Sony Introduces Waterproof Handycam, New Cyber-Shot

Both cameras will be available this summer.

Sony is launching a waterproof Handycam and a new model of its Cyber-shot camera.

The HDR-GW77V Handycam is developed to shoot full HD video and 20.4-megapixel photos.

Sony emphasized that this camcorder is waterproof down to 16 feet, and it includes an LCD touch screen that remains fully operational when submerged. An “underwater mode” adjusts the white balance for underwater conditions.

However Sony said this is designed for use anywhere, and is rugged enough to withstand a drop from 5 feet.

The new Handycam can record video and still images to Memory Stick PRO Duo media, Secure Digital, or SDHC media card. It also has 16GB of embedded  Flash memory.

It will be available later this month for $700.

The Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is targeted at "SLR camera owners who want a pocket-able second camera or those who are interested in stepping up from point and shoot [cameras],” said Mark Weir, senior technology marketing manager in Sony’s digital imaging division.

Weir noted that Sony’s new flagship compact camera offers “high performance imaging in a truly pocket-able size” with a 1.0-inch type 20.2 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor. He added that this is approximately four times larger than sensors found in a typical camera of this size.

The DSC-RX100 features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* fixed lens.

It is slated to ship in July for roughly $650.

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