Sony HDR-GW77V Waterproof Full HD 16GB Flash Memory Camcorder, White

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About Sony HDR-GW77V

Walk away from the action with more than bragging rights. The HDR-GW77V Handycam camcorder goes where others can't to capture Full HD video and 20.4MP photos as the fun unfolds. Waterproof to a depth of 16ft, shockproof from falls of up to 5ft and practically immune to dirt, dust and snow, you can take it anywhere worry-free.

Composing shots is easy on the 3.0" touchscreen LCD it even works under water. Whether you're an adrenalin junkie, weekend warrior or only mildly adventurous, this camcorder was built to keep up.

Sony HDR-GW77V Features

  • Compact & waterproof: The camcorder is waterproof down to 16 feet (IPX8), and its 3.0-inch touch-screen remains fully operational underwater. It also has a shock resistance rating for up to 5 foot drops plus dirt and dust resistant seals (IP5X) that help make it nearly impervious to mud, snow, rain, and grime.
  • Superb low-light video: Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor R CMOS sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions.
  • GPS receiver: The receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations. Tagged videos and still images can be reviewed and played back using the Map Index function on the camcorder or once downloaded to your PC using the supplied PlayMemories Home software.
  • Built-In flash: The built-in flash will assist in shedding light on your subject when shooting still photos.
  • Event Browse: Event Browse conveniently groups your images and videos together for easier viewing. The date range that Event Browse groups your pictures and videos is easily adjusted to suit your needs. When used with the Highlight Playback feature, making and sharing a highlight reel from your event is easy and fun.
  • Golf Shot: Building on the slow-motion capture capabilities of Smooth Slow Record, Golf Shot captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images, which can be viewed/printed individually or as a composite sequence shot image, perfect for analyzing the nuances of a golf swing, tennis serve, and other fast action.
  • 17x Extended Zoom: Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 10x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.
  • Optical SteadyShot: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture.
  • 3.0 Xtra Fine LCD: The 3.0 (16:9) Xtra Fine LCD screen (921K) displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily - even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene. This intuitive touch-screen is fully operable under water for convenient use in even wet environments.
  • Face detection: Sony's Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.
  • Smile Shutter: When face detection is engaged the camera also employes Smile Shutter technology to ensure you capture a smiling face each and every time.
  • Highlight Playback: Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pinpoint the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel.
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama: Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode reaches beyond the traditional wide angle lens to let you capture expansive, breathtaking shots of landscapes or cityscapes in incredibly detailed high resolution. Just press the shutter and pan the scene with a sweeping motion. The camera takes care of the rest - for spectacular results.
  • 16GB - up to 4 hours of recording: The built-in 16GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 4 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode).
  • Wide angle (29.8mm) G Lens: Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. The 29.8mm focal length in Photo/Video Modes offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting.
  • Expandable memory: Expandable memory with Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD/SDHC card slot.
  • Tracking Focus: Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a touch of the LCD and have the focus follow the selected object, even if it leaves the frame and returns.
  • Intelligent Auto: Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction.
  • 99 scene combinations: There are 99 different combinations possible: Auto / Night Scene / Night Portrait(Photo Mode only) / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow / Underwater.
  • Underwater mode: With the added feature of underwater mode the camera will even intelligently and automatically adjust white balance levels while underwater.
  • Play Memories Home Lite: With the pre-installed Play Memories Home Lite software the HDR-GW77V makes it easy to pre-select videos and images in the camcorder and conveniently upload them from the camcorder to a compatible PC and popular internet sharing sites without the need for any additional software or install.

