Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Input and Output Notes
Software and Computer Information
Internal 16 GB Flash Memory: The Sony DCR-SX85 has an internal
16 GB flash memory which will allow you to record video and still images. Because a
portion of the flash memory is used for system management and/or application files, the
actual media capacity is approximately 15.5 GB.
Memory Card Slot: In addition to the built-in 16 GB flash memory, the
camcorder has a slot for a memory card. You can record video and photos onto
Memory Stick PRO Duo and PRO-HG Duo cards up to 32 GB in capacity, as well as
Class 2 or faster SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards up to 64 GB. Memory cards of 512 MB or larger are
recommended for recording video.
3" Touch Panel LCD Screen: The 3" touch
panel LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution.
The high resolution 230,400-dot (960 x 240) LCD screen rotates up to 270
degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp and detailed images for
monitoring or playback. In addition, the touch panel LCD allows you to navigate through the menu
system by touching the LCD screen. The LCD also features an adjustable
brightness and color level. You can
also power on this camcorder by simply opening its LCD display.
Note: This camcorder does
not include a separate viewfinder.
Imaging Device: The DCR-SX85 features an advanced 1/8" (2.25mm) CCD imaging sensor with
680,000 gross pixels. The 410,000 effective video pixels provide excellent detail and clarity. The
470,000 effective still pixels in
4:3 and 410,000 effective still pixels in 16:9 mode provide exceptional digital
still photography performance.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens: The camcorder features a
professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens designed specifically for compact camcorders.
Zoom: The camcorder has a
Optical Zoom (70x extended optical zoom) for bringing your subject up close. Combined with the digital
zoom of approximately 33.3x, the total zoom capability is 2000x. Because the digital zoom
processes the image digitally, the picture quality deteriorates the more you zoom in. The
power zoom lever can be moved slightly for a slow zoom, or moved further for a
Note: When SteadyShot is set to Active, the optical zoom
is limited to 60x.
SteadyShot Picture Stabilization: SteadyShot picture stabilization system uses motion sensors to remove unwanted
picture shake without compromising picture quality like some other digital
stabilization systems. You can choose between Standard SteadyShot, Active
SteadyShot, or Off.
Face Detection: The camcorder's Face Detection technology
recognizes faces and optimizes the camera settings for videos and still photos.
Videos and photos recorded using Face Detection are indexed according to the
faces detected in each scene. This allows you to search for what you want by
selecting the faces displayed in the index.
Focus Modes: The Sony Handycam DCR-SX85 features Manual,
Auto Focus, Spot Focus, and Tele Macro modes:
- Manual Focus: With manual focus, you can manually
adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel. Manual focusing
also allows you to control the focus in difficult situations where either
the environment or the subject does not allow the camcorder's auto focus to
perform optimally, such as when shooting through a window or in a crowded
- Auto Focus: You can also select automatic focusing.
When using autofocus, you can choose to focus on a subject in the center of
the screen or with Spot Focus, focus on an off-centered object.
- Spot Focus: You can select and adjust the focal point to aim it
at a subject not located at the center of the screen.
- Tele Macro: This feature is useful when shooting small
subjects, such as flowers or insects. You can blur out backgrounds and the
subject stands out clearer. You can recorded subjects as close as 15 inches
in Tele-Macro mode.
Spot Meter: You can adjust and fix the exposure to the subject, so that it is recorded in
suitable brightness even when there is strong contrast between the subject and
the background, such as subjects in the spotlight on a stage.
Exposure Modes: The Sony Handycam DCR-SX85 features the following Exposure Modes:
- Scene Selection Modes: The following Scene Selection modes are available to suit your specific shooting requirements:
maintains the darkening atmosphere
of the distant surroundings in twilight scenes
- Candle: maintains the dim atmosphere of a candlelit
maintains the atmosphere of
situations such as sunset and sunrises
- Fireworks: select to record all the splendor
- Landscape: allows you to shot distant subject
brings out the subject such as
people or flowers while creating a soft background
- Spotlight: prevents people's faces from
appearing excessively white when subjects are lit by strong light
- Sports: helps minimize shake when shooting fast
prevents people's faces from appearing dark in strong light or reflected light
- Snow: help with shooting in very bright white
- Auto: Select this mode to automatically record pictures
effectively without the preset scene select modes.
- Manual Adjust: Similar to exposure compensation, you
can manually adjust the brightness when the subject is too bright or too
White Balance Adjustment: Sets the color balance to the brightness of the recording environment.
Your choices are:
Auto: The white balance is adjusted automatically.
Outdoor: The white balance is adjusted for the following conditions: Outdoors, night views, neon signs and fireworks, sunrise, sunsets, under daylight fluorescent lamps.
Indoor: The white balance is adjusted for the following conditions: Indoors, party scenes and studios where lighting conditions change quickly, and under the video lamps or
incandescent-like color lamps.
One Push: The white balance will be adjusted according to the present ambient light.
Back Light: You can use the
Backlight function to adjust the exposure for backlit subjects.
Guideframe: The Guideframe displays a frame
and grid around your subject and allows you to check the horizontal and
Data Code Function: The camcorder automatically records time codes along with the images you shoot,
so you can display the date and time during playback or editing.
Protect: You can protect movies and photos to avoid deleting them by
Power On By LCD: You can set the camcorder to automatically
power on when you open the LCD, and turn off when you close the LCD.
Lens Cap: The built-in lens cap opens automatically when the
camcorder is turned on.
