A standard-def Panasonic camcorder with 75x optical zoom and an 80GB hard drive
Good Gear Guide.au
25 June 2011
Excerpt: The Panasonic SDR-H85-K is a standard-definition HDD camcorder equipped with a 78x optical zoom lens and an 80GB hard drive. Like its predecessor, the Panasonic SDR-H80-K , it packs plenty of useful features into an ultra-affordable package (RRP: $649). Both lightweight and user-friendly, the Panasonic SDR-H85 is an excellent choice for families and casual users. For the asking price it also takes great looking video.
Pros: Good performance for the asking price, massive 78x optical zoom, OIS Active mode
Cons: Poor still image mode, not much different to Panasonic SDR-H80-K
Summary: With the help of an extremely powerful zoom lens, image stabiliser and copious storage, the Panasonic SDR-H85 manages to transcend the limitations of its standard-definition recording format and offer a viable alternative to those who aren't ready for an HD camcorder.
Pros: Long (78x) enhanced optical zoom, 80GB built-in hard disk, plus SDXC card slot, Long battery life, Good image stabiliser
Cons: Very poor quality photos, Slightly awkward build quality