Social networking addicts have a new entry-level camcorder to play with in Sanyo's VPC-GH4. For $200, this newest addition to Sanyo's Xacti line purportedly offers easy tagging and uploading of videos and pictures to sites like Youtube, Facebook, and Picassa. Twitter users will also benefit from the bundled software, which serves up a convenient link for use with the microblogging service, Sanyo says.
"More than ever, consumers are interested in easy to use imaging solutions that deliver with cutting edge technology," says Tom Van Voy, General Manager of the Consumer Solutions Group for SANYO North America. He added, "SANYO’s GH4 offers the perfect blend of style and performance while recording archive quality photos and videos that people will be proud to display on their HDTVs or share with friends and family from their computer."
Looking over the spec sheet, Sanyo has a compelling package in the budget camcorder arena. The $200 Xacti boasts 10MP photos, a 2.7-inch LCD monitor, Full HD videos at 1080, 60i (1920x1080), 10X dual range optical zoom, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card support, and mini-HDMi port.
There are plenty of camcorders for landlubbers to choose from, but not so much for those who can't seem to stay out of the water. That's where Sanyo's new Dual Camera Xacti (VPC-CA102YL) comes in, which can record over 480 minutes of 1080p Full HD video and 14MP photos on a single 64GB SDXC card, all while submerged in up to 10 feet of water.
"Dual Cameras are packed with features and offer incredible flexibility," says Tom Van Voy, Vice President and General Manager of the Digital Solutions Division for Sanyo North America. This is the 'take everywhere' camera; water, snow, or land. Getting great HD video and still images is incredibly easy with the new CA102YL."
Other features include a 38mm wide angle lens, 5x optical / 12x double-range zoom, 2.7-inch LCD display (can be turned 285 degrees), and mini-HDMI port.
You'd look pretty silly trying to shove 6 microphones into your pocket, unless those 6 mics come integrated with Sanyo's new ICR-PS605RM Xacti stereo recorder.
Why so many mics? According to Sanyo, for true 360-degree recording, who arranged the microphones in a W-XY configuration, including an omni-directional stereo pair, an XY directional pair, and two directional mics for recording frequencies above 20,000Hz.
Other features include MP3 and PCM recording, various voice recording presets, 4GB of internal memory, a micro SDHC port, and support for up to 96kHz / 24-bit / 40,000Hz PCM sound files.
Sanyo's XACTI camcorder line has proven pretty popular in the Japanese market, and starting this March, the company will find out if the devices hold the same appeal in the U.S.
The models we're talking about are the DMX-CG110 NR and DMX-SH11, which have inexplicably been renamed to CG102 and GH2, respectively, along with a new upright model, theCG20.
All three units come capable of recording in 1080i at 60fps, with the first two models sporting a 14.4MP resolution. The XACTI CG20 tones the resolution down a bit to 10.7 megapixels, while adding SDXC memory card support and 5x optical zoom (which can be extended to 12x via Sanyo's lens technology).
Look for the trio to show up in March priced at $229 for both the XACTI CG102 and GH2, while the XACTI CG20 will run $199.
Capturing high definition video in the palm of your hand is about to get easier if Sanyo's DMX-HD800 can live up to its billing. The 8MP compact camera will come in gold, pink, and black and be capable of recording video in 720p (1280x720) using the AVC/H.264 video codec. Features include:
Drag and drop capable
HD videos and still pictures
Snap photos while filming without pausing the video
Face recognition (up to 12 faces)
Digital image stabilizer
In-camera video editing
Capturing quality videos from a handheld gadget always elicits skepticism, but Sanyo promises its three-dimensional digital noise reduction (3DDNR) filter will offer both clear videos and crisp photos. It was enough to impress AkihabaraNews, who claims the camera represents a "HUGE step forward in video quality" and described the change as "AMAZING" compared to Sanyo's previous model, the HD700.