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Sony Handycam DCR-DVD850 DVD Hybrid Camcorder with 60X Optical Zoom (Silver)

by Sony
26 customer reviews
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  • 16GB embedded memory
  • Hybrid Plus offers flexible recording/transfer options
  • 60X Optical / 2000X Digital Zoom
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with SteadyShot image stabalization
  • 1/8-inch Advanced HAD CCD Imager
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Technical Details

Product Description

Product Description

The Sony DCR-DVD850 is a standard definition, DVD-format Handycam camcorder that offers a step up from the DCR-DVD650. In addition to simple touch panel operation, DVD convenience, and a 60X optical zoom lens, the DCR-DVD850 adds 16GB of embedded flash memory, allowing for extended recording times and Hybrid Plus capabilities, which let the camcorder record video directly to either DVD media, embedded memory, or removable Memory Stick PRO Duo media (media sold separately). The DCR-DVD850 replaces the DCR-DVD810 for 2009. Target consumers are those interested in the convenience and compatibility of the DVD format, as well as those who desire longer recording times out of their DVD format camcorders.

From the Manufacturer

Enjoy those priceless moments over and over with the DCR-DVD850 DVD Handycam camcorder. It combines maximum flexibility with powerful features like a Carl Zeiss 60x optical zoom lens and SteadyShot image stabilization that makes capturing sharp images a snap. Hybrid Plus technology gives you the option to record to DVD, 16GB of internal memory, or removable Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo media (sold separately).

16GB embedded memory
16GB of embedded memory can record and store up to almost 11 hours of video footage (SD LP mode).

Hybrid Plus offers flexible recording and transfer options
Hybrid Plus recording technology delivers a new level of flexibility for transferring your video footage and digital photos from the camcorder to compatible viewing devices. Record to your choice of 3-inch DVD media, 16GB embedded flash memory, or removable Memory Stick PRO Duo media (all media sold separately). You can even select from various dubbing functions to easily copy video from Memory Stick media or built in flash memory media to DVD - without using a PC. Images recorded or transferred to DVD media can then be played directly in most DVD Players (SD), computers, Blu-ray Disc players, and even PLAYSTATION 3 video game consoles to share your memories with friends and family.

60x Optical/2000x Digital Zoom
Ideal for sporting events, wildlife, or distance shooting, 60x optical zoom brings you closer to the action, so you can capture extremely tight shots, even from far away. In addition, Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme digital zooming (up to 2000x) is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zooms.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with SteadyShot image stabilization
The DCR-DVD850 features a 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.

1/8-inch Advanced HAD CCD Imager
A 1/8-inch Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD imager with 410k (effective) pixel resolution delivers stunning detail and clarity for exceptional video and still image performance.

DVD-R/-RW/+RW and +R DL (Dual Layer) Compatible
The DCR-DVD850 is compatible with a variety of DVD formats (DVD-R/-RW/+RW and +R DL (Dual Layer), allowing you to take advantage of the ease-of-use and simplicity found in DVD media. With DVD+RW media, there is no need to finalize the disc (minimum recording required); simply remove and insert the media into a compatible DVD or Blu-ray Disc player.

2.7-inch widescreen touch-panel LCD display (123k pixels)
The 2.7-inch wide touch panel LCD display provides exceptional viewing clarity with 123K 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.

Power On by opening LCD display
Quickly power on your camcorder by simply opening the LCD display.

Dolby Digital 5.1-channel recording with Built-in Zoom Mic
Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording. The Built-In Zoom Mic focuses audio recording on your subjects in sync with the camera's zoom lens.

Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software
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 (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites.

Color Viewfinder (123k pixels)
The DCR-DVD850 features a 123k pixel resolution color viewfinder that lets you record and review video and still images.

One Touch Disc Burn
Easily burn a DVD copy of your footage using the supplied PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software. Simply connect the camcorder to your compatible PC via a USB cable and press the One Touch Disc Burn Button.

Easy Handycam Button
Using a camcorder can be intimidating for some people. With a press of the Easy Handycam Button, most of the advanced features of the camcorder are locked out, letting you focus only the buttons essential for recording.

Film Roll Index
Like chapters in a book, Film Roll Index helps you easily find desired scenes in video footage. When using this feature, the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and can create scene indexes set at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12 seconds and 1 or 5 minutes).

Face Index function
Face Index makes it easier than ever to find and play back the right video scene. Using Face Detection technology, 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.

Playback Zoom
Playback Zoom lets you zoom in up to 5x closer on your videos during playback or in the playback pause mode.

