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Sony Makes a Splash With Cyber-shot RX100, Waterproof Handycam

Summertime means summer vacations, and to help you capture all the fun memories, here comes Sony’s latest Cyber-shot camera and Handycam camcorder.

Due out in mid-July, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is the new flagship model in the company’s line of compact cameras. It’s designed for point-and-shoot users who desire some of the advanced features found in DSLR cameras but don’t want to compromise on size, and for DSLR owners looking for a smaller, secondary camera.

The 20.2-megapixel RX100 has a sensor that is about four times larger than those found in traditional point-and-shoot cameras, allowing users to capture more detailed photos and HD video.

Similar to the DSLRs, the RX100’s lens can also produce a defocused effect, where it slightly blurs the background while sharply focusing on the subject.

The camera has 3.6x optical zoom and improved image processing for faster shooting-response times. Sony says the camera can capture up to 10 frames per second in full resolution; high-speed autofocus should decrease blurring.

Other highlights include a three-inch LCD display, various effects, a pop-up flash, and auto and manual focus.

In addition to the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, Sony also unveiled the HDR-GW77V camcorder. Capable of shooting full HD video and taking 20.4-megapixel photos, it’s the first waterproof model in the Handycam line, and can be submerged in up to 16 feet of water.

An “Underwater Mode” automatically adjusts the white balance so you get more natural-looking video and photos while shooting in water, while a tilting three-inch touchscreen gives you control of the camcorder’s functions.

Not just for aquatic sports enthusiasts, the HDR GW77V is dustproof and shockproof, just in case you decide to take your adventures on land. It has image stabilization, a back-illuminated sensor, and built-in flash to help out in low-light conditions. There’s even a built-in GPS receiver, and Navteq maps allow you to geotag photos and videos.

The Sony HDR-GW77V will be available at the end of June for $699; the Cyber-shot DSC-RXO100 will cost $650 when it’s released next month.

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