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Sanyo Xacti FH1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 533 reviews of Sanyo Xacti FH1. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and portability. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive views about the viewfinder, while reviews are divided on the zoom.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sanyo Xacti FH1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Jim Feeley (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1


The Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 is a low-priced digital camcorder ($500 as of 9/25/2009) that delivers good-looking video and stills, with image quality just slightly trailing that of HD camcorders priced nearly three times as much.

Good HD video and still image quality ; Inexpensive

MPEG-4 not natively supported by some editing apps ; Image stabilizer is just average

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 provides very good performance for its reasonable price.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Joe Baker (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 Camcorder – Reviewed


Sanyo Xacti VPC FH-1 Camcorder

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Jim Feeley (

Review: Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 HD camcorder


Sanyo's Xacti VPC-FH1 is a high-definition (HD) camcorder that delivers good-looking video and stills.

The Xacti VPC-FH1 camcorder uses a single 1/2.5-inch CMOS sensor to capture 1920-by-1080 video at 60 progressive frames per second (60p), 60 interlaced frames per second (60i), or 30 progressive frames per second (30p). The camera can also record...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Jim Feeley (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 HD camcorder


The Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 camcorder provides very good performance for its quite reasonable price.

Good image quality for asking price, above average low-light performance, impressive battery life

MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec incompatible with some editing applications, unintuitive menu

Sanyo has made a name for itself producing high quality, low cost camcorders and the Xacti VPC-FH1 is no exception. While it cannot hope to match high-end models from Canon or Sony, it remains a solid performer nonetheless.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Rosemary Hattersley (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 camcorder


The Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 is a hybrid camera and camcorder, with 1080p video capture

Fair asking price, as well-equipped as the average entry-level compact still camera

Video playback on a large screen was rather jerky

To be fair, the Xacti FH1 is hardly an expensive piece of kit: we think its asking price is fair given the overall still and video quality and the advanced capabilities of the camera. It’s simply that when a product promises Full HD at 1920x1080 and...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Chris Brennan (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 camcorder


Sanyo has been steadily building a reputation for excellent quality video cameras recently and the new Xacti FH1 looks like continuing that trend. The headline feature of the Sanyo is Full HD recording. You can capture 1920 x 1080p at 60 frames per...

Very impressive video quality, good stills performance, easy to use

No external mic support

The only real niggles we had with the FH1 were the placement of the controls on the rear of the camera and the inability to use a separate microphone. Otherwise this is a great little camera that for the price provides really excellent video quality in...

May, 2009

Expert review by : Rosemary Hattersley (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 review


Sanyo has become all but synonymous with the concept of hybrid digital video/stills cameras and this model offers both high-end video capture and 12Mp of photo detail. However, we weren't fully convinced by its implementation of full HD video.

To be fair, the Xacti FH1 is hardly an expensive piece of kit: we think its £475 asking price is fair given the overall still and video quality and the advanced capabilities of the camera. It’s simply that when a product promises Full HD at 1920x1080...

Jun, 2009

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If you are someone who is looking for a really great digital camera then the Sanyo VPC-FH1EBK is certainly one that is well worth considering. Well, the Sanyo VPC-FH1EBK must be the answer to your problem. It is a dual camera that will not only capture...

May, 2012

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Sanyo Xacti FH1 review

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Mobile Tech Addicts (

Expert Review


In conclusion I really love this camera and would have no problem buying it myself or recommending it to anyone else. Apart from the unincluded HDMI cable I cannot find any real faults as it did exactly what it said on the box , a small, easy to use...

Dec, 2009

Product Specifications

Take stunning full 1080p high definition video at 60fps and amazing 8 megapixels digital photos! The compact Sanyo dual camera Xacti FH1 delivers high performance results with multiple features normally found on much higher priced video and photo cameras. The FH1 packs tons of features which are sure to please the most discerning user; including 600fps slow motion mode, face chasing technology which automatically read and corrects focus and lighting for up to 12 different subjects, and 16x optical zoom for video. Its compact design makes the FH1 extremely portable and easy to use. Videos, still photos and the various settings and menus can be easily accessed with the user's thumb. The FH1's convenient design makes sharing videos and photos via social networking web sites, portable video devices like iPods, TVs and computers, a breeze.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:DB-L50
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sanyo DB-L50

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Color of product:Black / Silver
Product color:Black / Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:3

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:Low Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS)
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach/snow / Fireworks / Lamp / Landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sanyo Xacti

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 2.5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:8.1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:160
Focal length range (f-f):0.234 - 2.34
Lens Aperture:F/2.0-2.8
Max Focal Length:59.5mm
Min Focal Length:5.95mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:8Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:5.31Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:8Mpix
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

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4.3
Sports: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
S-Video in: Yes
S-Video out: Yes


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Internal storage capacity:32

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264 / MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:160
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:Black & White / Cosmetic / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG

Weight & Dimensions