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

Press release   •   Apr 24, 2013 06:00 CEST

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 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. So if you’re swimming, sunbathing – or even skiing – there’s no excuse for leaving your camcorder behind.

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

Even when you’re zoomed in, shots look clear and blur-free thanks to SteadyShot Active Mode that corrects for wobbly hands. You’ll see the difference with smoother, more professional results that aren’t a headache to watch.

Great-looking self-portraits have never been simpler. A conveniently-positioned extra record button on the camcorder’s front allows fumble-free self-shooting of movies and still photos with 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 or your Full HD TV or burning to Blu-ray Disc™. And 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 extra-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 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.

Key technical specifications


Video format

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

MPEG2-PS:MPEG-2 (Video)

MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Video resolution

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


MP4: 1280x720 25p

Image sensor

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

Still image size (maximum)

20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016 x 3384)


Sony G Lens™

f = 29.8 - 298.0mm (16:9, 35mm equivalent) / 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) Clear Photo LCD™ display (460K dots)

Continuous recording time

120 min (HD recording with fully charged supplied battery)

Memory card compatibility

Memory Stick Micro™ (Mark 2) and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)

Dimensions HxWxD

Approx. 108.5 × 32.5 ×70 mm (including supplied battery)


Approx. 188g (excluding battery)