Sanyo Xacti VPC-C4 Review
Features & Controls
The C4 features an internal 5.8x optical zoom lens with a 38mm-190mm (35mm equivalent) focal length and a maximum aperture of f3.5-f/3.7. This is an all-glass lens constructed of 11 lenses in 8 groups with 3 aspheric elements. It has an internal ND (neutral density) filter.
To avoid camera shake blurring, the C4 is equipped with a digital image stabilization
system. A portion of the outer edge of the frame is cropped out when
using the image stabilizer function during movie recording, it has no effect on
The TTL contrast detection autofocus system automatically selects one of five focus areas. It features continuous area focus with a manual focus option with 15 steps.
The focus mode can be selected from:
The built-in speedlight has modes for: Auto, Forced Fill-in and Forced Off.
The maximum working range in wideangle is approx. 8 ft and 5 ft. in telephoto.
The flash output reduces nicely for macro exposures but it's disabled when the
Super Macro mode is selected.
The controls - the main power button is under the LCD. The REC /
PLAY switch on top controls the operational mode. On the back are two
shutter releases, the left one is for taking still pictures, the right one is for
taking movies. Between is the zoom lens control which functions as the magnify
and index buttons in play mode. The 4-way controller is for navigating menus and
selecting images in play mode. Press it straight in to accept menu selections or
in record mode it enables the quick review. In record mode press "up" to activate AF
Lock, press "down" to change focus mode, press "left" or "right" to adjust exposure
compensation. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system and if held for
2 seconds in record mode it lets you adjust the LCD brightness, in playback it
enables display of the image information.
When the camera is in its docking cradle, the A-V, USB and power cables are plugged into the back of the cradle. When connected to a TV set, the included remote control (see below) can be used to control playback from across the room in your favorite easy chair.
The docking port which can be fitted with the included adapter that
allows connection of the A-V output cable (stereo audio, S-Video and RCA
video), the Digital cable (USB 1.1 speed compliant and
PictBridge direct-print compatible) and
the DC IN jack for the AC power adapter
Included is this infrared remote control which can be used when the camera is in the
docking cradle. The padded leather carrying case will protect your camera
when it's not being used and has room for a spare battery and SD card.
The Xacti C4 stores its data on SD Cards and depending on the sales region, it may be bundled with a 512MB or 1GB SD card. SD cards are currently available up to 2GB, we tested the C4 with the speedy and spacious SanDisk Extreme III 1GB SD card. Note that Sanyo specifies the use of SD cards only, I tried a MMC-plus card and it did not work.
Storage Capacities (approx.)
The C4 is powered by a proprietary DB-L20 3.7v 720mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery.
Up to 130 4.0M images can be captured in still image mode or up to 60 minutes of
TV-HQ video can be recorded per charge. Or a total playback time of up to 170
The battery is automatically charged whenever the camera is placed in the docking cradle.
A second battery can be charged outside of the camera when placed in the AC Power
Adapter's battery slot. It takes a maximum of 90 minutes to recharge the battery.
The optional Sanyo EHS-400X underwater housing offers the necessary protection for outdoor use and is waterproof to a diving depth of 45 meters. It can be used with the Xacti C4 and C1 models. Read more about it over at LetsGoDigital.nl.
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