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Press Release - July 13, 2006

New Sanyo High-Definition Digital Media Camera Features Optimized Recording For Portable Video Players And 16:9 Still Mode Ideal For Widescreen Viewing

SANYO Xacti HD1a Offers In-Camera Editing, 2.2-inch LCD Display and .99 MSRP

CHATSWORTH, CA, July 13, 2006 – A video recording mode optimized for the video iPod® and other portable video players tops the advanced feature set of the new SANYO Xacti HD1a high- definition compact digital media camera. Following quickly on the strong sales and critical success of the SANYO Xacti HD1 introduced in January 2006, the new high-definition HD1a also adds such compelling features as a selectable 16:9 widescreen still picture mode and easy, convenient in-camera video editing.

The SANYO Xacti HD1a retains its title as the world’s smallest and lightest high- definition digital media camera*. Featuring ergonomic, one-handed operation, the camera can record both 720p high-definition video and 5.1 megapixel digital still images to a standard SD flash memory card. It will be available in the U.S. from SANYO, the world’s leading manufacturer of digital cameras and components, in September 2006 at a very competitive .99** MSRP.

"The remarkable success of our precedent-setting Xacti HD1, along with user feedback, prompted SANYO to incorporate several new key features into the new HD1a," said John Lamb, Senior Marketing Manager, for SANYO Fisher Company’s Audio Video Division. "Our inclusion of a 30 frames-per-second 320 x 240 pixel video recording mode – optimized for viewing MPEG-4 video clips on a video iPod or other portable video player – reflects a shift by consumers towards on-the-go viewing."

Video recording optimized for personal media players

The HD1a’s new "Web-SHQ" recording mode is designed specifically to capture video destined for the 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.

16:9 still shooting

An all-new 16:9 shooting mode allows users to capture 3.8 megapixel stills in the same widescreen format as their high-definition videos for eye-catching viewing on a 16:9 television screen.

Convenient in-camera video editing

The HD1a features enhanced video editing functions, enabling quick A>B deletions and easy combining of video clips. In-camera editing makes it easy to remove unwanted material and helps conserve memory card space.

High-definition engine

The SANYO Xacti HD1a is powered by high-precision LSI (large-scale integration) circuitry for advanced, high-definition image processing. This powerful "high-definition engine" quickly executes a vast number of calculations and enables the HD1a to realize image processing functions such as high-definition 720p processing, real-time MPEG-4 compression and noise reduction.

2.2-inch LCD display

The HD1a features a large Sanyo-developed 2.2-inch LCD 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 even in difficult locations.

10x optical zoom

The HD1a 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 HD1a is capable of a total 100x zoom.

Digital video and stills, all in one

Like the Xacti HD1 and all previous SANYO Xacti digital media cameras, the HD1a can record still images in addition to video clips. Utilizing the 5.36 megapixel (total) CCD, the HD1a 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.***

21 minutes of HD video per Gigabyte of memory

The HD1a can record up to 21 minutes of 720p HD video per Gigabyte on a standard SD or SDHC memory card. That’s up to 42 minutes on a 2-Gigabyte card or 84 minutes on the soon to be released 4-Gigabyte SDHC card (cards sold separately). Alternatively, HD1 users can select to record in Standard Definition mode (640 x 480 pixels at 30fps progressive) for up to one hour per Gigabyte of recording capacity. Users can quickly switch between high- definition and standard-definition recording modes by simply pressing the "HD/Norm" button located beneath the LCD display.

Ergonomic and lightweight

Designed for convenient, one-handed operation and one-thumb control of most key functions, the truly ergonomic SANYO HD1a is ready to use whenever inspiration strikes, at home or away. Lightweight at only 8.3 ounces (including battery and a standard SD memory card), the HD1a measures 3.1" W x 4.7" H x 1.4" D.

