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Sony 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (White)

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Product Highlights
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080/60p Video Recording
  • Up to 20.4-Megapixel Still Image Capture
  • Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • Waterproof Down to 16.4' (5 m)
  • Impact Resistant Up to 4.9' (1.5 m) Drop
  • Sony G Lens with 10x Optical Zoom
  • Xtra Fine 3" LCD Touch Panel (921K)
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Micro HDMI Output & Micro USB 2.0 Port
  • Memory Card Slot & 16GB Flash Storage

The portable, rugged and durable Sony 16GB HDR-GW77V Full HD Flash Memory Camcorder (White) puts full 1920 x 1080p high def recording and 16GB of internal memory right in the palm of your hand. It's waterproof down to about 16' (5 m) and impact resistant from a fall of up to 4.9' (1.5 m). The camcorder provides numerous features and functions, not to mention the stunning detail of progressive high definition. Your memories will look beautiful on your HDTV or HD monitor.

Helping the GW77V take those gorgeous HD videos is the camera's "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, otherwise known as the heart of the camera. Back-illuminated, this sensor has superb low light capabilities for capturing readable images even in dimly lit situations. In addition to the sensor, features like the Sony G lens, a 3" touch screen LCD display, Optical Image Stabilization with Active Mode and 10x optical zoom with 17x extended zoom also play key roles in preserving all the activities and moments you choose to capture with the GW77V.

Besides these core tools, the camcorder also comes equipped with a number of user-friendly shooting controls. These controls help take the guesswork out of filming, allowing you to focus on the moment and not futzing with the camera's settings. Such functions include Smile Shutter, Face Detection continuous auto focus. Of course when you're done shooting is when the real work begins and Sony provides editing software with the GW77V for making the most of your videos. When you're done styling your masterpiece, the software will also help you to upload your videos to the Internet for sharing on sites like Facebook and YouTube.

