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Sanyo HD1000 1080i camcorder

Ralf Jurrien
IFA Report
Saturday 1st, September 2007
Posted by: Ralf Jurrien

Incorporating the latest high-definition CMOS sensor, the Sanyo Xacti HD1000 camcorder captures full 1920x1080 (1080i) high-definition video at 60 frames-per-second. Designed to record the rich and vibrant colors of real life, the Sanyo HD1000 also captures the subtle tones to provide the natural-looking result. The Sanyo Xacti HD1000 camera's CMOS sensor provides the responsiveness needed to capture fast moving subjects and Sanyo’s noise reduction technology helps obtain the cleanest signal from each pixel. The new Sanyo VPC-HD1000 camcorder records to the latest in MPEG-4 standard MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, delivering exceptional video clarity and detail while maintaining the smallest file size possible.

Sanyo HD1000 1080i

Sanyo Xacti HD1000 - Optical lens
At the front of the Sanyo Xacti HD1000 is a commanding 10x all-glass HD lens. The Sanyo VPC-HD1000's fast f/1.8 lens is capable of allowing almost four times more light through than conventional models to assist in lower light venues. Consisting of eight groups and eleven total lenses with a built-in neutral density filter, the Sanyo HD1000's lens provides a fantastic field-of-view with a 38-380 mm range (35 mm equivalent). Combined with the 10x digital zoom, the Sanyo HD1000 provides up to 100x total zooming capability.

Sanyo 1080i Camcorder - Image stabilizer
The Sanyo Xacti HD1000 enables simultaneous shooting of 4-megapixel still images and HD (1920 x1080 pixel) movie clips, with a simple press of the shutter button during the shooting of amovie clip. Users will never need to miss another precious photo opportunity. (Depending on the mode used to take still images, simultaneous video clip shooting may be interrupted. While shooting video clips, using the digital image stabilizer may change the angle of view for still images.)

Sanyo Xacti HD1000 camcorder - Widescreen display and Design
The new Sanyo Xacti HD1000 features a large 2.7 inch widescreen Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). The display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on an axis that allows you to take great video or still images from otherwise difficult-to-view positions, especially useful when shooting in large crowds or in small rooms. The Sanyo Xacti series has become known for the small size and ergonomic design. The Sanyo HD1000 features a comfortable angle designed to easily fit in the palm of the hand. The Sanyo Xacti HD1000's design adapts a new 105 degree angle research proven to be less tiring to hold and shoot than typical camcorders. Easy-to-hold and easy-to-shoot, the Sanyo HD1000 raises the bar in compact camcorder design.

Sanyo Xacti HD1000 digital camcorder - HDMI and Memory card
It's easy to share your high-definition movies on your HD television with the Sanyo HD1000. Using the HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) terminal built into the base station, just one cable connects your camcorder to your TV for a totally digital output. HDMI carries both the video and audio signals in digital form for the highest quality playback. The Sanyo Xacti HD1000 records high-definition and photos directly to a standard SD or SDHC Memory Card. In fact, the Sanyo HD1000 is capable of recording up to 1 hour and 25 minutes of 1080i high-definition video on a single 8GB card (sold separately). The SD Memory Card's compact size (0.94W x1.26H x 0.08D inches) and weight (about 2 grams) makes it ideal for the compact size of the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000. The minimal power requirements of the SD card also contribute to longer recording and playback times. When connected to the computer via the USB cable, the Sanyo Xacti HD1000 acts as a standard card reader. Transferring images and videos to your computer has never been easier.

Sanyo HD1000 1080i

Sanyo HD1000 camcorder - MPEG4 and Camera movement
High-definition can't hide shaky or erratic camera shaking. That's why Sanyo’s HD1000 comes with a sophisticated image stabilizer for both stills and video. Using a proprietary Sanyo algorithm, the Sanyo Xacti HD1000 compensates for distracting up-and-down or side-to-side camera movement during video shooting, keeping your subject steady and easy to follow. It accurately distinguishes between unintentional camera shake and deliberate camera movement. This handy feature operates in both wide-angle and telephoto modes, giving every shot a solid, professional-looking feel. Each video is recorded as an individual MPEG-4 and each still as a JPEG so you can have true random access allowing you to review a specific image or video quickly and easily, without waiting for tape rewinding or fast forwarding.

Sanyo HD1000 - Resolution and Docking station
Choose from six different video resolution modes and eight different still photo resolution levels depending on how your images will be used. With the Sanyo Xacti HD1000's 9-image display function, users can quickly search for specific images or videos. And, with the slideshow feature, image scan be played back continuously. The Sanyo HD1000 can also edit clips. Clips can be cut in user-selected points and spliced, all from the camera itself. Unwanted images can be easily deleted, freeing up memory card capacity. One of the more frustrating aspects of working with any digital media camera is juggling all the wires and connections necessary when you want to use it with external components for viewing or to download files. Sanyo's Xacti VPD-HD1000 streamlines the whole process with an innovative docking station that provides an instant HDMI, component, composite or S-video connection to a TV and a USB connection for a PC. The Sanyo Xacti HD1000 even recharges its internal battery when nested in the docking station.

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Sanyo Xacti HD1000 videocamera - Responsiveness and Controls
With the tapeless design, the Sanyo HD1000 eliminates the need to queue up a tape deck or get a DVD or hard drive spinning allowing the Sanyo Xacti HD1000 to begin shooting in as little as two seconds! When the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000 is powered on, closing the LCD display puts the HD1000 in standby mode. Simply open the display and the HD1000 automatically powers up and can begin immediately recording in as little as two seconds. The Sanyo HD1000 features versatile manual controls for advanced shooting. The following settings can be manually adjusted according to the shooting situation: Manual focus adjustment (16 settings); aperture adjustment (6 stops); exposure compensation (1.8 EV, 0.3 EV steps); shutter speed (13settings); and image-quality adjustment (for sharpness and color saturation).

Sanyo VPC HD1000 - Playback and Operation
The Sanyo Xacti HD1000 enables easy playback of recorded high-definition images directly on a TV screen. Connect the Sanyo HD1000 to a VCR or DVD recorder to back-up copies of recorded content. Still images and video clips on the Xacti HD1000 are played back continuously and in chronological order. Along with MPEG-4 digital recording, the Sanyo Xacti HD1000 offers convenient connection to a PC. With simple drag-and-drop operation, it's easy to save recorded video clips and still images onto a computer's hard disk for emailing, editing or archiving. The Sanyo HD1000 also comes with a remote controller to operate the camera at a distance during playback.

Sanyo VPC-HD1000 - Interface
On or off, the Sanyo HD1000 is a true work of art. Ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, most video and still functions can be easily accessed with the thumb of the hand used to hold the camera. Aside from making everything much simpler and easier to use, this 'one thumb' interface lets you enjoy-and be apart of-each precious moment you record.

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