Sony GW55VE reviews: Flash Memory storage Full HD camcorder

16 customer reviews

+ This camcorder has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on sound quality.

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8.7 out of 10 based on 16 reviews.
Sony GW55VE: Vertically held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick Micro card. See full product description
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Mike, Letcombe Regis Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very good image quality, very good image stabiliser, excellent underwater capability. Feels very comfortable in the hand, easy to use one handed, much better zoom than its predecessor the TG7.
Bad points:
Picks up wind noise, buttons could be better placed, no internal memory (unlike the GW77 - why?).
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 7.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 Aug 2012

Jonathan , Nairobi Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Ease of use
Bad points:
Low light performance
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Jul 2012

Grillz, London Town Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Image quality
Macro function
Portable
17x Zoom
Quick start up
Steady shot
Water proof
Shock proof
Wide lens


Bad points:
Battery life
Stiff buttons
Average microphone
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Sound quality 7.0
Battery life 4.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Feb 2013

David, Norfolk Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Size. Water/dustproof.Build quality. Image quality. Ability to take stills whilst recording video
Bad points:
Difficulty in accessing/operating zoom controls whilst operating with one hand. Tw0 handed operation really necessary in view of "fiddly" controls
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 6.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Nov 2012

David, Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Compact design
Simple to use
Bad points:
No protection for lens
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Sound quality 7.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Jul 2013

John, Nottingham Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very compact and captures good stills as well as video. Low light capture is particularly good. Spare batteries are available and cheap from alternative suppliers.
Bad points:
The viewing screen is virtually useless in sunlight making it very difficult to find the subject.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 7.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Oct 2012

Paul, Cheshire Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Light weight, waterproof. Easy to use, great picture quality. I love the automatic smile recognition/picture taking when recording video
Bad points:
Touch screen not as responsive as some. Zoom buttons could have done with being a little lower on the body.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 09 Jun 2012

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format Memory card
Media format Flash Memory
Connections USB
Connections HDMI
Type of memory card Memory Stick Micro
Type of memory card microSD
Shape of camcorder Vertically held
Digital zoom ratio 120
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Weight (g) 188
Screen size (Inches) 3
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.4
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 36.3
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 363
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2012-06-12

Also known as: Sony HDR-GW55VE, Sony HDR-GW 55 VE

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Manufacturer's Description

Full HD camcorder resistant to water, dust and shocks

Record Full HD on micro memory card, 10x optical zoom/29.8mm wide angle, 7.5cm/3" LCD touchpanel, GPS

  • Resists water, dust and shocks
  • Steady video footage, even when zooming
  • Very high quality Full HD images in low light

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