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Sony HDR-GW77V/B High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Black)

Sony HDR-GW77V/B High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Black)
Sony HDR-GW77V/B High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Black)


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Sony HDR-GW77V/B High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Black)


Sony HDR-GW77V/B High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Black)

Now you can make underwater memories with total peace of mind. Sporting a waterproof design and easy-to-use controls, this camcorder helps you to capture every detail of your next adventure in legendary Sony HD. There’s also a 10x optical/17x extended zoom for extreme close-ups with razor-sharp detail.

  • Waterproof down to 5m (16-Feet)
  • 1920×1080 Full HD video and 20.4MP stills
  • 10x optical zoom, 17x extended zoom

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  1. 31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Going back to Amazon, August 19, 2012
    By 
    R. Boatman (Wayne, NJ) –
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    This review is from: Sony HDR-GW77V/B High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Black) (Electronics)

    This is a product with so much potential, I hate to give it a poor review. The truth is, they pushed it out the door before it was ready. It has so many compromises as to render it frustrating in actual use, in ways you probably would not notice while playing with it in a store.

    Examples: Assuming you are in interlaced mode then you can take a still in the middle of recording a video. Nice (although for some reason you can’t do that if set to highest-quality progressive mode; I’ll give Sony the benefit of the doubt and assume there’s a technical reason why not). Naturally, you can take a still photo while in “video” mode but not actually shooting video. But maddenly, if you are in still mode but just hanging out, you cannot record a video. Obviously the camera is capable, because you can make several selections and get there. It’s a bug.

    Another frustration: the camera constantly pops up warnings and reminders that you must clear to proceed. There is no way to override these messages to prevent them from appearing. In some cases, these messages completely prevent you from using the camera. One example (out of MANY): the camera does a very nice job of shooting panoramic stills. But shooting one underwater is a bit challenging. Well, if for some reason your panoromic still doesn’t work out, the camera pops up a message that it didn’t work properly and you must clear that message before trying again or doing anything else. That’s annoying, but there’s a darker side to this…nearly everything about this camera works solely through the touchscreen, which is DISABLED underwater. Which is probably just as well, because the LCD is essentially invisible underwater anyway (I have $50 point-n-shoots whose LCDs display fine underwater so it is not a fundamental law of physics here). So if you are snorkeling at the moment, your camera is essentially dead because you can neither see nor clear the error. Indeed, over and over again I wound up simply closing the LCD, opening it, and allowing the unit to restart rather than go through the otherwise required series of touchscreen inputs that the camera expects (in this regard, the LCD opening/closing acts as an undocumented “reboot”). But I missed lots of shots in the meantime.

    As noted in other reviews, the touchscreen is touchy at best, often requiring several taps before it recognizes the input. That’s annoying. Unfortunately, the bizarre way Sony has elected to perform playback makes it something worse than annoying: you don’t simply play a still or video back, you have to cycle through a sequence of nested “collections” of combined videos and stills and then scroll through them. If you have a hundred to scroll through and the touchscreen only recognizes one out of three touch inputs, you’re in for a long wait. And heaven help you if you decide to delete #112 out of 240, bcause when you delete a still or video it returns back to the very first one, not where you left off at, so you have to start scrolling all over again.

    This camera is touted as 20 megapixels but that’s typical Sony hype. It is 5MP. Shooting at the highest or even medium settings simply blows up the existing pixels and introduces lots of noise. This is not so noticeable in daylight (but you could acheive the same results by blowing up a small still in Photoshop), but in low light it is deadly – the “low lux” setting combined with “high res” (hah!) introduces massive orange and yellow color patterns. On the plus side the flash is quite powerful and easily adjustable, although for some reason I was unable to get it to work underwater.

    The lens, or more specifically the glass covering the lens, has no automatic or even manual cover so it will get scratched unless you are extraordinarilly careful.

    Battery will last no more than 20 minutes, so you will definitely need a spare. Note that third-party vendors on Amazon sell spares for a fraction of what Sony charges; I have no experience with one or the other.

    But ultimately, the reason it is going back is because of a software glitch that causes it to fail to turn on about every fifth try. In desperation I figured out an emergency workaround: open the cover, remove the battery, wait five seconds, put the battery back in, open the LCD, and wait for the full boot sequence including clearing several messages. So about 30 seconds between realizing it is not turning on until it was ready to shoot. Obviously if I was underwater I would have been screwed – you can’t open the battery compartment underwater, and with no ability to see the LCD you wouldn’t know you needed to do something in the first place.

    If Sony had spent a little more time debugging and improving the software then perhaps 80% of the problems would have been fixed and this might be recommendable. Hopefully a software patch is in the future, and I’d reconsider my decision if the software was markedly improved. But…

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  2. 8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect for shooting videos of children, September 18, 2012
    By 
    Mulccino (Palo Alto, CA USA) –

    Pros (select feature I consider important and very handy):

    - Super light and compact for carrying in pocket when going to the park, pool, etc.
    - Very short lag between flipping the screen and taking videos
    - Can change Exposure, White Balance and Scene on the fly even while recording
    - Extremely sensitive in dark situations – I videotape my children indoors quite often and notice a significant difference between this and the
    previous version of the same form-factor (from some 4 years ago)
    - The slow-mo feature is fantastic and super fun when capturing children in play!!

    Nitpicking:
    - Yes, the battery is not the longest lasting but it’s a WORTHWHILE tradeoff for smaller and lighter camera
    - I wish I could anchor the Screen Brightness setting on the screen’s “favorites” section, and that it had a super-bright setting too (still pretty
    good under very bright sun)

    Just remember, there’s no perfect camera; just pick a great brand and go with the model that carries features that are important and useful to you — NOT TO OTHERS!

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  3. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great travel Camcorder, October 19, 2012
    By 
    RJGUY
    This review is from: Sony HDR-GW77V/B High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom (Black) (Electronics)

    I’ve had the GW77 for a week. Despite the few complaints about what the camcorder isn’t, I’ll tell you what it is. If your looking for something small to take along on trips, as well as at home, I think this it! It’s very light, which some may complain its hard to hold steady. That’s where the OIS with Active mode comes in. You can actually walk and shoot video and get very good results.
    No it doesn’t have all of the the bells and whistles that prosumer camcorders have , but that’s not the market they were looking for. It’s family’s and folks who want great video, a very small footprint and ease of use. And, that’s to say nothing about the under water capability of the GW77!
    It’s what I’ve wanted for a long time – perfect for travel! And, it’s not a reincarnation of the old TG1 or TG5. They both came out at $1000.00. Both had some issues, – mainly cost. This is a different camcorder entirely. At $700, or lower if you shop, it’s a great product.

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