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Works well enough.,
This review is from: Sony DCR-SX85 Handycam Camcorder (Silver) (Electronics)
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.
Gritty video or grainy shots happen sometimes, it depends on lighting at the moment of capture, but I found the camera to be all it said it would be after playing with it for a bit so am happy with it.
-I do not like the USB lead in the strap, although I like the idea of it being right on the camera as a handy thing.
-I do not like the start button where it is, because when you have your hand in the strap, it is hard to get at without using the other hand, and that produces another form of the shakes, or aimless wandering of the scene you are trying to stay focused on.
-I do not like the strap comfort when you take a video while moving, not somuch for the hand comfort as the arm that has to hold it all up.(Working on that with a custom made hard grip with a trigger.)
I agree with another commenter here, on the preview screen's vulnerability to glare in almost all positions, but I have a sticky film that eliminates that problem by diffusing the light that causes the glare, similar to some coatings on glasses or lenses.
You may want to experiment with some satin finished Scotch tape of the right width, the stuff I have came frome somewhere I can't remember and is slightly tinted but works fantastic.
All in all, I think it's a handy little cam.(No pun.)
I would suggest some dilligence and careful checking out of products on YOUR part, when you go out to spend your hard earned cash on something BEFORE you buy it. That may give you a better situation all around and you most likely will enjoy things a lot more once you have them.
I'd buy one again if this one was lost, Thx, John.
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Initial post: Jan 21, 2013 4:17:20 PM PST
W. D. Johnson says:
Interesting review, but what is the battery life?
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