Sony HDR-GW77V Specifications

Color Filter System: ClearVid array
Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 5020K pixels (16:9)
Imaging Sensor: 1/3.91" (4.6mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Pixel Gross: Approx. 5430K pixels
Processor: BIONZ image processor
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
Movie Mode: f=29.8-298mm (16:9) / f=36.3-363mm (4:3)
Photo Mode: 29.8-298mm (16:9) / 36.3-363mm (4:3)
Minimum Focus Distance
HD/STD/Still: Approx. 1cm (Wide) , Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 38cm (Tele Macro)

HD/STD/Still: Approx. 13/32inch (Wide), Approx. 31 1/2inch (Tele), Approx. 15inch (Tele Macro)
Digital Zoom
Extended Zoom
Focal Distance
f=3.2-32.0mm; f=5/32-1 5/16inch
Lens Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Lens Type
G Lens
Auto Iris Control: F1.8 - F10.0
Backlight Compensation: Yes (Auto)
D-Range Optimizer: Yes
Exposure Settings: Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel) LOW LUX Mode: Yes
Metering Modes: Multi-segment/Spot
Minimum Illumination: Standard: 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
Optical Zoom
Steady Shot Mode
Active: 31.7-538.7mm
LCD Display
Angle Adjustment: Opening Angle: max. 90 deg.
Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Brightness Control: Yes (Menu)
Coverage: 100%
Grid Display: Guide Frame
LCD Type: 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD display (921K)
Wide (16:9)
Touch Panel: Yes
Shutter Speeds : Self-timer: Approx. 10sec. (Still Image/ Golf Shot); Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/60 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed Auto Control Range: 1/8 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed (Smooth Slow Rec): 1/250 - 1/10000 (Standard)

Drive Mode : Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer

Self-timer : Approx.10sec. (Still Image/Golf Shot); Approx.2sec. (portrait1 / portrait2)
Advanced Features
Sweep Panorama : Intelligent Sweep Panorama
Waterproof: Yes (IPX8 16ft/5m)
Dustproof: Yes (IP5X)
Embedded GPS: Yes (Current Position Display Your Location)
Face Detection: Yes
Golf Shot: Yes
Image Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Intelligent Auto: Portrait, Baby/Walk, Tripod, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, Low light, UnderWater
Priority Setting (for Face Detection): Auto, Child Priority, Adult Priority Shockproof: Yes (1.5m MIL-STD810F Method 516.5-Shock) Smile Shutter technology: Dual Capture / Always On / Off
Smooth Slow Rec: Yes
x.v.Color: Yes
Still Image Size 4:3
Movie mode: 15.3 megapixels 4:3 (4512 x 3384)
Photo mode: 15.3 megapixels 4:3 (4512 x 3384)
Panorama Still Image Size
Standard (4912 x 1080/3424 x 1920)
Wide (7152 x 1080/4912 x 1920)
Still Image Size 16:9
Movie Mode: 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016 x 3384)
Photo Mode: 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016 x 3384)
Sipported Still Image Sizes Photo Mode
Large: 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016 x 3384), 15.3 megapixels 4:3 (4512 x 3384)
Medium: 10.0 megapixels 16:9 (4224 x 2376), 5.0 megapixels 4:3 (2592x1944)
Small: 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080), 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640x480)
Audio Format
Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
Dual Record
20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016 x 3384)
10.0 megapixels 16:9 (4224 x 2376)
2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
Internal Media: Flash Memory 16GB

Media Type: Internal Flash Memory, Memory Stick Micro (Mark 2), Micro SD/SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Built-in Zoom Microphone; Monoral Speaker
Mic Level Control Yes (2 steps)
Movie Recording Rate
PS: Approx. 28Mbps
FX: Approx. 24Mbps
FH: Approx. 17Mbps
HQ: Approx. 9Mbps
LP: Approx.5Mbps
STD HQ: 9Mbps
Photo Capture from Movie
2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
307K pixels 4:3 (640 x 480)
230K pixels 16:9 (640 x 360)
Recor & Playback Times Internal (2ch)
HD PS: Approx. 1h
HD FX: Approx. 1h 15m
HD FH: Approx. 1h 40m
HD HQ: Approx. 3h
HD LP: Approx. 5h 15m
STD HQ: Approx. 3h 10m
Still Picture Capacity Internal
20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016 x 3384): Approx. 1,550 pictures
15.3 megapixels 4:3 (4512 x 3384): Approx.2,100 pictures
10.0 megapixels 16:9 (4224 x 2376): Approx. 2,850 pictures
5.0 megapixels 4:3 (2592x1944): Approx. 5,200 pictures
2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080): Approx. 15,500 pictures
Still Picture Capacity Internal Cont.
307K pixels 4:3 (640x480): Approx. 40,000 pictures
230K pixels 16:9 (640x360): Approx.40,000 pictures
Panorama Standard (4,912 x 1,080): Approx. 5,100 pictures
Panorama Standard (3,424 x 1,920): Approx. 3,800 pictures
Panorama Wide (7,152 x 1,080): Approx. 3,900 pictures
Panorama Wide (4,912 x 1,920): Approx. 3,050 pictures
Still Image File Format
DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Still Image Max Effective Resolution
20.4 megapixels
Still Image Mode
Noise Reduction: Yes
Scene Mode(s): Auto / Night Scene / Night Portrait (Photo Mode only) / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow / Underwater
White Balance Mode: Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Video Actual (Pixel): HD, STD :Approx. 5020K pixels (16:9), Approx. 3760K pixels (4:3)

