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Sony GW66VE Waterproof Full HD Camcorder - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

by Sony
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Waterproof Full HD camcorder with wide 29.8mm G Lens, Exmor R CMOS sensor and self-record button
  • Rugged waterproof (10m) + freezeproof case
  • 20.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Shake-free video with SteadyShot


Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 7 x 10.8 cm ; 186 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: HDRGW66VEBDI.YG
  • ASIN: B00DC1C098
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 May 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,579 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Capture all your adventures

Playing in the surf, out on safari, or at the top of the piste, the GW66VE is always ready to shoot steady, Full HD video in all conditions. So you can have fun capturing those special moments, wherever you are.

Overview

Hit the beach or the slopes
Hit the beach or the slopes

Slip the GW66VE in your pocket before every adventure. Waterproof to 10m, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof down to -10°C, it’s a camcorder that’s ready to go wherever life takes you, from tumbles in the snow to dips in the sea.

No shakes, no problem
No shakes, no problem

Get ready to move around – shoot from the hip, and get a stable, clear shot every time. With Optical SteadyShot Active Mode, camcorder shake is reduced, even when zooming in. Perfect for handheld shooting on the go.

Every detail, every time
Every detail, every time

Capture more of the moments and people that matter. An Exmor R CMOS sensor can capture every detail and takes lifelike movies and 20.4MP still pictures too. And with a G Lens from Sony and up to 10x optical zoom, get closer to everything you shoot.

Be a part of the movie
Be a part of the movie

Fed up with never being in the shot? Self-shoot mode fixes that. There’s an ergonomic grip with a button on the front of the camcorder that lets you film yourself alone, or with your family and friends. Don’t miss out again.

It’s simple to share your movies
It’s simple to share your movies

Easy to shoot, easy to share, you can record in either MP4 or AVCHD format. Choose MP4 if you want to put your videos on YouTube or AVCHD when you need maximum image quality, or if you want to burn Blu-ray movies.

Features

Take the plunge - The GW66VE is waterproof to 10m, you can make more than a splash, you can dive deep down

Shoot any time, any place - The GW66VE shrugs off everything from snow to sand with a design that’s waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freezeproof to -10°C

Say goodbye to camcorder shake - Capture smooth, clear footage when shooting handheld and forget about juddering scenes with Optical SteadyShot Active Mode

Low-light shooting with an Exmor R CMOS sensor - You can capture summer BBQ evenings in crisp, clear detail with reduced image noise

Broaden your view with a G Lens from Sony - With a wide angle at 29.8mm, the G Lens from Sony lets you fit more into your frame, leaving nothing and nobody out of shot

Capture smooth and natural fast action - Perfect for fun days at the beach, 1920x1080/50p progressive mode records at a very high frame rate of 50 Full HD frames a second

Get closer to your subject - 10x optical zoom and 17x extended zoom pulls you closer so you can capture every emotion

Lifelike stills with 20.4 megapixel detail - Take clear, smooth photos that are packed with life, you can relive every shot exactly as you remember it

Don’t be left out of friend or family shots - Take the shot and still get in the group picture, a self-record button lets you get in on the action

It’s easy to shoot and share - Record in either MP4 or AVCHD format. Choose MP4 if you want to put your videos on YouTube or AVCHD for maximum image quality

Compose every shot with ease - Check what’s in the frame then review your shot with a 7.6cm (3.0 inch) LCD display

Just point and shoot, without adjusting settings - iAuto automatically adjusts settings for the best results, recognising different faces, lighting and scenes such as landscapes

Watch your HD recordings on the big screen - With a Micro HDMI connection, it’s easy to plug your Handycam into a HD ready TV and play back your memories for an audience

Track your travels with GPS - Never forget where you shot those holiday movies with built-in GPS, plot them on the map and easily play back the memories

Product Description

Movies that make a splash


Take the plunge: The GW66VE is waterproof to 10m, you can make more than a splash, you can dive deep down.

Shoot any time, any place: The GW66VE shrugs off everything from snow to sand with a design that′s waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freezeproof to -10°C.

Say goodbye to camcorder shake: Capture smooth, clear footage when shooting handheld and forget about juddering scenes with Optical SteadyShot Active Mode.

Low-light shooting with an Exmor R™ CMOS sensor: You can capture summer BBQ evenings in crisp, clear detail with reduced image noise.

Broaden your view with a G Lens from Sony: With a wide angle at 29.8mm, the G Lens from Sony lets you fit more into your frame, leaving nothing and nobody out of shot.

