Sanyo Unleashes Affordable Xacti Feature Rich HD Camcorders

Today Sanyo unveiled a whole slew of new Xacti HD camcorders, all of which are priced very competitively and are sporting a well rounded feature set. Some of the new Xacti cameras are surprisingly sporting a more traditional horizontal camcorder form factor, which is a deviation from the Xacti’s previous vertical models. However some of the new cameras do sport Sanyo’s traditional Xacti vertical design for those who prefer it – this way there is something for everyone’s taste. Sanyo is calling these new cameras Dual cameras because they can take both still images as well as capturing video. That is nothing unusual, but they promise that the stills are good enough for the average consumer to use these Xacti models as their sole device for both video and stills. The Xacti line of HD camcorders has always been known for great video quality, so we’re confident that these new cams will produce great video even at these prices. Some of the new models like the VPC-WH1 and VPC-CA9 are waterproof, while the VPC-FH1 and VPC-HD2000 feature High Speed Recording/Super Slow Motion Playback, and the VPC-WH1 manages to pack in a battery life of 3 hours and 20 minutes. We think however, that probaly the VPC-CG10, with its $199 price tag will be the biggest hit. For under $200 you get 720p video recording, and did we mention that comes in pink or black? Read on below for more specs on each of the new cameras.

Full HD models (VPC-FH1 and VPC-HD2000)

The Full HD Dual Camera Xactis are truly the benchmark in high definition, offering 1920 x 1080 pixels, and 60 frames per second recording for crystal clear, smooth motion videos. These highly advanced cameras not only offer a standard 1080i (interlaced) format (recording at 60 fields per second), but with the SANYO proprietary CMOS engine, recording is also available in 1080p (progressive) format at an ultra-smooth, professional-looking 60 frames per second.

Main Features: VPC-FH1 (Horizontal; $499.99 MSRP) and VPC-HD2000 (Vertical; $599.99)

– Full 1080p HD Video (60fps)
– 8-Megapixel Digital Photos and High-Speed Sequential Shooting (12fps)
– High Speed Recording/Super Slow Motion Playback (240/600fps for 1/4 or 1/10 playback)
– 3-inch wide LCD Monitor (FH1), 2.7-inch wide LCD monitor (HD2000) for HD Playback
– 10x Optical Zoom for photos
– 16x advanced zoom (more area included than standard zooming, 160x digital zoom) for video
– Digital Image Stabilizer (Movies & Stills)
– ‘Face Chaser’ technology (up to 12 faces) for photos/videos
– HDMI Output (FH1); HDMI Digital Interface via Cradle (HD2000)
– Optional lenses: Tele, Wide, Semi-Fisheye
– External microphone input (HD2000)
– VPC-FH1 and VPC-HD200 are available in Black

Compact HD models (VPC-TH1 and VPC-CG10)

In response to massive global demand for high definition equipment, SANYO’s Dual Camera Xacti line-up for 2009 are all designed to record high definition video. SANYO’s compact HD Models offer 720p (1280 x 720) HD capability and record at 30 frames per second. The VPC-TH1 also offers an impressive 30x optical zoom and an incredible 3-hr 20-min long continuous recording time-all in HD!

Main Features: VPC-TH1 (Horizontal; $299.99 MSRP)

– HD Digital Video (720p, 30fps)
– 30x Optical Zoom
– 2-Megapixel sequential shooting (13fps)
– 3-inch LCD (TFT) Widescreen Display
– Long 3-hour 20-minute continuous recording battery life
– Digital Image Stabilizer (video and stills)
– ‘Face Chaser’ technology can detect up to 12 faces for photos and videos
– HDMI Output
– 3D DNR digital noise reduction for clearer images
– Available in Silver and Blue

Main Features: VPC-CG10 (Vertical; $199.99 MSRP)

– 10-Megapixel photos and 720p HD video
– 5x optical zoom
– 3-inch Widescreen LCD
– Digital Image Stabilizer (video and stills)
– ‘Face Chaser’/Detection Technology (up to 12 faces)
– High-Speed Sequential Shooting 7fps
– 3D DNR digital noise reduction for clearer images
– Available in Black and Pink

Waterproof Compact HD models (VPC-WH1 and VPC-CA9)

With a conventional digital camera or camcorder, many users are understandably reluctant to film or shoot in the rain or other wet environments, fearing water damage to the camera. The VPC-WH1 and VPC-CA9, however, have earned the highest possible IEC 60529 waterproof rating-IPX8-allowing high definition 1280 x 720 30fps footage to be captured without worrying about the effects of water or snow. The VPC-CA9 is operable down to a water depth of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet), while the VPC-WH1 is submersible down to an astounding 3 meters (10 feet).

With SANYO’s advanced waterproofing technology, these cameras can be used without thinking twice in the rain, for marine sports such as surfing or snorkeling, or for winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding.

Main Features: VPC-WH1 (Horizontal; $399.99 MSRP)

– Waterproof up to 3 meters (10 feet) for one hour
– Exceptional 30x optical zoom
– 2.5-inch LCD Display
– 2-megapixel photos and 720p high-definition video
– 2-megapixel sequential shooting (13fps)
– ‘Face Chaser’ face detecting technology for both photos and videos (12 faces)
– 3-hour 20-minute recording time; long battery life
– HDMI Output
– Available in Blue and Yellow

Main Features: VPC-CA9 (Vertical; $349.99 MSRP)

– Waterproof up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) for one hour
– 9-megapixel photos and 720p high-definition video
– High Speed Sequential shooting (7fps)
– 5x Optical Zoom
– 2.5″ LCD monitor
– ‘Face Chaser’ face detection technology
– Available in Black, Red and Green


  1. it took me an hour to read it’s features, this HD camcorder have really an amazing features, it is satisfying many of ours requirement and i would like to have it.

  2. it took me an hour to read it’s features, this HD camcorder have really an amazing features, it is satisfying many of ours requirement and i would like to have it.