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post #601 of 637
the fact that the colors look washed out are in fact a great feature. That makes the video more "gradable" in post. Its like a flat or cinema profile. I think its perfect. You can use it straight out of the camera just like you can see in Mark's videos (and they are great) but you still have some space to work in post.

sharpness is just a contrast trick, you can add it in post. If you are talking about detail, that camera is awesome as you can see in lab tests. Some people think that the images lack detail because of the deep DOF that is really distracting. Some people actually think that DSLR videos are sharper, just because of the shallow DOF that calls attention to the subject.


So well, what you think its a problem is actually some of the strong points of this camera. and its small and waterproof! I have camcorders, full frame DSLR's, and APS-C mirrorless. If I had to choose only one camera for videos, the GW77 would be the one!!

cheers
post #602 of 637
I think its because I am comparing it to my SD600 which is miles better. I am selling and plan to buy the x920 or x800 smile.gif ...... Are any Sony camcorders worth considering?
post #603 of 637
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Originally Posted by jamieuk147 View Post

Not to sure what the buz is about this camcorder the colours seem washed out and is really unsharp producing a soft image. I am coming from a Panasonic SD600 frown.gif

You might have a defective cam? My GW77 does not shoot "soft" video. It's razor sharp, and it's video looks tremendous on my 60" plasma. I have a Panasonic TM900, a newer model to your SD600, and my GW77 performs admirably against it. The TM900 is one of the sharpest video producing cams you can get out there..
post #604 of 637
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Originally Posted by spyker1212 View Post

http://www.sony-asia.com/corporate/resources/en_AP/pdf/AP(24April13)-EnjoyHassle-freeShootingandViewingofVideoswithHandycamHDR-GWP88.pdf

To capture the full spectacle of expansive landscapes or group shots, you may also use the
optional VCL-HGE08G Wide End Conversion Lens. The 23.8mm wide angle lens allows for
easy shooting of extra-wide scenes without moving the camcorder from side to side, and
increases the magnification ratio of 0.8x to 0.9x when used underwater. The lens will definitely
be handy for keeping your subjects in frame, and will help maximise each shot in every scene.
VCL-HGE08G Wide End Conversion Lens for sony gwp88
http://www.sony.jp/handycam/products/VCL-HGE08G/

Anybody know if this conversion lens work on our GW77V? Sony Japan's product page says it's compatible with GW66 and GWP88, but makes no mention of the GW77.
post #605 of 637
Congratulations to me. I finally, after what seemed like forever, got my HDR-GW77v. Now if only I could go on vacation to some neat, exotic, place.smile.gif
post #606 of 637
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Originally Posted by Railfan View Post

Congratulations to me. I finally, after what seemed like forever, got my HDR-GW77v. Now if only I could go on vacation to some neat, exotic, place.smile.gif
Wonderful! Can't wait for some video samples.

Bill
post #607 of 637
Thanks Bill. Have always enjoyed your opinions, suggestions, and support. Now I will have to get a Vimeo account, or whatever.

Mike
post #608 of 637
How do you access the extended zoom? I am not interested in the digital zoom, just the extended zoom that goes up to 17x.

Thanks.
Mike
post #609 of 637
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Originally Posted by Railfan View Post

How do you access the extended zoom? I am not interested in the digital zoom, just the extended zoom that goes up to 17x.

Thanks.
Mike

It is automatic in VIDEO mode. According to the specifications, if you have SteadyShot set to OFF or STANDARD, the zoom will be 10X. If SteadyShot is set to ACTIVE, the zoom will be 17X. A quick test I did with the camera verifies this. It doesn't work in PHOTO mode - the zoom is 10X in PHOTO mode whether SteadyShot is ON or OFF.
post #610 of 637
Thanks David. Kinda limiting isn't it. From what I have experienced with the SR11, when set on a tripod, the active steadyshot doesn't like it.
Mike
post #611 of 637
Hi Everyone,

I joined the forum because I cannot find an HDR-GW77. Are they not sold in the US anymore, or is there a newer model? Can anyone help me? I want and need one of these cameras but I can't find any US sources. I have found the cameras from Japan but it sounds like all the camera menu's are in Japanese. Could I get by not being able to read the menu's or is there another source for one of these?

