Sanyo Xacti VPC-E1 Review

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-E1

Review posted 2/21/2008

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Sanyo introduced the world's first waterproof camcorder back in 2007, the SANYO Xacti E1. Ideal for active families, vacationers and water sports enthusiasts, the ultra-compact E1 can record high-quality video and 6- megapixel stills under water to a depth of five feet for up to one hour at a time.

The E1 shoots TV-quality MPEG-4 video and utilizes the state-of-the-art Advanced Video Codec AVC/H.264. Incorporating a special Qpixel brand H.264 chipset, the E1 delivers a significant 25 percent reduction in video file size, along with improved video quality versus traditional MPEG-4 recordings. Completely "tapeless," the device records both video and still images to a standard SD memory card or high-capacity SDHC card. Users can record a phenomenal 10 hours of full-motion 640 x 480 pixel, 30 frames-per-second video on a single 8-gigabyte SDHC memory card (not included). Once recorded, both video and still images can be easily uploaded and viewed on a PC or Mac, personal media player such as the iPod, or shared on the internet via a video or photo sharing Website.

Improved 9 pixel-mixing technology allows video to be shot even in darker places, such as indoors during a party. When using the "Automatic" setting, subjects may be recorded in light as low as 7 lux, and when using the "Lamp Mode" setting found in the "Scene Select" function menu, the frame rate will be automatically adjusted, enabling subjects to be recorded even in 2 lux low-light environments.

The included CD-ROM Software Pack features Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 for Windows XP/Vista, Adobe Photoshop Album starter edition, QuickTime 7.1, iTunes 7.1 and Xacti Screen Capture for Windows. For Mac OS X customers, Sanyo recommends using iMovie and iPhoto.

Xacti E1 Features:

  • Compact, thin (1.6 inches) and lightweight (7.7 oz) body
  • JIS Class 8 Waterproof design, submersible to a depth of 5 feet for up to 1 hour
  • 6-megapixel imager with 10-megapixel interpolated mode
  • 5× optical zoom lens with 38-190mm 35mm equivalent coverage
  • Digital image stabilizer for shake-free movies
  • 16:9 (3MP) still mode and MPEG-4 (AVC/H.264) movies (640x480, 30fps) with stereo audio
  • Capture hi-resolution 6MP still images during movie recording
  • Video correction: Anti-Shake Digital Image Stabilizer, Flicker reduction and Wind noise reduction
  • Voice recorder function
  • Total focus mode with Auto Macro to 10cm (4 in.), Super Macro as close as 1cm (0.4 in.)
  • Wide viewing angle 2.5" color monitor, swivels 285°
  • Advanced TTL 9-point autofocus system with manual focus option
  • Program Auto and 7 Scene modes
  • Evaluative metering: Multi, Center-weighted and Spot options
  • White Balance: Automatic, 4 presets or Custom
  • Talking Navigation Guide is helpful for first-time users
  • Digital filters: Cosmetic, Monochrome, Sepia
  • ISO speeds in Still mode: Auto 50-200, Manual 50 - 1600
  • Built-in stereo microphones and speaker
  • Popup flash with red-eye correction mode
  • 18MB of Internal flash memory
  • Card slot for optional SD/SDHC memory card storage
  • High-capacity rechargeable Li-ion battery and portable AC charger
  • Padded 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 SANYO Xacti E1 ships with a USB Cable, AV Cable, Battery Charger, Li-ion Battery Pack, Soft Case, Hand Strap, and Software Pack CD-ROM.

With a versatile Waterproof and stylish body, the SANYO Xacti E1 is available now at an MSRP of US$499.99. See our buy box below for current pricing and online vendors.

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-E1

The E1 and its big brother, the Xacti HD1000.

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VPC-E1 Specifications

Effective pixel countApprox. 6.0-Megapixels
CCD1/2.5 inch, approx. 6.37-Megapixel CCD (total)
Recording MediaSD Memory Card (Up to 8GB SDHC memory card*16) Internal Memory (Approx 18 mb)
Recording file formatsStill pictures: JPEG (DCF*9 DPOF*10, Exif Ver2.2*11)Movie clips: ISO standard MPEG-4 AVC H.264 (.MP4) Audio: 48kHz sampling, 16 bit, 2ch, AAC
Resolution (pixels)Still shots: 10M: 3680x2760, 6M-H: 2816x2112 (low compression)6M-S: 2816x2112 (standard compression)16:9: 2816x15843M: 1536x20482M: 1600x12000.3M: 640x480Movie clips*12TV-SHQ:640x480 (30fps 3Mbps), TV-HQ:640x480 (30fps 1.5Mbps), Web-SHQ:320x240 (30fps)?Web-HQ:320x240 (15fps)
Lensf = 6.3-31.7mm (38-190mm on a 35mm camera), 5x optical zoom lensF: 3.5 (W) - 4.7 (T), galvanometer method structure, Auto Focus: 9 groups, 12 elements, (3 aspheric elements 5 aspheric surfaces) lens built-in neutral density filter
Shutter speedStill pictures: 1/2 ~ 1/2000 sec. (Flash: 1/30 ~ 1/2000 sec., Lamp mode: max. 4 sec)Movies: 1/30 ~ 1/10000 sec.
SensitivityAuto (ISO 50-400), Manual (ISO 50/100/200/400/800/1600)
Video correction functionOn-board Anti-Shake Movie Digital Image Stabilizer (electronic sensor)
Other correction functionAnti-Shake Digital Image Stabilizer/Flicker Reduction/Wind Noise Reduction
Low-light sensitivity7 lux (AUTO mode, 1/30 sec.)2 lux (Lamp mode 1/15)
FlashAuto/Forced/Off (Slow, synchro mode possible in Night View mode)
AudioMicrophone: Built-in stereo, Speaker: Built-in mono (L/R mixed output)
LCD monitor110,000-pixel, 2.5 inch, Amorphous Silicon TFT LCD display, 1.5-Megapixel (Coverage 100%, 7-level brightness)
InterfaceAV output (Video: Composite video, NTSC/PAL, Audio: Stereo sound)AV output for multi-type headphones(f3.5mm compatible with Stereo mini-plug 16O~32O)USB 2.0 (in high-speed mode: PC camera video class mode)
Power sourceLithium-ion battery (DB-L20, included: 720mAH)
Power OutputWhen using battery: 3.2W (using movie mode)
Approx. battery lifeStill shooting: approx. 160 stills (CIPA standard), Video clips and continuous shooting mode: approx. 80 min./Playback: approx. 190 min.
Dimensions2.8 x 1.6 x 4.4 inches (WxDxH) (maximum dimensions, excluding protruding parts) (192 cc)
Weight7.7 oz. approx. (main unit only), 8.3 oz. approx. (including battery and SD card)
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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