Underwater cams that take photos and records videos are pretty common these days, but if you’re looking for a rugged camcorder, pickings are a bit slim. Here’s something you can try out on your next trip: Sony has just launched a ruggedized Handycam in Japan called the Handycam HDR-GW77V, a camcorder that’s designed to work for up to an hour at a depth of 16 feet.
Probably not something you’re going to want to take down a deep hole, but if you’re looking to record adventures on a shallow reef, it’s more than good enough. The GW77V features a 10x optical zoom and an Exmore R CMOS sensor that can record 1080p HD videos, snap 20-megapixel stills, and geotagging thanks to a built-in GPS. A 3-inch touchscreen LCD display swings out from the body.
For recording at depths with poor (or not so perfect) lighting conditions, the camcorder also comes with an underwater shooting mode that tweaks the colors so you can see something that’s not washed in blue.
The frame is also dust-proof, and is built to survive drops from five feet.
It’s due out in Japan for 70,000 Yen (around $860) on May 25 with no word on international availability. But if you’re interested, Sony has launched a similar cam, the HDR-GW55VE, in Europe. Due out some time in May, it’s pretty much the same cam except for the colors.