(photos: Sony) Sony HDR-GW77V Handycam Camcorder | US$700.00 | www.sony.com
we are a population with an obsession to shoot still images and video footages wherever we go. the popularity of video hosting services such as YouTube and Vimeo is a testament to that unexplainable love. such obsessive habit brings about certain amount of risk like exposure to water and accidental impact that we may inflict on our fragile imaging devices. in view of such risks and also our extended need to shoot images or videos beyond our natural domain such as underwater environment, we will need a rugged video camera like the Sony HDR-GW77V Handycam Camcorder. it is a first Handycam for Sony that is not only waterproof but also dust- and shockproof. it is capable of submerging down to 16 feet (4.9 meters) in water and can withstand accidental drop from up to approximately 5 feet (1.5 meters). equipped with a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor for low-noise footage even in low light condition and professional G-lens with 29.8mm focal length, the GW77V features full HD video recording, 20.4-megapixel still imaging, 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD touchscreen that is fully functionally when submerged, Intelligent Sweep Panorama still photography, 10x optical zoom, 16GB of internal Flash memory (expandable via Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD or SDHC card), and built-in GPS receiver and NAVTEQ maps. the Sony HDR-GW77V Handycam Camcorder is slated to hit the stores later this month with a sticker of around $700. a few more look at Sony’s first waterproof Handycam after the break.