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Sanyo Xacti VPC-C6 6MP MPEG4 Digital Camcorder w/5x Optical Zoom

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  • Digital media camera takes combines the functionality of a digital camera with a digital camcorder
  • Records MPEG-4 movies and 6.0-megapixel stills simultaneously
  • Clear 2.0-inch low temperature polysilicon color TFT LCD display with 210,000 total pixels
  • Highly efficient 5x optical zoom lens and 12x digital zoom
  • Compact, measuring only 2.68 x 4.25 x 0.91 inches (W x H x D)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sanyo
  • Model: VPC-C6
  • Media Type: Camcorder
  • Lens Type: fixed
  • Optical zoom: 5 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 7 x 5 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000E1HW6A
  • Item model number: VPC-C6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,364 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 28, 2005

Product Description

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The Sanyo VPC-C6 Xacti Digital Media Camera with 5x Optical Zoom is a compact digital media device that combines the functionality of a digital camera and a digital camcorder. Different than a standard digital camera that shoots short video clips, the VPC-C6 offers advanced video performance and high-quality stills in one small, lightweight camera.

The Xacti C6 employs Sanyo's proprietary image-adaptive data processing technology, which enables you to shoot MPEG-4 movies and 6.0-megapixel stills simultaneously. Movies are recorded clearly, with TV-like picture quality (VGA/30 frames per second [fps]). The C6 also features a 60 fps playback function for smooth movie playback on your TV screen, along with high-sensitivity technology that enables you to shoot beautiful moves in low-light conditions.

Leading the C6's charge towards crisp digital video and stills is the prominently displayed, highly efficient 5x optical zoom lens. The lens features 12 elements designed in nine groups with a built-in neutral density filter, and a maximum aperture of f3.5 for wide and f4.7 in telephoto angles. This construction allows for clear images in even low-light situations. Combine the optical zoom with a 12x digital zoom, and the C6 is capable of a total 60x zoom. The C6 features a two-inch low-temperature polysilicon color TFT LCD display with 210,000 total pixels. The display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on an axis for taking great video or still images from otherwise-difficult-to-view positions. And when not in use, the screen tucks securely back into the side of the camera for a pocket-sized portability and convenience.

As with all of Sanyo's previous digital media cameras, the C6 can record still images in addition to video. The C6 employs a richly detailed CCD and the same data processing technology used for shooting video. This ensures low digital noise in dark shooting locations, as well as beautiful realization of skin tones and colors. While conventional digital camcorders can often snap stills, they are usually low quality. And while conventional digital cameras can record short video, they are frequently grainy with a slow response speed. The Xacti C6 can do it all, recording both 6.0-megapixel still images and digital video on the same unit. You can even snap a still image while recording digital video with the simple press of the shutter button.

The Xacti C6 is ultra thin (it's less than one-inch wide!) and ergonomically designed. The hand grip and lenses are angled to enable a natural shooting style, and the thumb-operated controls make it exceptionally easy to use whenever opportunity strikes. Sanyo was thinking chic and classy when they designed this camera. The attractive color suggests a luxurious jewelry motif, and the shape and size make it easy to carry around with you every day, just as you would a stylish and tasteful fashion accessory.

Sanyo also makes it a breeze to connect the Xacti C6 to a TV, VCR, PC, or DVD recorder. This means you can easily play back recorded images and stills on your home entertainment system, or make back-up copies of your recorded content while you're enjoying the footage. When you're done enjoying the show, simply place the Xacti C6 into the included docking station to save recorded clips and stills to your computer's hard drive where they can be edited and archived.

What's in the Box
VPC-C6 digital camcorder, Sanyo software pack 7.4, docking station, AV cable, USB cable, AC power adapter, lens cap, soft case, battery, remote controller, cable adapter, and neck strap.

Product Description

6 Megapixel MPEG 4 Digital Camcorder with built-in Image Stabilization , 5X Optical Zoom.and 2" LCD Display.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Cons: bad low light stills, hard to stabilize (downside of being very small).
J & A
Also, to be clear, the video quality is still superior to anything seen in the best of analog camcorders.
Orson Wang
Camera was what I expected, I am very pleased with it's portability, and usefulness.
Robert J. Samson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. Knoll on April 20, 2006
I just purchased a C6 and took it to Disneyland to video the kids. Bottom line is that I love this cam. Here are my thoughts after using it for one week:

Without a doubt, the size makes this camera so much more usable than larger models for "on the go" shooting. I have a mini DVD cam that fits in your palm, but you can't put it in your pocket. For me, its a pain to have to get it in and out of a fanny pack or whatever and I miss shots. For a trip like Disneyland, it was so nice to be able to have this thing in my pocket and be able to take it out fast and discretely shoot all kinds of great shots on rides, etc. After a few hours, I could literally take it out of my pocket, flip the screen up with my thumb and be shooting in about 3 seconds! And being able to go back and forth between pictures and video gave me way more shots that I wouldn't get by having to dig out the camera. I just hate having to carry around all the gear.

