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.
A standard-def Panasonic camcorder with 75x optical zoom and an 80GB hard drive
Good Gear Guide.au
24 February 2010
Conclusion: The Panasonic SDR-H85-K is an excellent standard-definition camcorder that offers some great features for the asking price. If you're on the look-out for a model that's user-friendly yet highly functional, it's hard to look past the SDR-H85-K.
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