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Sanyo Xacti HD1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 301 reviews of Sanyo Xacti HD1. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the image quality and price. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical opinions about the color, while opinions are divided on the reliability.

usability, portability, size, price, image quality


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 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sanyo Xacti HD1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sanyo Xacti HD1 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the durability and image quality are generally positive. The size and portability also get good feedback, but there are some mixed comments about the price.

usability, portability, size, image quality, durability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sanyo Xacti HD1A Digital Movie CameraSanyo Xacti HD1A Digital Movie Camera

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sanyo Xacti HD1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 210 user reviews of Sanyo Xacti HD1 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the image quality and price. The size and usability also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the reliability.

portability, usability, size, price, image quality

67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sanyo Xacti HD1A 5.1MP MPEG4 High-Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSanyo Xacti HD1A 5.1MP MPEG4 High-Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1


The Sanyo Xacti HD1's video quality needs improvement to keep up with the competition.

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

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

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Aug, 2006

Expert review by : David English (

Image quality


Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1

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.

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1


Physical Views The 5-megapixel Xacti C5 (same size as C6) and the Xacti HD1. The Xacti HD1 compared in size to a standard CD. Continue on to Features & Controls Xacti HD1 Specifications Effective pixel count Approx. 5.1 megapixels CCD 1/2.5 inch,...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (

Expert Review


The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1 would seem to fulfill the dreams of many a tech-head: high definition (HD) video at an affordable price. Yes, it does meet the technical requirements of HD, recording at 1280 x 720 at 30 frames per second (fps), also known as...

Mic-in port, -HIghly Portable, -Flash is pop-up, -Flicker reduction mode

Non live-view for all manual settings makes for a tiresome guessing game, -Irksome docking station, -Poor video quality, -Terrible handling

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : David Kender (

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...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Andrew Burke (

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.

Jul, 2006

Expert review by : David Kender (

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...

Apr, 2006

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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....

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Julie Strietelmeier (

Sanyo VPC-HD1 Digital Movie Camera

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : James Dickinson (

Sanyo Xacti HD1A


Sanyo's Xacti HD1A is an interesting device. For a start, it's the smallest High Definition camcorder on the market, and one of the cheapest. It also ...

Great range of features, compact design, good still images

Disappointing video quality considering it's high definition, small screen

The world's smallest high definition camcorder is great for still pictures and range of features but less so for the quality of its video.

Dec, 2006

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.


Built-in Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:DB-L40
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sanyo DB-L40

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:720p

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash


Color of product:Silver

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.2

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


Built-in flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sanyo Xacti

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 2.5
Total megapixels:5.1

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.5 - 15
Digital Zoom:10
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.5 - 15
Focal length range (f-f):0.248 - 2.48
Lens Aperture:F/3.5
Lens structure:2/2
Lens structure (elements/groups):2/2
Max Focal Length:63mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
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

Other Features

Audio Output:1
Auto focus: Yes
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens system:9/12
Photo mode: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
DV port: No
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000

Still Image

Still image resolution(s):2592 x 1944


Camcorder tape type:HDV
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC


Maximum frame rate:30 / 60
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720

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

Weight & Dimensions

Filter size:1.93