80GB HDD Camcorder
Advanced Optical Zoom 78 x with Optical Image Stabilisation (O.I.S.)
33mm Wide-Angle Lens
Intelligent Auto: Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Contrast Control, Advanced O.I.S., and AF/AE Tracking
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Compatible
Enhanced Optical 78x Zoom with Advanced O.I.S. and new Active Mode
Despite their small size, these new camcorder models are equipped with an incredible 70x optical zoom lens, incorporating high quality optics as well as an Enhanced Optical 78x Zoom function that uses the effective area of the CCD to further extend their zooming power at the wide-angle setting. The user can capture beautiful images of sweeping landscapes and pull in distant subjects for impressive close-ups.
To combat the effects of hand-shake, which becomes increasingly noticeable at the high magnification zoom range, Panasonic has incorporated Advanced O.I.S to suppress hand-shake and provide clear zoom shots without degradation. The Advanced O.I.S uses gyrosensors to detect and correct hand-shake at a rate of 4,000 times per second. This superb correction performance is critical for a high zoom lens and provides smooth, steady images while zooming, without any loss of quality. Plus, the addition of a new Active Mode produces clear, sharp images even when shooting while walking.
33mm Wide-Angle Lens
The 33mm wide-angle setting is especially convenient when shooting video indoors or in tight spaces. It makes it possible to shoot at a close distance from the subject while fitting both the subject and the surrounding area into the frame. As the operator is able to be physically closer to the subject, the voice of the subject can be clearly recorded, which is an important aspect in video recordings. The new wide-angle setting allows users to capture beautiful, wide landscapes and large groups of people in the frame, making it highly versatile in all kinds of situations.
The SDR-H85 records a large volume of movie data onto its hard disk drive (HDD) and memory card. The built-in 80-GB HDD stores up to 74.5 hours (in LP mode) and when combined with a 64-GB SDXC Memory Card (optional), the camcorder provides an additional recording time of up to 60.5 hours (in LP mode). The SDR-H85 has exceptional reliability, made possible by the SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card which requires no drive mechanism, combined with an Anti-Shock Shield that helps protect the built-in HDD from the effects of external impact. With its extended recording times and rugged design, this model is ideal for shooting lengthy events or for taking on the road.
Intelligent Auto with new AF/AE Trackingand Intelligent Contrast Control
The Intelligent Auto (iA) function, which automatically selects the most suitable shooting mode, has evolved even further. It now includes an AF/AE Tracking feature that tracks a moving subject to ensure that it continues to be recorded in optimal focus and exposure settings, even if the subject moves or turns to one side. This keeps the AF/AE settings constantly optimised for sharp, clear images of a moving subject.
Alongside the new iA AF/AE Tracking, a new Intelligent Contrast Control feature that automatically adjusts brightness to maintain the best possible contrast, has also been added to the five advanced functions from previous models, including Face Detection, Advanced O.I.S., and Intelligent Scene Selector. Each is activated as required by simply pressing the iA button to capture beautiful images under virtually all shooting situations.
A new feature in 2010, Wind Noise Canceller automatically isolates and suppresses wind noise only, to help ensure natural ambient sounds and voices are still recorded.