Video Format: HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD format ver.2.0 compatible, STD: MPEG2-PS

Video Resolution: HD: 1920 x 1080/60p (PS), 60i (FX,FH), 1440 x 1080/60i (HQ,LP), STD: 720 x 480/60i

Video Signal: HD: HDTV 1080/60p, 60i, STD: NTSC color, EIA standards
Wind Position
Yes (Off/On)
Focus Control
AF Modes: Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
Focus Area: Full range Focus / Spot Focus
Focus Features: Tracking Focus
Focus System: Contrast AF
Flash Compensation: Yes (3 steps)
Flash Coverage: Approx. 11 7/8inch - 98 1/2inch, (Approx. 0.3m - 2.5m)
Flash Metering System: Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes: Auto / Forced / Prohibited
Flash Type: Built-in Flash
BRAVIA Sync: Yes
HD Output: HDMI Out (micro) (supplied)
HDMI Terminal: Yes (micro)
Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD / SDHC compatible
PhotoTV HD: Yes
USB Port(s): micro-B / USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
Power Consumption (in Operation): HD: 2.3W; STD: 2.1W
Battery Type: LITHIUM ION NP-BG1 (supplied)
Power Requirements: 3.6V (battery pack); 5.0V (AC Adaptor)
Dimensions WxHxD
1.8 x 4.3 x 2.9" / 32 x 106 x 70mm
7.8 oz / 221g
Mfr #

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Reviewed by 3 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Terrific Camera


This camera has been used on fifty or sixty occasions in some extreme conditions and has performed exceptionally well. It has been in and on the water almost exclusively and after a short learning curve, I am able to take quality photos and video. Have a cloth handy to keep the lens dry. I've had some almost great shots lost due to a water droplet.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Good product with a few issues


This camera performs very well. It is relatively compact, provides a very stable image, and captures excellent in low light. The controls are easy to use, the smile shutter is nifty, and the zoom works quietly. My concerns are this: 1. The autofocus creates a "projector film" sound that damages audio in quiet environments. This can be heard on numerous online videos, including my own. The problem is eliminated when switching to manual focus, I should mention 2. The GW77v only offers progressive output in the 1080 60p PS setting. All other settings are interlaced. This requires extra work for those posting non-PS videos to the web. The PS setting does look fantastic, by the way. 3. There is no external audio port. Should a user want to pick up good audio in a quiet room, an external microphone could have avoided the autofocus noise issue. Sadly, there is no external audio port to do so. 4. Given the large file sizes, a micro USB 3 port would have been nice. Regardless, the files transfer relatively quickly. That being said, the camera is a very good choice. It has traveled with me, filmed my child's infancy, and produced excellent video. I am an average user and am fairly happy. Although, I have considered returning the camera, as have others, due to the auto focus mechanism repeatedly damaging my audio. In the end, I would recommend this camera to others, but with the same concerns I have expressed here.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


a great personal camera


This is a perfect personal video camera. It provides high-quality HD video and fits in your pocket. This and iMovie are a winning combination. Low light performance is great. The optical image stabilization is excellent.

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