Video Recording: The Sony DCR-SX85 has a 16 GB built-in
flash memory, and supports Memory Stick PRO Duo
and SD/SDHC/SDXC media (sold separately) for recording video. The camcorder records
at a resolution of 720 x 480 pixels with Dolby Digital 2-channel audio using the
built-in microphone. You can select a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio for your video
recordings. You have three choices of video recording resolution quality: HQ,
SP, and LP. The approximate recording time for each recording mode is:
Built-in Flash Memory
|3 hrs 55 min
||5 hrs 40 min
||11 hrs 55 min
|7 hrs 45 min
||11 hrs 10 min
||23 hrs 25 min
Movie Dubbing: You can dub movies recorded on the internal
flash memory to an inserted memory card within the camcorder without
the use of a PC or other external dubbing device.
Fader Modes: You can record a transition between scenes, using a white fader or a black fader.
Built-In Zoom Mic: The built-in Zoom Microphone allows you
to record sound with directivity as you move the power zoom lever. The
camcorder's microphone level can be set to Low or Normal.
Film Roll Index: Like chapters in a book, Film Roll Index helps you easily find desired scenes in video footage. When using this feature, the camcorder
previews the beginning of scenes and can create scene indexes set at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12
seconds and 1 or 5 minutes).
Create Playlist: You can create
a playlist of your favorite videos for playback using the internal flash memory or
optional memory card. A Playlist is a list showing
thumbnails of the movies that you have previously recorded and selected. The
original movies are not modified even though you edit or delete the movies in
Divide Movies: The Divide
Movies feature allows you to divide movies on the internal flash memory of the
camcorder or on an inserted memory card. You cannot restore movies once they are divided.
Digital Still Camera Features
Digital Still Image Recording: The DCR-SX85 can record still
images on either the unit's built-in 16 GB flash memory or on an optional memory
card (sold separately). Still images are recorded on the internal flash memory in the
Image Resolution: Still images are recorded in the following
resolutions: 640 x 480 (4:3) or 640 x 360 (16:9).
Capturing Still Images From Video: You can capture still images from
recorded video onto the internal flash memory or an optional memory card. The image size
is fixed depending upon the aspect ratio of the movie: 0.2M (640 x 360) in 16:9
or 0.3M (640 x 480) in 4:3. The recording date and time of the captured photos
is the same as the recording date and time of the movie. If there is no data
code on the movie, the recording date and time will be the date/time you
captured the photo from the video.
Copying Still Images: You
can copy still images from the camcorder's internal flash memory to an
inserted memory card within the camcorder.
This feature allows you to record a still image about 10 seconds after the "Photo" button is depressed.
Slide Show: You can
automatically play back images stored on the DCR-SX85's internal flash memory or from a memory
card in a slide-show fashion.
Battery: This unit comes with an
NP-FV30 InfoLithium battery. The InfoLithium system exchanges data about its
actual power consumption with the camcorder for a more accurate estimate of
recording time available. Cold temperatures will increase battery consumption. The DCR-SX85 is compatible with Sony InfoLithium
Auto Shut Off: When powered by the battery the camcorder can be set to turn off automatically
if not used for 5 minutes.
Input and Output Notes
A/V Output: This
camcorder features a proprietary Audio/Video connection for use with the
supplied A/V connecting cable for displaying the camcorder's contents on your
television. You can
change the aspect ratio of the camcorder's video output from 16:9 or 4:3
according to the screen aspect ratio of your TV.
You can also choose to display the camcorder's information, such as the time code on the screen of your TV during playback from the camcorder. The supplied A/V cable has a proprietary plug on one end
and male stereo RCA audio and RCA composite video connections on the other end. An optional A/V connecting cable with S-Video is also available.
USB Port: The
a mini-USB Ver.2.0 jack for connecting to a PC via the supplied USB cable. Connecting the to a PC via USB allows the computer to access the
information on the camcorder's internal hard disk drive. You will be able to download still images and
video files to your computer. This will also allow you to back up the files recorded on the
internal flash memory onto a
DVD. You can edit and save your video files onto your computer, then make DVDs
of them using the supplied Picture Motion Browser software.
The camcorder can also be used as an external storage
device, convenient for archiving, storing and transporting your videos and still
Memory Card Slot: The camcorder features a memory card slot for recording
video or still images using Memory Stick Pro Duo or SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.
DC In Jack: The DC In Jack
is for use with the supplied AC adapter and charger.
Software and Computer Information
Included Software: The included
software allows you to transfer images and video from the
camcorder to a computer hard drive and view and store transferred
images/videos. The supplied CD-ROM includes:
- Picture Motion Browser Ver.5.3
- Handycam Handbook
- Product Registration
Picture Motion Browser Software: You can enjoy the following functions after installing the supplied Picture Motion Browser Software to your PC:
- Creating a disc
- Importing images to a computer.
- Viewing and editing imported images
- Uploading movies and photos to websites
Computer Requirements for Picture Motion Browser (Windows Only):
Windows XP SP3
(64-bit editions and
Starter editions are not supported)
Windows Vista SP2
(Starter editions are not supported)
Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or
256 MB or more
Disk volume required for installation: 500 MB
(5 GB or more may be
necessary for creating DVD discs)
1024 x 768 or higher
DirectX 9.0c or later
(This product is based on DirectX technology.
It is necessary to have DirectX installed)
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed port
CD-ROM drive (for installation)