Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2 Review
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The Xacti HD2 combines the functionality of a 720p high-definition digital camcorder and 7.1-megapixel digital still camera into one ergonomic, pocket-sized device. For optimized performance, a new HDMI digital interface, built into the HD2's multifunction docking station, provides an all-digital output to HDTVs and high-definition video recorders. Featuring a unique pistol-grip and thumb-operable design, the HD2 can record up to 21 minutes of high-definition video (or up to one hour of standard-definition video) per gigabyte of available memory on any standard SD or high-capacity SDHC card (memory cards sold separately). Using a single 8-gigabyte SDHC card, HD2 users can easily and spontaneously shoot nearly three hours of high-definition video, up to eight hours of standard-definition video or thousands of 7.1-megapixel digital still images.
The Xacti HD2 responds to light as low as 12.5 lux in auto mode. This represents an up to 75% increase in low-light sensitivity when compared to the 50 lux auto mode capability of the previous models, the HD1 and HD1a. The HD2 responds to light as low as 6 lux, in lamp mode, representing an up to 76% increase in low- light sensitivity when compared to the 25 lux capability of the HD1 and HD1a. The HD2 features a special "High Sensitivity" button, allowing users to quickly switch from standard sensitivity mode and shoot in a wide variety of low-light situations.
The SANYO Xacti HD2 features digital image stabilization, that works across the full shooting range from wide-angle to telephoto. Using an original corrective algorithm developed by SANYO, the HD2 is able to distinguish between "trembling hands" and "camera work" such as panning and tilting.
Thanks to highly efficient MPEG-4 technology, the HD2 is able to create richly detailed high-definition 720p (1280 x 720 pixels) videos at 30 frames per second. That's up to three times more pixels than standard conventional video cameras.
The HD2's "Web-SHQ" recording mode is designed specifically to capture video destined for video iPod and other popular MPEG-4 capable personal media players. For optimal playback on such devices, video is captured at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and a smooth and natural 30 frames per second.
The HD2 features a generous and highly efficient 10x optical zoom lens. Built from 12 elements designed in 9 groups and with a built-in neutral density filter, the 10x zoom lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 in both wide and telephoto angles, allowing for clear images in lower light situations. Combined with a 10x digital zoom capability, the HD2 is capable of a total 100x zoom.
The HD2's large 2.2-inch LCD displays has 210,000 total pixels of resolution for exceptionally clear viewing. The display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on axis for taking great video or still images even in difficult locations.
Connect the HD2 to a VCR or DVD Recorder to make back-up copies of recorded content. Still images and video
clips are played back continuously and in chronological order. The HD2 offers convenient connection to your
Windows or Mac PC. Simply "drag-and-drop" video clips and still images to the hard disk for emailing,
editing or archiving. Still images can be printed directly to any PictBridge compatible printer without the
need of a computer.
Xacti HD2 Features:
Sporting a stylish blue graphite body, the SANYO Xacti HD2 is available now at an MSRP of US$699.99.
The Xacti HD2 compared in size to a standard CD.
The HD2 and its slimmer 6-megapixel sibling the Xacti C6 for size comparison.
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|Effective Pixel Count||Approx. 7.1 megapixels|
|CCD||1/2.5 inch, 7.38-megapixel CCD (total)|
|Recording Media||SD memory card, SDHC memory card compatible (up to 8 GB*1)|
|Recording File Format||Still: JPEG (DCF*2, DPOF*3,
Exif Ver2.2*4 standard)
Video: MPEG4 (ISO standard)
Audio: 48 kHz sampling, 16-bit, 2-ch, AAC-compression (stereo)
[10M] 3680 x 2760
[7M-H] 3072 x 2304 (low compression)
[7M-S] 3072 x 2304 (standard compression)
[5.3M (16:9)] 3072 x 1728
[2M] 1600 x 1200
[0.9M] 1280 x 960
[0.3M] 640 x 480
[0.3M] 640 x 480
[HD-SHQ] 1280 x 720 (30 fps, 9 Mbps)
[HD-HQ] 1280 x 720 (30 fps, 6 Mbps)
[TV-SDV] 720 x 480 (30 fps, 3.5 Mbps)
[TV-SHQ] 640 x 480 (30 fps, 3 Mbps)
[TV-HQ] 640 x 480 (30 fps, 2 Mbps)
[Web-SHQ] 320 x 240 (30 fps)
[Web-HQ] 320 x 240 (15 fps)
|Lens||f = 6.3 - 63 mm (equivalent to
38 - 380 mm on a 35 mm camera)
F: 3.5 (wide) - 3.5 (tele)
10.0x optical zoom lens
Auto focus 9 groups, 12 lenses, Built-in ND filter
|Photo Range||Standard: 10 cm (wide)/1 m (tele) to infinity, Super Macro: 1 cm - 1 m|
|Shutter Speed||Still: 1/2 sec. - 1/2000 sec.
(Flash: 1/30 - 1/2000 sec., Lamp mode: max. 4 sec.)
Sequential: 1/15 sec. - 1/2000 sec. (No flash)
Video: 1/30 sec. - 1/10000 sec. (High Sensitivity mode/Lamp mode: max 1/15 sec.)
|Digital Zoom||Shooting: max. 10x
Playback: max. 58x (in [10M] mode, depending on the resolution)
|Focus||Auto (Stills: 9-point AF/spot AF,
Video clips: continuous area AF)
Manual (22 steps)
|Digital Image Stabilizer||Stills: no, Video: yes|
|Scene Select (Program AE)||Auto/Sports/Portrait/Night Portrait/Landscape/Fireworks/Lamp*5|
|Photometry||Multi-section measuring/Center-weighted measuring/Spot measuring|
|Exposure Control||Program AE, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual|
|Exposure Correction||±1.8 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)|
|Sensitivity||Still: Auto (ISO 50 - 400), Manual (ISO 50/100/200/400/800/1600)|
|Self-Timer||2 sec./10 sec.|
|White Balance||Auto: full auto TTL
|Flash||Auto/Forced/Off/Red-eye reduction (Slow Synchro mode possible in Night Portrait mode)|
|Flash Range||GN = 6.4, 35 cm - 2.5 m [wide], 1.0 m - 2.5 m [tele])|
|Audio||Microphone: built-in stereo
Speaker: built-in monaural (L/R mixed output)
|LCD Monitor||2.2" a-Si display, 150,000 pixels (100% coverage, 7-level brightness), 285ﾟrotation|
|Interface||AV output (Video: HDMI, component
video/composite video/S-Video, NTSC/PAL, Audio: stereo)
USB 2.0 high-speed mode (Storage Class + PC camera + Video Class)
Interfacing via docking station or connecting adaptor
|Multi-Language Display||11 languages: Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Korean, Traditional and Simplified Chinese|
|Power Source||Lithium-ion battery (DB-L40, included: 1200 mA), AC adaptor (VAR-G8, included)|
|Approx. Battery Life*6||Stills: CIPA*7 standard 180 images
Video clips (HD-SHQ): Approx. 85 min.
Playback: Approx. 150 min.*8
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||80 x 119 x 36 mm (excluding protrusions), Volume: 204 cc|
|Weight||Approx. 210 g (main unit only), Approx. 235 g (including battery and SD card)|
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