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Panasonic SDR-H85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 141 reviews of Panasonic SDR-H85. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the zoom and size are overall positive. The price and portability also get good reviews. Views are divided on the image quality. Many are negative about the viewfinder.

usability, portability, price, size, zoom


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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic SDR-H85


alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H85 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the price and reliability. The zoom and portability also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the image quality and size.

usability, portability, zoom, reliability, price

size, image quality

76% of the reviews on 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

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic SDR-H85


alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 user reviews of Panasonic SDR-H85 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the zoom and size. The portability and price are also appreciated. There are some critical opinions about the reliability.

usability, price, portability, size, zoom


80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic SDR-H85K Std-Def Camcorder with 78X Zoom & 80GB HDD (Black)Panasonic SDR-H85K Std-Def Camcorder with 78X Zoom & 80GB HDD (Black)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

Panasonic SDR-H85 review: Panasonic SDR-H85


Panasonic SDR-H85

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.

Mar, 2010


Expert review by : Chris Jager (

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.

Oct, 2010

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Panasonic SDR-H85


Definitely not what I intended to buy, due to adverse reviews, but fortunately I went to Comet Middlebrook where they have taken the trouble to set up all makes and models for the public to play with. Fantastic facility, the only retailer I could find...

1. Not High Definition, but I am not a great fan, as I find it is often too crisp and clinical. Colour and brightness is not a problem with this camcorder. 2. Mechanical lens cover. Good, one less electronic item to go wrong, but must be closed when...

Nov, 2014

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Very easy


Very nice easy use good price very think nice

Apr, 2011

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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...

Apr, 2011

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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,

Mar, 2011

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Wrong purchase


Not HD quality video as expected

Feb, 2011

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Panasonic SDR-H85


Very simple to operate and set up. Light weight so easy to carry - especially if going on holiday!! Zoom is very good - used at rifle range for sighting on target and advising where shots were going!

Wind across microphone sometimes drowns out voices. Low light images poor quality / grainy. Battery supplied has short life before re-charging. Recommend upgrading to bigger battery for prolonged filming.

Feb, 2011

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excellent product


Easy to use, fantastic memory with built in hard drive, who needs a memory card?, excellent for widescreen use eg:landscapes,family photos etc. small and compact for easy carry. The only problem i foresee is the joystick is a little fiddly,if you have...

Feb, 2011

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Perfech HDD camcorder


This small and compact camcorder is easy to use and makes perfect films. The lens cover is operated by a switch as the cover is built in. My old one had one that was loose and attatched to the unit with a cord, which didn't hold on very well. Most of...

Jan, 2011

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 formats supported:AAC / AAC, MP1
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:DC3.6V / 5.0V

Camcorder Features

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


Minimum illumination:2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes


Color of product:Black / Red / Silver

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



Display Diagonal:2.7

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):0.52
Optical sensor size:1 / 8
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.8

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.44 - 101.2 / 1.47 - 103.3
Digital Zoom:3500
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.44 - 101.2 / 1.47 - 103.3
Focal length range (f-f):0.0583 - 4.09
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.9-5.7
Max Focal Length:104mm
Min Focal Length:1.48mm
Optical Zoom:70
Optical Zoom:70 / 78
Type:Zoom lens



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.)

Other Features

Audio Output:1
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto focus: Yes
Interface:AV Out / USB 2.0
Lens focal range:F1.9 - 5.7 / F1.9(WIDE) / 5.7(TELE)
Lens system:Panasonic
Manual focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.5 / 7.7
Power Requirements:AC/DC, 3.6 - 5.0 V
Video out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:VideoCam Suite 3.0 / VideoCam Suite V3.0

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000 / 1/30 - 1/8000

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Still image resolution(s):640 x 360,640 x 480


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal storage capacity:80


Video compression format:MPEG2
Video formats supported:MPEG2

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

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight