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Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder - DCR-SX85/S

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16GB Emedded Flash Memory/ Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens/ 60x Optical Zoom/ 3.0” Touch-Screen Clear Photo LCD Plus Display (230K)/ SteadyShot Image Stabilization/ Dolby Digital Stereo Recording With Built-In Zoom Mic/ Built-In LED Cideo Light/ Built-In USB Cable/ Dual Media Card Slot/ Silver Finish
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Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder, Model DCRSX85S

Record your memories in style with the ultra-compact DCR-SX85 standard definition Handycam® camcorder. Featuring 16GB of embedded Flash memory, you can capture up to 12 hours of video (LP mode). A professional-quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens delivers sharp, high-resolution images while a powerful 70x extended zoom lets you capture extremely tight shots, even from far away. Additional features include a 3.0" touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus™ display (230K) for framing and reviewing your footage. There's also built-in LED video light which is perfect for low light situations.

Features:

16GB Embedded Flash Memory
The built-in 16GB 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 is 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” touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus™ display (230K)
The 3.0” touch-screen 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 over the well known, Sony developed, SteadyShot stabilization that has been used for years, 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
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.

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.

Direct Copy to external HDD without PC
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive10 (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) software
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC9. 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.

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).

Specifications:

Drive System

  • Drive Mode : Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
  • Shutter Speeds : Auto Control Range: 1 / 4 - 1 / 4000; Self-timer: 10sec. (Still Image); Standard: 1 / 60-1 / 500; Auto: 1 / 60 - 1 / 500; Scene Selection: 1 / 60 - 1 / 4000 1 / 4 - 1 / 500 (Candle mode / "MOVIE"position only); Auto (Auto Slow Shutter ON): 1 / 30 - 1 / 500; Auto (Auto Slow Shutter OFF): 1 / 60 - 1 / 500

Focus Control

  • Focus System : Contrast AF
  • AF Modes : Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
  • Focus Area : Full range Focus / Spot Focus
  • AF Illuminator : Yes

Camera

  • Camera Type : Digital STD Video Camera Recorder

Convenience Features

  • Quick On : Yes (Power On by LCD)
  • Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Auto
  • S/S & Zoom button on LCD : Yes (Touch Panel)
  • Fader Effect(s) : White / Black
  • Date / Time Stamp : Yes (Rec Date / Time, Camera info)
  • Erase/Protect : Yes / Yes
  • Media/Battery Indicator : Yes / Yes
  • Power Save Mode : Auto Shut-off (5 minutes)
  • Still Image Playback Options : Slide Show; Playback Zoom (1.1x-5x) (TouchPanel + Zoom Lever)
  • Built-in USB Cable : Yes (USB Charge Available)
  • Built-in Video Light Coverage : Approx.30cm-150cm
  • Easy Handycam/Help Function : -/-
  • Menu Customization : Yes
  • Multiple Language Display : English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Latin American Spanish
  • One Touch Disc Burn : Yes (Menu)
  • View & Index : Data Index / Film Roll / Face

Recording

  • Media Type : 16GB Internal flash memory, optional Memory Stick Duo™, optional Memory Stick PRO Duo™, optional Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, optional SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • Still Image Mode : JPEG
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 470K pixels
  • Video Format : MPEG2-PS
  • Video Mode : HQ: 9Mbps / SP: 6Mbps / LP: 3Mbps
  • Video Resolution : 720x480/60i
  • Video Actual (Pixel) : Approx. 410K pixels (16:9), Approx. 470K pixels (4:3)
  • Video Signal : NTSC color, EIA standards
  • Recording and Playback Times : HQ: Approx. 3h55m; SP: Approx. 5h40m; LP: Approx. 11h55m
  • Photo Capture from Movie : 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480); 230K pixels 16:9 (640x360)
  • Audio Format : Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby® Digital Stereo Creater
  • Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Zoom Microphone; Monaural Speaker
  • Internal Media : Flash Memory 16GB
  • Mic Level Control : Yes (2steps)
  • Still Image File Format : DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.21 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
  • Still Image Size(Photo Mode) : 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480); 230K pixels 16:9 (640x360)
  • Wind Position : Yes (Auto)

Exposure System

  • Metering Modes : Multi-segment / Spot
  • Exposure Settings : Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)
  • Scene Mode(s) : Auto / Twilight / Candle / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Sports / Beach / Snow
  • Noise Reduction : Yes
  • White Balance Mode : Auto / Onepush / Outdoor/ Indoor
  • Minimum Illumination : Auto Slow Shutter: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
  • Auto Iris Control : F1.8-F26
  • Backlight Compensation : Yes (Auto)
  • Gain Control : Auto

