Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1a Review
Features & Controls
The HD1a features an internal 10x optical zoom lens with a 38mm-380mm (35mm equivalent) focal length and a maximum aperture of f3.5 from Wide to Telephoto. This is an all-glass lens constructed of 12 lenses in 9 groups with 3 aspheric elements. There is a 10x digital zoom that extends the range to a total of 100x.
The optional Sanyo VCP-AL49 lens adapter allows you to use 49mm filters such as polarizers, special effects,
U/V or clear to protect the lens, and the HD1a is also compatible with the Sanyo VCP-L06W Wide/Macro and VCP-
L14T Telephoto conversion lenses.
The TTL contrast detection autofocus system automatically selects one of five focus areas with a selectable Spot (center only) focus mode. It features continuous area focus with a manual focus option with 22 steps.
The focus mode can be selected from:
The Motion Compensation (image stabilizer) has two modes of operation; Mode A and Mode B. as selected in the menu and indicated onscreen by the "shaking hand" icon. Both modes are digital, what this means is that a certain portion of the outer edge of the image is lost during the image stabilization process.
Mode B (photo mode) displays a visible border on the screen to indicate the active capture area as shown above.
The manual popup speedlight has modes for: Auto, Forced Fill-in, Forced Off and Red-Eye reduction (Slow synchro in Night View mode.) Pressing the flash button not only pops the flash up, but also changes the desired mode. The working range is:
Also shown is the external stereo microphone jack (2.5mm).
Controls on the back: Two shutter releases, the left one is for taking still pictures, the
right one is for recording movies. Between them is the zoom lens control which functions as the
magnify and index buttons in review mode. The 4-way controller is for navigating menus and
selecting images in review mode. Press it straight in to accept menu selections. In record
mode press "up" to activate AF Lock, press "down" to change focus mode, press "left" to change
shutter and aperture values in ASM modes, and press "right" to adjust exposure compensation.
The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system. The REC / PLAY switch controls the
operational mode of the camera.
Controls on the side: The main power on/off button, the HD/NORM button for
video quality and the Single/Sequential button for still image mode.
On the bottom is the docking port for the cradle which can be fitted with the cable adapter that allows connection of the A-V output cable (L-R stereo audio, S-Video and RCA video) and the input jack for the AC adapter used with the cradle.
The Component Audio-Video cable must be plugged into the docking cradle and allows
the output of high resolution 720p video to HDTV-capable displays
with separate RGB video and L-R stereo audio connections.
The Composite AV, USB, Component AV cables and AC power adapter can also be plugged into the
back of the cradle. The high-speed USB 2.0 cable can be connected to Windows or Mac
computers for fast downloads or directly to any PictBridge compatible photo printer.
The supplied infrared remote control can be used when the camera is in
the docking cradle or on a tripod as the receiver is built into the camera.
The remote has a maximum range of 7 meters and must be used within
15° of the centerline of the front of the camera.
It controls both record and playback functions.
The Xacti HD1a stores its data on removable Secure Digital cards up to 4GB and SDHC cards with capacities of 4GB and 8GB. The camera has no internal memory and does not come with an SD card.
The HD1a is powered by a proprietary DB-L40 3.7v 1200mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery.
Battery Life (approx.)
The HD1a's internal battery is automatically charged whenever the camera is placed in the included docking cradle.
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