Thanks to anyone who can help me.
post #612 of 637
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Originally Posted by jthomascarlson View Post

Hi Everyone,

I joined the forum because I cannot find an HDR-GW77. Are they not sold in the US anymore, or is there a newer model? Can anyone help me? I want and need one of these cameras but I can't find any US sources. I have found the cameras from Japan but it sounds like all the camera menu's are in Japanese. Could I get by not being able to read the menu's or is there another source for one of these?

Thanks to anyone who can help me.

i bought my sony gw77 from bhphoto. i checked their website today and sony gw77 is discontinued.

new model replacement for sony gw77 is out. it's the sony gwp88. available in asia but not yet available in the u.s.

the sony gwp88 takes same battery as sony rx100.


http://www.yugatech.com/photography/sony-hdr-gwp88-handycam-in-the-flesh-hands-on-revie/


i love my sony gw77. it's in my pocket all the time.
post #613 of 637
I myself, just got a new GW77. I found it in a local camera shop right in my town. None of the big box stores had it, and I couldn't find it online. But surprise, surprise, there were two of 'em in this little mom and pop camera shop. Go figure. The name of the store is: The Camera Shop, in Traverse City, Mi.

Mike
post #614 of 637
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Originally Posted by avonord View Post

Anybody know if this conversion lens work on our GW77V? Sony Japan's product page says it's compatible with GW66 and GWP88, but makes no mention of the GW77.

I was very interested in this conversion lens, but it looks to me that it will not work. There are recessed openings on the top AND the bottom of the GW66 and GW88 to accept and lock the conversion lens in place. Here is a pic of the top portion of the GW66. There is the same opening on the bottom as well...bummer.

post #615 of 637
If anyone's interested, I picked up a GoPro 3 Black edition + "the bobber" and have been having a blast shooting handheld underwater videos. I get over an hour straight and while there's no zoom, it's pretty wide (15 or 20mm ~35mm equivalent), does high speed shooting (120 FPS @ 720 p) and even 48FPS @ 1440p.
The GoPro is a blast; I regret not buying one sooner. Get the "touchback" LCD for it. You can mount this freaking thing anywhere, do decent time-lapse photography, control it with a tablet / smart phone, and mount it with suction cups to your windshield, front of your car, tripods, bicycle handlebars, helmets, mini-helicopters, etc.
post #616 of 637
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shield View Post

If anyone's interested, I picked up a GoPro 3 Black edition + "the bobber" and have been having a blast shooting handheld underwater videos. I get over an hour straight and while there's no zoom, it's pretty wide (15 or 20mm ~35mm equivalent), does high speed shooting (120 FPS @ 720 p) and even 48FPS @ 1440p.
The GoPro is a blast; I regret not buying one sooner. Get the "touchback" LCD for it. You can mount this freaking thing anywhere, do decent time-lapse photography, control it with a tablet / smart phone, and mount it with suction cups to your windshield, front of your car, tripods, bicycle handlebars, helmets, mini-helicopters, etc.

i have a gopro2 with wifi. use it a few times. but now it's sitting in the cabinet together with my sony xr550.

i take my sony gw77 anywhere i go. and i love it.
post #617 of 637
Was going to pick up the GW66 but just noticed the GW88 was announced. When will the new one be released?

What are the main differences?

Thanks
post #618 of 637
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by space2001 View Post

Was going to pick up the GW66 but just noticed the GW88 was announced. When will the new one be released?

What are the main differences?

Thanks

As far as I can tell the only important difference is the built-in projector, which is relatively weak:

Light Output: Up to 13 lumen
Resolution Output: 640 x 360
Screen Coverage: 10 type - 100 type
Throw Distance: Approx. 0.5m( 1.6feet ) or over.

It may also use the newer Sony battery BX1. And there may be some add-on lens attachment for it.

The GW88VE is available in Hong Kong (PAL).
post #619 of 637
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Originally Posted by rupterr View Post

I was very interested in this conversion lens, but it looks to me that it will not work. There are recessed openings on the top AND the bottom of the GW66 and GW88 to accept and lock the conversion lens in place. 

