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Sanyo Xacti HD700 7MP MPEG-4 High Definition 720p Camcorder with 5x Optical Zoom (Silver)
- Digital media camera combines the functionality of a digital camera with a digital camcorder
- Records high-definition digital video and 7 MP digital still images
- 5x HD zoom lens; 2.7-inch widescreen LCD
- In-camera editing; compatible with iMovie '08
- HDMI high-definition output; compatible with SD/SDHC memory cards
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|Item Dimensions||4.9 x 6.9 x 7.1 inches|
|Item Weight||3.69 pounds|
|Media Type||Flash card|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||7.38 MP|
|Shipping Weight||3.15 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||mpeg-4|
|Video Capture Resolution||720p_hd|
|Video Input Format|
From the Manufacturer
Shoot high-definition today with this elegant state-of-the-art true 720p high-definition camcorder that doubles as a 7-megapixel digital camera. Encased in a stunning enclosure, the HD700 features a 5x optical lens and a large 2.7-inch widescreen display making the HD700 as convenient as it is useful. And, a HDMI port on the docking station allows you to simply connect to the latest high-definition TVs and recorders to view and share your footage. Also, the HD700 records to the latest MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 global standard, delivering exceptional video clarity and detail while maintaining the smallest file size possible.
Xacti HD700 Highlights
5x optical zoom The HD700 digital media camera features a 5x all-glass optical zoom lens with a bright maximum aperture of f/3.5. Consisting of nine groups and twelve total lenses (3 aspheric elements, 5 aspheric surfaces), the HD700's lens provides a fantastic field-of-view with a 38-190 mm range (35 mm equivalent). Combined with the 12x digital zoom, the HD700 provides up to 60x zooming capability.
Large, 2.7-inch widescreen display The Xacti HD700 features a large 2.7 inch widescreen Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). The display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on an axis that allows you to take great video or still images from otherwise-difficult-to-view positions, especially useful when shooting in large crowds or in small rooms.
Convenient SD/SDHC memory card slot The Sanyo Xacti HD700 records high-definition and photos directly to a standard SD or SDHC memory card. In fact, the HD700 is capable of recording up to 2 hour and 46 minutes of 720p high-definition video on a single 8GB card (sold separately).
Random access Each video is recorded as an individual MPEG-4 and each still as a JPEG so you can have true random access allowing you to review a specific image or video quickly and easily, without waiting for tape rewinding or fast forwarding.
Ergonomic design The Xacti series has become known for the small size and ergonomic design. The HD700 features a comfortable angle designed to easily fit in the palm of the hand. The HD700s adapts the new 105-degree angle design that is research proven to be less tiring to hold and shoot than typical camcorders. Easy to hold and easy to shoot with, the HD700 raises the bar in compact camcorder design.
Mac OS compatible Got a Mac? The new HD700 was designed to work with Apples full complement of video editing applications including the new iMovie '08. Easily edit your movies and add them to your website or YouTube for sharing or create versions for iPod, iPhone or the Apple TV. Its easy!
Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 included For Windows Customers, the Sanyo Xacti HD700 includes the powerful award-winning Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 video editing software. Adobe Premieree Elements 3.0 software makes creating and sharing impressive home videos a snap. Burn your footage to DVD in two simple steps, complete with a DVD menu and scene index, or easily assemble your movie by rearranging clips with drag-and-drop simplicity. And share your movies on DVD, the web, mobile phones, and virtually anywhere else.
Other Great Features
- HDMI highi-definition output
- Digital image stabilization
- In-camera editing
- Innovative docking station included
- Superfast Startup (Record in as little as 1.3 seconds)
- Playback directly onto a HD or standard TV screen
- Easy connection to VCR or DVD recorder
- Remote control included
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Top Customer Reviews
I was so excited about this camcorder. I had been looking at the other Xacti models and was about to purchase the waterproof Xacti when I found out that this HD version was coming out in a few days. I ordered it immediately.
When it arrived I was very impressed with the size and feel. It is so small and compact, yet is very easy to hold and operate. Much easier than my large sony camcorder. It is a beautiful piece of technology. The screen is large and easy to view, the controls and buttons are well placed, and the overall build seems to be of high quality.
The first thing I did not like about the camcorder was how narrow the field of view was. Even when at the widest angle, most zoomed back position I felt very "zoomed-in" on the subject. I found myself having to walk farther and farther back to get all of the action in the video. This was frustrating, but I would forgive this issue if the images looked good.
