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Panasonic SDR-H85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 156 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the image quality and battery. The price and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the features and color. There are some mixed opinions about the durability.

portability, usability, price, battery, image quality

color, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic SDR-H85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic SDR-H85

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 52 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H85 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

portability, price, usability, battery, control panel

design

79% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-H85 Camcorder With 80GB HDD, X78 Enhanced Optical Zoom, Wide Angle Lens, iA + Af Tracking and Optical Image Stabilisation - BlackPanasonic SDR-H85 Camcorder With 80GB HDD, X78 Enhanced Optical Zoom, Wide Angle Lens, iA + Af Tracking and Optical Image Stabilisation - Black

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic SDR-H85

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H85 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

portability, usability, price, size, battery

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-H85A Std-Def Camcorder with 78X Zoom & 80GB HDD (Blue)Panasonic SDR-H85S Std-Def Camcorder with 78X Zoom & 80GB HDD (Silver)Panasonic Silver 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder

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Panasonic SDR-H85 ( Black)

 

The Panasonic SDR-H85 is like having a small telescope that's able to capture standard-definition video. With its 70x lens you'll have no problem getting closer to your subject, and its optical image stabilization is very good even if you're moving....

Very good image stabilization; well-designed; manual controls.

Low-resolution LCD; dated user interface; poor low-light video; no external mic, headphone jacks.

The Panasonic SDR-H85 standard-definition camcorder is worth considering for its manual controls and powerful zoom lens in a very compact body--not video quality.

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A standard-def Panasonic camcorder with 75x optical zoom and an 80GB hard drive

 

The Panasonic SDR-H85-K is an excellent standard-definition camcorder that offers some great features for the asking price. If you're on the look-out for a model that's user-friendly yet highly functional, it's hard to look past the SDR-H85-K.

Good performance for the asking price, massive 78x optical zoom, OIS Active mode

Poor still image mode, not much different to Panasonic SDR-H80-K

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Panasonic SDR-H85-K camcorder

 

The Panasonic SDR-H85-K is a standard-definition HDD camcorder equipped with a 78x optical zoom lens and an 80GB hard drive. Like its predecessor, the...

Good performance for the asking price, massive 78x optical zoom, OIS Active mode

Poor still image mode, not much different to Panasonic SDR-H80-K

The Panasonic SDR-H85-K is an excellent standard-definition camcorder that offers some great features for the asking price. If you're on the look-out for a model that's user-friendly yet highly functional, it's hard to look past the SDR-H85-K.

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Panasonic SDR-H85 review

 

With the help of an extremely powerful zoom lens, image stabiliser and copious storage, the Panasonic SDR-H85 manages to transcend the limitations of its standard-definition recording format and offer a viable alternative to those who aren't ready for...

Long (78x) enhanced optical zoom ; 80GB built-in hard disk, plus SDXC card slot ; Long battery life ; Good image stabiliser

Very poor quality photos ; Slightly awkward build quality

As you might expect, the Panasonic SDR-H85's video quality is nowhere near as detailed and realistic as that from a high-definition camcorder. While there are several HD-capable models available for around £250, most of these are pretty bare-bones...

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"Absolutely rubbish."

 

Because of the rubbish quality of the video I will never buy Panasonic again. It spolied a wonderful holiday in Israel! Shame to the idiots who ever thought about building such a piece of junk.

Nothing at all.

Video Quality absolutely disastrous!

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not very good picture quality

 

this camera was re-coditioned from amazon and yes it was cheap but i expected more maybe i should get back to the seller but they wont take it back

everything else seems fine but the tracking device that locks on to someone and follows them is a bit hit and miss

picture quality on my camera is really bad not sure if im just used to mini dv tape but this camcorders playback color quality is really bad on my camera lots of reds greens amd browns but not much else .........is there anyway of improving picture qualit

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"not very good picture quality"

 

this camera was re-coditioned from amazon and yes it was cheap but i expected more maybe i should get back to the seller but they wont take it back

everything else seems fine but the tracking device that locks on to someone and follows them is a bit hit and miss

picture quality on my camera is really bad not sure if im just used to mini dv tape but this camcorders playback color quality is really bad on my camera lots of reds greens amd browns but not much else .........is there anyway of improving picture qualit

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Light and easy to use

 

This camera is so light to hold and easy to use. It fits in my handbag, which is not enormous! I can just video the children as soon as I spot them doing something funny or cute when we're out and about. The picture quality is good and the battery...

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Very easy

 

Very nice easy use good price very think nice

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ok buy

 

its a ok camcorder the picture quality could be better, the zoom is awesome but starts getting very shaky,

Product Specifications

The SDR-H85 records a large volume of movie image data onto its hard disk and an SDXC, SDHC, or SD memory card. The built-in 80-GB hard disk stores approximately 74 hours and 30 minutes of data (in LP mode), while a 64-GB SDXC memory card stores about 60 hours and 30 minutes of data (in LP mode). This makes the H85 ideal for recording long events and for use on extended trips. This compact camcorder features a powerful 70x optical zoom lens with an enhanced optical 78x zoom function that uses the effective area of the CCD to further extend their zooming power at the wide-angle setting. This makes it possible to capture beautiful images of sweeping landscapes and pull in distant subjects for truly dynamic close-ups. Because hand-shake becomes increasingly noticeable with more powerful zooming, an optical image stabilizing function is essential for suppressing hand-shake and providing clear zoom shots without degradation. This is where advanced O.I.S. comes in. It detects and corrects hand-shake at a rate of 4,000 times per second, to provide stable images while zooming. Plus, the addition of an active mode produces clear, blur-resistant images even when shooting while walking. The 33mm wide-angle setting is especially convenient when shooting video indoors or in tight spaces. It makes it possible to shoot at a close distance from the subject while fitting both the subject and the surrounding area into the frame. This has the added benefit of allowing the voice of the subject to be clearly recorded, which is an important element in video recordings. The wide-angle setting captures beautiful images of wide landscapes and allows large groups of people to fit into the frame. 35mm-lens equivalent. The iA function includes an AF/AE tracking feature that tracks a moving subject to make sure that it continues to be recorded in optimal image quality. A intelligent contrast control, which automatically adjusts brightness to maintain the best possible contrast, has also been added to the five advanced functions from previous models, including face detection, advanced O.I.S., and intelligent scene selector, and each is activated as required by simply pressing the iA button to capture beautiful images under virtually all shooting situations.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDXC Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SDXC Memory Card / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.2in
Height:2.5in
Weight:9.6oz
Width:2.2in

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:Night scene / Low light / Fireworks / Scenery / Portrait mode / Spotlight/Snow / Beach / Sunset / Sports mode / Night scene / Low light / Fireworks / Scenery / Portrait mode / Spotlight

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:SDR-H85/SDR-H85A/SDR-H85S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.9-5.7
Max Focal Length:104mm
Min Focal Length:1.48mm
Optical Zoom:70
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Blue/Silver

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.52Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:520Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/8 / 1/8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):3.2 mm ( 1/8 ) / 3.2 mm ( 1/8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Advanced O.I.S.)

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2 / H.264
Digital Zoom:3500
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Hard disk drive / Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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