Advanced

  • Face Detection : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : Electrical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w / Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Intelligent Auto : Portrait / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro

Imaging Sensor

  • Imaging Sensor : 1/8" (2.25mm)Advanced HAD® (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD Imager
  • Processor : Sony® Imaging processor
  • Pixel Gross : Approx. 680K pixels
  • Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 470K pixels (4:3)
  • Color Filter System : YeCyMgG mosaic filters

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Type : Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar®
  • Aperture : F1.8-F6.0
  • Optical Zoom : 60x
  • Digital Zoom : 2000x
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : Photo Mode: 39mm - 2340mm (16:9), 38mm - 2280mm (4:3); Movie Mode: 39mm - 2340mm (16:9), 38mm - 2280mm (4:3)
  • Filter Diameter : 37mm
  • Minimum Focus Distance : Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 150cm (Tele), Approx. 38cm (Tele Macro)
  • Extended Zoom : 70x
  • Focal Distance : f = 1.8mm - 108mm
  • Steady Shot Mode:Active : 46mm - 2760mm (16:3)

Interface

  • Memory Card Slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/SDHC/SDXC media compatible
  • SD Output : Composite Video Out (A/V connecting cable (supplied)); S Video Out (A/V connecting cable with S Video (sold separately))
  • USB Port(s) : TypeA, mini-AB / USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage)
  • DVDirect : Yes (DVDirect Express, DVD Writer supported (sold separately))
  • Remote Jack : A/V Remote terminal
  • Direct Copy : Yes
  • A/V Remote Terminal : Video / S Video / Audio / Remote
  • DC IN : Yes

LCD Display

  • LCD Type : 3.0" touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus™ (230K pixels)
  • Angle Adjustment : Opening Angle: max.90 deg., Turning Angle: max.270 deg.
  • Brightness Control : Yes (LCD Backlight Level, LCD Bright)
  • Coverage : 1
  • Live View : Yes
  • Grid Display : Guide Frame
  • Touch Panel : Yes

Power

  • Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (NP-FV30)
  • Battery Capacity : Typical: 3.6Wh (500mAh), Minimum: 3.6Wh (500mAh)
  • Power Requirements : 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)

Software

  • Supplied Software : Picture Motion Browser Ver. 5.3
  • Operating System Compatibility : Microsoft® Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7. PMB software is not Mac® compatible.

In The Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV30) (1)
  • A/V Connecting Cable (1)
  • "Operating Guide" (1)
  • AC adaptor (AC-L200) (1)
  • USB Connection Support Cable (1)
  • Power Cord (1)
  • CD-ROM ("Handycam" Application Software) (1)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Unit: 2.13" x 2.25" x 4.88"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 8.1 oz
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts And Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details

Footnotes:

  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 PC with internet connectivity.
  3. Requires Microsoft® Windows® XP SP3/ Windows Vista® SP2/Windows
  4. PMB software is not supported by Mac OS®.
  5. Requires VMC-UAM1 cable (sold separately), AC power for camcorder, and hard drive formatted in FAT-32. USB-hub not supported. External HDD/USB media should be less than 2TB (Terabytes).
Storage TypeFlash Memory
LCD Screen Size (inches)3"
ViewfinderNo
Total Pixel Count680,000
Effective Pixel Count470,000
Manual FocusingYes
Optical Zoom60x
Digital Zoom2000x
Night ModeNo
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto / Onepush / Outdoor/ Indoor
Built In Video LightYes
Mic InputYes
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still470,000
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityYes
Included Removeable MemoryNo
Weight With Battery (pounds)8.1 oz
Width (inches)2.25"
Height (inches)2.13"
Depth (inches)4.88"
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty1 Year
  

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Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder
 
2.7

(based on 10 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Excellent Video Camera

Needed to replace my 10 year old Sony Mini DV camcorder and wanted to stay with standard definition - Took this and the Panasonic SDRT70 home for a side by side comparison. I filmed...Read complete review

Needed to replace my 10 year old Sony Mini DV camcorder and wanted to stay with standard definition - Took this and the Panasonic SDRT70 home for a side by side comparison. I filmed a 10 minute clip on each camera that included interior shots for low light filming and exterior shots following my kids on their scooters for zooming and panning. Even though their price is only $10 apart the difference in image quality played back on my TV was like night and day. My old camera cost over $1,000 and this new one has comparable video quality for less than $300. All of the other added functions make this camera a steal. My wife uploaded a clip straight to Facebook and I have burned video straight onto DVD's as well as backing the files up on my computer.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Photo Quality is Terrible!

