Sony debuts first waterproof Handycam

Set to debut around late May in Japan, Sony's first waterproof Handycam packs a cavalcade of features that would make nearly any similarly sized shooter blush in comparison.

Despite the small stature, the HDR-GW77V can go up to 16 feet under water (for up to an hour), survive a near 5-foot drop, and resist dust.

As for imaging specifics, the engineers at Sony packed a lot into a very little device, with buzz-worthy features such as 20.4-megapixel resolution, full 1080p (60fps) video capture up to 28Mbps, and 10x optical zoom. Other notable features in the tiny shooter (1.2-inch width and 4.15-inch height) include a pop-out 3-inch touch screen, 16GB internal storage (with option to expand via SDHC or Memory Stick Micro), panoramic photos, and a built-in GPS chip for geotagging photos. … Read more

This Day in Tech: Tracking the hacks; app-building for Windows 8

Too busy to keep up with today's tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Friday, June 17.

Apple, Google clouds can't snub publishers The influence of music publishers is growing, and one man is leading them to what they hope is more digital music dollars. More

Keeping up with the hackers This handy chart provides a timeline of the computer attacks and hacks that have happened over the past few months. More

Web apps get ultimate endorsement: Win 8 Web-style programming in the next generation of Windows is a radical break for … Read more

First Take: Sony Handycam DCR-SR68

The Sony Handycam DCR-SR68 is the 2010 refresh of 2009's SR67, which was the same as the SR47 we reviewed, but with a larger hard drive. The 60x optical zoom and imaging sensor are carried over from those models, so we expect the video quality of the SR68 to be essentially the same.

The upgrades include a higher resolution touch-screen LCD, the ability to store to Memory Sticks or SD/SDHC cards when not using the hard drive, and an LED video light.

CNET is currently testing the Sony Handycam DCR-SR68 and will have a full review completed shortly. … Read more

Western Digital announces external media drive

Nowadays, many media recording and playback devices, such as camcorders, TVs, DVRs, and Blu-ray players, use external storage devices for storage. If you own one of those and wonder which storage device is most compatible with it, Western Digital might have what you're looking for.

The company announced Wednesday the new My Passport AV portable media drive that's designed to store digital content for digital media players and recorders. According to company representatives, the new drive "delivers the formatting and low-power consumption that assures out-of-the-box compatibility with many leading consumer electronics devices."

WD assures that the … Read more

Why so much hate for the Memory Stick?

Last week I posted a review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1, but this post is not really about my review. It's about two user reviews (written by users I doubt have actually used the camera). One calls my review flawed, while the other praises the camera and then gives it a half-star rating out of five stars. Why? Sony's use of Memory Stick media for storage.

According to the first user review, the reason my review was "flawed" was because I didn't mention the use of Memory Stick media as a con and a reason … Read more

Just die already: Standard-definition camcorders

In the course of testing standard-definition camcorders, more often than not, I stumble upon a user review where the person complains that their cell phone takes better video than--insert model name here. Sadly, that appraisal is probably not far from the truth.

For example, the recently reviewed Sony Handycam DCR-SX41 and Samsung SMX-F34 flash-based camcorders are no great shakes in the video department. I have used smaller, cheaper devices that take as good or better video than these camcorders. The only things they really offer are megazoom lenses, compact, lightweight bodies, and better controls and shooting options--all at sub-$300 … Read more