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Sanyo Xacti HD700 7MP MPEG-4 High Definition 720p Camcorder with 5x Optical Zoom (Silver) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Digital media camera combines the functionality of a digital camera with a digital camcorder
  • Records high-definition digital video and 7 MP digital still images
  • 5x HD zoom lens; 2.7-inch widescreen LCD
  • In-camera editing; compatible with iMovie '08
  • HDMI high-definition output; compatible with SD/SDHC memory cards
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Product Description

Color: Silver

Product Description

1280 x 720p hi-def video at 30fps7.0MP still images Records directly to a standard SD or SDHC memory card Records video in advanced MPEG4 AVC/H.264 format Image Stabilizer compensates for distracting up-and-down or side-to-side camera movement during video shooting Docking station provides instant HDMI componentcomposite or S-Video connection to a TV and a USB connection for a PC Superfast startup; record in as little as 1.3 secondsHDMI hi-def outputPlayback directly onto a HD or standard TV screenUses SDHC or SD memory cards up to 8GBIncludes USB cable component cable S-AV cable docking station Li-Ion battery lens cap soft case and hand strap

From the Manufacturer

Shoot high-definition today with this elegant state-of-the-art true 720p high-definition camcorder that doubles as a 7-megapixel digital camera. Encased in a stunning enclosure, the HD700 features a 5x optical lens and a large 2.7-inch widescreen display making the HD700 as convenient as it is useful. And, a HDMI port on the docking station allows you to simply connect to the latest high-definition TVs and recorders to view and share your footage. Also, the HD700 records to the latest MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 global standard, delivering exceptional video clarity and detail while maintaining the smallest file size possible.

Xacti HD700 Highlights

5x optical zoom The HD700 digital media camera features a 5x all-glass optical zoom lens with a bright maximum aperture of f/3.5. Consisting of nine groups and twelve total lenses (3 aspheric elements, 5 aspheric surfaces), the HD700's lens provides a fantastic field-of-view with a 38-190 mm range (35 mm equivalent). Combined with the 12x digital zoom, the HD700 provides up to 60x zooming capability.

Large, 2.7-inch widescreen display The Xacti HD700 features a large 2.7 inch widescreen 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, especially useful when shooting in large crowds or in small rooms.

Convenient SD/SDHC memory card slot The Sanyo Xacti HD700 records high-definition and photos directly to a standard SD or SDHC memory card. In fact, the HD700 is capable of recording up to 2 hour and 46 minutes of 720p high-definition video on a single 8GB card (sold separately).

Random access Each video is recorded as an individual MPEG-4 and each still as a JPEG so you can have true random access allowing you to review a specific image or video quickly and easily, without waiting for tape rewinding or fast forwarding.

Ergonomic design The Xacti series has become known for the small size and ergonomic design. The HD700 features a comfortable angle designed to easily fit in the palm of the hand. The HD700’s adapts the new 105-degree angle design that is research proven to be less tiring to hold and shoot than typical camcorders. Easy to hold and easy to shoot with, the HD700 raises the bar in compact camcorder design.

Mac OS compatible Got a Mac? The new HD700 was designed to work with Apple’s full complement of video editing applications including the new iMovie '08. Easily edit your movies and add them to your website or YouTube for sharing or create versions for iPod, iPhone or the Apple TV. It’s easy!

Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 included For Windows Customers, the Sanyo Xacti HD700 includes the powerful award-winning Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 video editing software. Adobe Premieree Elements 3.0 software makes creating and sharing impressive home videos a snap. Burn your footage to DVD in two simple steps, complete with a DVD menu and scene index, or easily assemble your movie by rearranging clips with drag-and-drop simplicity. And share your movies on DVD, the web, mobile phones, and virtually anywhere else.

Other Great Features

  • HDMI highi-definition output
  • Digital image stabilization
  • In-camera editing
  • Innovative docking station included
  • Superfast Startup (Record in as little as 1.3 seconds)
  • Playback directly onto a HD or standard TV screen
  • Easy connection to VCR or DVD recorder
  • Remote control included

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7 x 7 x 5 inches
Item Weight 3.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.1 pounds
Item model number VPC-HD700
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #48,059 in Camera & Photo
#2,776 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com September 26, 2007

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Color: Silver Verified Purchase
I feel the same about this product as the previous reviewer.

