Sony Handycam DCR-SX85
Released February, 2011
The Pros:Very easy to use, just a point-and-shoot, don't have to think about it. Picture quality is sharp and clear in almost any conditions. Controls for zooming are intuitive and comfortable.
The Cons:Low light recording tends to get grainy and lose a lot of detail.
The Sony Handycam DCR-SX85 is one of three flash memory-based digital camcorders (DCR-SX85, DCR-SX65 and DCR-SX45) released together in early 2011. The top unit in the series, the DCR-SX85 offers 16GB of onboard storage.
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Otherwise it’s the same thing, as it incorporates the same general components, including a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens with a 60x zoom (70x extended), a 2000x digital zoom capacity, and a touchscreen display. This camcorder can also record 720p video tracks with stereo audio. There’s even a speaker for immediate playback, though users can instead use Sony Picture Motion Browser (PMB) to listen and view their media on their computer instead.
- Handheld Digital Camcorder
- Advanced HAD CCD Imager Sensor
- 60x Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
- 70x Extended Zoom
- 2000x Digital Zoom
- Touch-Screen Clear Photo LCD Display
- 16GB Embedded Flash Memory
- 720p Video Capture (MPEG2)
- HD Still Capture (JPEG)
- Built-In Microphone
- Monaural Speaker
- Intelligent Auto
- SteadyShot Image Stabilization
- Face Detection
- Direct Copy to External HDD
- Sony Picture Motion Browser (PMB)
- Memory Stick PRO Duo
- SD/SDHC/SDXC Expansion
- Composite Video Out
- S Video Out
- USB TypeA/AB Port
- Lithium Ion Battery
- 1-Year Warranty
User Reviews (3)
very easy to use, just a point-and-shoot, don't have to think about it
picture quality is sharp and clear in almost any conditions
controls for zooming are intuitive and comfortable
zoom range is impressive, can get extremely close to distant subjects
image stabilization completely accounts for normal hand shake, video is very steady
LCD is very large and clear, easy to work with and visible in daylight
low light recording tends to get grainy and lose a lot of detail
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