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Sanyo VPC-PD2BK Full HD Pocket Movie Dual Camera with 10 MP Digital Photos and 3X Optical Zoom (Black) NEWEST MODEL

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  • Full-HD 1080, 30p Video (1920x1080)
  • 10 Megapixel Digital Photos
  • Embedded Software for Sharing Videos/Photos
  • Digital Image Stabilizer (Photos and Video)
  • Built-In Stereo Microphone with Built-In Speaker
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sanyo
  • Model: VPC-PD2BK
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
  • Display Size: 2 inches
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 2.5 x 4.4 inches ; 3.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003ZYEKJ0
  • Item model number: VPC-PD2BK
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,488 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 19, 2010

Product Description

Product Description

Now you can have both quality and convenience! The PD2 delivers archival quality 1080 30p HD video, 10MP photos, and 3x optical zoom in a very small compact body style. The Sanyo Dual Camera PD2 delivers excellent results with multiple features normally found on high priced camcorders. The PD2 fit is about the size of a deck of cards, is extremely portable and easy to use. It delivers 3x optical zoom for both video/photos and includes face chasing technology which automatically reads and corrects the focus and lighting of the subjects in view. The PD2's MPEG4/H.264 recording format, coupled with SANYO's built-in software application makes sharing videos and photos via social networking sites including Facebook, YouTube and Picassa a breeze. Capture more than just the moment. The PD2 allows you to easily capture and share memories.High Performance and Sharing Made Simple. In addition to delivering amazing Full HD 1080 video quality, the PD2 captures 10 megapixel digital photos in small pocket camcorder design. Separate photo and video recording buttons allow images to be captured easily without changing modes. The PD2 packs Full HD 1080 video performance into a small, stylish, easy to use pocket camera. Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, the PD2 features an easy to navigate menu which make it a great choice for the beginner and the more advanced user. The integrated, direct USB connection enables the camera to be connected to a PC in seconds without the need for any cables. The PD2 provides the perfect blend of style, performance, and ease of use.

From the Manufacturer

Full-HD 1080, 30p Video (1920x1080)
10 Megapixel Digital Photos
Embedded Software for Sharing Videos/Photos
2" TFT LCD Monitor for HD Playback
3x Optical Zoom Photo
Wide Angle Lens Range Video: 36mm – 108mm
Wide Angle Lens Range Photos: 37mm – 111mm
High Speed Sequential Shooting Mode
Digital Image Stabilizer (Photos and Video)
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Compression Technology
48KHz, 16 bit, AAC Stereo Sound Recording
Built-In Stereo Microphone with Built-In Speaker

Mini HDMI Digital Interface
Built-In Direct USB Connector
USB Extension Cable included
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Compatible


Now you can have both quality and convenience! The PD2 delivers archival quality 1080 30p HD video, 10MP photos, and 3x optical zoom in a very small compact body style. The Sanyo Dual Camera PD2 delivers excellent results with multiple features normally found on high priced camcorders. The PD2 fit is about the size of a deck of cards, is extremely portable and easy to use. It delivers 3x optical zoom for both video / photos and includes face chasing technology which automatically reads and corrects the focus and lighting of the subjects in view. The PD2's MPEG4/H.264 recording format, coupled with Sanyo's built-in software application makes sharing videos and photos via social networking sites including Facebook, YouTube and Picassa a breeze. Capture more than just the moment. The PD2 allows you to easily capture and share memories.


High Performance and Sharing Made Simple
In addition to delivering amazing Full HD 1080 video quality, the PD2 captures 10 megapixel digital photos in small pocket camcorder design. Separate photo and video recording buttons allow images to be captured easily without changing modes.


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The PD2 packs Full HD 1080 video performance into a small, stylish, easy to use pocket camera. Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, the PD2 features an easy to navigate menu which make it a great choice for the beginner and the more advanced user. The integrated, direct USB connection enables the camera to be connected to a PC in seconds without the need for any cables. The PD2 provides the perfect blend of style, performance, and ease of use.

Embedded Software for Sharing Videos and Photos
The PD2 features Sanyo's embedded software application for sharing videos and photos to social media websites. The first time the PD2 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.


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Large 2" TFT Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Monitor for HD Playback
The large display allows you to take great high definition video or still images in an unobtrusive manner; proving to be especially useful when the need arises to set up and shoot quickly.


