Sony DCR-SX85 SD 16GB Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver)

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I bought this camcorder for my wife and I am amazed of the video quality. I played it on my big flat screen tv and the quality is amazingly suprising! Or suprisingly Amazing? LOL Good handycam, I LOVE IT!!! Excellent zoom, and I love the fact you can put extra memory (sd card)... Good for the price...Amazing sound, amazing video..haven't taken pictures yet, but I am sure it won't be that bad.... Recommend this cam? YES!

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Excellent entry level Cam!!!

on 6/7/2011

I bought this camcorder for my wife and I am amazed of the video quality. I played it on my big flat screen tv and the quality is amazingly suprising! Or suprisingly Amazing? LOL Good handycam, I LOVE IT!!! Excellent zoom, and I love the fact you can put extra memory (sd card)... Good for the price...Amazing sound, amazing video..haven't taken pictures yet, but I am sure it won't be that bad.... Recommend this cam? YES! Read More

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on 6/13/2012

Good camera for family use. Compact and nice design. Read More

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Product Overview

Model Highlights: 16GB embedded Flash memory, 70x extended zoom, Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens, 3.0" touch-screen LCD, Intelligent Auto, SteadyShot® image stabilization, built-in mic and LED video light

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.


Manufacturer Sony
Mfg Part# DCRSX85/S
SKU 219619270
UPC 027242819931
UPC 14 00027242819931
Sales Rank 37505
16GB Embedded Flash Memory
3.0” Clear Photo LCD Plus™ display (230K)
Dolby® Digital stereo recording with Built-in Zoom Mic
Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
Auto Lens Cover
70x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
SteadyShot® image stabilization with Active Mode
Face Detection
Direct Copy to external HDD without PC
Film Roll / Face Index
Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens
Intelligent Auto (36 different scene combinations possible)
Built-in LED video light
Includes Sony® PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software
Dual Media card slot
In the Box
Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV30)
A/V Connecting Cable
"Operating Guide"
AC adaptor (AC-L200)
USB Connection Support Cable
Power Cord
CD-ROM ("Handycam" Application Software)
Tech Specs
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 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 (5minutes)
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
Media Type : 16GB Internal flash memory, optional Memory Stick Duo™, optional Memory Stick PRO Duo™, optional Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, optional SD, optional SDHC
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)
Weights and Measurements:
Weight (Approx.) : Approx. 8.1 oz (230g)
Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 2 1/8" x 2 1/4" x 4 7/8" (52.5mm x 57mm x123.5mm)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) : Approx. 8.1 oz (230g)
Battery Type : LITHIUM ION type NP-FV30, Manganese Dioxide Lithium type ML621
Battery Capacity : Typical: 3.6Wh (500mAh), Minimum: 3.6Wh (500mAh)
Power Requirements : 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Service and Warranty Information:
Limited Warranty Term : Limited Warranty --- 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
LCD Display:
LCD Type : 3.0" Touch-screen Clear Photo™ LCD (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
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.
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 Features:
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
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)
Memory Card Slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/SDHC/SDXC 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
Product Attributes
Image Stabilization Type Electronic
Optical Zoom (x) 60
Product Line Handycam
Resolution 640 x 480
Sensor Type CCD
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