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Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1 5.1MP MPEG-4 High Definition Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
- Digital media camera takes combines the functionality of a digital camera with a digital camcorder
- Records 720-pixel high-definition digital video and high-quality 5.1-megapixel digital still images simultaneously
- Clear 2.2-inch, OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display with 210,000 total pixels
- Highly efficient 10x optical zoom lens and 10x digital zoom
- Compact, measuring only 3.1 x 4.7 x 1.4 inches (W x H x D)
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|Item Dimensions||4.8 x 1.4 x 3.1 inches|
|Item Weight||2 pounds|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Media Type||SD Card|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||5 MP|
|Shipping Weight||1.3 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||mpeg-4|
This powerful little device is designed to record both 720-pixel high-definition video and snap 5.1-megapixel digital still images, all of which are handily stored to a standard SD flash memory card. The high-precision LSI (large-scale integration) for image processing is the real "muscle" behind the Xacti HD1's ability to record high-definition video. This powerful "high-definition engine" processes a massive number of calculations in a short period of time and enables the HD1's high-definition 720-pixel processing, real-time MPEG-4 compression, and noise reduction.
The HD1 features a top-of-the-line screen with an incredibly clear 2.2-inch, Sanyo-developed Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display with 210,000 total pixels. 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. The OLED display technology features an expanded viewing angle and up to 5,000 times faster response speed when compared with conventional display technologies. What this means to the user is a smooth playback of even the most rapid movements. And when not in use, the screen tucks securely back into the side of the camera for a pocket-sized portability and convenience.
Leading the HD1's charge towards crisp digital video and stills is the prominently displayed, highly efficient 10x 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 in both wide and telephoto angles. This construction allows for clear images in even low-light situations. Combine the optical zoom with a 10x digital zoom capability, and the HD1 is capable of an amazing 100x total zoom.
As with all of Sanyo's previous digital media cameras, the HD1 can record still images in addition to video. A newly developed CCD captures beautiful 5.1-megapixel still images which are stored directly onto any standard SD memory card. The camera also features rapid continuous still shooting, red eye reduction, and an anti-shake digital image stabilizer. 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 HD1 can do it all, recording both 5.1-megapixel still images and high-definition (1280 x 720-pixel) 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 HD1 can record over 21 minutes of 720-pixel HD video on a single 1 GB SD card, or over 42 minutes on a 2 GB card. Alternately, the camera allows you to record in Standard Definition (640 x 480-pixels at 30 frames per second progressive) for up to two hours on a 2 GB SD card. If you're looking to shoot home videos of the kids carving pumpkins or a dance recital, you can easily store hours of video footage using the standard definition setting. If high quality is your goal, then change the settings and get crystal clear high definition video. Switching between recording modes is a breeze; you simply press the "HD/Norm" button located on the display side of the camera body. Last, but not least, the Xacti HD1 is ergonomically designed with a comfortable, one-handed grip and convenient, thumb-operated controls that make it exceptionally easy to use whenever opportunity strikes.
Xacti VPC-HD1 Highlights
1280 x 720 progressive HD video scanning Thanks to highly efficient MPEG-4 technology, the HD1 is able to create high-definition videos at 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 frames per second with far higher quality when compared to conventional video cameras. These are richly detailed images that will display beautifully on any big screen TV. Choose from six different video resolution modes (and six different resolution levels for your still photos!), depending on how your images will be used.
Advanced MPEG-4 technology The HD1 features SANYO's proprietary high-definition engine to execute a vast number of calculations in a short period of time. This high-definition engine enables the Xacti HD1's advanced image processing functions such as real-time MPEG-4 compression, noise reduction and high-definition processing. Recording in the global multimedia standard MPEG-4 delivers exceptional video clarity and detail in an unbelievably portable configuration. What's more, because MPEG-4 is exceptionally efficient in the way it records digital information, higher quality videos and stills can be saved in smaller files.
5.36-megapixel CCD image sensor Inside the HD1 high-definition digital media camera is an advanced 5.36-megapixel (total) CCD image sensor to capture high-definition videos (at a very smooth and natural 30 fps!), with full-range stereo sound. Using a 2GB SD memory card (optional) the HD1 can record over 42 minutes of high-definition video, up to two hours of standard-definition video or up to 1190 five-megapixel digital still images.
Capture still and high-definition movie images simultaneously The Xacti HD1 enables simultaneous shooting of 5.1-megapixel still images and HD (1280 x 720-pixel) movie clips, with a simple press of the shutter button during the shooting of a movie clip. Users 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.)
High-quality digital stereo recording The Xacti HD1's 48 kHz, 16-bit, 2-channel sound for AAC-LC (MPEG-4 Audio) provides a sense of reality to match the realism of those impressive high-definition movies. And not only is it able to reduce noise caused by wind during shooting, the Xacti HD1 also features a dedicated terminal to which an external microphone can be attached.
Sleek, ergonomic design On or off, the HD1 is a true work of art. Ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, all video and still functions can be easily accessed with the thumb of the hand used to hold the camera. Aside from making everything much simpler and easier to use, this 'one thumb' interface lets you more fully enjoy-and be a part of-each precious moment you record.
Convenient docking station One of the more frustrating aspects of working with any digital media camera is juggling all the wires and connections necessary when you want to use it with external components for viewing or to download files. SANYO's HD1 streamlines the whole process with an innovative docking station that provides an instant USB/AV (component, composite or S-video) connection to a TV or PC. The HD1 even recharges its internal battery when nested in the docking station.
Versatile Manual Mode enables advanced-control shooting The following settings can be manually adjusted according to the shooting situation: Manual focus adjustment (22 settings); aperture adjustment (5 stops); exposure compensation (1.8 EV, 0.3 EV steps); shutter speed (16 settings); ND filter On/Off; and image-quality adjustment (for sharpness and color saturation).
