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Sony Handycam DCR SR85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 136 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 are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the control panel and viewfinder.

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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 81/100 = 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 99 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR85 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. Comments about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, but the control panel and viewfinder get less positive opinions.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

viewfinder, control panel

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR85 1MP 60GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 25x Optical ZoomSony DCR-SR85 1MP 60GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

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)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR85 - camcorder - hard disk drive review:

 

The Sony Handycam DCR-SR85 offers almost everything the company claims. It's very easy to use, goes from off to recording in seconds, is small enough to throw in a bag, and its 60GB hard drive delivers anywhere from 14 to 41 hours of recording time...

Lightweight, compact design; 60GB of storage and recording ability to Memory Stick cards; responsive touch screen; simple operation.

Overpriced for what it delivers; no optical image stabilization.

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.

Sep, 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

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

Consumer review by: Mick (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR85

 

I saw one on special in a store and found that the picture wasn't very sharp on it's display stand.

Reasonable storage

Picture not very sharp

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: firtvid20 (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam DCR-SR85

 

A very good camcorder. I bought this in Sydney (after looking for the right one). It has very good quality, enough hard drive space and night shot.

It has high quality video (even on a HD TV), 60GB of hard drive space (about 14 hours on high quality) and night shot (for taking videos during night). Nice "Let's Enjoy Video" DVD

The software that comes with it could be better

Mar, 2009

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

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio Dubbing: Yes
Sound:Stereo

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser

Connections

Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: No
LANC or Control-L port: Yes
Line-In Audio: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
S-Video Output: Yes
USB Connection: Yes

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS / MS Pro
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Display

Screen Resolution:123000 pixels
Screen Size:2.7 inch
Screen Type:LCD

General Features

3D: No
Format:HDD
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Progressive Photo
Effective Pixels:0.69 Megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: Yes
Total MegaPixels:1.07 Megapixels

Lens/Zoom

Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-F3.2
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:2000 x
Filter Size:30.0 mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv):43-1075 mm
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):2.5-62.5 mm
Manual Focus: Yes
Night Shot: Yes
Optical Zoom:25 x
Shutter speeds:1/30-1/250 seconds
White Balance:Auto, Outdoor, Indoor, One-push

Measures

Dimensions (HxWxD):76.6x76.3x112.8 mm
Weight:400 grams

Power source

Battery Type:InfoLithium

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Related

Miscellaneous:SteadyShot Image Stabilization

Sensor

Sensor Size:1/6 inch
Sensor Type:CCD

Storage

Built-in Memory: Yes
Built-in Storage Size:60.0 GB
Extra Memory Support: Yes

Video

HDV Recording: No
Recording Format:Hard Drive / Memory Stick
Recording System:NTSC
Video Resolution:720x480