March 30, 2010: Sanyo has released details of five new models that will be added to its Xacti ‘dual camera’ range in the next three months.
With stills resolution up to 14 megapixel, these new cameras represent a camcorder manufacturer’s approach to hybrid stills/video capture.
The Xacti range store data on SD and SDHC memory cards and support Full HD recording at 1920 x 1080 pixels, and all come with mini HDMI connectors to allow direct playback of video clips on HDTV sets.
Two styles are on offer: a conventional camcorder body shape, and a pistol grip design.
The VPC-CS1 (pictured right) is claimed as the smallest, lightest and thinnest camera in its class. It features a pistol grip design, married to a 10x optical zoom lens and 8-megapixel still image capture. Videos are recorded with stereo sound. A built in iFrame option enables the VPC-CS1 to record in the same format used for editing with iMovie. The VPC-CS1 is due for release in late April at an RRP of $499.
Similar features are offered in the conventionally-styled VPC-SH1 (pictured below), which also goes on sale in late April at an RRP of $599. Equipped with a 35mm (equivalent) wide angle lens plus 30x Advanced Zoom for video recording, it can capture still images at 10-megapixel resolution and features a handy advanced double record button for low-angle recording. This model will be offered in red and black.
The VPC-GH1 (RRP$399), which will be offered in silver, light blue and light pink, is also conventionally-styled, with the same double record button as the VPC-SH1. It sports a 12x optical zoom lens with double range zoom that lets users switch between different zoom ranges. The VPC-CG100 boasts similar features in a pistol-grip body and will be offered in black, red and white. Both these models capture photos at 14-megapixel resolution. At entry level, the pistol-grip VPC-CG20 (RRP$349) records still pictures at 10-megapixel resolution and sports a 5x optical zoom lens. It will be available in silver, gold and pink.
The VPC-GH1 is scheduled to go on sale in May, while the VPC-CG100 and VPC-CG20 are due for release in June.