Sony debuts first waterproof Handycam
If James Bond wanted to shoot video while vacationing, he might bring along something like Sony's fresh HDR-GW77V compact camcorder.
Set to debut around late May in Japan, Sony's first waterproof Handycam packs a cavalcade of features that would make nearly any similarly sized shooter blush in comparison.
Despite the small stature, the HDR-GW77V can go up to 16 feet under water (for up to an hour), survive a near 5-foot drop, and resist dust.
As for imaging specifics, the engineers at Sony packed a lot into a very little device, with buzz-worthy features such as 20.4-megapixel resolution, full 1080p (60fps) video capture up to 28Mbps, and 10x optical zoom. Other notable features in the tiny shooter (1.2-inch width and 4.15-inch height) include a pop-out 3-inch touch screen, 16GB internal storage (with option to expand via SDHC or Memory Stick Micro), panoramic photos, and a built-in GPS chip for geotagging photos.
No details about worldwide (or stateside) release for the 70,000-yen ($862) GW77V, but Sony played the similarly shapedaround the world in 2009, so we may see this elsewhere sometime this year.
Check out this neat video from Japanese gadget blog AV Watch that demonstrates a drop test on the GW77V: