The Sony DCR-DVD405 has a 1/3" CCD with 3.31 gross MP. This are the same specs of the imager found on last year’s DVD403, the model which the DVD405 is replacing. This imager gives an effective pixel count of 2.05 MP in 4:3 aspect ratio and 2.06 MP in 16:9 aspect ratio. A CCD of this size should produce a strong, sharp image, as it measures twice the size of the typical low-end chip. Larger imagers also typically produce good video in low light.