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Sanyo Xacti VPC-E1 6MP Waterproof MPEG4 Camcorder with 5x Optical Zoom (White)

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  • Waterproof digital camcorder
  • Shoot 640 x 480-pixel video clips and 6-megapixel still images simultaneously
  • 5x optical zoom; 2.5-inch LCD screen
  • Built-in image stabilization
  • Up to 80 minutes recording time per 1GB memory card (not included)

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Product Description

Product Description

6.0 Megapixels 2.5" Lcd Display 5X Optical Zoom Records Full-Motion Video Up To 5 Ft Under Water For Up To 30 Min H.264 Mpeg-4 High Compression Technology Reduces Mpeg-4 File Size By Up To 25% Records Up To 10 Hours Of Full-Motion Video Or More Than 4000 Still Images On An Optional 8 Gb Secure Digital High-Capacity Memory Card Mpeg-4 Files Directly Can Be Transported Into Itunes Software & Easily Transferred To Ipod Video Ccd Image Sensor Built-In Image Stabilizer Records High-Quality Audio With Wind Roar Reduction Red Eye Reduction Includes A High-Capacity Li-Ion Battery White

From the Manufacturer

The new waterproof Sanyo Xacti E1 camcorder captures stunning digital video and beautiful 6-megapixel photos -- on land and even underwater!

Practically four cameras in one, the Xacti E1 allows you to shoot both photos and video at a park, birthday party, or virtually anywhere else on dry land. And, when the opportunity presents itself, you can also shoot both photos and video while snorkeling or while just playing around in a swimming pool. This powerful little camcorder easily records both full 640x480 resolution video at 30 frames-per-second and high-resolution 6-megapixel digital still images, all of which are handily stored to a standard SD or SDHC flash memory card (sold separately).

Sanyo Xacti VPC-E1 Highlights

Designed to IPX8 international standard for waterproof The Xacti E1 is capable of recording full-motion video five feet underwater for up to 30 minutes. Incorporating a water-tight design that can resist the pressure created when submersed at five feet, the Xacti E1 is capable of capturing dramatic photos and video footage underwater to share with less adventurous family members and friends.

Fujifilm FinePix Z10fd features and highlights
Incorporates the highly advanced AVC/H.264 video compression This makes posting movies on the Internet or e-mailing them to friends and family easier by reducing the file size. In fact, the file size can be up to 25 percent smaller than that of typical MPEG-4 cameras. To accomplish the complexity of encoding AVC/H.264 in real-time on the E1, a dedicated Qpixel-brand H.264 video compression IC was incorporated into the camera that was designed specifically for portable consumer devices to achieve high video quality while simultaneously reducing the system power consumption. The result is high-quality video recording up to a total of 10 hours of full-motion video with an 8 GB SDHC memory card (in TV-HQ mode). The Xacti E1 can also record up to a total of 5 hours of video with a 4 GB SDHC memory card, up to 2.5 hours with a standard 2GB SD card, and up to 1.25 hours with a standard SD card.

Large, 2.5-inch 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, proving to be especially useful when shooting underwater or in small rooms.

Setting the E1 camcorder apart from other video cameras begins inside You can find an advanced 6.37-megapixel (total) CCD image sensor inside the E1. The large sensor allows the E1 to capture high-resolution, 6-megapixel still images in addition to recording high-quality digital videos with full-range stereo sound.

Record up to a total of 10 hours of full motion video Or capture up to 4000 6-megapixel still images on a 8GB SDHC memory card, up to 5 hours of video with a 4 GB SDHC memory card, up to 2.5 hours with a 2GB standard SD card, and up to 1.25 hours with a 1GB standard SD card.

Import files directly into iTunes software Easy transfer to your video-capable iPod allows you to share a quick video the next time you are asked how the kids are doing!

Fujifilm FinePix Z10fd features and highlights
Ever need to capture still images while you’re already shooting video? The E1 enables simultaneous shooting of both 6-megapixel still images and 640 x 480-pixel video clips with a simple press of the shutter button during the shooting of a movie clip. You will never need to miss another precious photo opportunity. (Depending on the mode used to take still images, simultaneous video clip shooting may be interrupted. While shooting video clips, using the digital image stabilizer may change the angle of view for still images.)

Sophisticated image stabilizer Using a proprietary Sanyo algorithm, the E1 automatically compensates for distracting up-and-down or side-to-side camera movement, keeping your subject steady and easy to follow. It accurately distinguishes between unintentional camera shake and deliberate camera movement. This handy feature operates in both wide-angle and telephoto modes, giving every shot a solid, professional-looking feel.

5x optical zoom with a bright maximum aperture of f/3.5 Consisting of 9 groups and 12 total lenses, the E1’s lens provides a fantastic field-of-view with a 38-190 mm range (35mm equivalent). Combined with the 12x digital zoom, the E1 provides up to 60x zooming capability.

Super-fast start-up Reduce your chance of missing the moment. The Xacti E1 media camera is designed for super fast start-up and shooting. With the tapeless design, the E1 eliminates the need to queue up a tape deck, allowing the E1 to begin shooting in as little as 1.7 seconds! When the E1 is powered on, closing the LCD display puts the E1 in standby mode. Simply open the display and the E1 automatically powers up and can begin immediately recording in as little as 1.7 seconds.

