Sanyo Xacti VPC-E6 Review

By Movable Type Admin





Review posted 12/29/2005

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The 6-megapixel SANYO Xacti E6 digital camera features a full 3-inch color LCD screen - the largest in its class - which provides an approximately 230% larger viewing area than a 2-inch screen. Such a big screen is ideal for composing and framing the subject, checking the captured photo and sharing pictures with others. The bright, exceptionally viewable trans-reflective LCD screen incorporates a low-temperature polysilicon liquid crystal design known for its excellent color reproduction.

The lightest finger touch activates the Touch Sensor Shutter Button. Auto Focus and Auto Exposure are instantaneously confirmed with a luminous touch signal and beep. Then, a gentle press of the shutter button captures the image. For novices and the millions of point-and-shoot photographers that have difficulty mastering a conventional digital camera's two-stage shutter, the new Touch Sensor Shutter Button makes focusing easy and helps make "flubbed" shots a thing of the past.

The E6 digital camera provides a unique "Best Shot" mode, whereby the camera takes four consecutive shots at different settings. All four shots are displayed on the screen. Save all the images or just choose the best one. Because the camera adjusts settings automatically, there's no need to worry about which mode to choose.

With a 6.0-megapixel CCD and unique high-speed processing engine, users have the ability to record and play back video in QuickTime format in full-motion (30fps) at full standard TV resolution of 640 x 480. A fully internal 3X optical zoom, newly developed 9-point area Auto Focus system and popular Scene Select feature help make it easy for anyone to take beautiful shots with ease. A convenient, menu-driven user interface featuring a selectable on-screen "Help/Guidance" mode assists in taking the mystery out of capturing great shots.

The E6 has 16MB of internal memory and accepts both SD and MultiMedia Cards for additional image and video clip storage. The internal memory can also be used as a mediator to copy an image from one memory card to another for sharing images with family and friends. Power is provided by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery with enough power to capture up to 170 pictures per charge. For easy printing of images, the E6 is PictBridge compatible for direct printing to PictBridge compatible printers.



Optio S6 Features:

  • Stylish, ultra compact and lightweight
  • 3x internal zoom lens (38-114mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • 6.0-megapixel imager with 10-megapixel interpolated mode
  • Large 3.0" color TFT LCD monitor with 100% coverage
  • Records 640x480 QuickTime video & audio at 30fps
  • Filter Function: Standard, Cosmetic, Monochrome or Sepia
  • Adjustable image Sharpness, Contrast and Color Saturation
  • Automatic Exposure plus scenes: Sports, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Fireworks, Lamp and Best Shot
  • Shoot up to 3 frames at 2.5fps
  • Three metering choices: multi-segment, center weighted and spot
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
  • 10-second sound memos can be appended to pictures
  • Voice Recorder function, up to 36 hours on a 1GB SD card
  • Visual Scheduler - images can be inserted into calendar as reminders
  • Audio-Video output for TV display
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery included
  • ~16 MB of internal memory plus SD/MMC card slot
  • USB 2.0 high-speed connectivity with PC Camera function
  • Exif Print and PictBridge compatible


The SANYO Xacti E6 has an MSRP of $399.99 and will be available in the U.S. in September 2005. Bundled with Ulead PhotoExplorer 8.0SE (Windows/Mac), Motion Director SE 1.1 (Windows), QuickTime Movie 6.5 (Windows) application software.




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Sanyo Xacti E6

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Sanyo Xacti E6

The Xacti E6 compared in size to a standard CD.





Optio S6

Optio S6

The Pentax Optio S6 and the Xacti E6.






