Sony Handycam HDR-GW66VE Waterproof Camcorder Announced

Sony announced the Handycam HDR-GW66VE waterproof Full HD pocket camcorder. It is waterproof to a depth of 10 metres, slim and also shrugs off dust, dirt, freezing temperatures (to -10 °C) and accidental knocks or drops (from heights of up to 1.5m).

The new Sony Handycam HDR-GW66VE features a 30-298mm (eq.) f/1.8-3.4 lens bearing the prestigious ‘G’ designation, Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation with Active Mode and a 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 460,000 dots.

The Handycam HDR-GW66VE Full HD pocket camcorder by Sony will be available in  June 2013. Price yet unspecified.

Sony Handycam HDR-GW66VE

Sony Handycam HDR-GW66VE Waterproof Camcorder

Sony Press Release

Ready for that holiday of a lifetime: The new waterproof Handycam® HDR-GW66VE

  • Waterproof up to 10m – resists dust, dirt, freezing and accidental drops
  • Records smooth, steady Full HD video and crisp still photos
  • Steady pictures, even when you’re zooming or walking
  • Easy arm’s length self-portraits with new self-recording button
  • Record in high-quality AVCHD format, or web-friendly MP4
  • Light, compact and easy to hold

Hit the beach, reef or pool this summer with the brand-new pocket camcorder from Sony that’s ready for anything life throws your way. Waterproof up to a depth of 10 metres1, the slim new Handycam® HDR-GW66VE also shrugs off dust2, dirt, freezing temperatures (to -10C3) and accidental drops or knocks4. Whether you’re swimming, sunbathing or skiing, there’s no need to leave your camcorder behind.

Perfect for capturing all those family moments, the easy to use Handycam® HDR-GW66VE makes it simple to shoot smooth, steady Full HD 50p video. Thanks to the high-quality G Lens™ and Exmor R™ CMOS sensor, you’ll capture crystal-clear Full HD video footage and detail-packed still photos – even indoors, on gloomy days or at dusk.

Even when you zoom in, shots look clear and blur-free thanks to SteadyShot Active Mode, which corrects movements caused by wobbly hands. You’ll see the difference with smoother, more professional results.

Great-looking self-portraits have never been simpler. A conveniently positioned extra record button on the camcorder’s front allows for fumble-free self-shooting with the Handycam® held at arm’s length.

If you’ve got seriously cinematic ambitions, the Handycam® HDR-GW66VE records video in the top-quality AVCHD format for enjoying on your Full HD TV or burning to Blu-ray Disc™. If you can’t wait to share the holiday memories, choose web-friendly MP4 recording for no-fuss uploads to your favourite social networking sites. It’s easy to manage, edit and share clips and photos shot on Handycam® with free PlayMemories Home software for your PC from

You’ll get impressive results if you’re viewing footage and photos back home on your compatible BRAVIA TV. Support for Triluminos™ Colour gives a vivid palette of supremely natural colours, from clear summer skies and lush grass to vibrant tropical fish.

A range of co-ordinating accessories for your Handycam® includes the LCM-GWA semi-hard carrying case. Even if you’ve just climbed out of the pool, clever water-tight styling lets you store the damp camcorder safely without getting the contents of your travel bag wet.

The waterproof, dust-proof, shock-proof and chill-resistant new Handycam® HDR-GW66VE Full HD pocket camcorder by Sony will be available in the UK from June 2013.

1 JIS/IEC International Protection Rating 8 (IPX8) equivalent (Able to keep Handycam submerged continuously 60 minutes in water 10.0 m (33ft) deep. Based on Sony testing standards.

2 JIS/IEC International Protection Rating 5 (IP5X) equivalent. Based on Sony testing standards.

3 Recording/playback times may be reduced in low-temperature conditions.

4 Meeting MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock standards, this product has passed the required tests when dropped from a height of 1.5 m above a 5 cm-thick plywood board (with the LCD screen closed, facing toward the camcorder body).

This information demonstrates operability under test conditions determined by Sony. It does not guarantee against damage, breakage or leakage in all environments.