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SANYO

Press Release - July 13, 2006




Sanyo Debuts Water-Resistant Digital Media Camera Targeted To Outdoor Enthusiasts

CA6 Digital Still/Video Camera Features IPX4 Splash Protection And Video Recording Optimized for Playback on Digital Media Players



CHATSWORTH, CA, July 13, 2006 – The new, 6-megapixel SANYO Xacti CA6 is a pocket-sized digital still and MPEG-4 video camera specially designed to capture outdoor fun under the sun and around water. The stylish SANYO CA6 is "protected from splash in all directions," conforming to the IEC international IPX4 standard*. Splash-proof water resistance makes it practical to point and shoot even around the pool or at the beach. It's also rugged enough to safely take photos or shoot video with wet hands while fishing, hiking, boating, skiing or enjoying many other outdoor leisure activities. While remarkably water resistant, the CA6 should never be immersed in water.

Ergonomically designed for convenient, one-handed operation, the CA6 digital media camera records both 640 x 480 resolution MPEG-4 video and 6-megapixel digital still images to a standard SD or SDHC flash memory card. It will be available in the U.S. from SANYO, the world’s leading manufacturer of digital cameras and components, in August 2006 at .99 MSRP**.

Users can select among five available video recording modes, including the Web-SHQ mode specifically designed to capture video destined for the video iPod® or other MPEG-4 capable personal media players. Shooting in Web-SHQ mode, videos are captured at 320 x 240 pixels at a smooth 30 frames-per-second – ideally suited for some of the most popular personal media players available.

6 megapixel still images

The SANYO Xacti CA6 takes clear, crisp 6-megapixel JPEG images measuring up to 2816 x 2112 pixels. A 6.37-megapixel CCD (total) and SANYO’s proprietary image-adaptive data processing technology ensures low noise in dark areas, as well as more beautiful realization of skin colors.

Advanced MPEG-4 technology

The CA6 features SANYO's proprietary MPEG-4 engine to quickly execute a huge number of calculations. This engine enables the Xacti CA6’s advanced real-time MPEG-4 compression. Recording in the global MPEG-4 multimedia standard, the CA6 efficiently delivers exceptional video clarity and detail. As a result, high quality videos are saved in smaller files.

Use as a webcam

The CA6 can serve as a high-quality webcam for live, person-to-person video over the internet.

Capture still and videos simultaneously

The Xacti CA6 enables simultaneous shooting of 6-megapixel still images and 640 x 480-pixel video clips with a simple press of the shutter button during the shooting of a movie clip. Users will never need to miss another precious photo opportunity. (Depending on the mode used to take still images, simultaneous video clip shooting may be interrupted. While shooting video clips, using the digital image stabilizer may change the angle of view for still images.)

Record to standard SD memory cards

The CA6 can record up to one hour of standard-definition (VGA: 640 x 480 pixels) MPEG-4 video or up to 515 six-megapixel digital still images per gigabyte. That’s over four hours of VGA video or over 2000 digital images captured on the soon to be released 4GB SDHC memory card (cards sold separately).

6.37-megapixel CCD image sensor

Inside the CA6 digital media camera is an advanced 6.37-megapixel (total) CCD image sensor to capture high-quality digital videos at a smooth and natural 30 fps, with impeccable AAC-LC stereo sound.



2.0-inch TFT LCD display

Prominently featured on the Xacti CA6 is a generous 2.0-inch TFT LCD flip-out display for exceptional viewability.

5.0x optical zoom lens

The CA6 digital media camera features a highly efficient 5x optical zoom with a bright maximum aperture of f/3.5. Consisting of 9 groups and 12 total lenses and with a built-in neutral density filter, the CA6’s lens provides a fantastic field-of-view with a 38-190 mm range (35 mm equivalent). Combined with a 12x digital zoom, the CA6 provides up to 60x zooming capability.

Built-in image stabilization

The SANYO Xacti CA6 comes with a sophisticated digital image stabilizer. Using a proprietary SANYO algorithm, the CA6 automatically compensates for distracting up-and-down or side-to-side camera movement, keeping the subject steady and easy to follow. It accurately distinguishes between unintentional camera shake and deliberate camera movement. This handy feature operates in both wide-angle and telephoto modes, giving every shot a solid, professional-looking feel.

Easy in-camera playback/editing

The 9-Image Display Function speeds up searches for images, which can then be played back continuously using the Slideshow feature. The Art Mode also adds a little more fun to playback. Video clips can be cut at selected points and spliced, all in the camera itself. Unwanted images can be easily deleted to conserve precious memory card capacity.

Quick mail/upload

The relatively small size of all files makes it simple to send stills and even video-clip by e-mail. Files can also be quickly uploaded to a Website without soaking up bandwidth.

Straightforward storage/editing

The CA6 comes with several software applications for managing, editing and processing still and video-clip images: Ulead Photo Explorer 8.5 SE Basic (MPEG-4), Ulead DVD MovieFactory 4.0 SE Basic (MPEG-4), Motion Director SE 1.1 and QuickTime 7.0.

