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Sanyo VPC-GH4 Full HD 1080 Camcorder with 10X Dual Range Zoom (Charcoal)

by Sanyo

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  • Full HD 1080, 60i Video (1920 x 1080)
  • 10 Megapixel Digital Photos
  • 10x Dual Range Zoom Video
  • Embedded Software for Sharing Videos/Photos
  • 5x Optical Zoom Photo
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sanyo
  • Model: VPC-GH4
  • Optical zoom: 5 x
  • Height: 0.00 inches
  • Weight: 3.00 pounds
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.5 x 2.2 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00426D9KQ
  • Item model number: VPC-GH4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,941 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 9, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

SANYO VPC-GH4 SANYO VPC-GH4 Full HD 1080 Video,10MP Digital Photos with 10X Dual Range Zoom

VPC-GH4

Full HD 1080, 60i Video (1920 x 1080)  
10 Megapixel Digital Photos
10x Dual Range Zoom Video
Embedded Software for Sharing Videos/Photos
5x Optical Zoom Photo
2.7" Wide LCD Monitor for HD Playback
Wide Angle Lens Range
     Video: 40mm – 200mm
     Video: 80mm – 400mm
     Photo: 38mm – 190mm
High Speed Sequential Shooting
Digital Image Stabilizer (Photos and Video)
Face Detection (Photos and Video)
Target a Color Function
Mini HDMI Digital Interface
SDXC Memory Card Compatible
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Compression Technology
Enhanced Eye-Fi Compatible

Capture life’s special moments as they happen - the new Dual Camera GH4 records Full HD 60i video and up to 10 megapixel digital photos. It delivers excellent 10X dual range zoom for video and 5x optical zoom for photos. It has a more traditional horizontal design, but this product is far from ordinary. Its compact, lightweight design makes the GH4 extremely portable and easy to use. Recording videos, shooting photos and accessing settings in the menu can easily be controlled with the user’s thumb.  The GH4’s MPEG4/H.264 recording format makes sharing videos and photos via social networking web sites, portable video devices like iPod’s, TV’s and computers, a breeze. Offering style, performance and value, the GH4 provides a convenient way to capture both videos and photos in daily life or for special events.

Style Design Made Simple
The GH4 packs cutting edge technology into a compact camera. Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, the GH4 features an easy to navigate menu which make it a great choice for the beginner and the more advanced user. It is the perfect blend of style, performance, and ease of use.

10 Megapixel Still Image Quality

In addition to Full HD 1080 Video the GH4 captures amazing 10 megapixel photos.

10X Dual Range Zoom (video)
5x Optical Zoom (photos)
While the GH4 measures in at just over 1" in width, it features a full 10X Dual Range Zoom for video.  With Sanyo’s 10X Dual Range Zoom Technology the field of view is dramatically increased. The photo zoom capability is 5x Optical Zoom.

Embedded Software for Sharing Videos and Photos
The GH4 features SANYO’s embedded software application for sharing videos and photos to social media websites. The first time the GH4 is connected to the PC, the Simple Uploader application installer will appear. The application installation takes less than one minute. Videos and photos can be tagged and quickly uploaded to Facebook™, YouTube™ and Picassa™ using the Simple Uploader.  A convenient link to Tweet on Twitter is available as well.

Large, 2.7 -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 in confined spaces.

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This camera features a sequential "photo" shooting mode.  When the user selects this mode the camera will take multiple photos in sequential order; providing multiple photos frames.  The perfect solution for action photography!


Video and Photo Image Stabilizer
The GH4 features a new photo stabilizer.  This technology actually takes two photos at the same time; one at a faster shutter speed and one at a slower shutter speed.  The camera combines the benefits of both of the shutter speeds, resulting in an image that has less blur and less noise.

Using a proprietary Sanyo algorithm, the GH4 automatically compensates for distracting up-and-down or side-to-side camera movement, keeping your video and photo subjects 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.

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Video and Photo Face Detectionhttp://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/camcorders/sanyo/VPCGH4/GH402._.jpg
The GH4 utilizes specialized video and photo face detection technology.  This feature recognizes multiple subjects’ faces and optimizes focus / aperture settings to ensure each individual is in focus. 
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Target a Color Function
The GH4 tracks and focuses on moving subjects, such as children or pets, by detecting their colors. Even if you close the LCD panel temporarily, tracking will resume when you start shooting again.