As far as quality, the photos turned out pretty good. I expected less based on the other reviews. I have not enlarged anything yet. My only complaint would be a bit overly saturated colors. I may be able to fix that setting in the camera. The best shots were bright sunlight at the pool.

Video quality is decent, better than I expected at low light. It focused pretty well at low light. I got some good results on indoor rides. My favorite thing to do is hold the camera out and shoot myself and my son on a ride. The size makes this easy to do and of course you can turn the screen around so you can see yourself. I can do it with my DVD cam, but it gets heavy and is bulky.

The anti-shake is not that great. You really have to watch how much you move it around. It works, it just could be better.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Telstar on March 30, 2006
I like this because it is small and ergonomically well designed. I am keeping it. However, there are many tradeoffs and issues that anyone should note:

1. The movie function is better in quality than stills for almost all conditions.

2. The movie function sound picks up faint noise from absolutely everything the camera does, from zoom to auto adjust the focus. This can only be heard under quiet conditions, but it is there, and in fact mentioned in the manual.

3. The low light still is very poor, except if it is pitch dark and you set it for that condition. I find taking pictures indoors without the flash superior than with it on.

4. The camera is very sensitive to shakes during still...and the image stabalizer only works for movies. This really needs a good image stabalizer for stills, since slight motion ruins the image, particularly in zoom.

5. It is true you can take a still while recording a movie. However, what is not mentioned, is that the movie is interrupted during the capture and that sounds of shutter clicking at quite high level invade the audio

I love the camera for convenience and remarkable capability.

From other reviews, the new HD version solves none of the issues I mention.

Well-taken stills with the Epson Picturemate printer are excellent.

Just be patient and have a very very steady hand.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Orson Wang on December 17, 2006
This is a camcorder for the digital age. Tiny, multi-functional, and flexible. No ancient-technology magnetic tape. As with any product on the leading edge, there are many shortcomings.

Let's dispense with the obvious. This device is all about compact go-anywhere flexibility and ease. For best image quality, a dedicated mini-DV camcorder and dedicated digital still camera is the only way to go. In fact, buying a separate camcorder and still camera may likely be less expensive than the Sanyo C6 while resulting in superior quality.

Overall image quality is best described as "OK". The poor lens zoom and aperture is more befitting a $100 digital camera than a $400 device. The flash is weak and will not light many scenes that any other still camera would light. In addition, since the flash is not offset in any way from the lens, red-eye is virtually guaranteed at any range. This is not a problem with digital touch-up being common practice, but plan on touching up more often. Low light conditions drag down image quality dramatically in video mode. Virtually any digital camcorder at any price will outperform this Sanyo in video mode in any situation, but a little day light goes a long way towards improving video quality with the Xacti C6. Also, to be clear, the video quality is still superior to anything seen in the best of analog camcorders.

For all these negatives, the convenience can be truly revolutionary. One can wear the tiny VPC-C6 around the neck all day. This causes an amazing change in attitude towards video. Since the Sanyo is so compact, no one would think twice about bringing it along on any minor travel.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Little Sheep on February 1, 2006
We owned the previous Sanyo Xacti C5 and thought it was great. Since my son needed a camera for college, we sent him off with the C5 after we purchased the C6. While they look quite similar and noticeably, the C6 has been upgraded to 6 megapixels, I can tell you that the quality of videos and stills on this is dramatically improved. The C5 was great, but this camera is one of the best.

The camera is great for shooting both live action video (Up to 1 hours with a 1GB SD card - sold separately) as well as still images (6 MegaPixel). You can actually shoot a still image while you are shooting video - Yes, both at the same time!!! Camera is ultra compact and ultra cool in looks and style. MPEG-4 recordings playback flawlessly on either my Mac at home or my Windows at work and I've copied a few over to my iPod Video and am constantly singing this products praises to people at the gym when I show the videos on my iPod. MPEG-4 movies also e-mail quite easily. It is so light and convenient that I shoot more with it since it is always with me.

Great camera!
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