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4.2 out of 10

Sony DCR-HC85

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Overall 10
10

Great startup camcorder for short films

J.Alston, Amazon
14 December 2011
  • Summary: I was looking for a camcorder with a external mic input, a cmacorder that allows you to manually control the focus, and a camcorder that works well in low light settings. After months of research I Ulitmately decided to go with the Sony DCR-HC85. I'm pleased with my decision I have a video light attached to the hotshoe and it works great in low light settings, I love how the camcorder feels in my hand when holding it its a great improvement from my samsung sc-d382.
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Overall 10
10

Sony redefines the high end for minDV Camcorders

mrgondo, Ebay
24 March 2006
  • Summary: Pluses for this Digital Camcorder Large Bright and Sharp 3 1/2 Inch Fold Out Color TFT Display Screen Build quality is a cut above the competition Built-In Digial Camera Capability 2.0 Megapixel Images Carl Zeiss 10X Optical Zoom Lens is Top Notch and provides excellent video and still images Sound quality is above average-You can easily plug in an external microphone Takes reduced form-factor NP-FM50-70-90 InfoLithium Batteries Balanced chassis, easy to hold and handle...
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Overall 10
10
Ease of use 8
8.0
Durability 10
10
Battery performance 8
8.0

SONY DCR-HC85

allenthewizz, epinions.com
15 January 2006
  • Excerpt: AWSOME CAMCORDER. SUPER QUALITY. GIANT LCD! SO EASY TO USE! BEST SONY MINI DV EVER!
  • Pros: EVERYTHING!
  • Cons: BOTTOM TAPE LOADING...HOW SAD
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Overall 9
9.0

"This camera has done everything I asked of it!"

hitechinc, CNET
21 December 2005
  • Pros: External mic & headphone input, image stabilization, hot shoe
  • Cons: No built-in video light.
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Overall 10
10

"I almost strayed from Sony... Whew!"

CNET
8 February 2005
  • Pros: Unbelievable picture/image quality and low light clarity. Very decent/useable 1.92 megapixel stills. Did side by side comparo with my Dad's Canon Optura 400 which he convinced me in almost buying and hands down, the Sony DCR-HC85 won.
  • Cons: Higher learning curve with the touch screen setup.
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Overall 10
10

Digital Bliss

Darrell Burns, Amazon
9 December 2004
  • Summary: I Just pick this up, and I just want to say, this is the best camcorder I've ever seen. You can shoot in total darkness, in full color! You can even shoot in the 16:9 mode! The clarity is exceptional! I also own the SONY GX7 DVD recorder, which I use to transfer my movies and pictures from the Sony DCR-HC85 via the Monster Cable I-link cable. The transfer is flawless! You simply can not go wrong with purchasing this camera!
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Overall 9
9.0

"Extemely easy to use"

CNET
22 September 2004
  • Pros: My first camcorder ever and had no problems. Like the feature that you can take stills and no disruption to the video. Very user friendly.
  • Cons: A little bulky.
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Overall 10
10

A Good all round point and shoot Camcorder

DrEDG "gynetix", Amazon
18 August 2004
  • Summary: The Sony DCRHC85 MiniDV camcorder really delivers for me. This metallic finish Camcorder is both a sleek design and easy to operate. This is a very user friendly Camcorder, just about anyone could take good quality footage or stills with this. It is, however, worth reading the manual, and learning how to operate the different shooting modes, as shooting everything on Easy mode will not necessarily give you the best results.
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Overall 10
10

Hits the right price point...

Marc Jacobs, Amazon
29 April 2004
  • Summary: I'm quite impressed with the new Sony DCR-HC85. I had been looking at some of the Panasonic 3CCD cameras in this price range as well as the Canon Optura Xi (which is a little more expensive). In the end I chose this camera for the following features: * very large (and sharp) CCD for the price * 0lux night shot mode, though somewhat gimmicky.
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Overall 10
10

I'm very happy I took the time to find a camcorder, so fine!

S. A. KEETON "Ivory:cranE", Amazon
24 April 2004
  • Summary: My mother had decided to buy a new camcorder, and gave me the privilege of finding it. After consulting not only Consumer Reports, but INFINITE reviews on INFINITE camcorders on INFINITE sites, I took a plethora of information and I found myself at a sound conclusion. I had discovered that Canon camcorders have the best picture, bar none.
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