Sanyo Xacti VPC-C5 Review

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-C5

Review posted 08/08/2005

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The Sanyo "Xacti C5" is a stylishly thin, pocket-sized 5-megapixel digital camera and full-motion MPEG-4 video camera offering built-in digital image stabilization and a swiveling 2-inch trans-reflective LCD screen. Users can also select real-time interpolation up to 10 megapixels which allows photos to be enlarged to "bigger than life" proportions without sacrificing image fidelity.

This tiny camera has a precision 5x optical zoom lens that remains internal to the camera body and features a 5-point auto focus system. Most instances of camera shake will be eliminated or greatly reduced by the digital image stabilization system. Never again will precious photo opportunities be missed, because the versatile Xacti C5 can take high-resolution digital still images while simultaneously recording video.

The C5 employs Sanyo's proprietary digital optimization technology to remove color moir�s and reduce aliasing and noise caused by dots. This technology improves the high-frequency characteristics of the image and enhances diagonal resolution for higher-quality images.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-C5

(The C5 is only available in silver in N. America)

Up to one hour of high resolution VGA (640x480) @ 30fps, MPEG-4 video recording with 48 kHz, 16-bit stereo sound can be captured on an optional 1GB SD memory card.

Still images and video files recorded by the C5 can be quickly uploaded via USB to a PC or Mac for viewing, editing and sharing via e-mail. Images and video can also be played back directly to the TV, or transferred to a VCR or DVD player. A-V outputs provide for stereo audio, video and S-Video connections from the camera or the included docking station.

Xacti C5 Features:

  • Compact and ultra-thin (less than an inch!) metal alloy body
  • 5-megapixel CCD imager with 10-megapixel interpolated mode
  • 5x optical non-extending zoom with 38-190mm equivalent coverage
  • Digital image stabilizer for shake-free stills and movies
  • Capture hi-res still images during movie recording
  • Automatic macro focus switching with Super Macro option
  • 2.0" swiveling color LCD, visible even in bright sunlight
  • Advanced TTL 5-point autofocus system with manual focus option
  • Program Auto, 7 Scene modes and Movie recording
  • Up to one hour of 640x480 / 30fps, MPEG-4 video recording with stereo sound on a 1GB SD memory card
  • Composite video and S-Video outputs for TV viewing
  • AAC-LC (MPEG-4 Audio) stereo provides superb 48 kHz, 16-bit, 2-channel sound
  • Evaluative metering on focus point, Center-weighted and Spot options
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets or Custom
  • Talking Navigation Guide is helpful for first-time users
  • Color filters: Cosmetic, B&W, Sepia
  • ISO speeds from 50-400 still image, 200-800 in movie mode
  • Voice Recorder Function - record up to 9 hours of audio notes
  • Built-in stereo microphones and speaker
  • Built-in 3-mode flash for better snapshots indoors and out
  • Secure Digital memory card storage (128MB supplied in U.S.)
  • Docking Station with wireless remote control included
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger included
  • Leather carrying case included
  • Direct print and PictBridge Compatible
  • USB plug-n-play connectivity for PC and Mac
  • Web cam function

The Xacti C5 has a suggested retail price of $699.99. Actual retail prices may vary depending on market area and bundled SD card. It includes Sanyo Software Pack 7.2 (lead Photo Explorer 8.0 SE Basic, Ulead DVD MovieFactory 3.5 SE, Motion Director SE 1.1, QuickTime 6.5), Docking Station, AV interface cable, USB cable, AC adapter/charger, Li-ion Battery, Lens Cap, Soft Case, Remote Control, Cable Adapter, Power Cord, Strap, Quick Guide.

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Xacti C5 Specifications
Camera Type
High-resolution still image and MPEG-4 motion video recorder
Sensor Type
1/2.5 inch CCD, interlace scan, primary color filter
5.26 million pixels total
5.08 million pixels effective
4:3 aspect ratio
3,680 x 2,760 (10MP interpolated)
2,592 x 1,944 (5MP low compression)
2,592 x 1,944 (5MP normal compression)
1,600 x 1,200 (2MP)
640 x 480 (VGA)
f6.3 - 31.7mm (38-190mm 35mm equivalent)
5x optical, 1x-12x digital
12 lenses in 9 groups with 3 aspheric elements
Internal zooming design lens
F3.5 - F4.7 maximum
F8.0 - F10.7 minimum
Internal ND (neutral density) filter
LCD Monitor
2.0 inch low-temp TFT color
Trans-reflective, 7-level adjustable backlight
Approx. 210,000 pixels, 100% frame coverage
Flips out and rotates 285°
Image Format
JPEG, DCF, DPOF, Exif 2.2
Image Quality Levels
High, Standard
Movie Mode
MPEG-4 with 48kHz, 16-bit stereo sound

640 x 480 (SHQ 30fps 3Mbps) up to 1 hour
640 x 480 (HQ 30fps 2Mbps) up to 1 hour
320 x 240 (S 30fps 640kbps) up to 2 hours 30 mins
320 x 240 (HQ 15fps 384kbps) up to 3 hours
176 x 144 (15fps 256kbps) up to 3 hours

Focus System TTL-type AF
Still : 5-points / Spot
Motion : Continuous Area Focus
Manual : 15 steps
Focus Range Normal: 10 cm (3.94 in.) to inf (W), 80 cm (31.5 in.) to inf (T)
Super Macro: 1 cm (0.39 in.) to 80 cm (31.5 in.) (Wide only)
Exposure Mode Program AE
Exposure compensation ±1.8EV in 0.3EV steps
ISO Sensitivity
Still :
Auto (ISO50-200)

Motion :
Auto (ISO200-400)
Image Stabilizer
Digital; Mode A and Mode B
Light Metering Multi-section, Center-weighted, Spot
Shutter Speed
Still : 1/2 - 1/2,000 sec.
(Flash On : 1/30 - 1/2,000 sec., Lamp : Max.4 sec.)
Motion : 1/30 - 1/10,000 sec.
2 sec. / 10 sec.
Flash Mode
Auto, Forced Flash, Flash Off
Flash Range
(not available)
White Balance
Fluorescent Light
Incandescent Light
One-Push Manual set
A-V Out
Stereo Audio, S-Video, NTSC or PAL video
Data Interface
USB 2.0 (full speed)
PictBridge direct-print compatible
Recording Media
Secure Digital Card
Dimensions (WHD)
2.68 x 4.25 x 0.91 in.
68 x 108 x 23mm (Volume 124 cc)
5.1 oz. / 145g (camera body only)
5.8 oz. / 164g (with battery and memory card)
Power Source
Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery (DB-L20 3.7v 720mAh)
VAR-AL20 Charging Adapter

Up to 113 still images (CIPA standard) can be captured or up to 60 minutes of TV-HQ video can be recorded per charge. A total playback time of up to 125 minutes.

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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