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Sanyo VPC-HD1000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 318 reviews of Sanyo VPC-HD1000. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the price and image quality are generally positive. The size and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability. Some have doubts about the viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sanyo VPC-HD1000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Sanyo VPC-HD1000 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the price and size are overall positive. The design and image quality also get good reviews. There are some critical reviews about the viewfinder.

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82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sanyo Xacti HD1000 Full High Definition SD Digital Movie Camera - BlackSanyo Xacti HD1000 Full High Definition SD Digital Movie Camera - BlackSanyo Xacti HD1000 MPEG4 High Definition 1080i Camcorder+Free 2GB SD

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sanyo VPC-HD1000


alaTest has collected and analyzed 203 user reviews of Sanyo VPC-HD1000 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the price and image quality. The size and portability also get good comments. Many are negative about the reliability.

usability, portability, size, image quality, price


80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sanyo Xacti HD1000 4MP MPEG4 High Definition 1080i Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Russ Fischer (

Sanyo Xacti HD1000


Sanyo's HD offering imbues a classic cam with quality video performance.

Very good video quality ; Well-placed, easy to use controls ; Ultralight, pistol-grip design ; Sharp 4-MP still photos

Difficult to hold steady ; Some tearing in video

Even with a skimpy software package that includes Nero 7 Essentials and Ulead MovieFactory 5.0 SE, the HD1000 is an excellent buy. We love the portability and video quality, and even the option to shoot stills while recording video. (The cam’s 4-MP...

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Greg Robinson (

Camcorder Review: Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000 Camcorder


Hands down, the HD 1000 gets its highest marks for coolness. Whip it out at the next family reunion and envy will fill the air. This camera is genuinely stylish; add in its light weight and small size and it becomes a very useful little tool

Looks great Multiple outputs provide flexibility Truly ergonomic

Awkward manual focus / exposure controls Noisy image in low light Onboard mic slightly tinny Video out only on docking station

Good HD camera for home users and hobbyists. Professionals will want more control.

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Dan Havlik (

Object of Desire: Sanyo Xacti HD1000


World's smallest and lightest 1080i HD camcorder is great for video podcasting to your site.

A lot of photographers we know are having their assistants record their photo shoots and then posting the video onto their site or blog as a fun, short documentary. With the simple SD card format of the HD1000, getting these clips out of the camcorder...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: TechRadar (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000 review


How can a camcorder that looks like a toy, and which saves video to SD cards, produce such stunningly good high-definition pictures?

Excellent picture quality ; Impressive handling ; Good connectivity

Software update needed

Sanyo needs to update the software very quickly if users are to be able to shoot, edit and share their SD card clips. However, they’re onto a clear winner with the HD1000 – pictures are superb, handling is good and full marks for the range of...

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Chris Jager (

Sanyo Xacti HD1000


Sleek and eye-catching design, user-friendly interface, above average stills capabilities

Outperformed by other HD units on the market

Despite the presence of superior alternatives on the market, the HD1000 remains an impressive and affordable HD option. As a sweet bonus, it also happens to be one of the coolest looking gadgets you'll ever own.

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: James Morris (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000


Is it a camcorder, camera or both? It certainly looks the part but is the Xacti VPC-HD1000 a jack of all trades or a master of none?

As with Sony's consumer HD camcorders, the Sanyo relies on a CMOS sensor rather than a CCD one. Despite the HD1000's diminutive proportions, the CMOS sensor used is a hefty 1/2.5in model, with a 4-megapixel resolution. This is actually larger and with...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Matthew Sparkes (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000


The HD1000 is the largest model in the Xacti range, and the most expensive, with a bigger lens and body than its smaller cousin, the HD700. It's still smaller than most camcorders, though, and its relative bulk comes with some benefits. The larger lens...

Are you feeling lucky? Pistol grip design makes this a fun and easy camcorder to use.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: (

Stuff magazine


Sanyo's Xacti range has just got serious, with 1080i 'full HD' from a pocket-sized camcorder. This we gotta see...

Great video, tons of features, easy to use... if only there was a PAL-friendly version

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Rasesh Tanna (

Sanyo Xacti HD1000


Today Sanyo announced the Xacti HD1000 with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. This is probably the smallest and the lightest full HD digital camcorder out there. The camcorder can write to SDHC memory to a 8GB memory card

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Andy Shaw (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000


A new digital video camera from Sanyo designed to take full advantage of your HD-Ready TV.

If you want a camera that will handle the high resolutions that your snazzy HD-Ready TV can manage, without expecting the world of its operator, this is a great option. It isn't as expensive as some high-end non-HD cameras, though it doesn't have all...

Feb, 2009

Product Specifications

The compact, hand-fitting Xacti HD1000 measures just 90 x 112.6 x 54.5 mm and weighs 268 g (body only). In line with the entire Xacti stable of digital movie cameras, it's shaped for comfortable one-handed shooting on the fly. So don't head out without it. Stunning, full high-definition movies on the Xacti HD1000 are recorded in the high-compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format. Your movie files are smaller and easier to work with, but offer image quality that will take your breath away when played back on widescreen HDTVs. The newly designed CMOS sensor captures significantly more light than previous image sensors, enabling much improved performance in low light. So flip open the monitor and unleash the movie-maker within. The Xacti HD1000 captures the moment forever with high-sensitivity 4-megapixel still images at up to ISO 3200. But just because you want to take a still image doesn't mean you have to stop recording a movie - you can do both at the same time with a simple button press. Meanwhile, features such as the Face Chaser and Full Auto modes make the HD1000 as satisfying for beginners to use as it is for more experienced photographers. The supplied docking cradle opens up a host of connection possibilities. By connecting the unit via USB to an external hard disk, you can back up your movies and stills without having to access a PC. Along with USB, the cradle offers HDMI and component video connections, for high-quality playback of movies on a connected HDTV. You can also use the cradle when recording to a DVD or HD recorder, or when connecting the unit to a PC or printer.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sanyo DB-L50

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Fireworks / Lamp / Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sanyo Xacti

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.5
Max Focal Length:63mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:4Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:3.56Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:4Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264 / MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:10
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (50-200)
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cosmetic / Monochrome / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None