USB 2.0 interface
A USB 2.0 interface provides an easy way to connect your camcorder to a compatible PC for fast transfer of video and still images for editing.

What's in the Box

DCR-DVD850 Standard Def DVD Hybrid Plus Camcorder, AC adaptor, rechargeable battery pack, A/V connecting cable, clock lithium (installed), application software, USB cable and owners manual.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.3 x 4.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: DCRDVD850
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,409 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at February 8, 2009

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98 of 100 people found the following review helpful By J. Preston on August 19, 2009
This Handycam has everything needed to be the most versatile of all of Sony's models with up-to-the-minute technology.

I originally hesitated because this only has an internal flash memory of 16 GB. However, I have a few of the sony memory sticks (4GB) Sony MSMT4G 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2) Media and having them as an option allows me to record as much time on this unit as I could usually want. It is true that with the internal flash memory your recording time is restricted to about 11 hours. However, each 4GB of memory stick prolongs that limit by about 3.5 hours and supplements the internal flash memory.

I find the flash medium (and the memory sticks) to be preferrable to an internal hard drive (which can store 60 GB, but, are subject to mechanical failure). Although the hard drives will store 60GB, I rarely have that much to accumulate in digital footage before I dump it to my notebook, or, an external USB hard drive. 11 hours of storage is about perfect for a day of interviews and miscellaneous recording.

This unit is a very nice, attractive, two-tone gunmetal and silver finish. It is slightly larger than the (very compact) DCR 47-87 series.Sony DCR-SR47 Hard Disk Drive Handycam® Camcorder (Silver) However, it will still almost fit in the palm of your hand.

The images are sharp quality, indoors or out. It is true (for a change) that the unit allows for one-button record to DVD. You can just slip a mini DVD (3") in the unit by lifting the cover and placing the DVD in the unit.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By J. Brooks on April 19, 2009
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I am very pleased with the overall quality and functionality of this camcorder. The camera takes excellent video (action shots are great). It is very stable and I like having choices on how to save. It is also very easy to download to pc or view on pc or tv. I highly recommend this product. You could not do better, especially at this price!
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Hornig on June 15, 2009
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I purchased this camera after discovering my 8-year-old camcorder no longer worked three days before my vacation. I received my camcorder the day before my trip and only had time to charge the battery and read some basic information. I found the camcorder user-friendly and easy to use right out of the box...and its small size makes handling very manageable. I love the huge 16 GB internal memory and I was able to record my entire trip. The LCD touch panel is fantastic! Although it would be nice if it was a little larger than 2.7", it was not at all difficult to see and use. If I recorded something I wanted to playback later, all I had to do was press a button on the touch panel; then touch the clip. Searching through recorded tape is a thing of the past. The video quality is very good. With that said, I am enjoying getting to know the other features of my camcorder. To anyone looking for a user-friendly and affordable camcorder, I highly recommend this one.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Beckey on September 6, 2009
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I use this camcorder for recording night youth football games under lights, for the most part. It performs quite well and the 16x9 images are perfect for flat panel TVs. I like the software provided with it. It allows effortless transfer of files from the camcorder to your computer, and easy (if somewhat plain) video DVD creation. I have not tried editing functionality, but it seems to me that specialty video editing software would be better in any case. It can also catalog all video and photographs in your computer into a calendar, and displays changing thumbnails on the dates the images were taken, with other useful features.
The camera has 16gb of internal flash memory, and I doubt that I will ever use a DVD recordable. Internal memory is easily transferred to your computer with a common USB cable for editing, storage and DVD burning if desired. One reviewer commented that this camera is a "dead end" and I can't see why that is true. Between the internal memory and the memory stick capability, the DVD recordable is an extra optional feature that need not ever be used. I chose this camera over pure flash options because its video quality is usually rated higher than other Sony camcorders, other than HD models, especially at night.
The internal memory is rated for 232 minutes at the highest quality video setting. I have already purchased a higher capacity battery, since the supplied battery will only run about 60 minutes with the LCD open. I may not bother with additional memory sticks because I have more capacity than I anticipate needing at any one time already. (Individual football games certainly don't need 232 minutes of video.)
The video quality is very good during daylight hours and good to very good at night under game field lighting.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By User in Ohio on August 14, 2009
I originally bout the 650 because I thought it had an internal memory but it doesn't. It returned it back to the store and spent an extra $50 to get the 850. Not only does it have the internal memory but it also records in 5.1 surround. The only thing more it would need would be to record in HD. But for the price, you can't beat this little camera. It even takes still photos.
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