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Sony Handycam DCR SR85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 137 reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR85. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the size and price are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good views, but there are some less positive views about the control panel and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

viewfinder, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam DCR SR85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 user reviews of Sony Handycam DCR SR85 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the size and image quality are generally positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the control panel and viewfinder.

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viewfinder, control panel

86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-SR85 1MP 60GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 25x Optical ZoomSony DCR-SR85 1MP 60GB Hard Drive Handycam Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Good Gear (

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The Sony DCR-SR85 is a good quality mid-range camcorder that easily matches any standard-def model in its price range. If you're determined to ignore the HD boom, you could certainly do a lot worse than this.

60GB hard drive, decent specs for the asking price, memory stick slot, beginner-friendly touch screen interface

Poor stills mode, struggles under low lighting

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

Sony Handycam DCR-SR85


If you don't want to, need to, or simply can't shell out a couple hundred dollars more for an HD camcorder, the Sony Handycam DCR-SR85 delivers decent SD video and copious recording time.

Lightweight, compact design ; 60GB of storage ; Also records video to Memory Stick cards ; Responsive touchscreen ; Simple operation

Overpriced for what it delivers ; No optical image stabilisation

Conclusion Overall, the Sony Handycam DCR-SR85 is a good camcorder. Its 60GB of storage means you can more than likely take it on a vacation without worrying about running out of space. Plus you can save video and stills to Memory Stick Pro Duo cards...

Oct, 2008

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR85


I saw one on special in a store and found that the picture wasn't very sharp on it's display stand.

Reasonable storage

Picture not very sharp

Apr, 2009

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Sony Handycam DCR-SR85


A very good camcorder. I bought this in Sydney (after looking for the right one). It has very good quality, enough hard drive space and night shot.

It has high quality video (even on a HD TV), 60GB of hard drive space (about 14 hours on high quality) and night shot (for taking videos during night). Nice "Let's Enjoy Video" DVD

The software that comes with it could be better

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing: Yes


Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: No
LANC or Control-L port: Yes
Line-In Audio: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
S-Video Output: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Screen Resolution:123000 pixels
Screen Size:2.7 inch
Screen Type:LCD

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Progressive Photo
Effective Pixels:0.69 Megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: Yes
Total MegaPixels:1.07 Megapixels


Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-F3.2
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:2000 x
Filter Size:30.0 mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv):43-1075 mm
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):2.5-62.5 mm
Manual Focus: Yes
Night Shot: Yes
Optical Zoom:25 x
Shutter speeds:1/30-1/250 seconds
White Balance:Auto, Outdoor, Indoor, One-push


Dimensions (HxWxD):76.6x76.3x112.8 mm
Weight:400 grams

Power source

Battery Type:InfoLithium


Miscellaneous:SteadyShot Image Stabilization


Sensor Size:1/6 inch
Sensor Type:CCD


Built-in Memory: Yes
Built-in Storage Size:60.0 GB
Extra Memory Support: Yes


HDV Recording: No
Recording Format:Hard Drive / Memory Stick
Recording System:NTSC
Video Resolution:720x480