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Sony DCR-HC85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 reviews of Sony DCR-HC85. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The size and image quality also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the zoom and memory, and comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, image quality, size, portability, design

durability, battery, memory, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-HC85

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC85 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the size and usability.

usability, size

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC85

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC85 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and design. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. There are some less positive views about the memory, while there are some mixed opinions about the reliability and battery.

usability, image quality, portability, design, size

memory

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

Jan, 2020

Expert review by : Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC85 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

The Sony DCR-HC85 is the highest priced camcorder of the new Sony 2004 MiniDV models. At $1,000, the DCR-HC85 includes a 2 Megapixel CCD - breaking a new price barrier in the pixels for price war. The DCR-HC85 includes the same imaging system last...

Mar, 2004

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Sony DCR HC85

 

Sony DCRHC85 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom.

When image quality matters most, choose the Sony DCR HC85 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder from Sony. It features a 1/3.6" advanced HAD CCD imager which captures up to 2 megapixels of video information, translating into 530 lines of crisp, clear horizontal...

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC85

 

The DCR-HC85 is easy to use and compact, but we expect better video quality from a camcorder in its class.

Simple user interface ; Clever night-shooting mode

Noisy low-light shots ; Poor battery life ; Mediocre stills

Mar, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

A classic design excellent quality camera

 

xxl touch panel lcd, flash, carl zeiss optics rock, quality, manual focus ring

some digital noise, only 8mb ms duo inside, no ilink(firewire) inside

Feb, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

SONY DCR-HC85

 

EVERYTHING!

BOTTOM TAPE LOADING...HOW SAD

Jan, 2006

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC85 Whats the Real Deal

 

This is my third edit and I think I understand the discrepancy of views on this camera or I thought I did. After two weeks I am going to change my mind permanently and I don't like it. Its good in low light and bright sunlight, everything else has ...

Decent Consumer level digital ,color,nightshooting

Exposure problems,only 10x zoom

Sep, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Stay away from this camera, it has quality problems.

 

The camera does everything great, except download via the firewire and USB ports.

The download ports break for now reason, and it takes too long to get fixed.

Feb, 2005

Consumer review (epinions.com)

This camera has been great

 

Ease of use. Picture Quality, photo and video. 3.5" LCD

Some streaking with very bright pinpoint type lights. Battery life is average.

Dec, 2004

Consumer review (epinions.com)

This camera has been great

 

The picture is awesome on my big screen tv and other tv's. The Digital camera feature is fantastic, enough for all my digital and printed picture needs. The colors are excellent and the large 3.5" LCD screen is so easy to operate. All the features are ...

Ease of use. Picture Quality, photo and video. 3.5" LCD

Some streaking with very bright pinpoint type lights. Battery life is average

Dec, 2004

Consumer review (epinions.com)

Good Quality, Easy to Use, Though Not for Budget-Minded (Part 5)

 

Part 5 in reviewing Sony's HC series camcorders. I don't sell many DCR-HC85 camcorders at my work, but it happens every once in awhile. Typically, the people purchasing the HC85 want the best resolution camera available from Sony. Not all the ...

Easy to use, manual focus ring, large 3.5" LCD screen, high resolution

Weak on manual controls, expensive, there are alternatives with Canon or Panasonic for less

Aug, 2004
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