Eye Fi Compatibility
The GH4 features enhanced Eye-Fi compatibility.  This Dual Camera will automatically recognize the Eye-Fi wireless SD card when it is inserted.  The GH4 also has "smart power" on board which allows the cameras to control the Eye-Fi function and provide power management, automatically shutting the card off when not in use.

Windows 7 Compatible
The GH4 is fully supported by the latest Windows OS, "Windows 7", further expanding its capabilities. The video files are displayed in the same thumbnail format as still picture files. They can also be played back directly with Windows Media Player, are editable with Windows Live Movie Maker, and are Device Stage compatible. This makes the files even more convenient for use on computers.
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Easy Playback of Recorded Video Directly on a TV
The GH4 camera features a mini-HDMI output which makes connecting it to a Digital TV or DVD Recorder a breeze.  The GH4 can also easily be connected to a computer to back-up copies of recorded content via the handy USB 2.0 connection. Still images and video clips are played back continuously and in chronological order.  When connected to a PC, simple drag-and-drop operation makes it easy to save recorded video clips and still images onto a computer's hard disk for emailing, editing or archiving.

Includes a High-Capacity Genuine Sanyo Brand Lithium-ion Battery
The DB-L80 is a high capacity battery designed to work with the Sanyo Dual Camera Xacti GH4 camera and delivers approximately 60 minutes of video record time or 210 minutes of continuous playback.  High-energy density design minimizes the battery size and weight, making it perfect for use in the Sanyo Dual Camera GH4. It designed to resist memory accumulation so it provides a full charge every time.

SDXC Memory Compatibility (over 64GB SD Cards)
While the GH4 works with standard SD memory, and more high capacity SDHC memory cards, it is also fully compatible with the next generation SDXC memory cards.   The GH4 can record to more than 64GB of content to SDXC memory cards. This dramatically improves your ability to record and transfer hours and hours of Full HD 1080 videos to a computer. You can also play GH4 Full HD 1080 videos stored on SDXC cards on your high definition TV.

Highly Advanced MPEG4 AVC/H.264 Video Compression
This feature optimizes the file size and makes sharing movies on social networking sites, or emailing them to friends and family, even easier.  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 GH4, a dedicated H.264 video compression IC was incorporated into the camera that was designed specifically for portable consumer devices.  This achieves high video quality while simultaneously reducing the system power consumption.

Capture Still Images While You’re Shooting Video
The GH4 enables simultaneous shooting of video clips and still images 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.)

Super-fast Start-up
Reduce your chance of missing the perfect shot. The Dual Camera GH4 is designed for super fast start-up and shooting. With its tapeless design, the GH4 eliminates the need to queue up a video tape, allowing it to begin shooting in as little as 1.7 seconds.  When the GH4 is powered on, closing the LCD display puts it in standby mode. Simply open the display and the GH4 automatically powers up and can begin immediately recording in as little as 1.7 seconds.

Product Description

Capture life’s special moments as they happen - the new Dual Camera GH4 records Full HD 60i video and up to 10 megapixel digital photos. It delivers excellent 10X dual range zoom for video and 5x optical zoom for photos. It has a more traditional horizontal design, but this product is far from ordinary. Its compact, lightweight design makes the GH4 extremely portable and easy to use. Recording videos, shooting photos and accessing settings in the menu can easily be controlled with the user’s thumb. The GH4’s MPEG4/H.264 recording format makes sharing videos and photos via social networking web sites, portable video devices like iPod’s, TV’s and computers, a breeze. Offering style, performance and value, the GH4 provides a convenient way to capture both videos and photos in daily life or for special events.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Do buy extra battery, 30-60 min life.
marksmovies
This is not a camera problem but an owner education problem.
lindguini
Still pictures quality are very good as well.
Pablo D. Arvelo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

167 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian Consumer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2010
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I have several camcorders and I find myself taking this one (Sanyo VPC-GH4) out to shoot videos more often because it it very small and light. Both pictures and videos produced by this camcorder are clear and sharp for this class of product.

I prefer this camcorder to similarly priced but over-simplified products like the Flip HD camcorder.

