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Sanyo VPC-TH1 HD Compact Flash Memory Camcorder w/ 30x Optical Zoom (Silver)

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  • Capture HD digital video (720p, 30fps)
  • 30x optical zoom; 3-inch widescreen LCD
  • Face Chaser technology (can detect up to 12 faces for photos and videos)
  • Built-in still photo flash; High-Speed Sequential Shooting (7fps)
  • Capture video and stills to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Product Description

Color: Silver

Product Description

Capture life's special moments as they happen - the new Sanyo Dual Camera Xacti TH1 records HD video and up to 2-megapixel digital photos with 30X optical zoom. 30x optical zoom and HD video quality make this camera truly special. It has a more traditional horizontal design but this product is far from ordinary. Its compact, lightweight design makes the TH1 extremely portable and easy to use. Videos, still photos and the various settings and menus can be easily accessed with the user's thumb. The TH1's MPEG4 / H.264 recording format makes sharing videos and photos via social networking web sites, portable video devices like iPods, TVs and computers, a breeze.

From the Manufacturer

Capture life’s special moments as they happen - the new Sanyo Dual Camera Xacti TH1 records HD video and up to 2-megapixel digital photos with 30x optical zoom. 30x optical zoom and HD video quality make this camera truly special. It has a more traditional horizontal design but this product is far from ordinary. Its compact, lightweight design makes the TH1 extremely portable and easy to use. Videos, still photos and the various settings and menus can be easily accessed with the user’s thumb. The TH1’s MPEG4/H.264 recording format makes sharing videos and photos via social networking web sites, portable video devices like IPods, TVs and computers, a breeze.

Sanyo Xacti TH1 Highlights

Style Design Made Simple
The Dual Camera Xacti TH1 packs cutting edge technology into a small, stylish, easy to use camera. Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, the Dual Camera TH1 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.

Large, 3-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.

Up to 2-megapixel Still Image Quality
A 1.1 -megapixel (effective) CMOS image sensor is the heart of the still image capabilities. This sensor allows images to be interpolated to reach 2 megapixel quality.

30x optical zoom
The TH1 delivers HD video and 30x optical zoom. The lens provides a fantastic zooming range from F=43-1290 mm (35mm equivalent).

12 Subject Face Chaser Technology
Recognizes up to 12 faces for videos and still pictures and optimizes focus and aperture settings to ensure all subjects are in focus.

Sophisticated image stabilizer
Using a proprietary Sanyo algorithm, the TH1 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.

Sequential photo mode shoots up to 13 frames per second
Take pictures like the pros with sequential shooting up to 13 fps. The perfect solution for action photography.

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.

To accomplish the complexity of encoding AVC/H.264 in real-time on the TH1, 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.

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 5 hours of full motion video
Using a 16 GB SDHC memory card users can capture up to 5 hours and 43 minutes worth of video in standard definition or approximately 3 hours and 51 minutes in HD video mode.

Capture still images while you’re shooting video
The TH1 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 Xacti TH1 is designed for super fast start-up and shooting. With its tapeless design, the TH1 eliminates the need to queue up a video tape, allowing it to begin shooting in as little as 1.7 seconds! When the TH1 is powered on, closing the LCD display puts it in standby mode. Simply open the display and the TH1 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 DB-L50 is a high capacity battery designed to work with the Sanyo Xacti TH1 camera and delivers approximately 200 minutes of video record time. That’s over three hours and 20 minutes! High-energy density design minimizes the battery size and weight, making it perfect for use in the Sanyo Xacti Dual Camera TH1. The DB-L50 is designed to resist memory accumulation so it provides a full charge every time.

Easy playback of recorded video directly on a TV
The TH1 camera features a HDMI output which makes connecting it to a digital TV or DVD recorder a breeze. The TH1 can also easily be connected to a computer to back-up copies of recorded content. 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.


Product Details

Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 4.1 x 2.3 inches ; 9.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • 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.
  • ASIN: B001Q3M9D6
  • Item model number: VPC-TH1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,276 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 21, 2009

Technical Details

Color: Silver
  • Brand Name: Sanyo
  • Model: VPC-TH1
  • Optical zoom: 30 x
  • Display Size: 3 inches
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 1.1 MP

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Customer Reviews

First, the build quality is very nice.
Tony D
I wanted to give this camera a better recommendation...but just couldn't find an honest basis to do it.
Gadget Man
Not that great in low lighting conditions.
CoronaLite

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A. Chan on April 13, 2009
Color Name: Blue Verified Purchase
I also bought this camera without doing much research. I was looking for a camcorder that was HD "quality", uses SDHC memory card and for a price around $300. The Sanyo met all the criteria so I purchased it from Amazon.

