Sony is introducing its new waterproof camcorder called the [easyazon-link asin=”B00863R37G” locale=”us”]Sony Handycam HDR-GW77V[/easyazon-link] just in time for summer. The HDR-GW77V records videos in a high quality format called AVCHD which is the current standard in high end recorders. It has the capability of recording in 1080p, although lower resolutions are also possible. An 20.4 megapixel EXMOR BSI sensor, which is capable of 17x optical zoom, provides the imaging system for the device.
The camera can withstand depths of up to 16 feet, and even allows users to make use of touchscreen functions in this environment. Speaking of its touchscreen, this device is equipped with a 3″ 921k pixels display. In addition, a sophisticated White Balance system is able to compute for the right underwater balance, making photos appear as natural as possible. Built-in flash enables users to enhance images or add lighting especially in dark underwater locations. It also has a shock-proof feature that can endure as much as a five feet drop.
For the regular travelers or simply those who are fans of Geo-tagging, the device is capable of this feature. A built-in integrated GPS and NAVTEQ maps enable users to embed the exact location where they shot the video. This feature is furthermore useful for users who need to manage many files, and since underwater files appear similar, Geo-tagging facilitates categorizing the data.
Users are allotted only 16 GB of internal storage on the Sony HDR-GW77V. However, since this doesn’t amount to much when HD videos are taken, users have the option of expanding the storage through SD, SDHC, or Sony MemoryStick cards.
For these specifications, Sony is selling the device for $700. The price seems too much considering that there are other waterproof video cameras that cost much less. Sony, it seems, appears to be banking on the high video quality that the camera offers to justify the price tag.
Interested consumers may avail of the product during the latter part of this month.
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