Sanyo Xacti VPC-C6 Review

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-C6

Review posted 1/18/2006

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The SANYO Xacti C6 is a super-slim camera that captures high resolution 6-megapixel still images, VGA quality motion video with stereo audio with 60fps playback and a voice recorder function -- and it all fits right in your pocket! The C6 is compact and ergonomically designed so it can be easily operated with just one hand. Compared to its predecessor, the Xacti C5, the C6 employs a new low-noise, 6-megapixel CCD sensor and uses 9-pixel mixing technology which allows it to record much brighter and clearer video in low-light situations.

Features inherited from the C5 include a swiveling 2-inch trans-reflective color LCD screen, real-time interpolation up to 10.2 megapixels and a precision 5× optical zoom lens that remains internal to the camera body with a fast and accurate 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 C6 can take high-resolution digital still images while simultaneously recording motion video.

The C6 captures still images in standard JPEG-format and records video in the high-quality MPEG-4 standard. Both formats are recorded to a Secure Digital memory card (sold separately). CD-quality stereo sound is captured in the AAC format. When using a 1GB Secure Digital memory card, you can record up to 1 hour of VGA resolution (640×480 pixels) video at 30 frames-per-second in the "TV-HQ" mode (MPEG-4 bit rate: 2 Mbps). The Xacti C6 achieves the world's first 60 fps (frames-per-second) TV output. The result is notably smoother video playback on your TV screen.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-C6

(The Xacti C6 is available in gold, red and black colors)

The C6 is the world's lightest (at 5.6 oz., including battery and a standard SD memory card), thinnest (0.9 inches) and smallest (2.7 × 4.2 inches) model among video cameras with a 1-Megapixel-or-higher image sensor and an optical zoom lens.

Still images and video files recorded by the C6 can be quickly uploaded via a USB 2.0 high speed interface to a PC or Mac for viewing, editing and sharing via e-mail. Images and video can also be played back directly on a TV, or transferred to a VCR or DVD player. A-V outputs provide for stereo audio, RCA video and S-Video connections from the camera or from the included docking station.

To ensure the best possible image reproduction the C6 features Exif Print and Print Image Matching III compatibility plus you can print directly to any PictBridge compatible photo printer.

Xacti C6 Features:

  • Compact and ultra-thin (less than an inch!) metal alloy body
  • 6-megapixel CCD imager with 10.2-megapixel interpolated mode
  • 5× optical zoom lens with 38-190mm 35mm equivalent coverage
  • Digital image stabilizer for shake-free stills and movies
  • 9-pixel mixture technology for improved video recording in low light
  • Capture hi-resolution still images during movie recording
  • Automatic macro focus switching with Super Macro to 1cm
  • 2.0" swiveling TFT color LCD monitor
  • Advanced TTL 5-point autofocus system with manual focus option
  • Program Auto, 7 Scene modes and Movie recording
  • Up to one hour of 640×480 / 30fps, MPEG-4 video recording with stereo sound on a 1GB SD memory card
  • Composite video and S-Video outputs for TV viewing
  • MPEG-4 Stereo Audio provides superb 48 kHz, 16-bit, 2-channel sound
  • Voice recorder function: up to 16.8 hours recording w/1GB card
  • 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, 450-3600 in movie mode
  • Built-in stereo microphones and speaker
  • Built-in flash with red-eye correction mode
  • Secure Digital/SDHC card storage
  • Multifunction Docking Station and wireless remote control
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger included
  • Leather carrying case included
  • Exif Print, Print Image Matching III and PictBridge Compatible
  • USB 2.0 high speed plug-n-play connectivity for PC and Mac

The Xacti C6 includes Sanyo Software Pack 7.2 (Ulead 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 power adapter, Li-ion Battery, Lens Cap, Soft Case, Remote Control, Cable Adapter, Power Cord, Neckstrap, Quick Guide. The C6 will be available in early January 2006 with an MSRP of $599.

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The 4-megapixel Xacti C4, 5-megapixel Xacti C5 and the Xacti C6.

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The Xacti C6 compared in size to a standard CD.

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Xacti C6 Specifications
Camera Type
High-resolution still image and MPEG-4 motion video recorder
Sensor Type
Sensor Size
1/2.5 inch
Gross Pixels
6.37 million
Effective Pixels
6.00 million
10M : 3,680 × 2,760 (interpolated)
6M : 2,816 × 2,112
3M : 1,536 × 2,048
2M : 1,600 × 1,200
0.3M : 640 × 480
Digital Zoom
Optical Zoom
TTL-type AF (5-point auto or spot focus), manual focus (16 steps), Single or Continuous AF
LCD Monitor Size
2.0 inch TFT
Approx.210,000 pixels
Image Format
Movie Mode
ISO standard MPEG-4
with MPEG-4 audio (AAC compression) 48 kHz sampling rate, 16-bit stereo, length limited only by memory card space

640 × 480 (TV-SHQ is 30fps 3 Mbps / TV-HQ is 30fps 2 Mbps)
320 × 240 (TV-S is 30fps 640 kbps / Web-HQ is 15fps 384 kbps)
176 × 144 (Web-S is 15fps 256 kbps)

ISO Sensitivity
Still :
Auto (ISO50~200)
(up to ISO3600 when Lamp scene is selected)

Motion :
Auto (ISO450~3600)
Lens Focal Length
f=6.3~31.7mm (38~190mm equiv. in 35mm camera)
Aperture Range F3.5~F4.7
Shutter Speed
Still : 1/2~1/2,000 sec. (Flash On : 1/30~1/2,000 sec., Lamp mode : Max.4 sec.)
Motion : 1/30~1/10,000 sec.
2 sec. / 10 sec.
Flash Mode
Flash On
Flash Off
White Balance
Fluorescent Light
Incandescent Light
Custom Set
S-AV Out (Stereo audio / NTSC or PAL video format)
Connector Interface
USB 2.0 high speed
Recording Media
Secure Digital cards (up to 2GB)
SDHC cards up to 8GB after firmware upgrade
Lithium-ion Battery (DB-L20)
Dimensions (WHD)
2.68 × 4.25 × 0.91 in.
68 × 108 × 23mm (Volume 124 cc)
4.9 oz. / 140g (camera body only)
5.6 oz. / 159g (with battery and memory card)
Power Source
Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery (DB-L20 3.7v 720mAh)
VAR-AL20 Charging Adapter

Up to 140 still images (CIPA standard) can be captured or up to 60 minutes of TV-SHQ video can be recorded per charge. A total playback time of up to 150 minutes.

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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