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Sony DCR-SX85 Handycam Camcorder (Silver)

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  • 16GB1 embedded Flash Memory for up to 12 hours of recording (LP mode)
  • 70x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
  • Professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
  • 3.0" touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus display (230K)
  • SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: DCRSX85/S
  • Media Type: SD
  • Lens Type: zoom
  • Optical zoom: 60 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.1 x 7.8 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004H8FN9E
  • Item model number: DCRSX85/S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,136 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 4, 2011

Product Description

Product Description

Ultra-compact DCR-SX85 Handycam Camcorder offers 16GB of embedded flash memory to record up to 12 hours of video and a professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens to deliver sharp, high-resolution images. Powerful, 70X extended zoom lets you capture tight shots, even from far away. Built-in, LED video light makes it easy to capture low-light situations. Intelligent Auto mode analyzes your shot and then automatically selects the appropriate settings from seven distinct scene modes. 3.0" Clear Photo LCD Plus touch screen provides exceptional viewing clarity with 230K pixels resolution for monitoring or playback. Display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles. Built-in high-speed, USB 2.0 cable allows easy connection to your computer to transfer and store videos quickly. Direct copy lets you copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive. Camcorder also features SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode and Face Detection technology.

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Overview

The ultra-compact DCR-SX85 features 16GB1 of embedded flash memory, which can record up to 12 hours of video, a built-in LED video light, as well as a professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, which delivers sharp, high-resolution images and powerful 70x extended zoom that lets you capture extremely tight shots, even from far away.

16GB1 Embedded Flash Memory   
The built-in 16GB1  embedded Flash Memory can record up to 12 hours of footage (LP mode).

70x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action   
Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 60x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining image quality.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens     
The professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.

3.0" Clear Photo LCD Plus display (230K)   
The 3.0" Clear Photo LCD Plus display provides exceptional viewing clarity with 230K pixels resolution. The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The convenient touch panel allows easy access to menus and additional functionality such as spot focus and spot metering.

SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode   
Steadyshot image stabilization with Active Mode allows for a greater degree of image stabilization giving you more stable video even when on the move or in low light circumstances.

Intelligent Auto (36 different scene combinations possible)   
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from seven distinct scene modes (36 different combinations possible): Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Macro, Portait,  Tripod.

Dolby Digital stereo recording with Built-in Zoom Mic     
The built-in zoom microphone focuses audio recording on your subjects with the camera's zoom lens, helping memories ring true with clear dialogue and crisp, discrete sounds.

Face Detection to keep faces in focus     
Face Detection technology recognizes faces and optimizes camera settings for both video and still images, so faces are captured more clearly and skin tones look more natural.

Built-in LED video light   
The DCR-SX85 features an LED light that can assist in low-light situations giving you more flexibility when capturing your video.

Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge   
The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer without having to remember separate cables.  It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it’s out of the way until you need it.

Direct Copy to external HDD without PC3
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive3 (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your TV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.

Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software2      
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD, as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites (requires PC with internet connectivity)2.

Auto Lens Cover   
The automatic lens cover protects the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens from scratches during transport or while not in use by closing the lens cover automatically when the camera is shut off.

Film Roll / Face Index   
With Film Roll Index, the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and creates scene indexes set at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12 seconds and 1 or 5 minutes). Face Index indexes your video footage according to the faces detected in each scene. When it’s time to play back video, simply search for what you want by selecting from among the detected faces displayed in the index.

Dual Media card slot     
For convenient storage and sharing of your images and videos, the DCR-SX85 accepts Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media and SD/SDHC media (sold separately).



1. 16GB equals 16 billion bytes. A portion of the total storage is used for system management and/or application files. Actual capacity is approximately 15.5GB.
2. Requires Microsoft Windows XP SP3/ Windows Vista SP2/Windows 7. Not supported by Mac OS.
3. Requires VMC-UAM1 cable (sold separately), AC power for camcorder, and hard drive formatted in FAT-32. USB-hub not supported. External HHD/USB media should be less than 2TB(Terabytes).



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Customer Reviews

Would definitely order from this supplier again.
CMA
Have used this camera in bright light outside and inside with dim artificial light.
Irene P. Kittrell
The quality of the videos, the pictures and the zooming is great.
Margarita

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By C. Yee on September 21, 2011
After using both HD camcorders and devices like the FlipCam, I was looking for something that fit somewhere in the middle given that few of the computers around the office are equipped to store and edit HD video files. Ironically, the older standard definition camcorders (D8 and miniDV) laying around would have fit the bill, if not for the fact offloading and sharing footage on them is cumbersome compared to the drag-and-drop file transfer you get with a flash media recorder.