1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording & Playback
High-definition 1920 x 1080 resolution lets you record all your experiences in exceptional Sony Full HD quality. Plus, the camcorder is capable of 1080/60p HD playback via HDMI and a compatible HDTV - providing stunning clarity and incredible detail when viewing your footage
1/3.9" Back-Illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS Sensor
A 1/3.9" "Exmor R" CMOS image sensor delivers bright, vivid, and spectacularly detailed video footage, as well as three-megapixel still images. The back-illumination delivers stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the "Exmor R" sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions
3" LCD Display
The 3" LCD display provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The display rotates for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The convenient touch panel allows easy access to menus and additional functionality such as brightness adjustment and guide frame
Impact Resistant & Waterproof Design
The camcorder supports impact resistance and waterproof performance. It's impact resistant from drops up to 4.9' (1.5 m) and waterproof down to a depth of 16.4' (5 m). You can shoot for up to 60 minutes at this depth without having to worry about water damage. You'll be able to shoot with confidence - even in a sudden rain storm
Compact & Lightweight Camera
Condensed into a compact and lightweight body that weighs about 6.6 oz, the compact frame is easy to carry and perfect for travel. Plus, with a vertical design, you'll be able to easily hold the camera in your right or left hand
16GB Embedded Flash Memory
The built-in 16GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to six hours of high definition video footage
Optical Image Stabilization with Active Mode
Optical Image Stabilization with Active Mode represents the next step forward in Sony image stabilization technology. Active Mode improves on existing SteadyShot image stabilization by allowing the camera to compensate for greater degrees of camera shake and deliver a stunning level of image smoothness. It supports three directions of camera shake and even stabilizes the image while zooming in up to 3x magnification
Wide Angle G Lens to Capture More of What You Want
Experience the pinnacle of Sony lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, it features a composite aspherical lens coating to significantly reduce unwanted reflections and it delivers brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. In addition, the 29.8 mm focal length in Photo and Video Modes offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting
17x Extended Zoom
In addition to the 10x optical zoom, the camcorder features a 17x extended zoom which affords beautifully smooth close-ups - even in HD. The camera also supports 120x digital zoom
Progressive Recording
The camcorder features progressive recording, which yields about twice the information as interlaced recording. This results in a more vivid and rich video recording
Smile Shutter Technology for Still & Dual Capture
Smile Shutter technology lets the camcorder automatically take still photos when your subject smiles, even while shooting high-definition video. You can also set the sensitivity and choose child, adult, or auto priority
Face Detection Technology with Face Priority
Face Priority allows the camcorder to optimize focus, color, exposure and Smile Shutter technology for the face you prioritize. Just touch the preferred face on the LCD display and the camcorder will assign it priority - even if it leaves and returns to the frame
Focus Track Continuous Focus
Focus Track is for following fast moving objects, like pets and vehicles, without losing focus on the subject of the shot
Dual Recording
When you press the Photo button while shooting a movie, you can record a maximum equivalent of 20.4MP photos at the same time as you record Full HD video. This feature also facilitates Smile Shutter Function, which automatically snaps a picture of a smiling face when shooting video
Self-Portrait Function
The face detection function can automatically sense your image in the frame and snap a photo using the self-portrait mode and timer
Smooth Slow Recording
Smooth Slow Record mode increases the record rate from 60 frames per second (fps) to 240 fps, allowing you to capture three seconds of fast motion and play the video back in 12 seconds. This is a great tool for analyzing a golf swing or a viewing a bird in flight. You can even record an audio track to narrate the Smooth Slow video footage
GPS Function & Time Update
You can use the GPS function to record the location at the exact time you shoot a video or take a picture. The Time Update feature will automatically update the time when traveling overseas or in different time zones
Built-In Flash
The camcorder is equipped with a built-in flash and auto flash mode, which decides if there is not enough light and a flash is required
Charge via AC Adapter or USB
You can charge the camcorder using the included AC adapter or you can charge it by connecting it to a USB charging port on a computer or power supply
Browse Events
Camera organizes shots automatically in conjunction with date, time and location (GPS mode must be turned on during shooting for location to be a organizing tool). You can preview clips on the 3" LCD display and organize them by subject or title
Highlight Playback with Highlight Scenario Playback
With Highlight Playback, your camcorder automatically creates short movies by identifying and compiling key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. In addition, Highlight Scenario lets you save up to eight of these movies for later playback
Dolby Digital Stereo Recording with Built-In Zoom Microphone
The Dolby Digital stereo recording with built-in zoom microphone focuses audio recording on your subjects with the camera's zoom lens. This delivers clear dialogue and crisp, discrete sounds
Personalized Menu System
The camcorder's user-friendly interface uses touch screen technology to allow users to scroll through menus quickly and easily and even create a personalized "My Menu" to bring together the functions they use most. This means you can spend more time shooting what you love and less time scrolling through menus and folders
Face Index Function
Face Index makes it easier than ever to find and play back the right video scene. Using Face Detection Technology, Face Index catalogs your video footage according to the faces detected in each scene. When it's time to watch your clips, simply search for what you want by selecting from among the detected faces displayed in the index
Film Roll Index
Like chapters in a book, Film Roll Index helps you easily find desired scenes in video footage. When using this feature, the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and can create scene markers set at specified display intervals of 3, 6 or 12 seconds, as well as at 1 or 5 minutes
Media Card Slot
For convenient storage and sharing of your images and video clips, the camcorder accepts memory cards including the Memory Stick Micro and micro SD/SDHC cards (all sold separately)
BIONZ Image Processor
The BIONZ Image Processor works in conjunction with the "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for pristine imaging. It provides Data Noise Reduction, faster image processing and data compression to preserve videos and images. The BIONZ Image Processor also enables Face Detection Technology and Sony's Dynamic Range Optimizer for both video and still image capture. The higher processing speed is what makes Dual Recording possible as well
Micro HDMI Output
HDMI transmits uncompressed audio and video digital streams between your camcorder and a compatible HDTV. This delivers Full HD 1080p playback and crystal clear video, as well as audio signals
Micro USB 2.0 Interface
The camcorder's high-speed micro USB 2.0 port affords an easy way to connect it to a compatible PC for fast transfer of video and still images for editing and sharing
PlayMemories Home Software
PlayMemories Home software affords a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort and view your video and still footage on your compatible PC. Plus, multiple output options let you burn your clips to DVD, AVCHD DVD and Blu-ray Disc media, as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites
Camera
Sensor 5.4 Megapixel 1/3.9"  CMOS 1
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Back-Illuminated Exmor R Sensor

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Optics
Lens 29.8 - 298 mm (16: 9)
36.3 - 363 mm (4: 3)
f/1.8 - 3.4 2
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Sony G Lens

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Zoom Optical: 10x
Enhanced (Optical): 17x
Digital: 120x
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media Internal Flash Memory 16GB Video/Image
Memory Stick PRO, microSD/SDHC   3
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Memory Stick Micro

