Sony Handycam DCR-SX85 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • Standard definition video
  • 60x optical zoom
  • Digital image stabilization
  • 3-inch touch LCD (230k pixels)
  • MPEG-2PS format
  • Intelligent Auto mode
  • LED video light
  • Face detection
  • Built-in USB cable
  • Captures to Memory Stick Duo/ Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo/ SD/SDHC/SDXC/16GB (12 hours recording) flash memory
  • Release Date: 2011-02-15
  • Final Grade: 70 3.5 Star Rating: Recommended


Sony Handycam DCR-SX85
Standard definition video; 60x optical zoom; Digital image stabilization; 3-inch touch LCD (230k pixels); MPEG-2PS format; Intelligent Auto mode; LED video light; Face detection; Built-in USB cable; Captures to Memory Stick Duo/ Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo/ SD/SDHC/SDXC/16GB (12 hours recording) flash memory
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 9/13/2016

Sony's SX85 is a straightforward standard-definition camcorder, nothing more, nothing less. Some folks still prefer standard-def video cameras -- if they don't have an HDTV or a computer that can handle HD video, there's no point in recording anything in high-def. For those folks, the SX85 will be a very solid option. The 60x optical zoom range is certainly powerful, though the image stabilization is digital-only, so a tripod is a must-have. And like all 2011 Sony Handycams, the SX85 features a built-in USB cable. It comes with 16GB of built-in flash memory, enough to capture 12 hours of video, and also captures to Memory Stick or SD/SDHC cards. Also take a look at the SX65, with 4GB of built-in memory, and the SX45, with card-only storage.


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