Key SANYO Xacti HD1a features include:

  • 320 x 240 "Web-SHQ" video mode; optimal for playback on many personal media players
  • 16:9 widescreen MPEG-4 video (HD-SHQ / HD-HQ modes)
  • 16:9 widescreen digital still mode for stunning widescreen TV playback
  • Highly efficient 10x optical zoom
  • 2.2" rotating LCD display
  • CD-quality AAC-LC (MPEG-4 Audio) stereo recording
  • Enhanced video editing functions for quick A>B deletions and easy combining of clips
  • 60 fps Fluid Motion Recording (640 x 480 TV-HR Mode)
  • Rapid 5.1 megapixel sequential 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-fast 1.7-second camera startup
  • Versatile manual mode enables advanced-control shooting
  • 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. For more information and additional specifications, please visit

Xacti HD1a Specifications

Effective Pixel CountApprox. 5.1 megapixels
CCD1/2.5 inch, 5.36-megapixel CCD (total)
Recording MediaSD memory card, 4 GB SDHC memory card compatible
Recording File FormatStill: JPEG (DCF, DPOF, Exif Ver. 2.2 standard)
Video: MPEG4 (ISO standard)
Audio: 48 kHz sampling, 16-bit, 2-ch, AAC-compression (stereo)
Resolution (Pixels)Still:
[10M] 3680 x 2760
[5M-H] 2592 x 1944 (low compression)
[5M-S] 2592 x 1944 (standard compression)
[3.8M (16:9)] 2592 x 1464
[2M] 1600 x 1200
[1.2M] 1280 x 960
[0.3M] 640 x 480

[5M-H] 2592 x 1944 (low compression)
[5M-S] 2592 x 1944 (standard compression)
[3.8M (16:9)] 2592 x 1464
[2M] 1600 x 1200
[1.2M] 1280 x 960
[0.3M] 640 x 480

[HD-SHQ] 1280 x 720 (30 fps, 9 Mbps)
[HD-HQ] 1280 x 720 (30 fps, 6 Mbps)
[TV-HR] 640 x 480 (60 fps, 6 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)
Lensf = 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, ND filter
Photo RangeStandard: 10 cm (wide)/1 m (tele) to infinity, Macro: 1 cm – 1 m
Shutter SpeedStill: 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.
Sequential Shooting6 photos at 5 fps ([5M] mode), 10 photos at 5 fps ([1.2M] mode)
Digital ZoomShooting: max. 10x
Playback: max. 58x (in [10M] mode, depending on the resolution)
FocusAuto (Stills: 5-point AF/spot AF, Video clips: continuous area AF)
Manual (22 steps)
Digital Image StabilizerStills: no, Video: yes
Scene Select (Program AE) Auto/Sports/Portrait/Night View/Landscape/Fireworks/Lamp
Filter FunctionStandard/Cosmetic/Monochrome/Sepia
PhotometryMulti-section measuring/Center-weighted measuring/Spot measuring
Exposure ControlProgram AE, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual
Exposure Correction±1.8 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
SensitivityStill: Auto (ISO 50 – 200), Manual (ISO 50/100/200/400)
Video: Auto (ISO 200 – 800), Manual (ISO 200/400/800/1600)
Self-Timer2 sec./10 sec.
White BalanceAuto: full auto TTL
Manual: Sunny/Cloudy/Fluorescent/Incandescent/Sampling
FlashAuto/Forced/Off/Red-eye reduction (Slow Synchro mode possible in Night View mode)
Flash RangeGN = 6.4, 35 cm – 2.5 m [wide], 1.0 m – 2.5 m [tele])
AudioMicrophone: built-in stereo
Speaker: built-in monaural (L/R mixed output)
LCD Monitor2.2" a-Si display, 150,000 pixels (100% coverage, 7-level brightness), 285?rotation
InterfaceAV output (Video: component video/composite video/S-Video, NTSC/PAL, Audio: stereo)
USB 2.0 in 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 SourceLithium-ion battery (DB-L40, included: 1200 mA), AC adaptor (VAR-G8, included)
Approx. Battery LifeStill: CIPA standard 170 images
Video: 75 min.
Playback: 220 min.
Dimensions (W x H x D) 80 x 119 x 36 mm (excluding protrusions), Volume: 204 cc
WeightApprox. 210 g (main unit only), Approx. 235 g (including battery and SD card)

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