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Sony Handycam DCR-SX85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR-SX85. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the zoom and price. The size and portability also get good reviews, whereas the battery and image quality get less positive views.

usability, portability, size, price, zoom

image quality, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR-SX85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR-SX85 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the price and size are overall positive. The portability and usability are also appreciated, whereas reviews are divided on the image quality.

usability, portability, size, price

93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRSX85B DCR-SX85 Handycam 16GB 60X Optical Flash Camcorder BlackSony DCR-SX85 16GB Handycam Camcorder Silver + 4GB Accessory KitSony-DCR-SX85/b 16gb Flash Memory Camcorder-black-handycam Sx85 Black

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: dave (

sony dcrsx85


great pictures outside but inside the house not so good might be the lighting/great zoom/very compact and light took it to amusement park and had a great time with it

inside picture taking no so good

Aug, 2013

Consumer review by: Baldeagle (

Pleased so far


Bought camera approximately two weeks ago. It replaces a sony cam we bought in 2000 that would have cost more than a new one to fix the prob. Person at Sony told me that. Video quality is good. Really just used it for an extended time on 8/31/12,...

small and compact, good video quality

pics grainy, battery life to short

Sep, 2012

Consumer review by: Window (

Not very pleased


I'm disappointed with the video quality. I've been using a Flip video which has poor sound but good video. This camera gives me just the opposite. It makes no sense at all that I should pay nearly double the money and get poorer video resolution on a...

Good sound

Poor video quality

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Sabby (



i would not recomend this camera to anyone its horrible for youtube vids

sound makes this buzzing noise and bad quality

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: Mermaiden (

DCR-SX85 Camcorder


I wish I could comment on the video quality, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to burn a dvd so I can actually see what I taped!! The manual says I need to purchase special software to do this...Why? Oh, I know... so Sony can make more money?



Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: Joeynohio (

Best Camcorder


Best pictures and video I have taken. Pictures are clear and vibrant. Would recommend this camcorder to everyone

Easy to use


Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: JettaJill31 (

Very Disappointed


I researched video cameras before purchasing this model and I thought this would be perfect for me. My mother-in-law has an older Sony Handycam and it takes amazing pictures and video. This model however is awful. Do not waste your time or money. I'm...

Compact, built in usb cable

Horrible video and picture quality

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: givati (

worst purchase ever


The video is blurry and taking pictures with it are such a low grade quality complete waste of money


picture and video

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: AndyMac (

Excellent Video Camera


Needed to replace my 10 year old Sony Mini DV camcorder and wanted to stay with standard definition - Took this and the Panasonic SDRT70 home for a side by side comparison. I filmed a 10 minute clip on each camera that included interior shots for low...

Entire Package

None so far

May, 2011

Consumer review by: Fancy (

Photo Quality is Terrible!


Video portion of the camera works fine, and features are handy to use, but photos taken by the camera were absolutely terrible. Bad enough that I thought to myself, what's the point of even putting a camera feature in there? Very grainy, poor light,...

Great video, handy features

Photo quality is very poor

Apr, 2011