The Sony HDR-GW77V Handycam isn’t just waterproof – it’s also shockproof and, more importantly, dustproof. That means dropping it in the sand shouldn’t spell doom for your new camcorder. In addition to being waterproof up to 16 feet, the camcorder has an underwater mode which adjusts the white balance for better quality video.
On the spec side, the HDR-GW77V Handycam can take 20.4 MP stills and can record full HD video. There’s a 3” LCD touchscreen which is also usable underwater, and the back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor improves performance, particularly in low-light conditions. Extended Zoom improves optical zoom from 10x to 17x, without sacrificing image quality, and Intellignet Sweep Panaroma allows users to press one button and carefully turn the camcorder to capture a quality panoramic shot. Optical SteadyShot should account for any unsteadiness in the hand while making those sweeping shots. The Sony G lens promises to ensure professional-grade performance.
Geotagging comes by way of a built-in GPS receiver and NAVTEQ maps. The camcorder comes with 16 GB on-board Flash memory, as well.
There’s no doubt that the Sony HDR-GW77V Handycam will be a high-powered, beach-friendly companion this summer, but it won’t come cheap. The rugged, mobile powerhouse will sell for $700 when it becomes available in stores later this month.