Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000 Review

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000

Review posted 2/21/2008

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The Sanyo Xacti HD1000 weighs only 9.5 ounces and has a total volume of only 16.6 cubic inches, making it the world's smallest and lightest Full HD recording (1920x1080) digital camcorder (as of 2/2008). It incorporates advanced MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression, enabling up to approximately 85 minutes of Full HD video recording or up to five hours, 14 minutes of TV-quality (640 x 480) video recording onto an 8GB SDHC card.

Sanyo developed a new high-speed image processing engine to handle the high capacity demands of Full HD data. This engine utilizes Sanyo's proprietary codec, enabling Full HD compatibility with the AVC/H.264 format, and makes it possible to do with one simple yet powerful chip the complex processing which previously required two separate chips. The required high compression ratio is gracefully achieved due to optimization of the image process algorithm actuator, while consuming a mere 4.2 watts of power.

Incorporating the latest high-definition CMOS sensor, the Sanyo Xacti HD1000 camcorder captures full 1080i high-definition video (1920x1080) at 60 frames-per-second. Designed to record the rich and vibrant colors of real life, the HD1000 also captures the subtle tones to provide a natural-looking result. The HD1000's CMOS sensor provides the quick responsiveness needed to capture fast moving subjects and their noise reduction technology helps obtain the cleanest signal from each pixel.

At the front of the HD1000 is a 10x all-glass HD lens. The HD1000's fast f/1.8-2.5 lens is capable of allowing almost four times more light through to assist in lower light venues. Consisting of eight groups and eleven total lenses with a built-in neutral density filter, the HD1000's lens provides a spectacular field-of-view with a 38-380 mm range (35 mm equivalent).

It's easy to view and share high-definition video on your HD television with the HD1000. Using the HDMI (High- Definition Multimedia Interface) terminal built into the base station, just one cable connects your camcorder to your TV for a totally digital output. HDMI carries both the video and audio signals in digital form for the highest quality playback.

High-definition can't hide shaky or erratic camera movement. That's why the HD1000 comes with a sophisticated image stabilizer for both stills and video. For video-compatible anti-shake correction, Sanyo further developed the digital stabilizer based on previous proprietary image stabilizer technology, and advanced the technology to be more accurate in its correction, increasing the image area detection function. Also, they newly developed its proprietary "Superposition function" for higher still image quality. This function allows for clear pictures of the subject even when moving or rotation occurs.

The HD1000 also includes a new "Face Chaser" function that automatically detects and isolates faces to assist the camera's exposure and auto-focus. The HD1000 is capable of detecting up to 12 independent faces at a time.

The Xacti HD1000 records video and photos directly to a standard SD or SDHC Memory Card. The SD Memory Card's compact size and weight makes it ideal for the diminutive HD1000. The minimal power requirements of the SD card also contribute to longer recording and playback times. When connected to the computer via the USB cable, the HD1000 acts as a standard card reader. Transferring images and videos to your computer has never been easier.

Xacti HD1000 Features:

  • Compact, thin (2.1 inches) and lightweight (9.5 oz) body
  • 4-megapixel CMOS imager with 8-megapixel interpolated mode
  • 10× optical zoom lens with 38-380mm 35mm equivalent coverage
  • Digital image stabilizer for shake-free stills and movies
  • 16:9 (3.5MP) still mode and True 1080i HDTV (1920x1080) MPEG-4 (AVC/H.264) movies @ 60fps with stereo audio
  • Capture 2MP still images during movie recording
  • Video correction modes: Camera shake correction, Flicker reduction and Wind noise reduction
  • Total focus mode with Auto Macro to 10m (4 in.), Super Macro as close as 1cm (0.4 in.)
  • Wide viewing angle 2.7" color monitor, swivels 285°
  • Advanced TTL 9-point autofocus system with manual focus option
  • Program Auto, Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority, Manual and 7 Scene modes
  • Evaluative metering: Multi, Center-weighted and Spot options
  • White Balance: Automatic, 4 presets or Custom
  • Digital filters: Standard, Cosmetic, Monochrome, Sepia
  • ISO speeds in Still mode: Auto 50-200, Manual 50 - 3200
  • High Sensitivity mode that boosts the ISO for brighter images
  • Built-in stereo microphones and speaker
  • Popup flash with red-eye correction mode
  • Flash Hot shoe for external flash units
  • HD Component, S-Video and Composite video output
  • Secure Digital/SDHC memory card storage
  • Multifunction Docking Station and wireless remote control
  • High-capacity rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • 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 HD1000 ships with a Soft Case, Hand strap, Lithium-Ion Battery, Docking station, S-AV Cable, Dedicated USB Cable, USB Converter Cable, Microphone Adapter Cable, Component Cable, Remote Control, Lens Cap, AC adapter, and Software DVD.

