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Sony DCR-SR85

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Sony DCR-SR85

The Sony DCR-SR85 is a camcorder that utilizes the Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens with 35mm equivalent : 43-1075mm (4:3 Camera Mode), 41-1189mm (16:9 Camera Mode) focus length andn F1.8-3.2 aperture setting. It has 2000x digital zoom, 30 mm filter diameter, 2.5-62.5mm focus distance, full range auto / Manual (Touch Panel) focus, Progressive Shutter Mode, and Auto, 1/30 - 1/250 (Scene Selection Mode) shutter speed. The Sony DCR-SR85 features 25 x optical Zoom, a touch panel, a 2.7“ 1 wi…

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Sony DCR-SR85

The Sony DCR-SR85 is a camcorder that utilizes the Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens with 35mm equivalent : 43-1075mm (4:3 Camera Mode), 41-1189mm (16:9 Camera Mode) focus length andn F1.8-3.2 aperture setting. It has 2000x digital zoom, 30 mm filter diameter, 2.5-62.5mm focus distance, full range auto / Manual (Touch Panel) focus, Progressive Shutter Mode, and Auto, 1/30 - 1/250 (Scene Selection Mode) shutter speed. The Sony DCR-SR85 features 25 x optical Zoom, a touch panel, a 2.7“ 1 wide (16:9) hybrid touch panel LCD display (123k pixels), Audio/Video Remote Terminal, Analog Audio/Video Output, USB Port (2.0 compliant), S-Video Output and Active Interface Shoe. It comes bundled with Picture Motion Browser Ver.3.0.00, and has compatibility with Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional, XP Home, XP Professional, and Windows Vista. The camcorder supports SD (MPEG2) video format on NTSC color, EIA standards video colour standards. The Sony DCR-SR85 measures 3 x 3 1/8 x 4 1/2 inch (76.3x76.6x112.8mm) and weighs 14 oz (400 g) with battery.

Features

The Sony DCR-SR85 features a 1/6“ Advanced HAD™ CCD Imager, 680K Pixels (Gross) that provides detail and clarity with video (up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution) and still image performance. It also features 25X Optical/2000X Digital Zoom with Digital Zoom Interpolation so that extreme digital zooming has less distortion. The Sony DCR-SR85 also features a 2.7” Wide1 (16:9) Touch Panel Clear Photo LCD Plus™ Display (211K Pixels) that rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides detailed images for monitoring or playback. Other features on the Sony DCR-SR85 are Hybrid Recording to Hard Disk Drive or Memory Stick® Media that gives flexibility for transferring video footage and digital photos from the camcorder to compatible viewing devices. User can record to the camcorder's internal hard disk drive, or choose instead to record to removable Memory Stick Duo™ media or Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media. Users can select from various dubbing functions to copy video or still images from the hard disk drive to Memory Stick media without using a PC. Images recorded or transferred to Memory Stick media can then be played directly on a PS3 or PC to share your memories with friends and family. The Sony DCR-SR85 also features Quick On that returns the camcorder to active mode with the touch of a single button from Sleep mode. It also features built-in zoom microphone with 5.1ch recording featuring Dolby® Ditigal 5.1.

Review Summary

The DCR-SR85 The Positives.

  1. Small compact.

  2. Hard drive size is more than ample.

The Negatives.

  1. Std battery is useless, full charge give a total of about 45 mins recording providing you only open the screen a couple of times. ( suggest purchasing a

NP-FH100 battery, this will give about 400mins to 450mins)

  1. Difficult to see the screen due to a lot of reflection when filming out doors.

  2. Touch screen can be difficult to navigate.

  3. Microphone is subject to wind noise even in a small wind.

  4. Digital zoom is not as good as it could be.

  5. Night shot and Super night shot lack intensity.

  6. Auto focus seems to be a bit slow

In suming up, I am personally dissapointed in the DCR-SR85 camera, my previous one was a Sony DCR-TRV140E (Hi8 tape, excellent zoom and clear digital zoom, view finder that can be used if LCD screen has too much reflection and excellent battery life). The areas that the DCR-SR85 lets you down were not as prevelent as my earlier camera. Finaly, I will also be taking my old camera with me on my next trip, to complement the areas where the DCR-SR85 doesn't cut it.

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