Sony is launching in Europe market a new waterproof Handycam digital camcorder, the GW55VE with Full HD capability. Made for everyday adventures, the pocket-sized IP58 rugged camcorder is waterproof to depths of 5m. shockproof to withstand drops from 1.5 meters (meets MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock standard) and dustproof. It records Full HD 1920x1080p videos at 50fps in MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD format.
The GW55VE sports a Exmor R CMOS sensor that can capture up to 20.4 Megapixel still images, a Sony G lens with 10x optical zoom, a 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD display and built-in GPS that logs location data. The Extended Zoom function boosts 10x optical zoom range to a powerful 17x maximum magnification, with Pixel Super Resolution processing to ensure clear, ultra-detailed high-zoom shots. The Full HD video shooter features Sony’s Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode to provide blue-free, clear videos and images; and the Intelligent Sweep Panorama for users to capture extra-wide scenes. Other features include Self Portrait Timer, Face Detection, Intelligent AUTO that recognizes up to 99 scene types.
The Sony Handycam GW55VE measures 32.2mm x 105.5mm x70.2mm and weighs 188g. It uses Memory Stick Micro (M2) and microSD/SDHC cards. Sony will release the camcorder in Europe in mid-May in white and black.