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Xacti E6 Specifications

Camera Effective Pixel Count Approx. 6.0 megapixels
CCD 1/2.5-inch, 6.37-megapixel CCD (total)
Scene Select Full Auto/Sports/Portrait/Landscape/
Night View/Fireworks/Lamp*1/Best Shot
Filter Function Standard/Cosmetic/Monochrome/Sepia/
Sharpness/Contrast/Color Saturation
Shooting Modes One Image/Sequential/Schedule/Composite/ID
Photometry Multi-section measuring/
Center-weighted measuring/Spot measuring
Exposure Control Program AE
Exposure Correction ±1.8 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Self Timer 2 sec. or 10 sec.
White Balance Auto Full automatic TTL
Manual Sunny/Cloudy/Fluorescent/Incandescent/Sampling
Flash Modes Auto/Forced/Off/Red-Eye Reduction (Slow Synchro mode possible in Night View mode)
Range GN = 5.6
Approx. 10 cm - 2.4 m (wide)
Approx. 50 cm - 2.0 m (tele)
Audio Microphone Built-in monaural
Speaker Built-in monaural
Multi-Language Display 8 Languages (German/English/Spanish/French/
Italian/Dutch/Russian/Japanese/Korean/
Traditional Chinese/Simplified Chinese).
For display on the monitor only.
Operating Environment Temperature 0°C - 40°C, humidity 30% - 90%
(N.B. Do not expose to condensation.)
Lens Focal Length f = 6.3 mm - 18.9 mm (actual)
38 mm - 114 mm (35 mm equivalent)
Zoom 3.0x optical zoom
Construction 11 elements in 9 groups (3 aspheric lenses)
Maximum Aperture f3.3 (wide) - f4.0 (tele)
AF System TTL contrast-detect
9-point area AF/Spot AF
Manual Focus: 16 steps
Focus Range Normal 20 cm (wide)/50 cm (tele) to infinity
Super Macro 1 cm (wide)/50 cm (tele) to 60 cm
Digital Zoom Shooting Max. 4x
Playback Max. 57.5x (in [10M] mode, depending on the resolution)
LCD Monitor Size 3.0-inch low-reflective low-temperature polysilicon thin film transistor (TFT) color LCD monitor
Pixel Count Approx. 230,000 pixels
Coverage 100% field of view
Brightness Adjustment 7 steps
Recording Media SD Memory Card
Multimedia Card
Built-in Memory (Approx. 16 MB)
Still Images Recording File Formats JPEG (DCF, DPOF, Exif Ver 2.2 standard)
Recording Pixel Count (Stills)
10M : 3680 x 2760 pixels
6M : 2816 x 2112 pixels
4M : 2288 x 1712 pixels
2M : 1600 x 1200 pixels
0.3M : 640 x 480 pixels
Shutter Speed Standard 1/2 - 1/2000 sec.
Flash
1/30 - 1/2000 sec.
Lamp Max 2 sec.
Landscape/Night View/Fireworks 2 sec.
Sensitivity Auto: equivalent of ISO 50 - 200
Manual: equivalent of ISO 50/100/200/400 (switchable)
Sequential Shooting Recording Pixel Count (Sequential)
6M : 2816 x 2112 pixels
4M : 2288 x 1712 pixels
2M : 1600 x 1200 pixels
0.3M : 640 x 480 pixels
Shutter Speed Standard 1/2 - 1/2000 sec.
Flash 1/30 - 1/2000 sec.
Lamp Max 2 sec.
Landscape/Night View/Fireworks 2 sec.
Video Clip Shooting Recording File Format QuickTime Movie (MOV)
Recording Pixel Count (Movies)
640H : 640 x 480 pixels
(30 fps, low compression)
640S : 640 x 480 pixels
(30 fps, standard compression)
320H : 320 x 240 pixels
(30 fps, low compression)
320 : 320 x 240 pixels
(15 fps, standard compression)
160 : 160 x 120 pixels
(15 fps, standard compression)
Shutter Speed 1/30 - 1/10000 sec.
Sensitivity Auto: equivalent of ISO 450 - 1800
Manual: equivalent of ISO 450/900/1800/3600 (switchable)
Audio WAV
Interface AV Output Video: NTSC/PAL
Audio: monaural sound
USB USB 2.0 in high-speed mode
(Storage Class + Still Image Class + PC Camera)
Battery/ Power Source Power Source Lithium-ion battery (DB-L20, included)
Charging AC adapter (VAR-G8, included)
Approx. Battery Life Still (CIPA Standard) Approx. 170 images
Shooting Video Clips Approx. 85 min.
Playback Approx. 210 min.
Size (WxHxD) 97.7 x 59.5 x 22.8 mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 134 g (main unit only)
Approx. 153 g (including battery and SD card)
Specifications as represented by the manufacturer




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