Includes a high-capacity Sanyo brand lithium-ion battery The DBL-L20U is a high-voltage, 3.7-volt battery designed to work with the Sanyo Xacti E1 camera. High-energy density design minimizes the battery size and weight, making it perfect for use in small, portable cameras. The DBL-L20 is designed to resist memory accumulation so it provides a full charge every time.

Easy playback of recorded video directly on a TV Connect the E1 to a VCR or DVD Recorder to back-up copies of recorded content. Still images and video clips on the Xacti E1 are played back continuously and in chronological order. The Xacti E1 offers convenient connection to a PC. With simple drag-and-drop operation, it's easy to save recorded video clips and still images onto a computer's hard disk for emailing, editing or archiving.

On or off, the E1 is a true work of art Ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, most video and still functions can be easily accessed with the thumb of the hand used to hold the camera. Available in Blue, White and Yellow, the E1’s design is likely to get as much attention as your videos.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 1.6 x 4.8 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: VPC-E1W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,321 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at May 22, 2007

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cummins on October 28, 2007
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This is a great little camera is many ways. It also has some shortcomings, but they are few and minor, so I am very happy with my purchase. I'll review both my likes and dislikes about the camera.

Let me state first that I work as a film editor (using Final Cut Pro), videographer, compositor, photographer and anything multimedia related for the largest county in the US. I am fortunate to have access to the latest and greatest equipment and have a ton of fun doing my job! On occasion, though, I have wished I had a camera like the Xacti with me - particularly when I wanted to take some personal photos or video during an event I was covering, or if I had some kind of video or photographic equipment failure and needed a quick stand-in. The Xacti is not a pro-series camera, but in a pinch it can do a pretty good job of standing-in. It is a 6-megapixal camera, so the photos are clear and sharp, you will find many adjustments, filters, focusing options available in its easy-to-use menu. Same goes for the video. Easy to adjust, set it the way you want, and it's ready when you are. It is incredibly easy to use - can't say this enough - there are only three buttons - one to take a picture, one to start video and one for zoom. Because the Xacti uses flash media, all you have to do is open the viewfinder and the camera is ready to shoot. There is no tape to spool, nothing to wait for - instant shooting, and no shot to miss. Transferring to your computer for editing is just as easy - either use the included USB cable and attach the Xacti to your computer, or use a card adapter. I purchased two 4GB flash cards and have been pretty amazed by how much they will hold.
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147 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Derek Tang on June 28, 2007
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I used to be a sony/panasonic/canon user on AV products. After my 3-year-old sony Mini DV cam decided to quit, I was looking for a next-gen video cam that doesn't use those ultra-annoying tapes. (I cannot believe any people out there will still buy a tape-driven-camcorder in this century.)

There are basically 3 options on the market: DVD based, hard disk based and flash memory based. I think among these three options, flash memory based is the true future solution for all the camcorder products out there since it the smallest, lightest, and fastest to load. You don't have to hook up you camcorder to the computer to download the clips like what you would do with a hard disk based camcorder. And with a 2GB, you can shoot high quality video for 1.25 hr. Which is essentially more than a mini DV tape can offer. Plus, you can get 8GB SD HC card these days. Means you can shoot 5 hrs of video without swapping. (Of course swapping in additional cards is no-brainer anyway.) I appreciate the large storage of a hard disk camcorder. But hey, who is going to shoot over 5 hours of boring family video on a single trip?? Beside, even if you need to shoot over 5 hours, you can always buy/bring more SD cards. But that's not the case for a hard disk camcorder. Once it ran out of space, you are doomed. Also don't forget that you are putting all the eggs in one basket if you think storing all the clips in a 40GB in-camera-hard-drive is a convenience. I think majority of us have experienced the capital punishment of hard drive crashes.

Enough words with the reason to buy, let's talk about my experience with this product after using it for one week. First of all the color of this product is blue on the side you see from all the pictures you can find on the web.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 19, 2007
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I recently visited the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and took a whirlpool jet boat tour. If you want more details on the tour then google it. Basically, the tour involves a high speed / open air jet boat that takes you through category 5 rapids of Niagara Falls. You don't just get soaked or get hit with 8 to 10 ft waves. I was shooting for almost 45 mins of non stop water spray and this unit held up flawlessly. If you film in wet conditions then this is a very inexpensive unit. OK, enough about the waterproofing. What about the rest?


1. Waterproofing- I don't know of any other camcorders that compare or even exist in this price range.

2. Overall good pic quality- Overall quality is roughly mini dv quality. Sometimes slightly worse / slightly better. Very impressive considering the small footprint of this unit.

3. Very easy to use. I don't know why other reviews over the web knock the usability. This this is super simple to use. Just point and record.

4. Build quality- Compares favorably with Sony, Panasonic, etc. This is very well built and even though it is made in Indonesia it has typical "Japanese" fit and finish.

5. Lightning quick boot times.


1. Seems to be incompatible with Apple tv. I will have to try and reencode the stock videos. I think the bit rate is simply too high at the highest quality setting for Apple TV to support. However, the videos play perfectly using Quicktime.

2. Slippery when wet. My advice to Sanyo...the included wrist lanyard should offer the ability to be velcroed. However this is an easy fix with an after market lanyard.

3. It would be nice if an extended life battery were offered.
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