|The amount of settings found behind the buttons of the Sanyo E6 digital camera is not that large. This is not a minus because the Sanyo Xacti E6 is considered a point-and-shoot camera. The large size LCD monitor reproduces its information in the form of clear and colourful icons. When activating the camera for the first time a spoken comment will welcome the user. It's also possible to deactivate this feature through the menu, in case it gets boring after a while. Focus is automatically carried out and the multi-controller on the back of the camera lets you change from macro, landscape, manual focus to continuous focus. Very useful is the fact that touching the Touch sensor integrated in the release button, the exposure data (aperture and shutter speed) are shown on the monitor. All images are stored in JPEG format. The camera doesn't offer a choice for compression, except for the 6 Megapixel resolution image. This might be considered as a limitation.|
|Sanyo Xacti E6 - Resolution
Besides the 6 Megapixels of resolution the camera offers an interpolated resolution setting of 10 Megapixels. The images look quite alright in this kind of resolution but this artificial increase is hardly meaningful. The restriction of compression and the only possibility of storing in JPEG make correcting the images rather difficult. It would have been better to offer RAW format storage (a so-called original negative) but as the Sanyo E6 is a point-and-shoot camera I doubt if the user would actually appreciate this possibility.
Sanyo Xacti E6 - Scène programmes
Besides full automatic mode, the Sanyo Xacti E6 offers scène programmes for various different circumstances. The option Scene can be set through the menu and it will show some seven nicely coloured icons with linked to it six different filter possibilities. From the famous sports mode to fireworks; all you have to do is select the scene that is according to the situation you're in at that moment. The Sanyo E6 will adjust to this situation in a handy and speedy way.
Sanyo E6 - ISO sensitivity
The Sanyo E6 offers a small range of ISO settings. The sensitivity of the Xacti E6 ranges from ISO 50 to ISO 400. With 6 Megapixels resolution and 50 ISO setting the signal/noise ratio in average light value is fine. Cropping an image shows the compression clearly, it is present in a rather strong way. The ISO 50 to 100 values don't show a lot of noise, but at 200 and higher some increase is visible and noise turns up in an annoying way. 400 ISO suffers from colour shifting here and there, although only clearly visible when cropping the image. Higher ISO settings will contain more visible noise, so you might tend to use lower ISO values with slow shutter speeds but that might increase the chance of blur from movements. It is advisable to stay within the flash range of the camera. Almost every digital compact camera has a clear increase of noise when raising the ISO sensitivity. A pleasant exception on this rule is the Fujifilm FinePix F10 camera that recently received a DIWA Gold Award.
|Sanyo E6 - 3 metering systems
In order to enable a correct exposure the Sanyo Xacti E6 offers three metering systems. Standard of course the multi-segment metering, which is a metering method that delivers a fine overall result and may be considered as a default setting for a camera like the E6. Besides this setting the camera offers centre weighted metering and even spot metering. This latter one is convenient for aiming at a tiny area within the composition under difficult light circumstances which improves the precision. The user is being spoiled when capturing pictures. He can choose from a standard image, an image with sound, series of images, photo in calendar, passport photo, or photo-in-photo. The Sanyo Xacti E6 offers a speed of three frames per second in the highest resolution of 6 Megapixels. The internal memory will then be emptied onto the SD card, which takes approximately two seconds.
Sanyo Xacti E6 - White balance
For those who like to dig in deeper to the settings, will meet the white balance. And although the amount of options for the white balance settings is rather limited, only 5 are available, I'd still recommend using it in certain situations. The Sanyo E6 has a quite neutral rendering in auto white balance setting but under artificial light some colour cast, that is not filtered out correctly, is visible. When photographing in incandescent and fluorescent light it is wise to select the white balance accordingly. It will provide a more neutral result.
Sanyo Xacti E6 Video clips
The current camera manufacturer can't get away with only offering photography as an option. Video clips in VGA resolution is the least the consumer expects from a camera. And the Sanyo Xacti E6 definitely does not disappoint the consumer. The camera has an enhanced menu with many settings, besides resolution. It is possible to reduce vibrations caused by recording video clips under fluorescent, at which the back ground lighting pulsates with the frequency of the energy. Besides that the Xacti E6 offers settings such as: focus mode, type of exposure, white balance, ISO etc. A number of obvious settings for recording a video clip.