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Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 reviews of Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and price. The durability and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the viewfinder and size, while many are less positive about the zoom and battery.

usability, portability, durability, price, design

image quality, battery, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8 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 Reviewers are impressed by the portability. The usability is also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative views about the price.

usability, portability


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

This summary is based on the products: Bundle: Sanyo VPC-CA8 Black Digital Camcorder 8MP Zoom Waterproof + 4GB +Soft CaseBundle: Sanyo VPC-CA8 Black Digital Camcorder 8MP Zoom Waterproof + 4GB +Soft Case

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8 (EXBK)



Good still image mode, slightly cheaper than the competition, one-handed design assists with swimming

Sluggish autofocus, it's only waterproof for 1.5 metres (and one hour), controls are too small

The VPC-CA8(EXBK) is a minor upgrade of Sanyo's previous waterproof model, the VPC-CA65 (EXW). Despite some improvements to image quality (particularly when it comes to still pictures), its limited underwater functionality remains unchanged.

Oct, 2008

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8


This is an 8MP hybrid camera-camcorder with 2.5-inch LCD and 5x zoom lens. Movies are recorded as 640x480-pixel H.264 files at 60fps, with stereo sound. Waterproof to 1.5m. The good It's a widely accepted scientific fact that when you go on holiday,...

It’s not as Tonka toy-sturdy as Olympus’s Tough range of cameras, but the Sanyo is smoother and simpler to use, pumping out solid standard def movies and decent stills, whatever the weather. Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8 is tagged with Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8, Sanyo...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Andrew Gould (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8


The Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8 is waterproof up to 1.5m, plus can take still pictures too.

It can go in the water, can take stills and video

Video quality in low light not too good.

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Andy Shaw (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8


Read our review and watch the video of this amazing underwater video camera.

There's no reason to buy this camera if you're not a fan of water ? there are plenty of other cameras in Sanyo's range that will suit you just as well. But if messing about on the river is your thing, then this camera will let you capture every splash...

Aug, 2008

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Review: Sanyo Xacti DMX-CA8 digital camera


An eight-megapixel camera that's waterproof to 1.5m

Aug, 2008

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8EX


Matthew Sparkes goes filming with the fishes using Sanyo's latest waterproof video camera.

The latest pistol-grip Xacti is an update to the company's previous waterproof model, the VPC-CA65EW. Rather than attempting to beat the competition on storage capacity, price or even image quality, Sanyo here is instead going after the niche market of...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Natalie Johnson (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8


Can a digital movie camera that takes pictures compete with compact cameras that shoot video? We road-test Sanyo's latest moviemaker-cum-stills camera to find out

An adequate moviemaker/compact camera producing average results. The main draw here is the natty design and waterproofing capabilities

Jan, 2008

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Great little camera for the money!


I purchased this camera as I was in the market for a small, light weight camera, that could be used in various outdoor conditions. I am very happy with my purchase, and think it would be hard to beat this camera for the money. This camera suits any...

Very small and light weight, which means easily stored in your pocket, shoot easily with one hand. Waterproof feature is great, and handles freezing conditions also (snow). In terms of picture quality, it is surprisingly very good in outdoor, bright...

Indoor filming or low light conditions this camera is not great, but that's not what this camera is intended for. Mono sound is also not great.

Apr, 2011

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Easy camera to use with a fair to good quality image being recorded. This excels in wet environments which is really where a camera like this should be used. This is not my only video camera or still camera as I would not be happy with this for normal...

Love the ergonomics of the pistol grip camera. It feels so balanced in your hands. I love the all purpose nature of this product. It is great for the sun, sand, surf, beach, pools, sailing, kayaking, water slides, snow and snorkelling (this camera has...

This is not an excellent video camera or excellent stills camera. It is a compromise to the all purpose nature and weather proof versatility of this camera. The photo quality is OK and the video quality is good. The free movie editing program you get...

Jun, 2010

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Sanyo VPC-CA8


Good value for money, and it works under water! Looks good! Uses SD & SDHC cards - Very easy to purchase and download from. Reasonably quick start from Off to Record.

Battery life isn't great will get about 80 mins recording from a full battery. Outer lens did missed up,on inside, once, after under water useage, hasn't occured in underwater trips since! FFWD, RRWD, PLAY & PAUSE - ZOOM "Joystick"control a little...

Oct, 2008

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:DB-L20


Playback zoom:62.5
Playback zoom (max):62.5


Color of product:Black


Display Diagonal:2.5 / 2.7


Built-in flash: Yes

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 2.5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:8 / 8.1

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.5 - 7.48
Digital Zoom:12
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.5 - 7.48
Focal length range (f-f):0.248 - 1.25
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:5

Operational Conditions

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

Other Features

Auto focus: Yes
Interface:AV output  (Video:Composite Video, NTSC/PAL; Audio:Stereo) / USB 2.0
Internal memory:44
Manual focus: Yes
Sports: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Composite video out:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/1500

Still Image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1600 x 1200,3264 x 1840,3264 x 2448,3264 x 2448,4000 x 3000


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC


Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum video resolution:640 x 480

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.59 / 4.37
Height:1.59 / 4.37