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Sony GW66VE Waterproof Full HD Camcorder - Black
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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
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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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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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. This also makes it the perfect camcorder choice for a complete beginner who doesn't want to know about the technicalities of exposure, focus, depth of field etc. The camcorder does it all for you - and does it very well indeed.
Despite its otherwise perfection (no exaggeration there!), I have a few minor niggles. First of all, the best feature of this camcorder is its outstanding lens yet there isn't so much as a rubber cap to protect it from scratches. Nor is the lens even inset slightly as on many other cameras. Instead, it remains highly vulnerable. Also, the body doesn't feel as rugged or anywhere near as tough as other shockproof cameras, such as Panasonic's enviable FT range. Although it's supposed to withstand a drop, I really would not want to chance it. In terms of usability, I find the start/stop recording button a little stiff and directly beneath it, the `photo' button is very much stiffer, requires quite a firm press and even then there is no guarantee that it has captured the shot. Hence it is slow to take still photos via this method. Luckily, the controls are also on the touchscreen so if you have two hands available then this will enable very smooth shooting of both still shots and video along with smooth zooming.
- Outstanding quality lens
- Perfect exposure. colour and white balance
- Crisp still photos
- Auto-i mode produces crisp clear shots every time (no need to change settings between shots)
- No shake when using active steady shot
- Almost instant start-up
- Near-instant focusing
- Waterproof (fully-tested)
- Very little 'searching' on video
- Quality Dolby sound
- Completely reliable and trustworthy for filming unrepeatable events
- 10x optical zoom (on video only) can be increased to 17x if steady shot is disabled (tripod will be necessary)
- GPS using real `proper' maps (with roads, rivers, sea etc shown)
- Very good low-light filming (but no video light) and still shots
- Excellent battery life
- Cheap non-Sony branded batteries available
- MP4 video for smaller, manageable file sizes
- Plastic body - not a ruggedised camera
- Have to remove from tripod to change battery or memory card
- No video light for filming
- No lens cap - big flaw (I hope you read this, Sony...)
- Photo button is a little stiff so my move camera slightly while taking a pic, especially while filming
- Mic picks up some wind noise even with wind reduction filter active
- Takes time to switch between modes, ie video - photo - sweep panorama...
- Although still camera is first-rate it is slower to use and has fewer features than a dedicated camera
- Camera-photo mode lacks some usual camera features eg burst mode and has no manual controls (shutter, aperture etc) other than a manual focus over-ride
Although there is a crossover between cameras and camcorders today with many being able to perform both roles admirably, they are biased towards being either a camera or a camcorder. The Sony GW66VE is a definite camcorder which can also take photos and probably won't replace a conventional still camera for keen amateur photographers. Other similar cameras, such as the Panasonic FT range, are cameras which can take video. Neither is perfect at both roles.
I was torn between this Sony GW66VE and the new Panasonic FT5 (I already have the FT3) but having used both I can confidently say that if you are looking for a still-camera to take occasional videos then buy the Panasonic FT3 or FT5 (which also records in MP4) but if you're looking for a brilliant, high-spec, top-performing camcorder with an outstanding lens and still-photos are a lower priority, then the choice has to be this wonderful, highly-recommended Sony GW66VE.
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!
Wanted something easy to use that we wouldn't worry about getting wet, caked in sand or bashed around by the kids and it did everything we hoped for - well almost.
The video is excellent, very easy to use and the colours in the Perth sun are fantastic - both above and below the water. The LCD screen is great in the shade but in the bright sun almost impossible to see and likewise under water it is almost unusable unless you can get a good bit of shade.
Photos were a little disappointing, often out of focus and not very sharp.This may be due to me not using the right settings and having problems with getting an accurate focus point due the bright light on the LCD.
Generally exceptionally happy with the buy and would recommend it to anyone but wish I hadn't depended on it solely for both photos and videos. This is not a replacement stills camera.
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