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Sanyo Xacti Full HD camcorder

Ilse Jurrien
PMA 2010 Report
Sunday 31st, January 2010
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

Sanyo releases a new Full HD Dual Camera Xacti, VPC-SH1, available in February, 2010. Based on the dual camera concept of offering photo and video functions in one camera unit, the new product is compact and enables wide-range shooting from wide angle to telephoto. The Sanyo Dual Camera series aims to provide customers with more enjoyable video experiences by offering cameras that allow users to easily capture both photo and video in daily life, as well as recording important events and occasions. By utilizing a convenient video format that can be easily handled on PC and Internet environments, and even on home TVs, the Sanyo Xactio VPC-SH1 camera is more than just a tool for capturing, viewing, and saving images.

Sanyo Xacti SH1

Sanyo Xacti VPC-SH1 dual camera
The Sanyo Dual cameras have always been at the forefront for compatibility with computers as well as online applications and networking. Sanyo is offering a new way to enjoy images even after they are captured, and these products have been well received by consumers all over the world. Now, Sanyo is introducing a new stylish horizontal “Xacti” model. While emphasizing portability, the Sanyo VPC-SH1 incorporates the industry-leading 35-mm wide-angle lens with high-power 30x advanced zoom function to allow users to fully enjoy Full HD video in daily life and for special events and occasions.

Share video online with the Sanyo Xacti dual camera
The Sanyo Xacti SH1 is a convenient product for sharing videos online, on blogs or on other multi-media sites. The Sanyo dual camera is also easy to import images to portable media devices. The Sanyo VPC-SH1 is undergoing certification to be compatible with iFrame, a next generation video format that has been designed to allow users to easily import, edit and share high quality video.

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Sanyo VPC-SH1 includes wide-angle zoom function
With the new zoom function, the video filming area on the image sensor is enlarged from approximately 2-Megapixels (Full HD image area) to approximately 3.5-Megapixels. Using pixels effectively, wider scenes from industry leading 35mm (35mm film equiv.) (Wide) to 1,050mm (Tele) with 30x zoom can be enjoyed. By widening the wide-angle side and achieving higher magnification telephoto ability, it is possible to capture wide range of objects from close to far.

Sanyo HD dual camera with a compact design
Product development for the Xacti series has been carried out with an emphasis on a compact design that can be taken anywhere and anytime by using the concept of a handy device for recording the moments of daily life. The Sanyo Xacti SH1 is a top rated small-class Full HD dual camera approximately 190cc in volume, 7.2 oz in weight, and 1.69” in thickness. Its excellent portability dramatically expands the situations in which a video camera can be used.

Sanyo Xacti SH1 features a Double Sub REC Button
To take usability a step further, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-SH1 is equipped with Sanyo´s original “Double Sub REC Button.” In addition to the ordinary recording buttons, a recording button for both photo and video are separately provided on the upper front part of the body to easily capture low-angle images in a comfortable posture. Being able to easily shoot a camera from a child’s or pet’s eye level makes it possible to capture the world from a different point of view.

Capture Full HD videos with the Sanyo Xacti VPC-SH1
Not only it features a compact body, but also the VPC-SH1 can capture Full HD videos with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The video format used for this model is "MPEG-4 AVC / H.264," which is easy to use on PC and Internet environments, as it is a single file format, similar to the one used for still photos. "MPEG-4 AVC / H.264" is fully supported by the latest Windows OS, "Windows 7", which was launched last year. Consequently, video files are displayed in the same thumbnail format as still picture files, and they can also be played back directly with Windows Media Player, and editable with Windows Live Movie Maker, and are Device Stage compatible. This makes the files even more convenient for use on computers.

Sanyo SH1 camcorder supports iFrame
To enhance its versatility, the Sanyo SH1 is undergoing official certification to support iFrame, a next generation video format that has been designed to allow users to easily import, edit and share high quality video. This format enables the camcorder function to record in the same format used for editing on a computer, dramatically speeding up the processes of importing, editing and sharing movies across multiple platforms and devices. iFrame is a computer-friendly format, and can be used with both Mac and PC compatible applications due to the use of standards-based technologies such as H.264, AAC, and MP4. When combined with iMovie in this capture mode, it is possible to realize even greater convenience in the procedure of capturing, uploading to a computer, editing, and sharing.

Sanyo Xacti SH1 dual camera
• Colors : Black, Red
• Price : $399.99
• Sales start : February, 2010

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