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alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 reviews of SONY HDR-CX 305. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and design. The usability and portability also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the viewfinder and price.

image quality, portability, usability, design, zoom

price, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the SONY HDR-CX 305 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of SONY HDR-CX 305 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size and zoom. The image quality and usability also get good views, but some have doubts about the price.

portability, usability, image quality, zoom, size


86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRCX305EB High Definition Handycam Camcorder - BlackSony HDRCX305EB High Definition Handycam Camcorder - Black

Oct, 2016

Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing: No
Audio Dubbing: No
Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes


Battery life (max):2.05
Battery Type:NP-FV50


Minimum illumination:3
Playback zoom (max):Y


Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: Yes
Headphone Jack: No
Line-In Audio: Yes
S-Video Inputs: No
S-Video Output: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Colour of product:Black


Display diagonal:6.86
Screen Resolution:230400 pixels
Screen Size:2.7 in
Screen Type:LCD


Built-in Flash: Yes

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Still Picture Resolutions:640x480 pixels
Total MegaPixels:0.0042 Megapixels

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):230400
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:7

Lens System

Digital Zoom:160
Filter Size:3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):29.8 - 357.6
Focal length range (f-f):2.9 - 34.8
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:12


Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-3.4
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:160 x
Filter Size:30 mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv):36.5-438 mm
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):2.9-34.8 mm
Image Stabilization:Yes (Optical)
Manual Focus: Yes
Night Shot: No
Optical Zoom:12 x
Shutter speeds:1/8-1/1000 s
White Balance:Auto, Outdoor, Indoor, One-push


Dimensions (HxWxD):64x112x52 mm
Weight:320 g
Weight (lb):0.705 lb

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.4
Audio output:Y
Auto exposure: No
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:USB
Fader:Black / White
Flash:0.3 - 1.5 m
Interface:USB, HDMI
Lens system:Sony G
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: No
Noise Reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser (PMB)
Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:3
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Miscellaneous:PictBridge compatibility, DVDirect Compatibility


Sensor Size:1/4 in
Sensor Type:CMOS


Camera shutter speed:1/8 - 1/1000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG


Built-in Memory: Yes
Built-in Storage Size:16 GB
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal storage capacity:16


HD Recording: No
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Recording Format:Internal flash / MemoryStick / Secure Digital / SDHC
Video formats supported:AVCHD, MPEG2
Video Resolution:1920x1080, 1440x1080


Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Height :6.4

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto