Compact Camcorder


Advanced Optical 78X Zoom with OIS

33mm Wide-angle Lens

Intelligent Auto with AE/AF Tracking

SpecificationsExpand All

    • MEDIA
    • Records Onto
    • Recording Format
    • LENS
    • Image Sensor (Total)
    • Image Sensor (Effective)
    • Total Pixels
    • F Value
    • Optical Zoom
    • Digital Zoom
    • Enhanced Optical Zoom
    • Focal Length
    • 35mm Film Camera Equivalent
    • Lens Type
    • CAMERA
    • Image Stabilizer
    • Still Picture Recording:4:3
    • Still Picture Recording:16:9
    • Shutter Speed: Motion Image
    • Shutter Speed: Still Image
    • Minimum Illumination
    • Standard Illumination
    • Focus
    • White Balance
    • Iris
    • Backlight Compensation
    • LCD Monitor
    • Simultaneous Recording
    • Creating Still Picture from Motion Picture
    • Microphone
    • Speaker
    • On-Screen Display Language
    • Media Remaining Indication
    • Signal System
    • Video Recording Format
    • Recording Mode
    • Audio Recording System
    • Still Picture
    • DPOF
    • JACKS
    • USB
    • AV
    • AC Adaptor
    • AV Cable
    • USB Cable
    • Rechargeable Battery Pack
    • Included Software
    • Power Supply
    • Power Consumption
    • Dimensions (H x W x D) inches
    • Weight (lbs)
    • Weight (w/o Battery)
    • Dimension (W x H x D)
    • AC Cable
    • DC Cable
    • UPC


SDR-H85A is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Software for SDR-H85 I saw the following comment from a Jan 2017 review. "This was fine until our PC died. The new PC is Win 10 and won't load the old software, and the link on Panasonic's site to download software doesn't work. So now we can't share our videos". I cannot download videos at all. What is Panasonic's current position on this? It is a major game changer with this camera.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great camera - not so great software We've owned ours for over 3 years and used it extensively. It does a great job of recording - our only negative being that it does not do as well as some in a moving vehicle. It does a great job both indoors and outdoors otherwise, and we have used it many times to record school concerts and plays from the back of a darkened auditorium with wonderful results. The camera connects readily to a PC and pops up like any external storage device so you can copy photos on or off easily. Our major negative is that video recordings on the disk are not in a standard format so they can be copied directly onto other devices (like a PC) and played. They must first be imported via Panasonic's software and then saved off in a usable format. This was fine until our PC died. The new PC is Win 10 and won't load the old software, and the link on Panasonic's site to download software doesn't work. So now we can't share our videos. All would have been averted if the camera recorded MP4's like the advertising says it does. And then the review would have been a perfect 5!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sdr-h85 panasonic video camera is good.one problem in camera display always show maximum yellow.
Date published: 2011-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Standard Camcorder Ease of use, no need to convert MPEG format, Great
Date published: 2010-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camcorder for everyday life User friendly, inexpensive, great size and weight
Date published: 2010-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from
Date published: 2010-05-22
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Owner's Manuals
  • Does software come with this camcorder?
    HD Writer VE 2.0 You can copy the motion/still picture data to the HDD of PCs or write to media such as Blu-ray discs, DVD discs or SD cards using HD Writer VE 2.0, which is the software installed in the supplied CD-ROM. Refer to the operating instructions of HD Writer VE 2.0 (PDF file) for details on how to use it.
  • Are there drivers available for Windows 7 or 8?
    No, there are no drivers for Windows 7 or Windows 8.
  • If I turn the camcorder upside down , I hear rattling noise is this normal?
    This rattling noise is the Optical image stabilization sensor which assists with reduces any handshake while recording. This is normal.
  • How do I clean my camcorder?
    Before cleaning, detach the battery or pull out the AC adaptor from the AC outlet, and then wipe the product with a dry soft cloth.
Consumer Product Support and Technical Assistance
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