Sporting a stylish body, the SANYO Xacti HD1000 is available now at an MSRP of US$799.99. See our buy box below for current pricing and online vendors.

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The HD1000 and its waterproof 6-megapixel sibling the Xacti E1.

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VPC-HD1000 Specifications

Effective pixel countStills: 4.0 megapixels. Movies: 3.56 megapixels (in HD). 2.18 megapixels (in SD). (all are approximations)
CMOS1/2.5 inch, 4.0-megapixel (total)
Recording mediaSD Memory Card (Up to 8GB SDHC memory card*1)
Recording file formatsStill: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.2, DPOF standard) Video: MPEG4 AVC/H.264. Audio: 48kHz Sampling,16bit, 2ch, AAC (stereo)
Resolution (pixels) VideoFull-HD 1920 x 1080 (60 fields/s 12Mbps) [HD-HR] 1280 x 720 (60fps, 12Mbps), [HD-SHQ] 1280 x 720 (30fps, 9Mbps), [TV-HR] 640 x 480 (60fps, 6Mbps ), [TV-SHQ] 640 x 480 (30fps, 3Mbps), [Web-SHQ] 320 x 240 (30fps)
Resolution (pixels) Still[4M-H] 2288 x 1712 (low-compression), [4M-S] 2288 x 1712 (standard-compression), [3.5M(16:9)] 2496 x 1408, [2M] 1600 x 1200, [0.9M(16:9)] 1280 x 720, [0.3M] 640 x 480.
Lens6.3 - 63 mm (38 - 380 mm on a 35 mm camera), 10x optical zoom lens, Open f/1.8 (W) - 2.5 (T), galvanometer method structure, AF: 8 groups, 11 lenses (3 aspherical elements, 5 aspherical surfaces), built-in ND filter
Photo rangeStandard: 10cm (wide) / 80cm (Tele) to infinity, Macro: 1cm to 1m (wide)
Shutter speed Video1/30 sec - 1/10000 sec (high-sensitivity mode and lamp mode: Max 1/15 sec.)
Shutter speed Still1/2 sec ~ 1/1000 sec. (Flash: 1/30 ~ 1/1000 sec., Lamp mode: max 4 secs),
Continuous shooting mode1/15 ~ 1/1000 sec. (No Flash).
Digital zoomShooting: 10x max. Playback: 58x max. ([8M] mode, depending on the resolution)
FocusAuto (Still: 9-point AF/Spot, Video: Continuous AF), Manual: (22 steps)
Exposure ControlP-Program, S-Shutter, A-Aperture, M-Manual.
Scene SelectorAuto/Sports/Portrait/Landscape/Night View/Fireworks/Lamp
Digital FilterStandard/Cosmetic/Monochrome/Sepia
Exposure correction+/-1.8 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Video clip correctionCamera shake correction, Flicker reduction, Wind noise reduction
Still Image SensitivityAuto (ISO 50-200), Manual (ISO 50/100/200/400/800/1600/3200)
Low-light sensitivity9 lux (Auto mode, 1/30 sec.), 3 lux (High-sensitivity mode, 1/15 sec., Lamp mode 1/15 sec.)
Self timer2sec./10 sec.
White balanceAuto: Full Auto TTL, Manual: Fine/Cloud/Fluorescent/Incandescent/One push
FlashAuto/Forced/Off/ Red-Eye (Slow, synchro mode possible in Night View mode)
Flash Range20cm-6.0m [wide], 80cm-5.0m [Tele], GN=6.2
AudioMicrophone: Built-in stereo, Speaker: Built-in mono (L/R mixed output)
Monitor2.7-inch, Amorphous Silicon TFT Color Widescreen LCD display (transmissive type), Approximately 230,000-pixels, 7-level brightness, 285 degree rotation
Video output interfaceHDMI, Component Video, Composite Video, S-Video, NTSC / PAL (interfacing via included docking station or connecting adaptor)
USB 2.0 High-SpeedStorage Class, PC Camera, Video Class (interfacing via included docking station or connecting adaptor)
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Korean, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Turkish
Power sourceLithium-ion battery (DB-L50/1900mAh, included), Charging AC adapter included)
Power consumption4.2 watts (when filming movie using battery)
Approx. battery lifeStill: 340 image (CIPA standard), Video: 120 min. (continuous video shooting), 80 minutes (adjusted time including zoom and other operations). Continuous Playback: 275 min.
Dimensions3.5 x 2.1 x 4.4 inches (WxDxH)
Weight9.5 oz. approx. (main unit only), 11 oz. approx. (including battery and a standard SD card)
Included accessoriesSANYO Software Pack, Docking station, Dedicated AV interface cable, Dedicated Component interface cable, Dedicated USB cable, Cable adaptor, Lithium-ion battery charger and battery, AC adaptor and power cord, Lens cap, Neck Strap, Remote controller, Quick start guide
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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