Easy connection to TV, VCR, DVD recorder or computer The Xacti HD1 enables easy playback of recorded high-definition images directly on a TV screen. Connect the HD1 to a VCR or DVD Recorder to back-up copies of recorded content. Still images and video clips on the Xacti HD1 are played back continuously and in chronological order. Along with MPEG-4 digital recording, the Xacti HD1 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. The HD1 also comes with a remote controller to operate the camera at a distance during playback.
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Top Customer Reviews
I've only had four days of playing with this, but I can say that the quality of the videos and stills are excellent. I had seen some sample videos posted from this camera, but they mostly violated general rules of good photos/video. They were shooting towards the sun; they were using bad lighting, etc. The results I'm getting from this are awesome with simple common sense logic of shooting with the sun behind me and getting close and tight on the subject (usually my kid).
Mathematically, there is 3 times the number of pixels in a 720p video versus standard definitions 640x480 resolution. Definition is defined as a combination of the resolution and contrast in the image. So if you shoot in 720p mode and have reasonably good lighting to create contrast, you get AMAZING results. I have also shot indoors in lower than stellar lighting and get very good results.
As far as functionality, the camera fits brilliantly in the palm of my hand and is easily controlled with just my thumb. Two buttons allow me to decide if I want to shoot video or still images (stills are 5.1 MP). The middle toggle controls the zoom. If you want to change whether you are shooting HD or SD, simply press one button and you get visual and audio confirmation of which mode you are in. The pop-up flash is sufficiently bright enough for still images (however, unfortunately is not a constant light for video - works only as a flash for stills).
I've often wondered if the video of my son's first years, shot in standard definition, will be considered as poor of quality as the 8mm film that was shot of me when I was a kid.Read more ›
- HD 30fps 720p
- SD 60fps!! (yeah, you heard it... 60 fps for fast action slo mo)
- record to SD (no more hideous tape!!)
- great still performance
- excellent controls
- decent lens
- less than $1000
Well, the Sanyo HD1 hits on all factors. The quality is simply amazing folks. It is FAR FAR better on HD and SD than my Canon miniDV. There simply is no comparison in the detail. I find uncompressed miniDV picture noisy, grainy and blurry in comparison.
The still quality is also quite decent, on par with my Sony DSC's.
What are the downsides?
- image stabilization degrades the movie image, and thus I keep it turned off. This is the single biggest nit with this unit. However, I will HAPPILY trade shakiness in the image for the vast improvement in movie detail. You can remedy the shakiness with a mono/tripod, but you can't remedy movie detail if it's not there to begin with!
- still image camera processor isn't as intelligent as the best still camera. So as you hit low light or very bright conditions, the pics may suffer in comparison with a true dedicated DSC solution. However, the quality is very good and for a casual carryound camera, IMO, quite adequate.
Conclusion: the best camera you can buy is the camera you have with you. I own a Canon EOS Rebel XT. I never have it with me when I need it. I would buy a true high-end HD cam, but also I would never have that bulky monster with me when I need it.
The HD1 can stay in your pocket every day of your vacation or weekend, in your briefcase or computer case 24x7, and it is always there, ready to go. Now mix in high quality HD.Read more ›
Size - I travel all the time so the camera's small size is a huge bonus for me. It's small enough to put in a pocket, though it feels a little fragile, so you might have second thoughts about putting an $800 camera unprotected in your pockets or purse.
Cost - My old digital camera was 3.1 mega pixels and had a 5x optical zoom; my old camcorder was analog, so it was a pain to transfer video. I wanted to replace both and this was by far the most "bang for the buck" I could find.
Video Quality - If you're outside and it's nice and bright, the picture looks really nice - though you'll see quite a bit of compression artifacts when watching your video on a large display. If it's dark, you're going to have to work hard to get good results. Even after tweaking the settings to adjust for low light, I could best describe the results as "slightly disappointing." Footage shot in the dark is very grainy and doesn't look HD at all. I read the reviews where people said that the camera performed poorly in low light, but I assumed that these people were shooting in dark rooms with the only light being a lamp 15 feet away. That's not the case. When people say it doesn't do well in low light, they mean "It doesn't do well anywhere indoors that's light less than your standard office building." The auto focus is pretty slow, especially in low light, where it often doesn't work at all.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I find it amazing that here is a new model Sanyo Xacti. I own a Xacti HD-2000. I have encountered the black screen of death along with losing precious videos of important events in... Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by Selz
i bought this camera years ago. black screen of death after a year or so. spent a day to fix it (you'll find instructions on the web). Read morePublished on September 19, 2011 by g
Well we purchased this camcorder over a year ago. I rarely use this only for Christmas, birthdays and of course the kids end of school programs. Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by Jen NY
when it worked, it worked great, but after about 2 weeks, the screen went black and stayed that way. luckily, i bought it used for cheap. unluckily, that voided the warranty. Read morePublished on September 15, 2007 by Justin Stephenson
I was amazed to read the reviews that mirrored my personal experience. This will be my last Sanyo anything... Read morePublished on September 1, 2007 by Paul Reid
5 days after the one year warranty expired I turned the camera on and there was no preview image on the view screen. Read morePublished on June 12, 2007 by Barry Anthes
I saw a review for this camera in a magazine when they first came out and it sounded like a great thing. I ordered one from the PX. Read morePublished on June 10, 2007 by Amazon Customer
In my opinion this is not a marketable product. The cameras features are irrelevant if it does not work. Read morePublished on March 28, 2007 by Nicholas Shaw