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Press Release - January 3, 2006


Pocket-sized, Tapeless SANYO Xacti HD1 Brings High-Definition Video Recording to the Mass Consumer Market in a Stylish, Feature-Rich and Affordable Package

LAS VEGAS, January 3, 2006, CES Booth #11017 – Making its debut at the 2006 International CES, the SANYO Xacti HD1 is the world’s first high-definition compact digital media camera.* Offering advanced, next-generation video performance, the SANYO Xacti HD1 is the world’s smallest and lightest high-definition digital media camera, ideal for recording today with the future in mind.

SANYO, the world’s leading manufacturer of digital cameras and components, designed the Xacti HD1 Digital Media Camera to easily record both 720p high-definition video and 5.1 megapixel digital still images to a standard SD flash memory card. The SANYO Xacti HD1 will be available in the U.S. in late March at an MSRP of .99**

Key to the Xacti HD1’s ability to record high-definition video is its high-precision LSI (large-scale integration) for image processing. This powerful "high-definition engine" executes a vast number of calculations in a short period of time. It enables the HD1 to realize image processing functions such as high-definition 720p processing, real-time MPEG-4 compression and noise reduction.

The HD1 features an ultra-clear 2.2-inch SANYO-developed OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display with 210,000 total pixels for exceptional viewability. The display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on axis for taking great video or still images in otherwise difficult locations. Trademark features of OLED display technology are expanded viewing angles and up to 5,000 times faster response speed when compared with conventional display technologies, enabling smooth playback of rapid movements. When not in use, the display nicely tucks back into the side of the camera.

Displayed prominently in the front of the HD1 is a bright, 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 HD1 is capable of a total 100x zoom.

As with all previous SANYO Xacti digital media cameras, the HD1 can record still images in addition to video clips. A newly developed 5.36 megapixel (total) CCD captures beautiful 5.1 megapixel still images which are recorded directly onto a standard SD memory card. The camera can record both 5.1 megapixel still images and high-definition (1280 x 720-pixel) digital video at the same time with a simple press of the shutter button during the shooting of a video clip.***

The HD1 can record over 21 minutes of 720p HD video on a 1-Gigabyte SD card or over 42 minutes on a 2-Gigabyte card. Alternatively, HD1 users can select to record in Standard Definition mode (640 x 480 pixels at 30fps progressive) for up to two hours on a 2-Gigabyte SD card. Users can easily switch between high-definition and standard-definition recording modes by simply pressing the "HD/Norm" button located on display side of the camera body. SD cards sold separately.

An ergonomic, one-handed grip and convenient, thumb-operable controls makes the SANYO HD1 exceptionally easy to use whenever inspiration strikes. Lightweight at only 8.3 ounces (including battery and a standard SD memory card), the HD1 measures 3.1" W x 4.7" H x 1.4" D.

Other SANYO Xacti HD1 features include:

  • 16:9 widescreen format (HD-SHQ / HD-HQ modes)
  • 60 fps Fluid Motion Recording (640 x 480 TV-HR Mode)
  • Rapid Continuous still shooting
  • Pop-up flash with double the brightness of conventional models
  • Anti-shake digital image stabilizer
  • Talking navigation guide for first-time users
  • Super Macro shooting down to 1 cm (W) / 1 m (T)
  • Self timer (2 seconds / 10 seconds)
  • Voice recorder function: over 33 hours recording time with optional 2 GB SD Memory Card
  • Red-eye reduction mode
  • Multifunction docking station
  • High-capacity SANYO rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
  • Remote control included
  • Exif Print and Print Image Matching III
  • PictBridge-capable for PC-Free printing with PictBridge-compatible printers

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: SANYY) is a billion manufacturer and distributor of consumer and commercial electronics, including multimedia and telecommunication products. Based in Chatsworth, California, SANYO Fisher Company (a division of SANYO North America Corporation, a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.) markets digital cameras, PCS phones, audio systems, portable and mobile electronics, televisions, DVD players, dictation devices, home appliances, LCD projectors, security video equipment and air conditioning systems.