Ergonomic and lightweight

Designed for convenient, one-handed operation and one-thumb control of most key functions, the compact and ergonomic SANYO Xacti CA6 is the perfect camera companion for a wide range of outdoor adventures. Lightweight, at approximately 6 ounces (including battery and a standard SD memory card) the CA6 measures 3.0 x 3.9 x 1.4 inches.





Key SANYO Xacti VPC-CA6 features include:

  • Features IPX4 rated water resistance: "protected from splash in all directions"*
  • 6-megapixel still images
  • Advanced MPEG-4 technology
  • Record to SD or SDHC memory cards (cards sold separately)
  • Sleek, ergonomic design with "one thumb" operation
  • 320 x 240 "Web-SHQ" video mode; optimal for playback on many personal media players
  • 6.37-megapixel CCD image sensor
  • Highly efficient 5.0x optical zoom lens
  • 2.0-inch amorphous silicon color TFT LCD display
  • CD-quality AAC-LC (MPEG-4 Audio) stereo recording
  • Capture stills and video simultaneously***
  • Anti-shake digital image stabilizer
  • Easy in-camera playback/editing
  • Quick mail/upload
  • Straightforward storage/editing
  • Wind noise and red eye reduction
  • Webcam capability
  • Talking navigation guide for first-time users
  • Super-fast 1.3-second camera startup
  • Multifunction docking station
  • SANYO rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
  • PictBridge and Exif Print compatible
  • Easy connection to TV, VCR, DVD recorder or computer
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 www.sanyodigital.com.


Xacti CA6 Specifications

Effective Pixel CountApprox. 6.0 megapixels
CCD1/2.5-inch, 6.37-megapixel CCD (total)
Recording MediaSD memory card, 4 GB SDHC memory card compatible
Recording File FormatStill: JPEG (DCF, Exif Ver. 2.2, DPOF standard)
Video: MPEG4 (ISO standard)
Audio: 48 kHz sampling, 16-bit, 2-ch, AAC-compression (stereo)
Resolution (Pixels)Still:
[10M] 3680 x 2760
[6M-H] 2816 x 2112 (low-compression)
[6M-S] 2816 x 2112 (standard-compression)
[3M] 1536 x 2048 (vertical)
[2M] 1600 x 1200
[0.3M] 640 x 480

Video:
[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)
[Web-S] 176 x 144 (15 fps)
Lensf = 6.3 – 31.7 mm (equivalent to 38 – 190 mm on a 35 mm camera)
5.0x optical inner-zoom lens, F: 3.5 (wide) – 4.7 (tele)
Auto focus: 9 groups, 12 lenses
Built-in ND filter
Photo Range Standard: 10 cm (wide)/80 cm (tele) to infinity, Super macro: 1 cm – 80 cm (wide)
Shutter Speed Still: 1/2 sec. – 1/2000 sec. (flash: 1/30 – 1/2000 sec., lamp mode: max. 4 sec.)
Video: 1/30 sec. – 1/10000 sec.
Digital ZoomShooting: Max. 12x
Playback: Max. 58x (in [10M mode], depending on the resolution)
FocusAuto (Stills: 5-point AF/Spot AF, Video clips: Continuous area AF), Manual (16 steps)
Scene Select (Program AE)Auto/Sports/Portrait/Night View/Landscape/Snow & Beach/Fireworks/Lamp
Filter FunctionStandard/Cosmetic/Monochrome/Sepia
PhotometryMulti-section measuring/Center-weighted measuring/Spot measuring
Exposure ControlProgram AE
Exposure Correction±1.8 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Video Clip CorrectionDigital image stabilizer for movie, Flicker reduction, Wind noise reduction
SensitivityStill: Auto (ISO 50 – 200), Manual (ISO 50/100/200/400, Lamp mode: Max. 3600)
Video: Auto (ISO 450-3600), Manual (ISO 450/900/1800/3600)
Self-Timer2 sec. or 10 sec.
White BalanceAuto: Full automatic TTL
Manual: Sunny/Cloudy/Fluorescent/Incandescent/Sampling
FlashAuto/Forced/Off (Slow Synchro mode possible in Night View mode)
Flash RangeGN = 3 (10 cm – 1.2 m [wide], 80 cm – 90 cm [tele])
AudioMicrophone: Built-in stereo
Speaker: Built-in mono (L/R mixed output)
LCD Monitor2.0-inch amorphous silicon color TFT LCD
86,000 pixels (100% coverage, 7-level brightness)
InterfaceAV output (Video: composite video, NTSC/PAL, Audio: stereo)
USB 2.0 in high-speed mode (Storage Class + PC Camera + Video Class)
Multi-Language Display11 Languages: Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Korean, Traditional or Simplified Chinese
Power SourceLithium-ion battery (DB-L20, included), Battery charger (VAR-L20NI, included)
Approx. Battery LifeStills: CIPA standard 170 images, Video clips: 80 min.
Playback: 200 min.
Dimensions (W x H x D) 77 x 100 x 36 mm (when LCD is closed), Volume: 163 cc
WeightApprox. 155 g (main unit only), Approx. 174 g (including battery and SD card)




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