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Recording Time Internal Flash Memory GB
16GB (28 Mbps): 60 min
16GB (24 Mbps): 75 min
16GB (17 Mbps): 100 min
16GB (9 Mbps): 180 min
16GB (5 Mbps): 315 min
Video Format High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps
1440 x 1080i / 60 fps
Standard Definition
MPEG2
720 x 480i / 60 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 20.4 Megapixel, 6016 x 3384
JPEG: 15.3 Megapixel, 4512 x 3384
JPEG: 10 Megapixel, 4224 x 2376
JPEG: 5 Megapixel, 2592 x 1944
JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080
JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo 4
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Dolby Digital

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Display
Display Type LCD 5
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Brightness Adjustment & Guide Frame

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Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3.0" 6
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(7.6 cm)

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2nd Display
Features
Image Stabilization Optical 7
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Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode

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Lux 6 (Shutter Speed: 1/60)
3 (Shutter Speed: 1/30)
Built-in Mic Yes 8
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Zoom Microphone

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Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - Yes
Accessory Shoe None
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x HDMI D (Micro)
1x USB Micro-B 2.0 Hi-Speed
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
General
Languages Not Specified By Manufacturer
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP3)
    Vista (SP2)
    7
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 960mAh 9
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2.3W Power Consumption (LCD Display in Use)

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Power Adapter 100-240VAC
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.3 x 4.2 x 2.8" / 3.2 x 10.6 x 7.0 cm
Weight 6.63 oz / 188 g without battery
7.76 oz / 220 g with battery
Sony 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (White)
  • NP-BG1 Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • HDMI (Micro) Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • PlayMemories Home Lite Built-In Software (PC Only)
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Sony16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Black)
     
    4.4

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (14)
    • Great picture quality (13)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Image stabilization (11)
    • Large clear LCD (11)

    Cons

    • No external mic input (5)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (9)
    • Travel (9)
    • Low light (7)
    • HD shooting (6)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (8), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great for Spontaneous Family/Pet Videos

    I use the camcorder for spontaneous family and pet videos and to take along when we travel. I live on a river and do a lot of kayaking and canoeing, so wanted something that...Read complete review

    I use the camcorder for spontaneous family and pet videos and to take along when we travel. I live on a river and do a lot of kayaking and canoeing, so wanted something that wasn't ruined if I accidently got it wet. I wanted compact so I would have it along, and simple so I could be quick to capture fast moving events.

    The camera is excellent in that it is simple to use and quick to get into action with. The video quality is absolutely wonderful. It is small and not intimidating to subjects.

    The still JPEGS I've taken are very good, but like many cameras today colors can be oversatured for my taste. Using a white object to set the color temperature pretty much resolves the issue.

    The zoom range is good. Not as large as some cameras, but the compactness is a good trade off.

    After a month using the camera I have a library of personal memories I would never have captured with a larger, more complex camera.

    The audio is OK. There is no jack for a separate microphone. The wind reduction software helps, but doesn't eliminate the wind noies. I set the sensitivity down to eliminate much of the problem. This is another trade-off for spontaniety.

    The lack of a viewfinder keeps the camera small, but the LCD screen can be very difficult to see in the bright sun.

    The paper user manual is inadequate. The online manual is poorly written and is not in a format you can download or print easily. The doucmentation has been the only truely disappointing feature of the camera. The assumption that a customer will have access to the internet when questions come up is a poor one.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    An excellent picture, but unhandy to use

    HDR-GW77V produces excellent video, is good in low light, and has good stabilization, but there are a number of things that are disappointing. It is quites small, but too thick to fit...Read complete review

    HDR-GW77V produces excellent video, is good in low light, and has good stabilization, but there are a number of things that are disappointing. It is quites small, but too thick to fit well into a shirt pocket. I found that the iPad does not accept AVCHD format, so it is not possible edit with the iPad. I blame Steve Jobs for that, but I also found the camcorder difficult to handle. Apparently you are supposed to activate the little zoom buttons with your thumb, and my thumb doesn't seem to fall in the correct position while keeping my fingers away from the lens. Furthermore, you have to move your thumb from the trigger button to the zoom buttons if you want to zoom while shooting, causing unsteady video. Maybe two-handed shooting will work better. The camcorder works well with auto settings, but the menu items for manual settings are not very user friendly. I think I would have been happier with a more conventionally shaped camcorder.

