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Sony HDR-CX105

alaTest has collected and analyzed 225 reviews of Sony HDR-CX105. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the price and portability are generally positive. The image quality and size also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-CX105 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Sony HDR-CX105 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the battery and price. The image quality and portability also get good views, but reviews are divided on the size. The viewfinder and reliability get critical views.

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91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRCX105ES High Definition Handycam Camcorder With 8GB Internal Memory - Silver (3hrs)Sony HDRCX105ES High Definition Handycam Camcorder With 8GB Internal Memory - Silver (3hrs)

Oct, 2016

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Sony HDR-CX105EB review


The HDR-CX105 is Sony's latest HD camcorder.

Jun, 2009


Expert review by: James Morris (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX105E


Check out the Sony HDR-CX105E if you want a portable camcorder that shoots high quality HD video.

The Sony HDR-CX105E doesn't have the gobsmacking excitement of the HDR-TG3. It's not quite so small and although light, its form factor will mean it doesn't slip so easily into the pocket, unless you're wearing Barbour. But it does offer even better...

May, 2009

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Sony HDR-CX105 review


The CX105 isn't a bad camcorder but it's positioned between two better models. The TG3E costs less, is smaller and lighter, and has a built-in flash, making it a better choice for casual point-and-shoot use. For only a little extra cash, the more...

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Sony - HDR-XR105E


Sony's HDR-XR105E combines a pair of trends in the modern day circa-£500 camcorder. Firstly, it has an on-board 80GB hard drive, and a very quiet one at that. Secondly, it can shoot in resolutions of up ...

It might be overkill for someone who merely wants a solid device for some home movies, but Sony's HDR-XR105E is an impressive, quality piece of equipment nonetheless.

Oct, 2009

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Sony HDR-CX105E


Good image quality, especially in low light, and at a reasonable price; a capable camcorder indeed

Jun, 2009

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Sony HDR-CX105


A handy compact treat, the Sony HDR-CX105 provides the high-class Hi-Def video you desire.

Sharp touchscreen, compact, and great 1080i video quality

Paltry 8GB Flash memory. Where's the Dolby 5.1 surround treatment

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (

PC Pro: Product Reviews: Sony HDR-CX105E


Good image quality, especially in low light, and at a reasonable price; a capable camcorder indeed

Jun, 2009

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Sony HDR-CX105 review


Ouch! We think we just cut ourselves. This Full HD camcorder is so cutting edge you could bleed out on its crisp 1080i footage, Smile Shutter smarts and auto exposure correction. And did we mention anything about the 8GB of memory that sucks up hours...

Sony’s Smile Shutter makes a cheerful camcorder debut. Activate it and the tiny CX105 will snap a still photo whenever it detects a grin, smirk or sneer – even while it’s filming. If that’s not enough to get your gnashers on display, then cheer...

It’s only got 8GB of storage. That may sound like a lot, but it’s not so much when you’re streaming top quality 1080i video to it at up to 16Mbps. At least there’s a Memory Stick Duo port for excess footage. Stereo sound is crystal clear but why do...

Mar, 2009

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Sony HDR-CX105


Full HD (1080i) Flash memory camcorder with 8GB of storage and a Memory Stick Duo slot. The 10x Carl Zeiss lens is optically stabilised and a zoom mic records sounds in stereo. It measures 107x60x55mm and weighs around 300g with a battery. The good...

Small is beautiful when it comes to ladies’ bathing costumes and gadgets, and the CX105’s impressive vital statistics are sure to sweep the awards in any technological swimsuit contest. But remember high maintenance honeys rarely come cheap... Sony...

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications

1920 x 1080i HD video recording using AVCHD format Exmor CMOS sensor for brilliant picture quality with high sensitivity and low noise Bionz high-speed image processor for enhanced image quality and responsive performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 10x optical zoom/120x digital zoom SteadyShot image stabilization for clearer video and stills when shooting handheld x.v.Color mode for vivid, lifelike colors with compatible TV Face Detection automatically gives clearer, natural looking faces D-Range optimizer with auto backlight correction adjusts exposure and contrast for evenly-exposed backlit shots 4 megapixel still photo recording onto internal memory or removable Memory Stick Face Index and Film Roll Index for quick, easy search High quality 2.7" wide clear photo plus LCD with easy to use touch screen Power on by LCD: quick start-up from standby with ultra-low power consumption in sleep mode Stereo sound recording with zoom microphone for clearer dialog and sound of foreground subjects HDMI/component connector for enjoying HD video on HD ready TV BRAVIA Sync via HDMI connection for playback control via compatible BRAVIA TV remote control One touch disk burn and easy PC back up via USB high-speed connection (output only) Fun, easy to use Picture Motion Browser PC software for managing and uploading video and photos in calendar view


Audio Dubbing: No
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):1.5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FH50 / NP-FH60
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH50

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Image processor:BIONZ
Minimum illumination:5
On Screen Display (OSD):Y / Yes
Progressive Scan:N / No


Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver / Red / Silver
LED indicators: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86 / 68.6
Display Resolution:211200
Display resolution (numeric):211200
Touchscreen: Yes

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode


Built-in Flash:N / No

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:8GB


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):1.99
Optical sensor resolution:2360000
Optical sensor size:1/0.197 / 25.4 / 5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:2.36 / 4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter Size:3 / 30
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42 - 497
Focal length range (f-f):3.2 - 32
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.2
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.36Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5" ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5 )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic (Steady Shot)

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 2.2
Audio output:1 / Y
Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Fader:Black / White / Y
Internal Memory:8000 / 8192
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* / Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Manual Focus:Y / Yes
Night mode:N / No
Noise Reduction:Y / Yes
Pastel:Y / Yes
Photo mode:Y / Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.5
Recording speed:HD; FH (1920x1080i, 16Mbps) / HQ (9Mbps) / SP (7Mbps) / LP (5Mbps), SD; HQ (9Mbps) / SP (6Mbps) / LP (3Mbps)
Sports: Yes
Spotlight:No / Y / Yes
Twilight:Y / Yes
Video Out:1 / Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software: \nPicture Motion Browser / Picture Motion Browser / \nPicture Motion Browser

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports: No
HDMI:Y / Yes
Microphone in:N / No
PictBridge:Y / Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out:Y / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/1000
Shutter speed (photo):1/2-1/1000 (including Scene Selection)

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:2304 x 1728
Still image resolution(s):2304 x 1728 / 640 x 480,2304 x 1728


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MS Duo / MS Duo

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:120
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None
Viewfinder Type:N / No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.7 / 107
Height :6 / 60
Width:5.5 / 55

White balance

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