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Sony 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Black)

B&H # SODCRSX85B Mfr # DCRSX85/B
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Product Highlights
  • 16GB Internal Memory
  • Standard Definition NTSC
  • Memory Stick Duo / SD Memory Card Slot
  • 1/8" 680k Pixel HAD CCD Sensor
  • 3.0" Clear Photo Touch Panel LCD
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
  • 60x Optical / 70x Extended Zoom
  • Built-in Stereo Zoom Microphone
  • Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Built-in Video Light

The black Sony 16 GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder is a standard def cam with 16GB of internal flash memory, which can also accept available Memory Stick PRO Duo, Pro-HG Duo and SD / SDHC / SDXC media cards. The 16GB internal memory provides you approximately 12 hours of recording time in LP mode. Using the media cards allows you to extend your shooting times, while also being able to swap out cards as they become full and keep shooting without having to download the internal memory.

At the heart of the SX85 there's a 1/8" Advanced Hyper HAD CCD imager, coupled to the 60x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar. The 3.0" touch panel LCD viewscreen allows you to view the image and control the camera as well. The camera features Face Detection for focus and image stabilization, as well as selectable white balance modes and scene modes to assist you in capturing your best image. The camcorder features an Intelligent Auto mode that automatically selects the optimum combination of automatic functions and modes. The built-in video light provides illumination for subjects up to 6 feet away.

When you're done shooting the included Picture Motion Browser software helps you to edit and organize your footage. PMB also gives you a hand uploading your footage to social media sites for sharing with the world, or burning them to a disk.

16GB Embedded Flash Memory
The built-in 16GB flash memory can record up to 12 hours of footage (LP mode).
70x Extended Zoom
Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 60x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining image quality. The camera also features a built-in 2000x digital zoom for extreme close-ups.
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 providing 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 increases the stabilizing effect of SteadyShot mode, for more stable video.
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, Portrait, and 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
The face detection feature automatically adjusts exposure for the subject's face.
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 PC
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (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 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, as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites.
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
The camcorder creates scene indexes at user specified display intervals. Combined with Face Index, which 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.
Media Card Slot
For convenient storage and sharing of your images and videos, the DCR-SX85 accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media and SD / SDHC / SDXC media (sold separately).
Camera
Sensor 1/8"  CCD
Pixel Gross 680,000
Effective Pixels 410,000 @ Video 16:9
470,000 @ Video 4:3
307,000 @ Photo 4:3
230,000 @ Photo 16:9
Optics
Focal Length 1.8 - 108 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 39 - 2340 @ Aspect Ratio: 16:9 
Maximum Aperture f/ 1.8 - f/ 6
Zoom Optical: 60x
Extended: 70x
Digital: 2000x
Filter Size 37 mm
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media Internal Flash Memory 16GB 
Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Recording Time Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
235, HQ
340, SP
715, LP
Video Format Standard Definition
MPEG2
720 x 480i / 60 fps
Aspect Ratio 16:9
4:3
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 640 x 480
JPEG: 640 x 360
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio Format Dolby Digital 2ch
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3.0"
Pixel Count 230,000
Resolution 960 x 240
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Rotation Opening Angle: 90°
Turning Angle: 270°
Features
Image Stabilization Digital
Scene Modes Preset: Yes
Lux 3 (1/30 shutter speed)
White Balance Modes Auto
Indoor 1
Onepush
Outdoors
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - No
Tripod Mount 1/4" - 20
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x USB Mini-B
1x Composite Video (out) A/V Terminal
General
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP3)
    Vista (SP2)
    7
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Charging Method AC Adapter
USB
Power Consumption Recording: 1.9 W
Recording: 1.8 W
Operating Temperature 32 - 104°F (0 - 40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.1 x 2.2 x 4.9" / 52.3 x 57.0 x 123.5 mm
Weight 8.1 oz / 230 g
Sony 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Black)
  • AC-L200 AC Adapter
  • NP-FV30 Battery Pack
  • Power Cord
  • A/V Connecting Cable
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • User's Operating Guide
  • 1-Year Parts & 90-Days Labor Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Sony16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Black)
     
    4.3

    (based on 67 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (68)
    • Easy to use (54)
    • Great picture quality (37)
    • Image stabilization (36)
    • Large clear LCD (32)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (9)
    • Poor image quality (8)
    • No external mic input (7)
    • Poor sound (5)
    • Limited zoom (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (36)
    • Home movies (35)
    • Low light (22)
    • Weddings (21)
    • Movies/short films (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (37), Enthusiast (17), Semi-pro (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (51), Yes (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great

    I`m deployed to Iraq. I bought the cam so my wife could film the kids and send me clips. A great investment, good for our situation, but also good enough for professional...Read complete review

    I`m deployed to Iraq. I bought the cam so my wife could film the kids and send me clips. A great investment, good for our situation, but also good enough for professional use with proper editing software and stable shooting platform. Over all good buy. Great price at less than 300 bucks.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Disapointing movie quality & stills

    I wanted an all around movie camera for family entertainment to replace my Canon ZR850 DV. Despite the fact that that this camera has a great zoom lens and a nice LCD touch screen,...Read complete review

    I wanted an all around movie camera for family entertainment to replace my Canon ZR850 DV. Despite the fact that that this camera has a great zoom lens and a nice LCD touch screen, I wonder why Sony has cut corners on image quality. The movies are very grainy (noisy) the colors are far from vivid or natural if not to say monotonous. I found that my old Canon PowerShot A720 IS Digital Camera was producing superior quality movies and stills. I would not recommend this camera.