This camcorder's battery does not have much stamina. This is why I have two spare batteries all charged up waiting on the side. Original manufacturer's battery is almost always very expensive (about twenty two dollars, including shipping), so I buy brand new compatible batteries on Ebay. Including shippping charge, each battery costs less than four dollars! Just type in the battery model code printed on battery itself and you will find lots of choices and prices. There is even a compatible charger that is more compact than the the original, and that you can buy for less than four dollars. It's handy for times that you need to charge more than one battery at once, or just the convenience of having chargers at different locations.
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218 of 225 people found the following review helpful By PC User on October 12, 2010
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Ordered this camera because the low Gold box price and free 2 day shipping. Originally, the only review for this camera was a single star because the reviewer claimed it was not Apple compatible even though he never owned or used it. The Sanyo box indicates it is both PC and Mac compatible. I took HD video indoors at night under flourescent lights. I played it on my 1080 52inch LCD TV. The HD looked great. The camera fits in the palm of my hand. I would like to take pictures without extending the LCD monitor. There are numerous settings for this camera, including stability settings. It is amazing to see what $130 can by compared to the HD video cameras that came out a few years ago for over $1000. Will attach a video clip when I get a chance.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By USMC Combat Vet TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2010
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I bought this when I saw it on sale for only one hundred thirty dollars. I also first read the very few reviews and it had an overall sort of poor rating, skewed by people who seemed entirely too ill equipped to even OPERATE a camcorder? Sorry but read the low rated reviews and think a bit. There is even one now from someone who doesn't even own this product, hasn't even seen it but called Sanyo with questions and with THAT "phone" experience, rates this unseen/untouched product with 1 star! I'm sorry but that is just about as lame as it gets....

This review begins with 4 stars based upon very limited time with the camera, less than 2 hours. But I will update AND revise as experience grows to maintain a fair review based upon good experience. Not just experience with this camera, but my others. I have to say first, I find it inexcusable for Sanyo to NOT include a full owners manual! I suspect this will cause a TON OF RETURNS form justifiably confused customers. It really is just unforgivable to me for a manufacturer to do something like this on an item that requires some expertise & guidance. Having so many cameras & camcorders, I appreciate how delicate they can be and don't feel comfortable pulling, prodding, pushing everything till I get it open & accessible. I feel Sanyo is simply begging for a ton of dissatisfied consumers. Low class if you ask me and quite probably the reasons for the few very negative reviews before me.

I did this video in my back & side yard in pretty bad lighting on an overcast day. Yet with NONE of my editing software, I uploaded it "as is" & raw from the SD card directly to Amazon. Nothing fancy, just a simple handheld (shaky I know) little sample and showing how movement like walking causes some blur & artifacts.
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161 of 177 people found the following review helpful By C. Morgan on October 21, 2010
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At first look it has everything you wish for: small enough to drop in a shirt pocket, very light, takes great HD video and 10mp pictures. Good in low light and sun. The problem comes when you begin to use the camera in real life situations.
If you want it for typical family use: kids birthday party, school events, sports, ect you quickly learn the battery does not last very long. Don't count on over 30mins of use. Yes you may get 45 but only if you take it from the charger and instantly to the camera.
Also, the small size, very light weight and location of buttons make it difficult to snap a good quick photo.
In sum I would say it is a remarkably good camera for putting many features in one package at very low price but it is so limited by recording time without taking several freshly charged batteries with you and almost needing a tripod to operate effectively.
A good example of how several great ideas put together end up as one less useful total.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By California Dad on December 5, 2010
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As this camcorder was on sale during Cyber Week, I decided to give it a shot based on the predominately positive reviews. The Sanyo Xacti VPC-GH4 was quite a pleasant surprise. The first noticeable featuer of the camcorder is its size. The weight comes in a close second. This thing will fit into your blue jeans front pocket with little difficulty (would advise against it, though, as it is not incredibly sturdy). The Xacti looks and feels much like a child's toy. However, the camcorder's performance is anything but amateurish. After charging the battery, I decided to give this puppy a test run. After setting it to the highest camcorder and photo resolutions, I shot a couple of short HD videos, and snapped five 12mp photos during the recording of the first video. All were easily downloaded to my desktop. The result of the videos was true HD - very crisp and vibrant. There was no shadowing or pixilation I could pick up on my 20" HDMI monitor. The photos were equally satisfying. The photos and video were of a piñata being beaten to an early grave. The photos captured the kids in mid-swing and there was absolutely no blurring. I must state that you need to properly set the camera to capture pictures at this clarity, but that was not difficult to do either.

That brings me to the topic of buttons and settings. Many of the functions on camcorders ten or more years ago were accessible by buttons located all around the device. The Xacti has very few of these external buttons. The majority of the functions are accessible through the menu button, 4 arrow keys, and a select button. I would suggest taking a good hour to familiarize yourself with the list of choices you can make through the menu.
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