Video portion of the camera works fine, and features are handy to use, but photos taken by the camera were absolutely terrible. Bad enough that I thought to myself, what's the point of...Read complete review

Video portion of the camera works fine, and features are handy to use, but photos taken by the camera were absolutely terrible. Bad enough that I thought to myself, what's the point of even putting a camera feature in there? Very grainy, poor light, etc. I'm returning this product to the store.

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3.0

Pleased so far

By Baldeagle

from PA

Pros

  • small and compact, good video quality

Cons

  • pics grainy, battery life to short

Best Uses

    Comments about Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

    Bought camera approximately two weeks ago. It replaces a sony cam we bought in 2000 that would have cost more than a new one to fix the prob. Person at Sony told me that. Video quality is good. Really just used it for an extended time on 8/31/12, really first thing I have had to video since I got it & it took good video. Have seen people said low video quality but I think like any camera, it depends on the lighting conditions. As far as the pic quality, I'll reserve judgement on that for now. Pics I took so far are grainy but the light conditions were not good so that may be why. People have to understand one thing, these cameras today don't have tapes in them anymore. They are hard drive and memory card system and probably any of them won't take the best video/pics. With tapes they did take good video/pics. Times have changed and this is what there is now, people may not like it, but it is what it is.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not very pleased

    By Window

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

    I'm disappointed with the video quality. I've been using a Flip video which has poor sound but good video. This camera gives me just the opposite. It makes no sense at all that I should pay nearly double the money and get poorer video resolution on a video camera, but that’s what I got with the Sony DCR-SX85. Bought it today and definitely taking it back to the store tomorrow. I really had big hopes for this camera. Sony…If you’re listening…I’d like to suggest that you put the Flip video system into the Sony DCR-SX85 and you’ll have a way better camera.

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    3.0

    POOR SOUND

    By CHICAGO

    from CHICAGO

    About Me Casual User

    Pros

    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

    • No External Mic Input

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

      There is no place to put a mic for a Camcorder to have poor sound is a waste of money.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Horrible

      By Sabby

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

      i would not recomend this camera to anyone its horrible for youtube vids

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      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      DCR-SX85 Camcorder

      By Mermaiden

      from VA

      Comments about Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

      I wish I could comment on the video quality, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to burn a dvd so I can actually see what I taped!! The manual says I need to purchase special software to do this...Why? Oh, I know... so Sony can make more money? But... When I look up accessories, no additional software is listed to purchase? WOW! I guess I have to search for it on Google... Hope that once this issue is resolved, I'll like my camcorder!! My son isn't getting any younger! :-)

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Camcorder

      By Joeynohio

      from Ohio

      Comments about Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

      Best pictures and video I have taken. Pictures are clear and vibrant. Would recommend this camcorder to everyone

      Comment on this review

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Very Disappointed

      By JettaJill31

      from Grain Valley, MO

      Comments about Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

      I researched video cameras before purchasing this model and I thought this would be perfect for me. My mother-in-law has an older Sony Handycam and it takes amazing pictures and video. This model however is awful. Do not waste your time or money. I'm returning mine and buying something else. I kept thinking it was a setting that I hadn't found. I read the manual repeatedly and played with the settings. No such luck. This is just not a good product. Extremely grainy no matter what, both video and pictures are grainy. The quality looks like something I would have expected in the 1980's. This is ridiculous for 2011.

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      (18 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      worst purchase ever

      By givati

      from az

      Comments about Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

      The video is blurry and taking pictures with it are such a low grade quality complete waste of money

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Video Camera

      By AndyMac

      from Orange County CA

      Pros

      • Entire Package

      Cons

      • None so far.

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

        Needed to replace my 10 year old Sony Mini DV camcorder and wanted to stay with standard definition - Took this and the Panasonic SDRT70 home for a side by side comparison. I filmed a 10 minute clip on each camera that included interior shots for low light filming and exterior shots following my kids on their scooters for zooming and panning. Even though their price is only $10 apart the difference in image quality played back on my TV was like night and day. My old camera cost over $1,000 and this new one has comparable video quality for less than $300. All of the other added functions make this camera a steal. My wife uploaded a clip straight to Facebook and I have burned video straight onto DVD's as well as backing the files up on my computer.

        Comment on this review

        (18 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Photo Quality is Terrible!

        By Fancy

        from Lancaster, PA

        Pros

        • Great Video
        • Handy features

        Cons

        • Photo quality is very poor

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder:

          Video portion of the camera works fine, and features are handy to use, but photos taken by the camera were absolutely terrible. Bad enough that I thought to myself, what's the point of even putting a camera feature in there? Very grainy, poor light, etc. I'm returning this product to the store.

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          Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder

          Sony Standard Definition 16GB Silver Flash Memory Camcorder

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