Sanyo Xacti VPC-C4 Review

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-C4

Record Mode Screens & Menus

The live viewfinder display: In the upper left are the still image settings - 4.0Megapixel, High quality, 770 pictures available. In the upper right are the motion video settings - TV-SHQ is 640x480 @ 30fps at the highest quality bit rate, we can record 41 minutes and 42 seconds of action. The "hand" icon indicates that the image stabilizer is enabled. The zoom lens gauge is displayed for a few seconds whenever the focal length is changed.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-C4

When you half-press the still image shutter to achieve the focus and exposure lock, the AF target marks will display and show what area it is focusing on.

Sanyo Xacti C4

Here's the "Lamp" Scene mode which allows you to use slower shutter speeds for flash-less photography in low light. The image size is automatically reduced to VGA (640x480) for this particular mode because it uses very high ISO values.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-C4

Select the scene mode from the menu: AUTO (default - camera automatically selects the scene mode), Sports (faster shutter speeds), Portrait (optimized for "people" pictures with blurred background), Landscape (infinity focus), Night View (flash illuminate close subject but also capture background night scenery), Fireworks (fireworks at night) or Candle (low light non-flash photography).

Sanyo Xacti VPC-C4

Record Menu options:

    Video Clip - Size/quality for movie capture (see below) or Audio recording mode

    Photo Resolution - Size/quality for still image capture:

      8M (3264x2448 interpolated), 4M (2288x1712), 2M (1600x1200), 0.3M (640x480)

    Scene Select - Auto, Sports, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Fireworks, Lamp

    Filters - Cosmetic (enhance skin tones), B&W, Sepia

    Flash - Auto, Forced, Off

    Self-timer - 10 sec., 2 sec., or Off

    Image Stabilizer - On, Off

    Focus - Total, Standard, Manual or Super Macro

    Noise Reduction - On, Off

    Flicker Reduction - On, Off

    ISO Sensitivity - Auto (50-200 stills / 200-400 video), 50 (200 in video), 100 (200 in video), 200 (400 in video), 400 (800 in video)

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent or Incandescent

Sanyo Xacti VPC-C4

The C4 has a very respectable macro (close-up) focusing range. The default "Total" focus mode covers normal and macro range / 4 inches to infinity in Wide, 32 inches to infinity in Telephoto. The Super Macro option covers from 0.79 inches to 23.6 inches, the lens is locked in wide angle only.

Sanyo Xacti C4

Pressing the SET button lets you quickly review or delete the last still image or movie clip that was captured without leaving REC mode.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-C4

You can record high quality MPEG-4 encoded motion video with 48kHz, 16-bit, 2-channel (AAC compression) stereo sound. The optical zoom can be used during recording. There is a Digital Image Stabilizer, a Wind Noise Reduction filter and a Flicker Reduction filter (helps eliminate the flicker effect from fluorescent and vapor lights.)

While recording video you can also capture a still image. Note that if the still image size is greater than 0.3M there will be a momentary interruption seen in the motion video stream.

There are five different movie size/quality settings you can select from:

Sanyo Xacti VPC-C4

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

Storage Capacities (approx.)

Sanyo Xacti C4

  • Up to 9 hours of continuous audio recording is possible

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