* Among commercially available high-definition media cameras, as of January 2006.
** Estimated Selling Price: Actual prices set by dealer are subject to change.
*** Depending on the mode used to take still images, simultaneous video clip shooting may be interrupted.

VPC-HD1 Specifications

Effective pixel countApprox. 5.1 megapixels
CCD1/2.5 inch, 5.36-megapixel 2ch-readout CCD (total)
Recording Media SD Memory Card
Recording file formatsStill: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.2, DPOF standard) Video: MPEG4 (ISO Standard) Audio: 48kHz Sampling,16bit, 2ch, AAC-compression (stereo)
Resolution (pixels) Still: [10M] 3680 x 2760, [6M-H] 2592 x 1944 (low-compression), [6M-S] 2592 x 1944 (standard-compression) [3M-T] 1536 x 2048, [2M] 1600 x 1200, [1.2M] 1280 x 960, [0.3M] 640 x 480

Video: <HD> [HD-SHQ] 1280 x 720 (30fps, 9Mbps), [HD-HQ] 1280 x 720 (30fps, 6 Mbps) <SD> [TV-HR] 640 x 480 (60fps, 6 Mbps), [TV-SHQ] 640 x 480 (30fps, 3Mbps) [TV-HQ] 640 x 480 (30fps, 2 Mbps), [Web-HQ] 320 x 240 (15fps)
Lens6.3 - 63 mm (38 - 380 mm on a 35 mm camera), 10x optical zoom lens
Open f/3.5 (W) - 3.5 (T), AF: 9 groups, 12 lenses, built-in ND filter
Photo range Standard: 10cm (wide) / 100cm (Tele) to infinity, Macro: 1 cm (wide) to 100cm (wide)
Shutter speed Still: 1/2 sec ~ 1/2000 sec. (Flash: 1/30 ~ 1/2000 sec., Lamp mode: max 4 secs)
Video: 1/30 sec - 1/10000 sec
Digital zoom Shooting: 10x max.
Playback: 58x max. ([10M] mode, depending on the resolution)
FocusAuto (Still: 5-point AF/Spot AF
Video: Continuous area AF),
Manual: (16 steps)
Program AE Auto/Sports/Portrait/Landscape/Night View/Fireworks/Lamp
Filter function Standard/Cosmetic/Monochrome/Sepia
Exposure correction Program AE, +-1.8 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Video clip correction Camera shake correction, Flicker reduction, Wind noise reduction
SensitivityStill: Auto (ISO 50-400), Manual (ISO 50/100/200/400, Lamp mode: Max 1600)
Video: Auto (ISO 200-800), Manual (ISO 200/400/800/1600)
Self timer 2sec./10 sec.
White balance Auto: Full Auto TTL, Manual: Sunny/Cloudy/Fluorescent/Incandescent/Sampling
FlashAuto/Forced/Off/ Red-Eye (Slow, synchro mode possible in Night View mode)
Flash Range 30cm-2.8m [Wide], 30cm-1.9 [Tele]
AudioMicrophone: Built-in stereo, Speaker: Built-in mono (L/R mixed output)
LCD monitor 2.2-inch OLED, 210,000-pixels (coverage 100%, 4-level brightness), 285? rotation
InterfaceAV output (Video: D4/Composite Video/S-Video, NTSC/PAL, Audio: stereo)
USB 2.0 High-Speed (Storage Class+PC Camera+Video Class)
:interfacing via docking stationor connecting adaptor
LanguagesJapanese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Korean, Traditional or Simplified Chinese
Power source Lithium-ion battery (DB-L40/1200mA, included), Charging AC adapter included)
Approx. battery life*5Still: CIPA standard images, Video: 80 min., Playback: min.
DimensionsDimensions 3.1"(W) x 1.4"(D) x 4.7"(H)
WeightWeight 7.4 oz. approx. (main unit only); 8.3 oz. approx.
(including battery and a standard SD card)
Included accessoriesSANYO Software Pack 7.4 CD-ROM, Docking station, Dedicated AV interface cable, Dedicated USB interface cable, Cable adaptor, SD Memory Card*9 , Lithium-ion battery charger and battery, AC adaptor and power cord, Soft case, Lens cap, Neck Strap, Remote controller, Quick guide

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