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    4.0

    May be perfect consumer camcorder

    By Harry0712

    from Sedona AZ

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • No External Mic Input

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Black):

    I bought this camera for vacation use. I was attracted to the palm form factor for easy handling and the weight is perfect. Images on the display are brilliant but we have not yet tested on our HDTV. Menu system is super easy to use and a light tap on the display works every time. Image stabilization is smooth and auto focus seems fast. Exposure works well even with backlit subjects. But we'll be able to judge focus and exposure better with TV playback. Sony wish list for this camera would include auto recording to external media since the camera requires a manual switch when internal is full. External mic input would be nice also. I use to shoot pro video and mostly weddings. I would definately also use this camera for B-roll or discreet video capture.

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    5.0

    I Love This Camcorder

    By Movie Maker

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Black):

      As owner of a first generation Flip, I purchased the HDR-GW77V because it was rated best "pocket camcorder." I had considered some "prosumer" camcorders, but found them to be complex, with more controls and options that I would ever use in a lifetime. The HDR-GW77V is simple in its operation and use, while still producing high-quality video.You grip and point the HDR-GW77V just as you would a firearm. I found this to be much more comfortable than sliding my hand through a strap and over the top of a traditional "tube type" camcorder. My thumb effortlessly reaches the controls on the back of the HDR-GW77V. The zoom in and zoom out buttons do not produce any clicking sounds.When the HDR-GW77V is connected to a Windows 7 PC that is connected to the Internet, you are provided multiple options for transferring captured video to the PC, one of which is to install the built-in "Play Memories Home" software. Installation of this software however is optional. Instead, you can opt to have Windows transfer your video files for you, which will be saved as AVCHD video. Windows Live Movie Maker can convert and import these files as Windows Live Movie Project (WLMP) files. After your movie project is complete, Windows Live Movie Maker saves the movie as MPEG-4 video which can be published to social media web sites like YouTube. Another alternative would be to install third party software to manage the AVCHD files.As another reviewer indicated, the HDR-GW77V may be the camcorder that "it seems no one knows exist." I'm certainly glad I discovered it, and would recommend it to anyone wanting high-quality video and advanced features in a small camcorder.

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      3.0

      Good Video, but poor image stability

      By maragon5

      from New York, NY

      About Me Casual User

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • No image stabilization
      • Poor Sound
      • Poor Still Image

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Underwater

      Comments about 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Blue):

      Bought this camera but returned it because of its poor image stability and the fact that it had no mic or headphone ports. One thing is that it took very nice videos and worked well in poor light.

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      5.0

      Wonderful new camera

      By Sports Mom

      from Wisconsin

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports Activities

        Comments about 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Black):

        Purchased this camera to replace my old Kodak Playsport. I have always purchased Sony still shot cameras but never a video camera. So far, I love this camera! It responds immediately when turned on, provides high quality photos and I don't worry about taking it out in the rain or dropping it. I video tape my kids in all their sports from indoor basketball to outdoor softball and baseball and so far, the quality of the photos is amazing. My Kodak Playsport did not have a very good zoom and the Sony zoom and steady shot features are incredible. The only problem I'm having now is finding the right video editing software to use since my old Kodak software is not compatible. I would recommend this camera to anyone.

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        5.0

        SMALL AND PORTABLE

        By BARBIE

        from SEATTLE, WA

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Black):

          EASY TO LEARN, CLEAR SHARP IMAGES, EASY TO DOWNLOAD, EASY TO CARRY IN POCKET

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          5.0

          Great outdoor enthusiast video camera!

          By Paul the ski-yaker

          from Sacramento, CA

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

          • No External Mic Input
          • Pricey

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel

          Comments about 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Black):

          The quality of this camera is outstanding. I've only had the chance to use it a few times, but it is obvious that it is well built and shoots high quality video. I bought it to be able to take it kayaking and skiing - to be able to shoot higher quality vids than I get with a helmet cam. The camera is super compact and light. It has simple controls and an easy-to-understand menu. Downloading the videos to my computer (I have a Mac) is the easiest and fastest download I have ever experienced. I am not a videophile, but I appreciate the different options the camera offers - like a super quality slow motion setting and modes for different lighting situations. I think this is a great camera - tough and useful. The only negative is the price. B&H had the best price I could find and quick service. But a more sensible price range for this camera would be about $450. But you only live once.

