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Sony introduces waterproof Handycam®

01 March 2012

Feature-packed GW55VE camcorder resists water to 5m*, dust** and drops from 1.5m***

  • Exmor R™ CMOS sensor captures beautiful Full HD 50p video, even in low light
  • G Lens with 10x optical zoom (Extended Zoom 17x) and 29.8mm wide angle
  • Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode for clearer footage when walking or zooming
  • Detail-packed still photos up to 20.4 megapixels
  • Intelligent AUTO adjusts settings for great results every time
  • 7.5cm/3" Xtra Fine LCD touch-panel


It’s your perfect poolside partner. Great for trips to the beach, snorkelling expeditions and fun-packed family days out, the new Handycam® GW55VE camcorder is waterproof to depths of 5m*. It also resists dust** and shocks from a height of up to 1.5m*** – so there’s no need to worry about a sudden shower of rain, or accidental drops by the pool or on the beach.

Made for everyday adventures, waterproof Handycam® comes packed with advanced technology for clear, stable Full HD video and stills in any situation.

Image quality is everything you’d expect from Handycam®. The Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor captures beautifully detailed, low-noise video footage and photos, even in low-light conditions where other camcorders struggle.

It’s teamed with a high-quality G Lens by Sony, capable of capturing everything from wide-angle scenes to dramatic close-ups. Extended Zoom boosts 10x optical zoom range to a powerful 17x maximum magnification: By Pixel Super Resolution processing ensures clear, ultra-detailed high-zoom shots.

Even when you’re zoomed in close or walking along, video footage looks clearer thanks to Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode that corrects hand-shake for stable results.

In a Handycam® first, Intelligent Sweep Panorama lets you capture extra-wide scenes with a huge field of view. Just press the shutter button and sweep the HD camcorder to take in the biggest scenes. Using Face and Motion detection, Handycam® makes sure that even moving people and objects are reproduced naturally as you sweep the camera.

Also new to Handycam®, Self Portrait Timer ensures properly framed, clearly focused arms-length photos of you and your friends. Thanks to Face Detection, the GW55VE ensures beautiful self-portraits with no cut-off heads.

Not sure how to get the best out of any shooting situation? Intelligent AUTO recognizes up to 99 scene types, adjusting camcorder settings for best results. There’s even a special Underwater mode so those under-sea videos look better with rich, natural colours.

An ideal travel partner, waterproof Handycam® also features on-board GPS that logs where all your clips and photos have been taken. See your current position onscreen, or view all those GPS-logged memories back home on your laptop with exciting online maps.

The new Handycam® GW55VE waterproof camcorder from Sony is available in Europe from mid-May 2012.

Notes to editors

* JIS/IEC International Protection Rating 8 (IPX8) equivalent: able to keep Handycam submerged continuously in water 5.0 m (16ft) deep for 60 minutes. Based on Sony testing standards.

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

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

Technical specifications



Video format

HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD™ format ver.2.0 compatible


Video resolution

HD:1920x1080/50p (PS); 50i (FX,FH); 1440x1080/50i (HQ,LP)


Image sensor

1/3.91 type (4.6mm) Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor

Still image size (maximum)

20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384)


Sony G Lens 3.2 - 32.0mm (35mm equivalent: 29.8 - 298mm) / F1.8 - F3.4


10x (optical zoom)

17x (extended zoom)

120x (digital zoom)

Image stabilisation

Optical SteadyShot™ with Active mode (Wide to Tele)


7.5cm (3.0 type) Xtra Fine LCD display (921K dots) Wide (16:9)

Memory card

Memory Stick Micro™ and Micro SD/SDHC compatible

Dimensions WxHxD

Approx. 32.2mm x 105.5mm x70.2mm (including supplied battery)


Approx. 188g (excluding battery)

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