Dennis Hissink : January 8th 2007 - 15:00 CET
Sanyo Xacti HD2
Sanyo Xacti HD2 : Packed with performance upgrades including a new 7.38 Megapixel CCD image sensor that dramatically improves low-light sensitivity, the new Sanyo Xacti HD2 is the world's smallest and lightest high-definition digital video camera (among commercially available high-definition video cameras, as of January 07, 2007) and the highly anticipated next-generation follow-up to 2006's innovative and multi award-winning HD1 and HD1a series. The Sanyo HD2 combines the functionality of a 720p high-definition digital camcorder and 7.1 Megapixel still camera into one ergonomic, pocket-sized device. Sporting a stylish blue graphite body, the Sanyo Xacti HD2 will be available in the U.S. in March 2007 at an MSRP of $699.99.|
Sanyo HD2 camera - HDMI interface|
For optimized performance, a new HDMI digital interface, built into the Sanyo HD2's multifunction docking station, provides an all-digital output to HDTVs and high-definition video recorders. Featuring a unique pistol-grip and thumb-operable design, the Sanyo Xacti HD2 can record up to 21 minutes of high-definition video (or up to one hour of standard-definition video) per gigabyte of available memory on any standard SD or high-capacity SDHC card (memory cards sold separately).
Sanyo Xacti HD2 digital camera - Secure Digital High Capacity
Using a single 8-gigabyte SDHC card, Sanyo HD2 users can easily and spontaneously shoot nearly three hours of high-definition video, up to eight hours of standard-definition video or thousands of 7.1 Megapixel digital still images. The enormous worldwide demand for the high-definition HD1 series inspired and invigorated Sanyo's design team to significantly raise the performance bar on the Sanyo HD2's said John Lamb, Senior Marketing Manager for Sanyo Fisher Company's Audio Video Division. Increased low-light sensitivity is just one example of how the HD2 camera has been engineered to provide a more satisfying user experience than ever before.
Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2 - Sensitivity
The Sanyo Xacti HD2 responds to light as low as 12.5 lux in auto mode. This represents an up to 75% increase in low-light sensitivity when compared to the 50 lux auto mode capability of the previous models, the HD1 and HD1a. The Sanyo HD2 responds to light as low as 6 lux, in lamp mode, representing an up to 76% increase in low-light sensitivity when compared to the 25 lux capability of the HD1 and HD1a. The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2 features a special High Sensitivity button, allowing users to quickly switch from standard sensitivity mode and shoot in a wide variety of low-light situations.
Sanyo Xacti HD2 video camera - Responsiveness and Image Stabilisation
The Sanyo Xacti HD2 high-definition video camera is designed for super fast start-up and shooting. With no tape to queue up, simply open the display and the Sanyo HD2 automatically powers up and is ready to record in as little as 1.7 seconds. The Sanyo Xacti HD2 features a digital image stabilization that works across the full shooting range from wide-angle to telephoto. Using an original corrective algorithm developed by Sanyo, the HD2 is able to distinguish between trembling hands and camera work such as panning and tilting.
Sanyo Xacti digital camera - High Definition
Thanks to highly efficient MPEG-4 technology, the Sanyo Xacti HD2 is able to create richly detailed high-definition 720p (1280 x 720 pixels) videos at 30 frames per second. That's up to three times more pixels than standard conventional video cameras. The Sanyo Xacti VPC HD2 is powered by high-precision LSI (large-scale integration) circuitry for advanced, high-definition image processing. This powerful high-definition engine processes a vast number of calculations and enables the Sanyo HD2 to realize image processing functions such as high-definition 720p processing, real-time MPEG-4 compression and noise reduction.
Sanyo Xacti VPC HD2 digital compact camera - Frame rate
The Sanyo HD2 high-definition digital video camera features an accelerated frame rate in the HD mode that is more than four times faster than earlier digital cameras. Transmitting data at 9 megabits per seconds ensures that camera and subject motion are smooth and natural, without the image lag or distortion that might occur in slower-responding systems.
Sanyo HD2 compact camera - Optical zoom and Display
The Sanyo HD2 features a generous and highly efficient 10x optical zoom lens. Built from 12 elements designed in 9 groups and with a built-in neutral density filter, the 10x zoom lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 in both wide and telephoto angles, allowing for clear images in lower light situations. Combined with a 10x digital zoom capability, the HD2 is capable of a total 100x zoom. The Xacti HD2 features a large Sanyo-developed 2.2-inch LCD display with 210,000 total pixels for exceptionally clear viewing. The display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on axis for taking great video or still images even in difficult locations.
Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2 - Video and Media player
The Sanyo HD2 can record 7.1 Megapixel still images in addition to 720p video clips. It can even snap a still image while recording high-definition (1280 x 720-pixel) digital video with a simple press of the shutter button during the shooting of a video clip (Depending on the mode used to take still images, simultaneous video clip shooting may be interrupted). The Sanyo HD2's Web-SHQ recording mode is designed specifically to capture video destined for 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 a smooth and natural 30 frames per second.
Sanyo HD2 camera - Widescreen and Video editing
A selectable 16:9 shooting mode allows users to capture stills in the same widescreen format as their high-definition videos for eye-catching viewing on a 16:9 television screen. The Sanyo HD2 offers enhanced video editing functions, enabling quick A>B deletions and easy combining of video clips. In-camera editing makes it easy to remove unwanted material and helps conserve memory card space. Lightweight at only 8.3 ounces (including battery and a standard SD memory card), the Sanyo Xacti HD2 measures 3.1 (W) x 4.7 (H) x 1.4-inch (D).
Sanyo Xacti HD2 features
• 16:9 widescreen format (HD-SHQ / HD-HQ modes)
• Rapid 7.1 Megapixel sequential still shooting
• High-quality 48 kHz, 16-bit, stereo AAC-LC sound (MPEG-4 Audio)
• Convenient pop-up flash
• HD/Norm switch for easy video mode changes
• Talking navigation guide for first-time users
• Super Macro shooting down to 1 cm (W) / 1 m (T)
• Self timer (2 seconds / 10 seconds)
• Voice recorder function
• Red-eye reduction mode
• Multifunction compact docking/charging station with HDMI, Component, S-Video/AV output
• High-capacity Sanyo rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
• Remote control included
• Exif Print and Print Image Matching III
• PictBridge-capable for PC-Free printing with PictBridge-compatible printers
Sanyo Xacti VPC HD2 - Optional Accessories
• New Belt-clip Holster Case (Sanyo VCP-HCX1) $19.99
• 0.6x Wide-angle Lens Adapter (Sanyo VCP-L06WU) $99.99
• 1.4x Telephoto Lens Adapter (Sanyo VCP-L14TU) $99.99
• 49mm Lens Filter Adapter (Sanyo VCP-AL49) $17.99
• L40 Battery Charging Cradle (Sanyo VAR-L40U) $39.99
• Original Sanyo L40 Battery (Sanyo DB-L40AU) $49.99
About Sanyo Electric
Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. is a $20 billion manufacturer and distributor of consumer and commercial electronics, including multimedia and telecommunication products. Based in Chatsworth, California, Sanyo Fisher Company (a division of Sanyo North America Corporation, a subsidiary of Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.) markets digital cameras, PCS phones, audio systems, portable and mobile electronics, televisions, dictation devices, home appliances, LCD projectors, security video equipment and air conditioning systems.