Sanyo Xacti VPC-C5 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Features & Controls
The C5 features an internal 5x optical zoom lens with a 38mm-190mm (35mm equivalent)
focal length and a maximum aperture of f3.5-f/4.7. This is an all-glass lens constructed
of 12 lenses in 9 groups with 3 aspheric elements. It has an internal ND
(neutral density) filter.
The TTL contrast detection autofocus system automatically selects one of five focus areas with a selectable Spot (center only) focus mode. It features continuous area focus with a manual focus option with 15 steps.
The focus mode can be selected from:
The Motion Compensation (image stabilizer) has two modes of operation; Mode A or Mode B. Both modes are digital, what this means is that a certain portion of the outer edge of the image is lost during the image stabilization process.
Mode A does not
have an onscreen indication, during still image mode you will notice the live view
shows less than when the shutter is half-pressed. The live view represents the
actual frame area that will be captured.
Mode B displays a visible border on the LCD to show the
The built-in speedlight has modes for: Auto, Forced Fill-in and Forced Off.
The maximum working range in wideangle is approx. 8 ft and 5 ft. in telephoto
at ISO auto.
The flash output reduces nicely for macro exposures but is disabled when the
Super Macro mode is selected.
Controls: On the side is the main power button which is visible once the LCD is
opened. On the back are two shutter releases, the left one is for taking still
pictures, the right one is for taking movies. Between them is the zoom lens control
which functions as the magnify and index buttons in review mode. The REC / PLAY
switch controls the operational mode of the camera. The 4-way controller is for
navigating menus and selecting images in review mode. Press it straight in to accept
menu selections. In record mode press "up" to activate AF Lock, press "down" to
change focus mode, press "left" to change flash mode and press "right" to
adjust exposure compensation. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system.
On the bottom is the docking port which can be fitted with this adapter that
allows connection of the A-V output cable (stereo audio, S-Video and RCA
video), the Digital cable (USB 1.1 speed compliant and
PictBridge direct-print compatible) and
the DC IN jack for the AC power adapter
When the camera is in its docking cradle, the A-V, USB and power cables
are plugged into the back of the cradle. When connected to a TV set, the included
remote control (see below) can be used to control playback from across the room in
your favorite easy chair.
Included is this infrared remote control which can be used when the camera is in the
docking cradle. The custom-fitted leather carrying case will protect your camera
when it's not being used.
The Xacti C5 stores its data on SD Cards and depending on the sales region, it may be bundled with a SD card (128MB in U.S.) SD cards are currently available up to 2GB, we tested the C5 with the speedy, spacious and reasonably priced 60x ATP 1GB SD card. Note that Sanyo specifies the use of SD cards only, I tried a MMC-plus card and it did not work.
Storage Capacities (approx.)
The C5 is powered by a proprietary DB-L20 3.7v 720mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery.
Up to 113 images can be captured in still image mode or up to 60 minutes of
TV-HQ video can be recorded per charge. Or a total playback time of up to 125
The battery is automatically charged whenever it is placed in the docking cradle. A second battery can be charged outside of the camera when placed in the AC Power Adapter's battery slot.
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