 

I use a PAL GW66 (from Japan) and an NTSC GW66V (from Canada). I purchased the conversion lens from Japan. It will not fit the GW77, only the GW66 and GW88. It handles well, however. There is a menu item to tell the camera you are using it, and you can zoom quite well with it (it very occasionally fails to focus when zooming). It is just enough wider to make a difference when you really need that difference. But I carry a GoPro in my bag for those really nasty wide B-rolls...

 

As far as I can see, the primary difference between GW66 and GW77 (which I haven't used) is the 25% larger battery. With the caveat that I really, really, want to be able to take 30fps video with a 30fps fixed shutter, and Sony doesn't allow this, the GW66 is really just flawless as a pocket camcorder. And on a tripod, with an Anker Astro3E external battery, it will run 60p for 12 hours - only stopping every 5hrs or so to change the 64GB SDXC cards...

post #620 of 637

Having problems with a Kingston SDC10/32GB card. Write speeds are very slow and I'm getting a 'Buffer Overflow' message when shooting HD video over 20 sec in duration.

Swopped out for the Samsung SD 2GB card from my phone and the camera works fine.

 

Just wondered what 32GB cards work best with GW55VE?

post #621 of 637

so  we should all run and sell our gw77 and buy the gw-66 or 88, can anyone tell us the main difference not battery life but main differences (picture quality, video recording capabilities etc)

 

another question any one knows if a 64gb or larger sd cards would work on the 77

 

one more thing and just for the masses i own a 77 and its my best friend ever since

post #622 of 637
I have been using 64 GB micro SDXC cards in my GW77 with no problem at all.
post #623 of 637
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Originally Posted by David Sholle View Post

I have been using 64 GB micro SDXC cards in my GW77 with no problem at all.


Thank you for the input I would like to buy a 128 GB for my 77 but was afraid it won't work at least a 64 will work

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post #624 of 637
The 64 GB micro SDXC cards are at the sweet spot for price per GB. BHphotovideo has both Sandisk and sony for $55 each. I have used the Sandisk cards without problems, and although I have not used the Sony micro SDXC cards, I have used Sony 64 GB SDXC cards without problems. Are 128 GB micro SDXC cards even available?
post #625 of 637
Quote:
Originally Posted by David Sholle View Post

The 64 GB micro SDXC cards are at the sweet spot for price per GB. BHphotovideo has both Sandisk and sony for $55 each. I have used the Sandisk cards without problems, and although I have not used the Sony micro SDXC cards, I have used Sony 64 GB SDXC cards without problems. Are 128 GB micro SDXC cards even available?

 

i just checked it and yes your right a 128 GB micro Sd doesn't exist yet just the regular one, i guess ill stick on buying a 64 and use my 32 as a backup.

post #626 of 637
Guys how about activating the XV colors all the time now since I have a 4 k tv I thought it's a good idea what do you think?

Again I am stuck in this dilemma I need to get the best of the cam and that's why it's always set at 1080p Very happy with it but my problem is the laptop can't play it back try pied all programs but it simple starts cutting and freezing, I think the only option is putting it on 1080i,will I lose lots of picture quality or both setting are the same but it's only in my head?
post #627 of 637

Any one found a solution to keep the camera steady on walking and running yet?  Because of the form factor I don't know what to buy to balance this camera.  Any one have any luck with a brushless gimbal or steadicam?  What do you recommend?

post #628 of 637

zoom out all the way and walk slowly :), its a common problem with such camera's, regarding brushless gimbal or steadicam do you really add this bulk of aluminum on you? unless your making a pro video its something else..i don't know if this cam is compatible but i think it should be with the universal screw on the bottom,

 

remember its a tiny fun cam for me their is no harm to shake a bit on my video's but if you need a real steadiness then look for something bigger and better ill say wait for the 4k sony handycam to come out and stabilize (price and tech wise) and invest in one of those i know because that's my plan :)

post #629 of 637

It's because I took it on vacation got a lot of good footage only to realize when playing it back, I get really dizzy and sick.

post #630 of 637

Ok, this is from my latest vacation.  All footage was taken via the GW77 with little post processing other than stitching and cutting.

 

 

My favorite all around vlogging cam.  The GW77 is really a powerful piece of equipment in a form factor that you can carry anywhere.

Can't wait to get my hands on the FDR-AX100 though!

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