    Reviewed by 67 customers

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    4.0

    Small but powerful

    By The Angle

    from McDonough,GA

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel

      Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Silver):

      Shot two sporting events

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      best deal aroung

      By tom n

      from ocala fl.

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Indoors/Low Light

        Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Silver):

        good price, good service ,excellent camcorder free shipping was very quick.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great price. Great video camera!!

        By Dave the man

        from Irving, Tx

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Zoom
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Silver):

          This is a great camera. The price was really good and the camera is really great. It is small and compact and takes very clear video and pictures.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          My Sony 16gb dcr-sx85

          By Nefertiti Nefermul

          from Pensacola, fl.

          Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Silver):

          I love it, it do so much more than what I thought it would do. The price was awesome and the picture quality is too.

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          4.0

          Great Camcorder

          By Eddiebett

          from Vancouver, WA

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Zoom

          Cons

          • No External Mic Input

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies

          Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Silver):

          I needed a nice compact camcorder with high opitical zoom this met the bill.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Love this camera!!!!

          By kasdgeek

          from Kaukauna, WI

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • Home Movies
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel

          Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Silver):

          This camera is so easy to use. We gave them to our 5th grade class as part of their learning objectives. We had movies and presentations in no time. The camera is durable too. Rigid enough for careful middle school students.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          EXCELLENT SERVICE AND CAMERA

          By Almostsmart

          from MONTEVIDEO URUGUAY

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Black):

                Excellent service and impeccable camera

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                great product

                By Robert Smith

                from Marion,Ohio

                Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Black):

                The sony camcorder is a very easy product to use. Best of all B&H had it for the lowest price than anyone around! You can't go wrong with Sony and B&H Photo Video Store!!!

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                3.0

                Okay for the price

                By Doc

                from Williamsburg, VA

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                • Poor Image Quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Black):

                  Good price but picture quality could be better. Overall very easy camera to use.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Nice little camcorder

                  By Sixbitss

                  from West Palm Beach, FL

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light

                    Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Silver):

                    I use these (bought two) to tape lectures that I later upload... not pro quality, but fine for my use, particulary considering I'm not looking for HD, due to bandwidth considerations. Great deal for the price!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Awesome Camera!

                    By DJ Soulphinger

                    from Poughkeepsie, NY

                    About Me Video Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                    • No External Mic Input
                    • Poor In Low Light
                    • Poor Still Image

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • Home Movies
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Black):

                    I use this for doing everyday video recording. (ex. Youtube Tutorials, Home Movies, Video Broadcasting..etc..)I have 2 of these cams and there are excellent!! They are very compact and easily fit in my camera bag. My Wife loves them. Easy to transfer Video to Computer. Built in USB is in the handle for charging or transfer of pics. Very compact and simple...with a touch screen viewer...awesome. Zoom is like really good on these too..check your tube for some tutorials on these cams.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    I would buy this product again and again

                    By Eric

                    from NJ

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Home Movies
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Silver):

                      it look pretty good and easy to operate

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Small in size but big features

                      By Erin

                      from Las Vegas

                      About Me Video Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Zoom range/performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Travel

                        Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Silver):

                        We have only had this for a couple of weeks but it seems to have all of the bells and whistles that we need for pictures and videos as my BF is a recording artist this is important to have good quality

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        great camera.

                        By Sammy

                        from bronx

                        Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Black):

                        Good camera, easy to handle and learn, I highly recomend it.

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                        4.0

                        Pretty cool

                        By Betsy85

                        from San Diego, CA

                        Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Silver):

                        Bought this as a present for my dad and he loves it!!

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                        5.0

                        Works great

                        By Camera Man

                        from MS

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light

                          Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Black):

                          I am using it as a video input to my PC

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A real steal for the price!

                          By Michael

                          from Mount Kisco, NY

                          Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Black):

                          This is a real bargain for the price and quality! B&H delivers! Prompt shipping and excellent service.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Compact

                          By Grandma

                          from Home

                          Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Silver):

                          The camcorder is easy to handle and easy to use. I would recommend this camcorder to anyone

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                          1.0

                          Not worth to buy

                          By Michael

                          from Montreal, QC

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                          • Poor Image Quality
                          • Poor In Low Light
                          • Poor Sound
                          • Poor Still Image

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Black):

                          Very pool in low light. Video Quality pool, even worse than my phone. Do not use as a camera, because the photo quality is so pool like the computer skype.
                          Also, the first shipment got lost and I waited for 15 days to receive it.
                          For this price, it's good to give to my 6 years old boy as a toy.

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                          5.0

                          Great little camera for the money

                          By DragonG

                          from Detroit, MI

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good in Low Light

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Movies/Short Films
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about 16GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder (Black):

                            Family time, low light situations, sports or pretty much most things you need to record

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                            • No

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