 1/5.8 “
Still Pictures Yes
Still Picture Resolutions 4032×2272 pixels
Still Picture Resolution (MP) 9
Height 59.4 mm
Width 54.1 mm
Depth 128.0 mm
Weight 215 g

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4 reviews for Sony HDR-CX450

  1. Clark Williamson

    Very good camera at a reasonable price. Only the battery could be a little bit stronger.

  2. Jennifer

    I recently bought the Sony HDR-CX450 camcorder and I must say that I am impressed with its features. The camcorder allows me to shoot high-quality videos that can be directly stored in H.264 recordable files, ensuring that my video files aren’t too large.

    I love the 1.8-4.0 aperture -wide-tele feature that allows me to capture excellent images in any lighting situation. The camera is perfect for outdoor events like weddings, sports, or scenic views where lighting can be unpredictable.

    Compared to other known camcorders in the market, the Sony HDR-CX450 is more affordable. In addition, it has a longer battery life compared to other models. What I love about this camcorder is that it fits comfortably in my hand, and it has a wide-angle lens, enabling me to capture more videos.

    Overall, I would give the Sony HDR-CX450 four stars out of five. It is an affordable camcorder with great features that are both novice and professional-friendly. It provides a high-quality, stable performance with a wealth of settings that will impress anyone who uses it.

  3. Finn

    As an insurance adviser living in Portland, I needed a reliable camcorder to record videos for work and personal use. That’s why I bought the Sony HDR-CX450 in May, but unfortunately, I have to give it a disappointing rating of 2 out of 5. Compared to other popular camcorders, I found this one lacking in several ways.

    One of the biggest issues I faced was with the MS Micro (M2) Memory Stick. It’s not a commonly used memory card, which made it difficult for me to find replacements or to transfer videos to my computer. Additionally, the Sony HDR-CX450 often had problems with autofocus, especially in low light settings, which resulted in blurred or fuzzy videos.

    In comparison to the Sony HDR-CX450, I’ve used the Canon VIXIA HF R800, which I found to be an excellent camcorder. It had better autofocus, was more user-friendly, and used a standard SD card, which made it much more convenient for me.

    The delivery of the Sony HDR-CX450 to Portland was smooth and uneventful, but the real story behind my purchase was that I wanted to capture my family’s summer vacation in Hawaii. Unfortunately, the camcorder let me down, and I wasn’t able to capture the stunning scenery as I had hoped.

    Overall, I wouldn’t recommend the Sony HDR-CX450, as there are better options available on the market. While the product name may sound impressive, it simply wasn’t up to par with my expectations.

  4. Adrian

    Dear Finn, we understand your disappointment with the Sony HDR-CX450 camcorder. However, we firmly believe that this device is a true gem in disguise, and we’d love to prove it to you.

    Firstly, let’s talk about that elusive MS Micro (M2) Memory Stick. While it may not be as widely used as the standard SD card, have you considered how much more stylish your camera is with those tiny, sleek cards? Think of all the compliments you’ll receive from other camcorder enthusiasts! And hey, at least it’s not one of those bulky and outdated VHS tapes that you had to carry around in the past.

    Now, let’s address your concerns about autofocus. Sure, it may have had some issues in low light settings, but have you tried turning on the night vision mode? Your videos will be so bright, it’ll feel like daytime! And if that doesn’t work, just crank up the flash – after all, who needs natural lighting when you can have artificial lighting?

    We also want to clarify something for you. While your Canon VIXIA HF R800 may be popular, we must inform you that Sony is actually the market leader in camcorder technology. Don’t believe us? Just look at our extensive list of accolades and awards! We’re like the Michael Phelps of camcorders, except instead of swimming, we’re capturing stunning visuals for your viewing pleasure.

    As for the delivery, we can assure you that it was lightning fast! In fact, we managed to deliver the Sony HDR-CX450 to Portland before Finn’s vacation even started! Talk about efficient and timely service. And just think – if Finn had chosen our camcorder, he would have been able to capture all the stunning scenery of Hawaii in glorious 1080p HD!

    In closing, we urge Finn (and anyone else reading this) to give the Sony HDR-CX450 another chance. Sure, it may not be perfect, but it’s got some pretty cool features that you just can’t find in other camcorders. And who knows, with all the advancements in climate science these days, maybe those pesky Tiger mosquitoes behind the rise in dengue fever cases will finally disappear! Until then, keep recording with your trusty Sony HDR-CX450!

    Until next time, happy filming!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the best way to connect my Sony HDV HDR-CX450 camcorder to my computer for editing purposes?

