Sony HDR GW55VE: Review

The Sony HDR-GW55VE is one of the latest Full HD Sony HandyCam resistant to water, dust and shock equipped with high-speed BIONZ processor. The camera is equipped with a microSD memory card / SDHC, 10x optical zoom and wide angle 29.8 mm. The device is extremely thin, it is also equipped with 3-inch LCD touch display and GPS module for registration of the positions in which you perform your recordings.

Among the various features we will find the Intelligent Auto mode (iAUTO), the focus continues, the Quick AF and convenient Golf Shot feature that allows the camera to capture a sequence of images at high speed to capture the moment better than a rapid succession of events and images.

Sony HDR GW55VE: Design

The Sony HDR-GW55VE is one of the last premium Sony camcorders with a very simple design and research that finds its main feature in the rugged side of the same: and the camcorder is resistant to water, dust and shock.

The device is extremely easy to handle thanks to the small size and equal to 70.2 x 105.5 x 32.2 mm and weighs 188 grams without battery. On the side of the camera there is a beautiful Xtra Fine LCD screen 3-inch touch screen with a resolution of 921K dots and TruBlack technology to obtain high-contrast images.

Sony HDR GW55VE: Features and Capabilities

The Sony HDR-GW55VE is a premium series camera with advanced technological features and high-level features. Among its main sides are its rugged features that allow it to withstand water up to 5 meters deep, resist dust / sand and withstand the shocks, so that the user need not worry too much about the sensitivity of the device.

The Handycam allows you to record Full HD 1,920 x 1,080p high bitrate with 50p progressive shooting mode in order to obtain a smooth picture quality and a very high, all through a G lens with 10x optical zoom and a focal length F 1.8 -3.4 in combination with a CMOS sensor Exmor R type 1/3.91 (4.6 mm) backlit with extremely high sensitivity.

The videos are made extremely stable thanks to the presence of the Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode which stabilizes images with the elimination of vibration on the move, even when you realize all the still images to 20.4 MP high-quality technology ensures By Pixel Super Resolution that will be displayed on the beautiful Xtra Fine LCD touch 3-inch with a resolution of 921K dots and TruBlack technology for high-contrast images.


The camera is equipped with various automatic features such as find extremely interesting the Intelligent Auto mode (iAUTO) able to recognize 99 different types of scenes and then adjust the settings to get the best results, also using the new underwater mode made possible by aforementioned rugged features of the device.

The camcorder has the excellent function of focus continues to be selected via the touch display once framed the subject that interests us and Quick AF (auto focus). In addition to all this, allowed by the presence of more powerful BIONZ processor at high speed, we will find the features Face Detection and Smile Shutter.

Very effective direct copy movies directly from the camera on a hard drive without the aid of a PC, and very useful compatibility with DVDDIrect Express, through the unit Sony optional compatible, allowing you to burn your creations directly to AVCHD or standard-definition DVDs.

The camcorder as well as being equipped with microHDMI output, is equipped with built-in GPS that allows the automatic detection of the geographical location for photos and movies, going to further complete its rugged character.


The Sony HDR-GW55VE is one of the latest Sony HandyCam home with a strong and determined character rugged further delineated by the presence of the GPS module. The functionality of the device are advanced and extremely efficient, as well as its sharing functionality and wired playback of movies.

Extremely functional interface simple navigation to events that is very intuitive, as well as the direct copy function on external hard drive without using the PC. The only defect of the camcorder, if the defect can speak, is the price, not exactly popular.

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PROS : Simple and intuitive interface; Waterproof and resistant to dust and shock; Bionz; microHDMI output, GPS module, Design and dimensions.

CONS : Price.

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