Sony DCR-SR85 1MP 60GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom
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- Capture video to hard disk drive; 60 GB storage
- 25x optical zoom, 2000x digital zoom; Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
- 2.7-inch widescreen touch-panel Clear Photo LCD
- Built-in zoom microphone with 5.1-channel recording
- Memory Stick Pro Duo media slot
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V2) Sony DCR-SR85 60GB HDD camcorder
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Youll never miss a moment because of switching tapes or discs with the DCR-SR85. Its built-in 60GB hard disk drive offers plenty of storage as you zero in on your subjects with the professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens and a powerful 25x optical/2000x digital zoom. Compose shots using the 2.7-inch wide (16:9) touch-panel LCD display, and maintain total control and clarity with the Super SteadyShot image stabilization system. Hybrid recording technology even gives you the choice to record video to either the internal hard disk drive or removable Memory Stick Pro Duo media.
1/6-inch Advanced HAD CCD imager 1/6-inch Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD with 680K (effective) pixels provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video (up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution) and still image performance.
25x optical/2000x digital zoom The optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom.
2.7-inch widescreen (16:9) touch-panel Clear Photo LCD The 2.7-inch widescreen (16:9) LCD screen provides exceptional viewing clarity with improved resolution (211K pixels). The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The widescreen format makes shooting in 16:9 mode and composing shots even easier.
Memory Stick Pro Duo media slot Capture still images directly onto Memory Stick Pro Duo media (sold separately) for easy transfer to PCs for emailing, printing, or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick devices (sold separately).
Active Interface Shoe Sony's proprietary hot shoe makes it easy to use Intelligent Accessories, such as external lights and microphones, by providing power and on/off capability directly from the camcorder.
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.
USB 2.0 interface The USB 2.0 interface provides an easy way to connect your camcorder to a PC for fast transfer of video and still images for editing.
InfoLithium battery with AccuPower meter system Unlike NiCad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries, Sony's rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries are not subjected to a life shortening "Memory Effect," so you're free to charge the battery at any time. Additionally, Sony's exclusive AccuPower meter displays the battery time remaining in minutes, in either the viewfinder or on the LCD screen.
Stamina Battery Power Management System When using the Sony InfoLithium Battery, the Stamina Battery Power Management System helps the camcorder prolong battery life for extra long continuous recording times from a single charge.
Battery information At the touch of a button, battery information is displayed on the LCD screen when charging and when the camcorder is turned off. When using the LCD screen or viewfinder, the display will show how much the battery is charged -- in 10-percent increments -- and the recordable time left.
Fader effects Enhance your personal videos by adding professional looking fader effects. Choose from Black and White.
Scene Selection Modes Scene Selection modes make recording easy even when filming in challenging situations. Choose from Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Sports Lesson, Spotlight, and Sunrise & Sunset.
Picture Effects Get creative when recording or playing back your videos with Sony's Picture Effect Modes. Effects available in Camera mode: Monotone, Pastel and Sepia. Effects available in Playback mode: Monotone, Pastel and Sepia.
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).
Manual focus Manually adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel. Manual focusing also allows the user to control the focus in difficult situations where either the environment or the subject does not allow the camcorder's auto focus to perform optimally, such as when shooting through a window or in a crowded environment.
One-touch disc burn Easily burn a DVD copy of your footage using the supplied software. Simply connect the camcorder to your PC via a USB cable and press the One-touch disc burn Button.
On-screen Zoom and Record buttons For additional control of the camcorder, Zoom and Record buttons are features on the frame of the LCD screen. This allows for more flexibility when holding the camcorder, especially in overhead or low angle shots.
Progressive shutter system A mechanical shutter system that provides progressive scan performance while utilizing an interlaced scanning system. Digital still images will be sharp and clear with excellent definition.
Multi-language menu Change the menu display from English to English (Simplified), Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese
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I'll give an update to this if I can figure out the clarity issue and change my revue to five stars.
16 Jan 2010:
Well after recording, downloading, editing recorded movies and transferring it to DVD I found some interesting things from this video camera. The recorder does have a hard time with focusing during slight or low light environments. It will thus make image quality seem grainy or out of focus. I guess one would have to get a more professional video camera if one wanted to film during low lighting environments without the need of an obnoxious Headlight. Also when going from close targets to telephoto and capturing scenes farther away, the camera has problem to focus in immediately or clearly, unless of course it is a bright shinny day outside. However for a camera which can capture hours of recorded data, it's good. The touch screen is cool, but editing should be left to when you transfer your movies to the computer. Also deleting movies on the touch screen can be time consuming, so I personally do that after downloading family movies onto my computer. Sound quality capture is great! However don't use the photo capture if you want a quality photograph. Overall for a general video recorder it's good.
So I raising my previous rating from two stars to three stars.
Over all I was impressed with the camera but sold it after owning for almost a year for a Kodak Zi8 pocket camcorder. I just needed something that I could slip into my pocket and go. I would suggest this camera for anyone on a lower budget, teenagers would make good use of it, and it would probably be pretty good for recording family events and just keeping memories.
This is a link for a video of one of my performances my wife videotape with the camera...we had low light in the hall...check it out...
- real easy to use and great capabilities