All about HDR-GW77V – Sony’s new waterproof Handycam


Sony has brought forth a new camera in Japan, and its up for sale in that place. The camera is called the Sony HDR-GW77V Handycam. The device is apparently based on the similar handycam model GW77VE which has been selling from the European stores since March this year. The GW77V is claimed to be a waterproof handycam and is also the first waterproof handycam which has been brought forth in Japan. Read on for a detailed review.


The Sony HDR-GW77V Handycam will use a 4.6 mm1/3.91 type Exmor R CMOS sensor which is back-illuminated, and also a Sony G lens which has got 10x optical zoom. The digital zoom is also higher, and it is 120x.

Now, talking of the similar devices Sony HDR-GW77V Handycam and GW77VE, there is one major difference between the two. The Sony HDR-GW77V Handycam will shoot or record videos in a NTSC quality of 1080 / 60p, though GW77VE records in a PAL quality of 1080 / 50p. Thus, the new device seems to be more appealing in terms of quality of video recording.


Now, the internal memory being accompanied by Sony HDR-GW77V Handycam is 16 GB, which seems to be very less and will take no time to fill, as because full HD video recording is being done. Moreover, the device is lacking an optical viewfinder. The device is supplied with a 3-inch touchscreen, which shall be very useful in adding frames to pictures. There is a special hinge provided which will enable you to rotate and slide open the panel.

Thus, the device will enable you to take 20.4 MP photos and 20 MP videos, in modes such as Smile Shutter, Swing Paranoma, and Scene selection. Moreover, the device has reasonable resistance to shock, approximately 1.5 metres drops.

Pricing and availability:

The Sony HDR-GW77V Handycam will be available for sales from May 25, 2012, and shall be accompanied by a price tag of 70,000 Yen, which will be approximately 652 Euros, or $860. The color options which will be available include silver, blue and black, and shall also e accompanied with matching colored pouches.