Get a Sony Digital Camcorder for $120

04.10.2013 16:40

This is a wonderful little starter camcorder for families, kids, and clumsey people. 

by Mark Shapiro

Not only is it very affordable but the Sony DCR-SC85 captures good looking digital video (SD not HD). Easy to use with a variety of automatic modes, it offers a 60x optical zoom, zoom microphone, and a built in video light. The 16GB of included flash memory allows you to shoot for up to 12 hours in LP mode. It allows you to also record onto either a memory stick or a SD memeory card to increase recording time as well as allow you to fill up one card and then sub another. As long as you can afford memory cards, you will never have to erase your videos. It also includes the top of the line Sony SteadyShot that stabilizes your video images - very important when shooting without a tripod or when using a long zoom ratio.

One really cool item is the built in USB cable that hides inside of the hand strap when not in use. You no longer have to worry about losing or forgetting your transfer or power cables!


Get the Sony DCR-SX85 Camcorder form B&H for only $119  ($100 discount)






More Info

The silver Sony 16 GB DCR-SX85 Camcorder is a standard def cam with 16GB of internal flash memory, which can also accept available Memory Stick PRO Duo, Pro-HG Duo and SD / SDHC / SDXC media cards. The 16GB internal memory provides you approximately 12 hours of recording time in LP mode. Using the media cards allows you to extend your shooting times, while also being able to swap out cards as they become full and keep shooting without having to download the internal memory. 

At the heart of the SX85 there's a 1/8" Advanced Hyper HAD CCD imager, coupled to the 60x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar. The 3.0" touch panel LCD viewscreen allows you to view the image and control the camera as well. The camera features Face Detection for focus and image stabilization, as well as selectable white balance modes and scene modes to assist you in capturing your best image. The camcorder features an Intelligent Auto mode that automatically selects the optimum combination of automatic functions and modes. The built-in video light provides illumination for subjects up to 6 feet away.

When you're done shooting the included Picture Motion Browser software helps you to edit and organize your footage. PMB also gives you a hand uploading your footage to social media sites for sharing with the world, or burning them to a disk.

16GB Embedded Flash Memory
The built-in 16GB flash memory can record up to 12 hours of footage (LP mode).
70x Extended Zoom
Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 60x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining image quality. The camera also features a built-in 2000x digital zoom for extreme close-ups.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
The professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.
3.0" Touch Screen Clear Photo LCD Plus Display (230K)
The 3.0" touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus display provides exceptional viewing clarity with 230K pixels resolution. The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as providing sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The convenient touch panel allows easy access to menus and additional functionality such as spot focus and spot metering.
SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode
SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode increases the stabilizing effect of SteadyShot mode, for more stable video.
Intelligent Auto - 36 Different Scene Combinations Possible
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from seven distinct scene modes (36 different combinations possible): Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Macro, Portrait, and Tripod.
Dolby Digital Stereo Recording with Built-In Zoom Mic
The built-in zoom microphone focuses audio recording on your subjects with the camera's zoom lens, helping memories ring true with clear dialogue and crisp, discrete sounds.
Face Detection
The face detection feature automatically adjusts exposure for the subject's face.
Built-In LED Video Light
The DCR-SX85 features an LED light that can assist in low-light situations giving you more flexibility when capturing your video.
Built-In USB Cable for Easy File Transfer/Charge
The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer without having to remember separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it's out of the way until you need it.
Direct Copy to External HDD without PC
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your TV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder's handy playback features.
Includes Sony Picture Motion Browser Software
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD, as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites.
Auto Lens Cover
The automatic lens cover protects the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens from scratches during transport or while not in use by closing the lens cover automatically when the camera is shut off.
Film Roll / Face Index
The camcorder creates scene indexes at user specified display intervals. Combined with Face Index, which indexes your video footage according to the faces detected in each scene. When it's time to play back video, simply search for what you want by selecting from among the detected faces displayed in the index.
Media Card Slot
For convenient storage and sharing of your images and videos, the DCR-SX85 accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media and SD / SDHC / SDXC media (sold separately).