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Sony Handycam DCR SR85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR85. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, but many are negative about the control panel and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

viewfinder, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR SR85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam DCR SR85

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR85 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the size and image quality. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. The control panel and viewfinder get less positive views.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size

viewfinder, control panel

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

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Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR85 Camcorder Review

 

With a 60GB internal hard drive, the DCR-SR85 (MSRP $549.99) has the largest storage capacity of Sony's entry level standard definition camcorders. Replacing last year's DCR-SR42, Sony added a larger hard drive, a slightly revamped design, and a 100%...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

Sony DCR-SR85

 

With a 60GB internal hard drive, the DCR-SR85 (MSRP $549.99) has the largest storage capacity of Sony\'s entry level standard definition camcorders. Replacing last year\'s DCR-SR42, Sony added a larger hard drive, a slightly revamped design, and a 100%...

Nov, 2008
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Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

The Sony DCR-SR85 is a good quality mid-range camcorder that easily matches any standard-def model in its price range. If you're determined to ignore the HD boom, you could certainly do a lot worse than this.

60GB hard drive, decent specs for the asking price, memory stick slot, beginner-friendly touch screen interface

Poor stills mode, struggles under low lighting

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR85

 

If you don't want to, need to, or simply can't shell out a couple hundred dollars more for an HD camcorder, the Sony Handycam DCR-SR85 delivers decent SD video and copious recording time.

Lightweight, compact design ; 60GB of storage ; Also records video to Memory Stick cards ; Responsive touchscreen ; Simple operation

Overpriced for what it delivers ; No optical image stabilisation

Conclusion Overall, the Sony Handycam DCR-SR85 is a good camcorder. Its 60GB of storage means you can more than likely take it on a vacation without worrying about running out of space. Plus you can save video and stills to Memory Stick Pro Duo cards...

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: mkohser (viewpoints.com)

A good camera with good images for the money ”

 

We were given this camera as a gift and it is definitely of good quality. It has a 2000X digital zoom. If you are looking for something to record from afar (like on the field for a game of one of your kids) I would suggest another camera but it does a...

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: guntung (ciao.com)

The DCR-SR85 Handycam Camcorder has all your memories

 

Or playback movies on your Sony Picture effect mode. Effects in the camera mode: monotone, sepia and pastel. Effect in the playback mode: monotone, sepia and pastel. By pressing a button, the battery on the LCD screen when charging and when the...

NTSC color and EIA standards

None

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: daffodils (ciao.com)

Sony Handycam DCR SR85

 

The Sony Handycam DCR - SR85 is completely dependent on its internal hard drive to hold all of its memory. That is why this small camcorder has sixty gigs of memory to store a bundle of information. Lightweight, compact design and recording ability to...

60GB Storage, Responsive touchscreen, Easy operation

But this camera easy to operate then that's enough

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: mabrury (ciao.com)

The quality of the video was surprisingly good

 

Videos. The only thing that Sony should have included was the mini-hdmi cable like everyone mentioned already. I will be giving an update soon after our cruise in February. Until then - if you are stil on the fence about this one… go ahead and jump off...

The quality of the video was surprisingly good

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: wlyc88 (ciao.com)

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Now the basic functions of the camera is almost a general rule, there is a little difference mainly reflected in the operation, some number of more convenient and practical, and in their respective features on different or purchase should be carried...

I like this camera because it has the appearance of beauty, I want to win a lot of the market

But this camera easy to operate then that's enough

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: hendi59 (ciao.com)

DCR SR85 Friend on your Vacation

 

1 year ago, my parents want visiting another country need camcorder to remember they vacations. So, they are bought 1 camcorder with the high prices. Because their comment that highly prices must be their get the best quality of camcorder. And this is...

60GB Storage, Responsive touchscreen, Easy operation

Expensive

Feb, 2009

Product Specifications

The DCR-SR85 Handycam camcorder holds on to all your memories. With a 60GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD), store up to 40 hours of video (LP) in amazing resolution with the 1 Megapixel CCD. An industry leading Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens keeps every little detail locked in to perfection. You can easily transfer and share your videos by simply connecting the DCR-SR85 to the included Handycam Station and burn a disc with a single push. Now, it's easier than ever to capture and share your memories.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:3in
Weight:12.7oz
Width:3in

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 / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:SR85
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.2
Max Focal Length:62.5mm
Min Focal Length:2.5mm
Optical Zoom:25
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:690Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1070Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:Advanced HAD CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:2000
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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