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Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 225 reviews of Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the durability and size. The price and portability are also appreciated, but many are critical about the memory and reliability.

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image quality, battery, zoom, reliability, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9


alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 user reviews of Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the durability and design are generally positive. The portability and price are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the reliability. There are some mixed reviews about the image quality.

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63% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sanyo VPC-CA9ER HD Waterproof Dual Video & Photo Camera - RedSanyo VPC-CA9ER HD Waterproof Dual Video & Photo Camera - Red

Mar, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 from The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Some have doubts about the usability and image quality.

size, image quality, usability

0% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 GX High-Definition 720p Waterproof Camcorder, 9 MP, 5x Optical Zoom Dual Camera (Yellow)Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 GX High-Definition 720p Waterproof Camcorder, 9 MP, 5x Optical Zoom Dual Camera (Yellow)

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 - Waterproof Camcorder


Sanyo's latest waterproof camcorder improves image quality and retains an affordable price.

May, 2011

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Sanyo Xacti CA9


A petite, reliable product perfect for taking on holiday – it’s easy enough to be used by the whole family

Jan, 2013

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Sanyo Xacti VPC CA9


Oh ok, let's look at it in a bit more detail. An essential item on holiday, is the camcorder, whether it's to embarrass our friends at some later stage or to have long lasting memories of family holidays with the kids.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : mfereday (

A Dual Camera : Sanyo HD VPC-CA9


Once regarded as a luxury item, camcorders are now often looked on as a must-have companion for even the occasional traveller.

Included in the box, along with the camcorder, are the Lithium ion battery pack, mains lead with battery docking charging station, USB lead, AV cable, hand strap, soft case, software CD, User and Quick Start Guides plus various items of documentation....

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : Tracy and Matt's Blog (

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Overall I really like the Parrot MiniKit Slim. Aesthetically it looks modern and the build quality appears to be decent. Performance wise it didn't let me down once. If you need a hands free kit in your car you could do a lot worse than this one. Will...

May, 2010

Expert review by : Jason (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 review


Ok this is my first review so I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did playing with this camera! When I opened the box I was rather pleased to see a cool looking red video camera staring at me. Right away I can tell you that for...

Good video quality ; Waterproof ; Excellent zoom ; Attractive (mostly)

Still image quality an afterthought ; Image stabilizer not very good ; Still images take about 5 seconds for the picture to be captured ; No HDMI cable linkup

Feb, 2010

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Sanyo CA9 review


A decent basic camcorder, but no better than its myriad rivals

Waterproof action

Shonky controls, stills no better than camphone efforts

Dec, 2009

Consumer review (

Nice for the Price


They say it's waterproof, but you won't be doing any scuba diving or even serious snorkling with this and make sure you're not going into the deep end on the pool since it's only rated to 5 feet for less than 60 minutes. That being said you don't have...

Small with over head shot capable because of tilt view lcd, 5x zoom, water-resistant(see other thoughts), easy access holder sleeve included, up to 32GB SDHC capable, good (but not great) mid light level resolution, probably one of the best slim video...

Took off one/half egg because it's not perfect.For a camcorder it is adequate...for a camera its nice, for a somewhat waterproof slim 5x camcorder/camera its great. Buttons are small for big hands , but typical of small cams. No lens cap or filter...

Mar, 2010

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I like it


I'm writing this for the benefit of folks like me, because reviews never compare the new technology to the out-of-date stuff many people still use. The convenience of storing the video on a memory card, the ease of transfer, and the possibility of...

I have to qualify my praise by explaining my perspective. I am not a video guru. I am a dad whose previous and infrequently used camcorder was a 5 year old Sony Handicam that uses MiniDV cassettes. The Sony was not top of the line when I bought it ;...

The only negative I see is that when you use the zoom it becomes quite difficult to prevent jiggles of the camera from translating into annoying jitters onscreen when viewed. The zoom is probably best reserved for instances where you can use a tripod...

Mar, 2010

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need a lot of light


Sole purpose to be an all around low cost solution for our new baby. We hope to have camera that we can take anywhere and not worry about it getting wet or damage (because of the cheap price) with HD capabilities. There are more options on the market...

Small, waterproof, and have both movie/photo

Needs a lot of light to work well with this one otherwise picture looks a bit grainy and orangy ; Motion/Face tracking can create a bit of minor jitters

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications

With Sanyo's advanced waterproofing technology, the Sanyo Xacti CA9 can be used without thinking twice in the rain; for marine sports such as surfing or snorkeling, or for winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding. These cameras keep up with active lifestyles, expanding the scope of opportunities. The VPC-CA9 has earned the highest possible IEC 60529 waterproof rating - IPX8 - allowing high definition 1280 x 720, 30 fps footage to be captured without worrying about the effects of water or snow.


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:DB-L20
Continuous video playback time:220
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sanyo DB-L20
Video recording time:70

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:720p
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes


Playback zoom:62.5
Playback zoom (max):62.5

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Color of product:Black / Green / Red

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.5

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
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


Built-in flash: Yes


Normal focusing range:6.3 - 31.7


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sanyo Xacti

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 2.5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:9 / 9.2

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.5 - 7.48
Digital Zoom:60
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.5 - 7.48
Focal length range (f-f):0.248 - 1.25
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/3.5-4.7
Max Focal Length:31.7mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:5
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600


Color:Black / Green
Underwater Use: Yes

Operational Conditions

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

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:9Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:8.44Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:9Mpix
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

Aperture range (F-F):3.5 - 4.7
Audio Output:1 / Stereo
Auto focus: Yes
Interface:AV output  (Video:Composite Video, NTSC/PAL; Audio:Stereo) / USB 2.0, AV out
Internal memory:43
Light exposure control:±1.8EV (in 0.3EV steps) / ±1.8EV @ 0.3EV
Manual focus: Yes
Sports: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Composite video out:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/15 - 1/1500

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Still image resolution(s):3456 x 1944,3456 x 2592,3456 x 2592,4000 x 3000


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC


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

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264 / MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:60
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (50-400)
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cosmetic / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

Onepush white balance: Yes