Summary: The sony handycam is a must by!!! It's unfortunate that Sony discontinued it on their website? But if you can find one... Get your hands on it ASAP!!! It is a great little camera!!! It's small, compact and light weight! I have the Sanyo Xacti I'm comparing it too... Sony beats it hands down!!! When they say HD, they mean HD!!! It's got soo many features with it... Even GPS!!! Which is nuts!!! The one con is... The only new Sony Handycam (not re-furbished or used...
Summary: As owner of a first generation Flip, I purchased the HDR-GW77V because it was rated best "pocket camcorder." I had considered some "prosumer" camcorders, but found them to be complex, with more controls and options that I would ever use in a lifetime. The HDR-GW77V is simple in its operation and use, while still producing high-quality video. You grip and point the HDR-GW77V just as you would a firearm.
Summary: Finally a video/photo/water proof camera that fits in my pocket. Crisp full HD video with high resolution photos. I take it to the pool, and it takes awsome video and photos both out and under water. Surprisingly light and small. Just a tad thicker than a cell phone.
Summary: I've had the GW77 for a week. Despite the few complaints about what the camcorder isn't, I'll tell you what it is. If your looking for something small to take along on trips, as well as at home, I think this it! It's very light, which some may complain its hard to hold steady. That's where the OIS with Active mode comes in. You can actually walk and shoot video and get very good results.
Summary: I've had this camera for a couple of days now. My initial impressions are that the HDR-GW77V may be the best Handycam yet. I have owned multiple generations of Sony cameras, consumer and pro, from VHS to Hi8 to Digital8 to miniDV to HDD, and now microSD flash memory. The form factor of this one is similar to the older miniDV DCR-PC55, but slimmer and lighter. The PC55 was a nice DV pocket cam, but the colors and low light performance were a compromise for the size.