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          3.0

          An excellent picture, but unhandy to use

          By Vidserve

          from Deerfield, IL

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Complicated To Operate
          • No External Mic Input

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Blue):

          HDR-GW77V produces excellent video, is good in low light, and has good stabilization, but there are a number of things that are disappointing. It is quites small, but too thick to fit well into a shirt pocket. I found that the iPad does not accept AVCHD format, so it is not possible edit with the iPad. I blame Steve Jobs for that, but I also found the camcorder difficult to handle. Apparently you are supposed to activate the little zoom buttons with your thumb, and my thumb doesn't seem to fall in the correct position while keeping my fingers away from the lens. Furthermore, you have to move your thumb from the trigger button to the zoom buttons if you want to zoom while shooting, causing unsteady video. Maybe two-handed shooting will work better. The camcorder works well with auto settings, but the menu items for manual settings are not very user friendly. I think I would have been happier with a more conventionally shaped camcorder.

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          4.0

          Great for Spontaneous Family/Pet Videos

          By Traveler

          from Irons, Michigan

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

          • No External Mic Input
          • Poor User Documentation

          Best Uses

          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Blue):

          I use the camcorder for spontaneous family and pet videos and to take along when we travel. I live on a river and do a lot of kayaking and canoeing, so wanted something that wasn't ruined if I accidently got it wet. I wanted compact so I would have it along, and simple so I could be quick to capture fast moving events.

          The camera is excellent in that it is simple to use and quick to get into action with. The video quality is absolutely wonderful. It is small and not intimidating to subjects.

          The still JPEGS I've taken are very good, but like many cameras today colors can be oversatured for my taste. Using a white object to set the color temperature pretty much resolves the issue.

          The zoom range is good. Not as large as some cameras, but the compactness is a good trade off.

          After a month using the camera I have a library of personal memories I would never have captured with a larger, more complex camera.

          The audio is OK. There is no jack for a separate microphone. The wind reduction software helps, but doesn't eliminate the wind noies. I set the sensitivity down to eliminate much of the problem. This is another trade-off for spontaniety.

          The lack of a viewfinder keeps the camera small, but the LCD screen can be very difficult to see in the bright sun.

          The paper user manual is inadequate. The online manual is poorly written and is not in a format you can download or print easily. The doucmentation has been the only truely disappointing feature of the camera. The assumption that a customer will have access to the internet when questions come up is a poor one.

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          5.0

          Fantastic value and quality

          By joe chuck

          from baltimore, md

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies

            Comments about 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Black):

            Could not be happy with this purchase. This camera takes crisp, steady video, well higher than the quality I expected. I rarely feel this satisfied with a purchase. The features and technology in this camera are comparable with cameras [$]-[$]more expensive. And did I mention its waterproof?Great camera. Great price. Good value. Fantastic purchase.

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            5.0

            Fantastic Camera!

            By LG Berriel

            from Sao Paulo, Brazil

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Zoom range/performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (White):

              This is a fantastic camera with an easy way of using. Great image, great sound, great interface!

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              5.0

              GREAT little WONDER

              By PPLOCO

              from MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

              • No External Mic Input

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Blue):

              I am a Photographer, used to carrying arround heavy and bulky gear and although I know my way arround camera settings, I dont really need all the manual control offered on higher end camcorders as I only use the camcorder for documentation purposes, and to carry arround on Family events and Trips.

              I bought the gw77v to replace a Canon HV20, which served me well, and after my first 15 days of family travel arround Alaska, I am very pleased with the results.

              Its size makes it a joy to carry arround, weather resistance was a welcome feature on AK rainy weather, and I am sure the gw77 will easily find a place on my camera bag

              QUALITY WISE IS every bit as good (if not better) than what I had on my HV20.

              my only complaint is that I cannot attach an external Microphone

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              4.0

              I like the Camcorder so far.

              By Ktatiq

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Travel

                Comments about 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (White):

                Light
                esy to use

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                I like the Camcorder so far.

                By Mark

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • In hurricanes and rain

                  Comments about 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (White):

                  The battery life is only an hour to 80 minutes or so. The picture is nice. It looks like Sony has put some fleshtone detail reduction to make people look younger. I got a 32 gig micro sd card for it. It seems to get warm when recording to the external card. I copy the footage to my computer with USB and can link with Avid Media Access instantly to my Symphony 6.0.1

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  we would buy this product again

                  By Sabin

                  from westerchester, NY

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • Home Movies
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about 16GB HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD Camcorder (Blue):

                    we use it with us around world, our vacation and our business trip

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    Kingston -  8GB microSDHC Memory Card Class 10 with SD Adapter
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