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The PD2 provides a 3x optical zoom for photos dramatically increasing the field of view. This capability is virtually unmatched in the pocket camcorder segment of the digital camcorder market today. The wide angle lens provides an extensive range for video (36mm – 108mm) and photos (37mm – 111mm).
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High Speed Sequential Photo Mode
The PD2 features a sequential "photo" shooting mode. When this mode is selected, the camera will take multiple photos in sequential order; providing multiple photo frames. It enables capturing up to 30 photos (1600×1200 resolution) at 10 frames per second (in 2M continuous mode). This allows the camera to be used with confidence even in situations where photo opportunities can easily be missed. The perfect solution for action photography!

Sophisticated Image Stabilizer
The PD2 features photo stabilizer technology. It automatically will compensate for distracting up-and-down or side-to-side camera movement, keeping the subject steady and easy to follow. The PD2 accurately distinguishes between unintentional camera shake and deliberate camera movement.

Windows 7 Compatible
The PD2 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 and are editable with Windows Live Movie Maker. This makes the files even more convenient for use on computers.

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iMovie Compatible
SANYO's PD2 is certified Works with iMovie compatible. This means that the PD2 will be automatically recognized when it is connected to a Mac and videos can be imported quickly and easily into iMovie. Because it is based on standard technologies such as H.264, AAC, MP4 and QuickTime, the PD2 makes importing, editing and sharing videos easier than ever.

"iMovie, Mac and the Mac logo are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The Works with iMovie logo is a trademark of Apple, Inc."


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Easy Playback of Recorded Video Directly on a Large Screen, Full 1080 HD Television
The PD2 camera features a mini-HDMI output which makes connecting it to a large, high definition television screen or DVD recorder a breeze. The PD2 can also easily be connected to a computer to back-up copies of recorded content via the handy, direct USB 2.0 connection. Still images and video clips are played back continuously and in chronological order. When connected to a PC, a 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.

SDXC Memory Compatibility (over 64GB SD Cards)
While the PD2 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 PD2 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 PD2 Full HD 1080 videos stored on SDXC cards on your high definition TV.

Includes a High-Capacity Sanyo Brand Lithium-ion Battery
The DB-L80 is a high capacity 700mA battery designed by Sanyo to work with the PD2. It delivers approximately 65 minutes of video record time and can provide up to 240 minutes of continuous playback. The high-energy density design minimizes the battery size and weight, making it perfect for use in the PD2. It will resist memory accumulation so it provides a full charge every time.

Highly Advanced MPEG4 AVC/H.264 Video Compression
This feature optimizes the file size and makes sharing movies on social networking sites, or e-mailing 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. Sanyo's imaging technology achieves high video quality while simultaneously reducing the system power consumption.

48KHz, 16 bit, AAC Stereo Sound with Built-In Stereo Microphone and Built-In Speaker
The PD2 pocket movie Dual Camera records at 48KHz, 16 bit sampling rate. Sound is recorded in a Windows and Mac-friendly AAC audio format. Now you can record, download, and share videos that sound as great as they look– it's that easy!

Easily Transfer Video and Still Images to your Video Capable iPod
Import video and still image files directly into iTunes software and then port them to your video-capable iPod. Share your latest masterpiece with friends and family.

Record over 20 Hours of Full Motion Video
The PD2 supports the SD memory card standard making it easy to capture videos, photos, and sound recordings in a reliable, easy-to-use format. SD memory cards are available in three capacity formats: SD, SDHC (up to 32GB) and SDXC (up to 64GB available today). The newest generation is SDXC (Extended Capacity) which supports increased storage capacities up to 2TB along with faster read and write operations. Using a 32GB SDHC memory card with the PD2, you can capture up to 20 hours worth of standard definition, full motion video or more 330 minutes in Full HD 1080 video mode.

Capture still images while you're shooting video
The PD2 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 the chance of missing the perfect shot. The Dual Camera PD2 is designed for super fast start-up and shooting. With its tapeless design, the PD2 eliminates the need to queue up a video tape, allowing it to begin shooting in as little as 1.7 seconds! Simply power on the PD2 and immediately begin recording.

Galvanometer method structure, Auto focus: 5 groups, 6 elements (4 aspheric elements, 6 aspheric surfaces), Built-in neutral density filter, Photos: f=36-108mm (=35mm), Optical 3x zoom, Videos: f=37-111mm(=35mm) Optical 3x zoom, Sensitivity - Auto (ISO 50-400), AV output (mini HDMI, Audio - Stereo sound) USB 2.0 (high-speed mode) Dimensions - Width 2.48" x Depth 0.87" x Height 4.36" Weight, approximately 4.3 ounces including battery and SD card

Customer Reviews

I thought Video/Picture quality are very good for my purpose.
Vincent
It is extremely light - even with the battery and memory installed - and the large door over the side easily opens just by handling the camera.
DVM
It's easy to use, although if I want to be sure about things I'll take a bigger camera.
J. C. Schaap