Capture smooth and natural fast action: Perfect for fun days at the beach, 1920x1080/50p progressive mode records at a very high frame rate of 50 Full HD frames a


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By K. L. Wren HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I've used many camcorders and cameras over the last 20 years and always found Sony to have the edge over all the other brands I've used. Today, looking for a new dedicated camcorder to replace my still cameras, I decided on another Sony. Initially I came close to ordering the GW55VE model - then spotted this gem, the later Sony GW66VE model which can film in MP4 format meaning file sizes are more manageable, don't clog up my computer hard drive and use less computer memory for editing. I am pleased to say that, having tried and tested it for the last 3 months in a wide variety of filming conditions, I made the right choice.

It's a small, compact camera, no larger than most of my still cameras, but it offers a lot. Start-up is fast, the menus intuitive (I still haven't needed to read any of the printed manual supplied) and the touch-screen is highly responsive. The best feature is the lens which is a superb quality producing crisp, bright, clear shots with none of the common faults found on cheaper lenses such as purple fringing in high-contrast areas, distortion, pixelation.... Focusing is fast with touch-focus to select the subject and the Auto-i mode always provides perfect focus, colour and white balance every time whether filming is indoor, outdoor and whatever the weather conditions. Although there are a multitude of scene modes and some manual settings, the Auto-i mode is so good that I've seldom strayed from this - and I speak as a photographer/videographer who almost always seeks to over-ride automatic settings! Sony has produced a winner with this and I doubt many users will ever feed any need to switch off the Auto setting.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Ibraar 'Le Saracen' TOP 500 REVIEWER
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***FOR the benefit of those not wanting to read a detailed review and just want the bottom line on whether to go for this, then IF you're on the look out for a high quality action camera and the marketing for this attracts you, and maybe you're wavering because of the price or unsure as to whether it'll be able to do as described, take it from me, this is as good if not better than Sony describe it to be and worth every penny***

I've been using this camera for a few days to muck about with and I must say it is brilliant.
This is a IN PROGRESS REVIEW so i will keep on adding to it as I discover new features and try different things.

So far I have used it to video family and birds on the bird table in the garden.

It's small, fits into the hand nicely. the controls are ergonomically placed - to be activated with the thumb - same for on/off and zoom along with photo.
the front elements are reinforced and do not have a cover, I presume the crystal/plexi glass housing is scratch and shatter proof - so far the lens housing is crystal clear and contains a G lens, which I presume to be a rebranded Konica Minolta lens which is of very high quality.
I would've liked a lens cover though, I'm very cautious about leaving lenses exposed.

The Camera is turned on and off by simply lifting the flip down LCD display - that's it! turn on time is very rapid for this kind of device, < 2 seconds - and pressing Record results in rapid recording - this is very important, as it means you wont miss a shot or the moment.

The Camera takes Micro SD Card and one of Sony's own Micro cards - I used a Class 10 as for HD Video it has quick write speeds - along with the battery, these are to be found inserted into the body and accessed via a reinforced Flap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously good 28 Dec 2013
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OK - first things first. I'm a professional television cameraman and work with REAL high end cameras and lenses that cost A LOT of money.
This offering is just RIDICULOUS!!! The picture is amazing and it's easy enough for anyone to use - just open the flip-out screen and press the record button.
Haven't taken it underwater yet but pictures from this have already been transmitted on ITV and BBC!! Just don't let them know ;)
Would love to have a sound input (probably difficult because of the waterproofing) but that is my only gripe and for 99% of uses the built-in mic will be fine.
Buy one - you won't be disappointed!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Chris Hall TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The Sony HDR-GW66VE Handycam is a compact HD camcorder that's designed to fit snuggly into the palm of the user's hand as well as being able to capture incredibly high-quality footage in what would usually constitute as difficult-to-film-in settings.

Basically, this handy little camcorder can film in places that you usually wouldn't expect a camcorder to be able to. Underwater (up to 10 metres), in particularly sandy or dusty environments, down to temperatures of -10C, in reasonably low light, with the glaring sun hanging over your head...it really can cope with a hell of a lot.

Okay, so first things first - how user-friendly is it? Well, when held in your hand (NOTE: the handycam is not ideal for left-handed folk) the handycam feels comfortable in your grip, with not too much weight to it for it to become uncomfortable if in constant use. The zoom, record start/stop and `Photo' buttons are all in a handy thumbs reach, making it incredibly easy to use from the word go.

Upon flipping open the viewing touchscreen, the camcorder turns itself on (and off when closed) ready to start filming in a little less than 2 seconds. The auto focus in normal light is fast and fluid - with crisp and sharp results almost immediately. Even with fast movement, the camcorder manages to keep an excellent focus on the subject. Similarly, whilst in motion the camcorder compensates and adjusts to any bumps and unwanted movements.

I'm certainly no expert on camcorders and/or cameras - however, both my wife and I were incredibly impressed with the sheer close-to-life quality of the footage that the camcorder produced. Even if you're an absolute novice with equipment like this (ahem...like me!
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