Sanyo Xacti VPC-E1 Review
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The E1 shoots TV-quality MPEG-4 video and utilizes the state-of-the-art Advanced Video Codec AVC/H.264. Incorporating a special Qpixel brand H.264 chipset, the E1 delivers a significant 25 percent reduction in video file size, along with improved video quality versus traditional MPEG-4 recordings. Completely "tapeless," the device records both video and still images to a standard SD memory card or high-capacity SDHC card. Users can record a phenomenal 10 hours of full-motion 640 x 480 pixel, 30 frames-per-second video on a single 8-gigabyte SDHC memory card (not included). Once recorded, both video and still images can be easily uploaded and viewed on a PC or Mac, personal media player such as the iPod, or shared on the internet via a video or photo sharing Website.
Improved 9 pixel-mixing technology allows video to be shot even in darker places, such as indoors during a party. When using the "Automatic" setting, subjects may be recorded in light as low as 7 lux, and when using the "Lamp Mode" setting found in the "Scene Select" function menu, the frame rate will be automatically adjusted, enabling subjects to be recorded even in 2 lux low-light environments.
The included CD-ROM Software Pack features Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 for Windows XP/Vista, Adobe Photoshop
Album starter edition, QuickTime 7.1, iTunes 7.1 and Xacti Screen Capture for Windows. For Mac OS X customers,
Sanyo recommends using iMovie and iPhoto.
Xacti E1 Features:
With a versatile Waterproof and stylish body, the SANYO Xacti E1 is available now at an MSRP of US$499.99.
See our buy box below for current pricing and online vendors.
The E1 and its big brother, the Xacti HD1000.
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|Effective pixel count||Approx. 6.0-Megapixels|
|CCD||1/2.5 inch, approx. 6.37-Megapixel CCD (total)|
|Recording Media||SD Memory Card (Up to 8GB SDHC memory card*16) Internal Memory (Approx 18 mb)|
|Recording file formats||Still pictures: JPEG (DCF*9 DPOF*10, Exif Ver2.2*11)Movie clips: ISO standard MPEG-4 AVC H.264 (.MP4) Audio: 48kHz sampling, 16 bit, 2ch, AAC|
|Resolution (pixels)||Still shots: 10M: 3680x2760, 6M-H: 2816x2112 (low compression)6M-S: 2816x2112 (standard compression)16:9: 2816x15843M: 1536x20482M: 1600x12000.3M: 640x480Movie clips*12TV-SHQ:640x480 (30fps 3Mbps), TV-HQ:640x480 (30fps 1.5Mbps), Web-SHQ:320x240 (30fps)?Web-HQ:320x240 (15fps)|
|Lens||f = 6.3-31.7mm (38-190mm on a 35mm camera), 5x optical zoom lensF: 3.5 (W) - 4.7 (T), galvanometer method structure, Auto Focus: 9 groups, 12 elements, (3 aspheric elements 5 aspheric surfaces) lens built-in neutral density filter|
|Shutter speed||Still pictures: 1/2 ~ 1/2000 sec. (Flash: 1/30 ~ 1/2000 sec., Lamp mode: max. 4 sec)Movies: 1/30 ~ 1/10000 sec.|
|Sensitivity||Auto (ISO 50-400), Manual (ISO 50/100/200/400/800/1600)|
|Video correction function||On-board Anti-Shake Movie Digital Image Stabilizer (electronic sensor)|
|Other correction function||Anti-Shake Digital Image Stabilizer/Flicker Reduction/Wind Noise Reduction|
|Low-light sensitivity||7 lux (AUTO mode, 1/30 sec.)2 lux (Lamp mode 1/15)|
|Flash||Auto/Forced/Off (Slow, synchro mode possible in Night View mode)|
|Audio||Microphone: Built-in stereo, Speaker: Built-in mono (L/R mixed output)|
|LCD monitor||110,000-pixel, 2.5 inch, Amorphous Silicon TFT LCD display, 1.5-Megapixel (Coverage 100%, 7-level brightness)|
|Interface||AV output (Video: Composite video, NTSC/PAL, Audio: Stereo sound)AV output for multi-type headphones(f3.5mm compatible with Stereo mini-plug 16O~32O)USB 2.0 (in high-speed mode: PC camera video class mode)|
|Power source||Lithium-ion battery (DB-L20, included: 720mAH)|
|Power Output||When using battery: 3.2W (using movie mode)|
|Approx. battery life||Still shooting: approx. 160 stills (CIPA standard), Video clips and continuous shooting mode: approx. 80 min./Playback: approx. 190 min.|
|Dimensions||2.8 x 1.6 x 4.4 inches (WxDxH) (maximum dimensions, excluding protruding parts) (192 cc)|
|Weight||7.7 oz. approx. (main unit only), 8.3 oz. approx. (including battery and SD card)|
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