I took several videos and still photos in various conditions - inside, outside, bright, dark, etc. - and then looked at the results. I was very disappointed in the quality of the videos. The stills were passable (although not nearly as good as from my Canon G9), but the videos were grainy, often out of focus, and overall of poor quality. For this price I expected more, especially of an HD camcorder.
I am returning the Xaxti today, and will either purchase a different, less expensive Xacti or will simply use the video capture of my Canon G9. If you purchase this, I highly suggest you do some tests in the first few days - and save all of the packaging materials just in case!Read more ›
I was optimistic that maybe the HD700 had been slammed by videophiles, and that it would be more than good enough for my needs, which largely involve taking family videos.
Out of the box, I recorded a few videos of my three year old bouncing around on the sofa. With the light of 3 sixty-watt bulbs 10 feet above the sofa, the video was grainy. I tried both the SHQ and the HQ modes for 720p, both were grainy. I tried the same modes with image stabilization turned off, both SHQ and HQ were just as grainy. Biggest thing I noticed was how far away from the sofa I had to stand in order to capture the entire sofa (which shouldn't be too hard, since this is a 16:9 widescreen camcorder, right)?
Next, I did a little experiment. I set the HD700 up on a tripod a large distance from a wall, and measured the size of the camera's field of view at widest zoom. To do this, I stuck removeable labels on the wall, staking out the corners of the camera's image, and marked a center dot. The camera and center dot (on the wall) were the same height above the floor. The camera lens was 152 inches from the wall; at this distance, the rectangular field of view was 67.5 inches high and 119.5 inches wide. Trig-savvy readers can verify that the field of view is 25 by 43 degrees, with a solid angle of 1075 square degrees (0.327 steradians). A theoretically perfect fish-eye lens would view a full hemisphere, or 6.28 steradians. We do not expect the Xacti HD700 to see like a fish-eye lens, but it does only see 1/19th of a hemisphere. That's pretty narrow.Read more ›
The people that read the manuals and actually learn to use things and are too busy enjoying them to bother coming back to post. So, we see bad reviews and think that some really cool things are junk.
Personally, I'm no novice. I own three video cameras and a number of digital still cameras that I know and use well, yet I am constantly missing good to even great shots/videos as I don't have a camera with me. I tried, but just got tired of "lugging" them around unless I had a specific purpose in mind. What I wanted was a pocket camera that I'd have with me whether I planned to shoot or not.
I wasn't sure what I wanted so I stared with pocket still cameras that also shot video and, after playing with a few, decided I'd be happier with a pocket video that shot stills. I did a lot of research online looking at web sites with actual still and video samples. Saw some very nice stuff from a Sanyo CG65, CA65 the HD700. The HD700 seemed to suit my needs so I looked at Sanyo's web site and read all the specs, etc. Sanyo seems to have several web site, but one Japan based one, (sanyo-dsc dot com -- click on English on the top) has a "Let's shoot more Movies" which shows some things I didn't know the camera could do and even tells you how to do them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this camera n 2008 and have used it up until mid 2012.
The white balance was horrible, always added blue to the picture no matter what you did. Read more
For the price you pay for this camera, its very good. Portable, fits in your pocket. Photos are impressive under sun light. Read morePublished on March 12, 2011 by Christopher Neary
I got this Sanyo Xacti after wanting a portable camera to take to conventions. On paper it seemed to be perfect - and I have no problem with sound quality, image quality or its... Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by Luki
Nice Small easy to use ...
Picture's are great but the 720p HD
video is not so hot !!!
I just wanted to get a camera that I could use for YouTube videos and to take decent pictures. I'm not asking for much, and I'm not a videophile. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Margaret E. Parrish
I have this camera from july 15th and only could say that it was the best buy in a lot of time. I'm not proffesional, only need a camera for good quality pictures and video, only... Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Jose Almonacid Vargas
I have used this camera for 9 months now and I like it more and more. I get excellent movies. I have made 8 2 hour movies from around the world. Read morePublished on July 3, 2009 by Elisabet World Explorer
Yes, iso 400 and above looks like mud, lens is not wide enough, image stabilization is bad and blur's your video, yes you can hear zoom in/out noise, camera zoom is not sensitive,... Read morePublished on June 21, 2009 by Deep
The size and convenience were nice, but the photos were not good. I mean, the quality is worse than the pathetic camera we're trying to replace which we got as a wedding gift... Read morePublished on May 27, 2009 by Omaha524