The Sanyo Xacti C1 EX is standard delivered with a 128MB Secure Digital memory card. A generous gesture, if only the card wasn't found back in the retail price. The Secure Digital memory card's popularity has raised a lot over the last few years. Even manufactures that were faithful to the CompactFlash for years, turned over to this small storage medium and adopted it warmly. At this moment the Secure Digital memory card is available up until and inclusive 1GB storage capacity, but we expect the 2GB waiting around the corner. This type of memory card is available in various styles: a standard card and a card with high write and read speed. The camera is standard delivered with a standard Secure Digital memory card. If I record a movie in highest quality (640x480 – 30fps – MPEG4) with this card, playing time of 10 seconds, it takes about 12 seconds before the camera has stored the movie clip. During this time span, all functions are blocked and nothing can be used on the camera. If I repeat the same procedure, but using a faster Secure Digital memory card we see a complete different result. Using a SanDisk 256MB Ultra II Secure Digital Memory card, the storage time shortens from 12 to 2 seconds! In other words, standard delivering a 128MB Secure Digital memory card seems attractive but one who really wants to take advantage of speed and ease better gets him a faster Secure Digital memory card.
The images are stored in JPEG format at which only one compression is available. Because of the standard delivered 128MB storage capacity the amount of images that can be made in the highest resolution will be sufficient on a weekend trip.
The standard delivered Lithium-Ion battery has a capacity of 3.7V 720mAh and is recharged through the standard delivered docking station or via the also standard delivered battery charger. The very compact battery finds its spot in the battery compartment on the side of the camera. Recharging the battery takes about 90 minutes. One who often goes on trips may as well purchase a second battery straight away. It is possible to record a 50 minute movie in high resolution and approximately 175 photos with less than 35% use of the flash. Indoor or in the evenings using the flash is necessary and the amount of images will shrink to 100-120 images.
The Lithium-Ion battery has a limited capacity but if you don't take more than 100 images per day or a few movie clips, and also make it a habit to recharge the battery via the docking station, you will be able to handle it perfectly. However, during holiday trips or a long weekend trip when it is not always possible to recharge the battery, a second battery will be needed.