So ultimately I was looking for something with all the convenience of a FlipCam, but with a few more features like zoom and SD card recording. I didn't really think I'd find something (at least from a major manufacturer) that fit those requirements and that wasn't HD, but with a few clicks of a product wizard, I found Sony's SX85.

The camera lacks two features I usually look for - headphone and external microphone jacks - but since I'm not the one who will be using the camcorder most of the time, those features were easy to forego. The video quality is decent - not great - but given the rather unremarkable needs (recording meetings, quickly documenting something to share with colleagues), it's sufficient. The lack of a viewfinder can be a little problematic in full sunlight and having a lot of the functions and settings buried in the menu doesn't make the camera a standout for usability, but for dead simple recording and easy access to the video files, it does what is needed.

I can confirm the camcorder is compatible with Mac computers - recognized both by iMovie '11 (which converts the native MPEG2 video files to MOV on importing) and the Mac OS (Snow Leopard) itself.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Connie on October 22, 2011
I paid more that I had planned for a small still & video camera because I've had such good luck with Sony digital cameras in the past. But I'm very disappointed in this one. On a sunny day, outdoor pictures, whether still or video, come out great if you are lucky enough to have pointed it at the subject you wanted to take. The viewer has so much glare that it acts like a mirror, and about all you can see is your face in it, no matter how much you try to adjust the angle or shade the viewer. Indoor pictures have all come out extremely dim and grainy while my friends with their cheap little cameras are getting great shots. I'm really sorry I bought this one.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John. on July 22, 2012
Research is the first thing I do, when I buy items like these, I read all the comments and evaluate what I think is a reasonable assessment of the comments given and then I go and take a chance.

Did that with the SX85, and I found that it performs adequate for what I'm looking for, that being a basic video recorder for on the road and sometimes mounted on the dash of my big truck for some interesting video in traffic when it gets difficult, as long as it is not in serious zoom.

It records a good video image and shoots a good single picture also.
If you are looking for a vidcam to make quick shots with, you're likely to be frustrated, as the startup and selection of your particular mode will take a minute, but if you just want a cam to take scene videos or take a picture or two, or generally have it running on like I do sometimes, I would say that this camera is pretty decent for the money.

I bought it with the secondary thought to have the 2000x magnification when zoomed in, so I could watch birds and objects from a distance (have that tripod handy!)
We all know that zoom like that brings the shakes with it when you hand hold a cam, so I use a variety of tripods, and that works very well with this camera. I have other cameras that do jobs of a more delicate nature when situations need for them.

In general with the reproduction of the image when you take the video or shot, they are never what you saw when you took the shots in the first place unless you bought something a bit more expensive.
I thought that the reproduced pics or videos from this camera were just fine.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By moonjogger on September 13, 2012
Well I have read all the reviews here and elsewhere about this Video Camera... truthfully Im glad I took the chance on it. I bought it from somewhere else and paid.. 199 for it. AT THIS PRICE or even the Price that Amazon is asking for this fine Camera its a steal..
The people who saw grainy pictures with this Camera must have gotten defective cameras, because mine has a beautiful picture both on close up and zoom. I dont see any grainyness. For those who complained you couldnt see the screen in the daylight may I suggest antiglare screen protectors and adjust the screens brightness. This is a touch screen camera and a screen protecter is a must so to not damage the screen with your oily fingers...
For those really wanting to see what the zoom of this camera (70x and 2,000x) will do go to YOUTUBE and search for sony handycams 70x ... you can even take a very good close up of the moon... this camera is great. No its not HD but you can set the picture qaulity to HD which is very very good. I dont get the name of MOONJOGGER for no reason at all... I like taking Videos and Pictures of unexplained things in the night sky. If this is you also, you will not be disappointed.... lol... set the sceene setting on Spotlight and go to Manuel Focus, put your camera on a trypod and your set to film planes that fly over... giggle...
For those who complained the supplyed sony picture software would not load on their computer... the camcorder has this application already loaded on it, so you can hook it to any computer and download the Camera content... its a portable version that you can get under the HELP column... It takes a lot of time to learn all the settings. If a filming looks to bright go to the sceene selection and try a different setting.
All and all...
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