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.
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.