To connect your Sony HDV HD R-CX450 camcorder to a computer for editing, you'll need an IEEE 1394 FireWire cable and the appropriate software. Here are the steps:

1. First, make sure your camcorder is powered off.
2. Locate the IEEE 1394 (FireWire) port on both the camcorder and your computer. The port looks like a small, thick rectangle with six or nine pins.
3. Plug one end of the FireWire cable into the corresponding port on your camcorder.
4. Plug the other end of the FireWire cable into an available IEEE 1394 port on your computer. If your computer does not have a built-in FireWire port, you may need to purchase and install a FireWire card or use a USB-to-FireWire adapter.
5. Turn on your camcorder. The computer should recognize the device and install necessary drivers automatically.
6. Install the appropriate software for editing your HDV footage. For Sony cameras, this is usually the Sony PlayMemories Home or Movie Studio Platinum software. Check the Sony website for the latest versions of these programs.
7. Connect to your camcorder using the installed software and start editing!

Remember that editing high-definition video can be resource-intensive, so make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements for the software you are using. It's also a good idea to save often while editing to avoid losing progress if there's a problem with your computer or power loss.

"How do I transfer footage from my Sony HDR-CX450 camcorder to my computer using USB connection?"

Connect one end of the supplied USB cable to your Sony HDR-CX450 camcorder and the other end to an available USB port on your computer. Make sure that your camera is turned on and in play mode. The camera will automatically begin to transfer footage to your computer. You may see a pop-up message asking you to confirm if you want to allow the connection between the two devices. Click "Allow" or "Yes". Depending on the size of the files being transferred, this process could take several minutes. During this time, you can view the progress by looking at the transfer status displayed in the camera's LCD screen. Once the transfer is complete, safely remove the USB cable from your camera and computer, following the proper ejection procedures for your operating system to avoid damaging your files or devices. If you want to import specific clips instead of all of them at once, go to your computer's My Computer/This PC or Finder window and locate the device driver for your Sony HDR-CX450 camcorder. Double-click on it to open it, then browse through the folder structure to find the desired files. To import the footage onto your computer, right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac OS X) on the selected files and choose "Copy" from the drop-down menu. Then, go to the location where you want to save the imported files and right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac OS X) again, this time choosing "Paste". Confirm that the transfer was successful by checking the saved files in your selected destination folder. If you're having trouble transferring footage, ensure that your computer meets the recommended system requirements for using your Sony HDR-CX450 camcorder with a USB connection. You can find these requirements in the user manual provided by Sony. Always perform the task to the best of your ability to prevent any loss or damage to your files and devices.

How do I properly connect my Sony HDR-CX450 to Wi-Fi and stream videos using the Smartphone Link Browser feature?

To connect your Sony HDR-CX450 camcorder to Wi-Fi and stream videos using the Smartphone Link Browser feature, follow these steps:

1. Make sure your camcorder's firmware is up-to-date. Check for updates via the camcorder's menu system or visit Sony's support website to download and install the latest firmware. Enable Wi-Fi on your smartphone or tablet, and connect it to a nearby wireless network. Make sure your device is also connected to the Internet (via cellular data or home Wi-Fi). Turn on your camcorder and go to the Setup menu. Navigate to the Network Setup option and select it. Select Wi-Fi Setup from the options provided, then select Network List Search. Your camcorder will search for available wireless networks within range. Select the network you want to connect to, then enter the password (if necessary) using the camcorder's on-screen keyboard. Once your camcorder is connected to Wi-Fi, go back to the main menu and select Smartphone Link Browser from the options provided. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on both your camcorder and smartphone/tablet (if they have Bluetooth). The devices will automatically search for each other and pair when within range. Follow the on-screen prompts to set up Smartphone Link Browser, which may include downloading a companion app from your device's app store. Once your camcorder and smartphone/tablet are paired, you can use the Smartphone Link Browser to stream live video from your camcorder, view photos, and control certain camcorder functions remotely using your device's touchscreen interface. To disconnect your devices, go back to the main menu on your camcorder and select Smartphone Link Browser again, then select Disconnect. Your camcorder will forget the connection and you can re-establish it as needed.

How do I properly format an external hard drive for use with my Sony HDR-CX450 camcorder?

To properly format an external hard drive for use with your Sony HDR-CX450 camcorder, follow these steps:
1. Connect the external hard drive to your computer using a USB cable and ensure it is recognized by your operating system. Open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) and navigate to the external hard drive. Right-click (Windows) or Ctrl + Click (Mac) on the external hard drive and select "Format". Alternatively, you can open Disk Utility (Mac) and select the external hard drive from the list of devices. In the Format window that appears, choose the file system "exFAT" and check the box to "Quick Format". This will ensure your camcorder is compatible with the formatted drive. Click "Start" or "Format" to begin the formatting process. This may take several minutes depending on the size of the external hard drive. Once the formatting is complete, safely eject the external hard drive from your computer and disconnect it from the USB cable. Connect the external hard drive to your Sony HDR-CX450 camcorder using a compatible USB cable. Turn on your camcorder and go to the setup menu. Select "USB Device" and follow the on-screen instructions to recognize the formatted external hard drive. Your Sony HDR-CX450 camcorder is now ready to use with the newly formatted external hard drive for storing video footage.

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