These days camera manufacturers are making their shooters more versatile than ever before. Finding a DSLR, or any digital camera for that matter, that doesn’t feature the ability to shoot video as well as still images is a difficult task. While this isn’t a bad thing by any means, some consumers prefer to opt for a more focused offering. Lucky for such consumers, camera manufacturers have not neglected the dedicated camcorder market, with companies like Sony continuing to push out new products.
In fact, word just broke today of a new camcorder dropping soon from Sony in Japan. What you see above is Sony’s latest Handycam, dubbed the HDR-Gw77V. Set to hit the Japanese market on May 25th, the HDR-GW77 Handycam comes complete with a whopping 20.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, giving consumers the ability to shoot full 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second. Other noteworthy features include the ability to withstand not only a 5 foot fall, but also up to 16 feet of water, making it perfect for those looking to create underwater films. Past that, we’re looking at a 3-inch screen capable of swiveling in several directions, 16GB of internal storage for all that underwater magic, and 10x optical zoom.
As we mentioned above, the Sony HDR-GW77V Handycam will be available in Japan on May 25th for 70,000 yen, which translates to roughly $870 USD. At this time nothing has been said in regards to when this camera will be hitting other markets, if ever, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted. In the mean time, check out this video of the HDR-GW77V in action:[Engadget]