Sony has unveiled a first for its lineup of Handycam camcorders — a waterproof model that lets you capture high-quality video or still photography. It also introduced a new Cyber-shot digital camera.

The new HDR-GW77V camcorder can capture full HD video and 20.4-megapixel photos in extreme conditions. Waterproof down to 16 feet, the camcorder’s 3.0-inch (16:9) Xtra Fine LCD touch screen (921K) remains fully operational when submerged and it also has an “Underwater Mode” thath adjusts the white balance for underwater conditions to make colors appear natural.

The HDR-GW77V Waterproof Handycam camcorder will be available later this month for about US$700, at, Sony retail stores and other authorized retailers nationwide.

The Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is Sony’s new flagship compact camera. The aluminium-built RX100 camera inherits many advanced imaging features from Sony’s a range of A-mount and E-mount cameras, delivering still images and full HD videos.

At the heart of the Cyber-shot RX100 is what Sony says is the world’s first 1.0-inch type Exmor CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 effective megapixels. Specially developed by Sony, the sensor has an area that’s approximately four times larger than the 1/2.3-type sensors in traditional point-and-shoot cameras. The sensor’s larger area takes in more light while capturing content, resulting in beautiful, detail-packed images and Full HD movie clips with very low noise, according to Sony.

The Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 digital camera will be available this July for about $650. The camera and accessories will be available at Sony retail stores and other authorized dealers nationwide.