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Sanyo Xacti HD1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 254 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the image quality and size are on the whole positive. The value for money and usability also get good reviews, but many are negative about the features and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sanyo Xacti HD1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1a


The "Web-SHQ" recording mode is designed specifically to capture video destined for the video iPod and other popular MPEG-4 capable personal media players. For optimal playback on such devices, video is captured at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and...

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1


Superb OLED. Compact. Good color. Decent menu structure.

Video quality is subpar. Slow to change exposure in different lighting situations. Pricey.

Its small size is a plus, but the Xacti HD1's video quality needs a lot of improvement in order to keep up with the competition.

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1


The SANYO Xacti HD1 is the world's first high-definition compact digital media camera offering advanced, next-generation video performance. The palm-sized HD1 records both 720p high-definition video and 5.1-megapixel digital still images to a standard Sec

Bottom line - the Xacti VPC-HD1 was a blast to use. I love how well it fits in your hand, and is still small enough that you can tuck it away easily. Although the image quality could be a bit better, the awesome movie mode, versatile lens and gorgeous OLE


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Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1


Review: If you're a glass-half-full kind of person, it may be enough that the 5-megapixel Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1's feature list contains several first-to-market wins: it records and outputs progressive-scan video at 720p, it incorporates a dazzling...

Records 720p high-definition video; small, lightweight, and attractive; 10X optical zoom; rotating OLED screen

Hard-to-maneuver joystick controller; very sluggish autofocus; video and photos look overly processed

If you want the latest in cool toys, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1 certainly has the right gadget quotient. Once you look at the image quality, however, its allure dims quite a bit.

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Sanyo VPC-HD1 Camcorder Review


The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1 promises a great many things and not just the technical promise of high definition video for under $800. HD at this price promises something greater andndash; state of the art technology for the masses. HD has become a buzz...

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Mini HD Camcorder Review: Sanyo VPC-HD1 Xacti


When Sanyo introduced the HD1 Xacti at this year's International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in January, they had everyone's attention. Even from the people looking at remote-controlled refrigerators. The tiny Sanyo garnered much attention for good...

Easy manual focus and exposure Slow motion recording Small design

HD compression Low light shooting

Look for more companies to take a cue from the well-designed Sanyo HD1 Xacti.

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Sanyo VPC-HD1


The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1 is equipped with a very large 1/2.5 inch CCD, with approximately 5.36 gross megapixels, and a primary color filter. The next largest chip in a consumer cam is the 1/2.8 inch found on the Canon Optura 600. The Sony DCR-DVD505 and...

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1 5.1MP MPEG4 HD Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom


While I was creating our YouTube gadget gallery I was thinking about what my next handheld camera would be....

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Sanyo VPC-HD1 Digital Movie Camera


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good combo of video and pics; does everything well.


Bought this to shoot simple vacation pics and videos. The HD1AEX is a great jack-of-all-trades. The new-year's fireworks on video look good, as do the daylight shots - at least on a 15" screen. Will even capture stills while shooting video. On the...

size, jack-of -all-trades, simple to operate

could have more still photography

Product Specifications

Compared with conventional high-definition digital cameras, the Xacti HD1 is incredibly compact. The super-slim body, with a volume of around 200 cc and a weight of around 210 g, fits easily in your pocket or purse, so you can take it anywhere. Yet it shoots high-definition MPEG-4 movies at 1280 x 720 pixels and 30 fps. The Xacti HD1 records exceptionally beautiful and detailed high-definition movies in the world's smallest and lightest shell. In creating a new high-definition engine for rapid image processing, SANYO sought a balance between image quality and processing speed. The Xacti HD1 therefore offers both HD recording and 60 fps recording of TV-sized clips (VGA: 640 x 480 pixels). You have a choice of image-processing methods to bring out the maximum beauty of your subject. The Xacti HD1's display, meanwhile, is an OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode Display), which provides excellent color reproduction and enables expanded viewing angles. Picture quality is crisp, and fast movements in movie clips are vivid and clear. High-resolution 5.1-megapixel still images can be captured during the shooting of high-definition movies, meaning precious moments can be recorded both in still and video form. Furthermore, key function buttons are situated on the back of the main body. You can use a single thumb for most shooting and playback operations, leaving your other hand free to hold your bag or child, say. The Xacti HD1 can be connected to a TV, VCR, PC or DVD recorder. This means, for example, you can easily play back recorded high-definition images on the stunning wide screen of an HDTV, or make back-up copies of your recorded content on a DVD recorder while you're playing it back. After placing the Xacti HD1 in its docking station, you can save recorded video clips and still images onto your computer's hard disk. From there, you can edit them and use them in e-mails or weblogs, for even greater enjoyment.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sanyo DB-L40

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:720p

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card/SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:Organic EL Display
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/3.5
Max Focal Length:63mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Titanic gray

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:5.1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:0.9Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:5.1Mpix
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:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:10/100
ISO (Max):1600/400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto (50-200)
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cosmetic / Monochrome / Sepia/Black & White / Cosmetic / Sepia/Cosmetic / Monochrome / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None