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

235 of 236 people found the following review helpful By Twins Daddy on October 6, 2010
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Contrary to most reviews here that trash the VPC-PD2BK, I just spent 3 weeks with it and I have very few complaints. I know HD video. We've shot our family videos in HD since the Sony HDR-HC1 first came out and currently use the HDR-HC7 as our primary camcorder. I've literally shot hundreds of hours of HD video with our Sony camcorders and this Sanyo model does most things almost as well as they do. I say most because the Sanyo obviously lacks the internal sophistication and optics that are present in the Sony models...But it's also a fraction of the cost and fits comfortably in your shirt pocket. I'm not sure exactly what previous reviewers were expecting when they purchased this Sanyo unit...But it sounds like some of them wanted one of the Mino or Kodak models and probably should've just purchased that in the first place.

Most of the complaints of poor video quality can probably be traced to trying to view HD video through Quicktime on a "standard" PC...It is terrible. But that's NOT the fault of the Sanyo (or any other HD recording device). For example, the video clip that I uploaded was recorded in the Sanyo's 1280 x 720, 60fps "HD-HR" format. However, when you try to watch it through an internet connection with the Flash player, it will start, then stop, then start, get blotchy, freeze frame again, etc. Understand going in that this unit shines by mini-HDMI connection Abacus24-7 Mini-HDMI to HDMI Cable, 6 feet to a flat screen HDTV. THAT'S how you view the photos and video captured by this Sanyo. Trying to watch HD MPEG-4 video with Quicktime or Flash or Windows Media Player or VLD, etc on a 3 or 4 year old Windows PC is an invitation to disappointment!
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By KT 1972 on October 31, 2010
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Recently, I took this dual camera for a test run during the tour with my wife in Japan. I am so happy with all the results taken, either 10 MP photos or 1080p videos. It is so easy to use and I collected about 40G memory during the 9 day trip. The qualities are not only excellent but also more than I can dream of. I definitely agree with one of the reviewer that regular PC is not the tool to play 1080p videos since regular PC simply is not powerful enough to do the job. The better way is to use HD media player via HDMI connection to your HD TV. If you have done so, you will agree with me that the qualities are exceptionally good from this small pocket movie dual camera.

The only shortcoming to me is that a third party software is required to join the video segments together. I use Magix movie edit pro 15 plus to get my 1080i iso join files. I still would like to get 1080p iso file if I can.

I compare photo quality taken from PD2 (10 MP) with my Nikon coolpix P5100 (12.1 MP). I found no visual difference. I also own Sanyo first HD camcorder, VPC-HD1A for 5 MP photos and 720P videos. Trust me VPC-PD2 is many many times better especially under regular room light or low light condition.

I can only conclude that Sanyo VPC-PD2 is an exceptionally good quality dual camera and I would recommend it for non-sophisticated users.
And I give it a 5 stars.
p.s. I bought two from Amazon.

update: 12/08/2010

Magix Movie Edit pro 15, that I own, can join MP4 1080p clips via "export movie" as different formats and MP4 is one of them.
Recently, I bought Roxio creator 2011 and I can join MP4 1080p clips via "export as" function to original file type i.e. MP4.
Hopefully, these are useful for you.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Even Keeled on December 7, 2010
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I waited for a few weeks to post a review on this unit, such that I could get a pretty solid, real world, feel for this pocket camcorder. I think posting a review very soon after an initial purchase can result in a review that is somewhat biased and influenced by an initial perception.

All that being said, if I had to make one overarching comment about this unit, I would point out that this is a Pocket Camcorder first and a Camera second i.e. the strength of this unit is in taking High Definition H.264 videos. While the still shot aspects of this unit are pretty decent, I would say that, clearly, its strength lies with its video capabilities. From my perspective, its important to point this out so that others considering this unit won't confuse it with standard point-and-shoot still cameras that happen to have HD video capability.

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I have been using the unit for video at 720p/60fps as opposed to 1080i/30fps, primarily for three reasons (a) I have an older DLP set with a 720p native resolution, (b) 60fps is supposedly better at handling motion than 30fps (though this intuatively makes sense, I have yet to independently verify this, on this particular unit), and (c) the obvious, file sizes are smaller.

I think video quality is superb on the VPC-PD2 with one caveat, it is quite susceptible to lighting conditions. In daylight (full or partial, even indoors), the quality is absolutely superb. When light levels fall, so does quality. The camera seems to try to compensate by boosting the ISO level, which makes the video quality somewhat grainy/pixelated.....if I had to describe it, I would almost say that low light material tends to look more like Standard Def, even when capture in HD.
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