I also picked up a 16 gb Transcend memory card.

Let's go over the PROS first --
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++ It is really easy to use. Just point and shoot. Just like using a digital camera, except it's a digital video camera.
++ Having the memory card is so much better than using mini-DV tapes. There is no longer a need to plug the camcorder into your computer fireport or USB port. After I am done shooting, I just pop out the memory card, put it in my memory card reader and copy it onto the hard driver. Doesn't get much better than that!
++ Transferring files are a lot faster than mini-DV tapes. Before, you had to play/record in real time. Due to fact that everything is digital, the transfer is quite fast!
++ Battery life is very good. You can get around 200 minutes of video time. I also like the fact that the battery indicator tells you the approximate MINUTES left. I hate it when they just show a battery symbol and start deducting "spaces/icons" from the battery. I need to know the numerical time value, which this camera provides
++ YouTube uploads are amazingly easy. Just click on the file you want to use, and upload. Make sure you watch in HQ quality on YouTUbe
++ Size is perfect. It's a lot smaller than my mini-DV camcorder, but not too small where it feels like a toy.
++ Build/Construction. I bought the blue version and the blue looks very good. It feels solid in your hands and appear that it could take some abuse. It's not too light and not too heavy. It just feels good in your hands.
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The specs for this camcorder are exciting; the images, sadly, are not really much better than standard definition images. If you want something to capture video for the web, and that allows you to do more tweaking than you can with simpler camcorders like the Flip Mino, then this would not be a bad choice. Just don't expect it to give you truly high quality images. Also, the onboard memory holds next to nothing, so when buying this camcorder you should factor in the price of at least an 8GB SDHC card to store the video you shoot. Overall, I think this would be a very good camcorder for beginners, since it is easier to work with flash memory than to mess around with tapes, and since practicing with the functions here will prepare one for using a more advanced camcorder when the time comes (and the budget allows). It does look good, and is fairly well designed. For many purposes this would be just the thing.

I shot some footage with this in its "SD" 30fps mode and its "HD" 30fps mode (which uses a lot more memory per minute of video), and played it all back on my 42" SANYO LCD HD television using an HDMI cable. What surprised me was that I could distinguish very little overall difference in quality. There was more contrast in the HD picture, which is important, but otherwise I couldn't tell a difference - at least, I couldn't say for sure which video images I preferred. In a situation where my aim was just to capture what's going on, I'd be as happy with a Flip as with this (of course with the Flip there is next to no zooming, so it wouldn't work in every situation). But if the idea was to create a certain "look" or adapt to the needs of a unique situation (e.g.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By CoronaLite on April 11, 2009
Color Name: Blue
I bought this camcorder for a "cheap" way to enter the HD world of video capturing. I will wait to get a much better camcorder once I figure out how to get around editing AVCHD (and when I buy a new computer that can handle HD video editing with ease). My main use for this camcorder is capturing orchestral performances, editing it, and uploading the video to YouTube in HD quality. I also like taking video that requires no editing. In summary, this camcorder isn't the best in the world, but isn't the worst in the world.

Things you should be aware of before buying this camcorder:
1) The zoom button seems flimsy. It feels like it'll break any moment.

2) The image stabilizer is not that useful (especially from 15x-30x zoom if shooting with hands). However, the image stability is greatly improved with a tripod (the video is still shaky nonetheless).

3) Not that great in low lighting conditions.

4) In a complete silence environment, you can hear noise when you zoom in or out. Not only that, you can hear other noises made from the camcorder in the audio recording in general. There's no mic input to work around this flaw. But if the environment is NOT in complete silence (like an orchestra playing), you probably won't hear the extraneous noises coming from the camcorder.

Other Observations/Thoughts:
1) I use a Transcend 16GB SDHC that comes with a card reader, and it seems to work out.

2) All videos captured are saved as file type mp4.

3) It uses SDHC, which means it uses the FAT32 filing system, which means the biggest file you can create is 4GB. At the highest video setting, that would be about 1 hour of non-stop recording. I decided to test what would happen if I try to go over 4GB.
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