I was so excited about this camcorder. I had been looking at the other Xacti models and was about to purchase the waterproof Xacti when I found out that this HD version was coming out in a few days. I ordered it immediately.

When it arrived I was very impressed with the size and feel. It is so small and compact, yet is very easy to hold and operate. Much easier than my large sony camcorder. It is a beautiful piece of technology. The screen is large and easy to view, the controls and buttons are well placed, and the overall build seems to be of high quality.

The first thing I did not like about the camcorder was how narrow the field of view was. Even when at the widest angle, most zoomed back position I felt very "zoomed-in" on the subject. I found myself having to walk farther and farther back to get all of the action in the video. This was frustrating, but I would forgive this issue if the images looked good.

I took several videos and still photos in various conditions - inside, outside, bright, dark, etc. - and then looked at the results. I was very disappointed in the quality of the videos. The stills were passable (although not nearly as good as from my Canon G9), but the videos were grainy, often out of focus, and overall of poor quality. For this price I expected more, especially of an HD camcorder.

I am returning the Xaxti today, and will either purchase a different, less expensive Xacti or will simply use the video capture of my Canon G9. If you purchase this, I highly suggest you do some tests in the first few days - and save all of the packaging materials just in case!
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Prior reviewers had mentioned the field of view being too narrow, but I bought the HD700 anyway, thinking that the reviews were subjective and my mileage may vary.

I was optimistic that maybe the HD700 had been slammed by videophiles, and that it would be more than good enough for my needs, which largely involve taking family videos.

Out of the box, I recorded a few videos of my three year old bouncing around on the sofa. With the light of 3 sixty-watt bulbs 10 feet above the sofa, the video was grainy. I tried both the SHQ and the HQ modes for 720p, both were grainy. I tried the same modes with image stabilization turned off, both SHQ and HQ were just as grainy. Biggest thing I noticed was how far away from the sofa I had to stand in order to capture the entire sofa (which shouldn't be too hard, since this is a 16:9 widescreen camcorder, right)?

Next, I did a little experiment. I set the HD700 up on a tripod a large distance from a wall, and measured the size of the camera's field of view at widest zoom. To do this, I stuck removeable labels on the wall, staking out the corners of the camera's image, and marked a center dot. The camera and center dot (on the wall) were the same height above the floor. The camera lens was 152 inches from the wall; at this distance, the rectangular field of view was 67.5 inches high and 119.5 inches wide. Trig-savvy readers can verify that the field of view is 25 by 43 degrees, with a solid angle of 1075 square degrees (0.327 steradians). A theoretically perfect fish-eye lens would view a full hemisphere, or 6.28 steradians. We do not expect the Xacti HD700 to see like a fish-eye lens, but it does only see 1/19th of a hemisphere. That's pretty narrow.
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Color: Brown Verified Purchase
First, a major problem with a lot of reviews is that people with unknown skills buy things with unreasonable expectations and post authoritative sounding reviews. Most don't seem to even look at the manuals, they just try using the equipment at their own intuitive level and then post bad reviews and take advantage of the return policy. I have a good friend that does this.

The people that read the manuals and actually learn to use things and are too busy enjoying them to bother coming back to post. So, we see bad reviews and think that some really cool things are junk.

Personally, I'm no novice. I own three video cameras and a number of digital still cameras that I know and use well, yet I am constantly missing good to even great shots/videos as I don't have a camera with me. I tried, but just got tired of "lugging" them around unless I had a specific purpose in mind. What I wanted was a pocket camera that I'd have with me whether I planned to shoot or not.

I wasn't sure what I wanted so I stared with pocket still cameras that also shot video and, after playing with a few, decided I'd be happier with a pocket video that shot stills. I did a lot of research online looking at web sites with actual still and video samples. Saw some very nice stuff from a Sanyo CG65, CA65 the HD700. The HD700 seemed to suit my needs so I looked at Sanyo's web site and read all the specs, etc. Sanyo seems to have several web site, but one Japan based one, (sanyo-dsc dot com -- click on English on the top) has a "Let's shoot more Movies" which shows some things I didn't know the camera could do and even tells you how to do them.
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