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Sanyo Xacti CA100 Outdoor/Waterproof Dual Camera (14MP, Full HD recording, 12x Double range Zoom, Waterproof to 3m) - Black

by Sanyo

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  • Waterproof up to 3 metres
  • Full HD Video Recording
  • 14MP still images
  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • 10x Digital Zoom (Total zoom x50)

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Product details

Colour Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 4.1 x 12.3 cm ; 227 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 771 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: VPC-CA100EXBK
  • ASIN: B003S3RPQI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jun 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,906 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Trebell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct 2010
Colour Name: Yellow
I have been using an old dvc tape video camera for some time and had found that the size of the camera meant I often didn't have it to hand at those moments when I'd have really liked it. I've had an interest in getting something much smaller and more compact that uses solid state storage (such as sd cards) and this fitted the bill. This camera is able to take both video and still images, which could negate the need to take two devices around if you want to snap a few pictures.

The first thing that struck me was that this is a nice looking bit of kit. It is very compact, sleekly designed and fits the battery and storage card compartments in very discretely as well as folding the viewfinder in neatly to the side.

The camera comes well packaged, with easy to follow instructions. It contains a USB cable for PC connectivity and an A/C adapter for mains charging. There's also a CD to install some management software to your PC. I found this software very easy to use - hook your cam up with the supplied USB cable, follow the instructions in the manual to put the camera in the correct mode and from there it's a few button clicks to transfer photo's and videos to your PC. This can also be connect directly to a TV via HDMI should you wish to do so (the cable is not included though and needs a specific cable with a small narrow plug at the camera end, not a standard HDMI cable).

It's worth noting that it comes with a very small internal memory (about 50 meg) which fills up in no time flat when recording a hi-definition video. It is thus essential to get a storage card for it. The camera uses SD HC card, which means it is compatible with older SD cards should you wish to use them or the new higher capacity SDHC cards.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr_HT on 3 Feb 2011
Colour Name: Black
I wanted a small, but tough and highly portable video camera that I didn't need to be to be afraid about pulling out in the rain, sleet, snow or sea to actually USE. This fitted the bill perfectly.
My previous mini-dv camera was so cumbersome and sensitive to moisture I barely took it anywhere. I didn't want any excuse this time.

Now, before you or I get too excited (and as I'm sure you're aware from the previous reviews), it's not perfect - after all, if it was, it'd be far more expensive...

The video quality at the highest setting is "high definition" technically, but in reality it's significantly less impressive than the high definition we see on TV or from other similarly priced cameras such as the Panasonic SD-60.

BUT - it's waterproof!

At the highest picture quality setting (1920x1080 60field/sec) the picture jumps frustratingly when you pan or zoom. This is very noticeable on playback giving you a jumpy video. It'd be ok for static, tripod use though.
If you reduce the frame rate from 60 to 30 fps on this picture setting, the problem is less obvious and the video quality is fine - as good as you could expect from a small video camera like this.

AND - it's waterproof!

The low light (e.g. indoors) picture quality is adequate, but you'll see a bit of noise on playback on larger screens. Outdoors in bright daylight the video quality is actually pretty good though. The macro function is quite impressive too.
I've not used it underwater yet, but there are loads of videos you can look at online to make your own mind up.
The electronic image stabilizer adds little, I've concluded. Turning it off didn't solve the jumpiness problem when recording using the highest picture quality setting either unfortunately.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By mussyo2 on 19 Sep 2010
Colour Name: Yellow
As a still camera excellent, as an underwater holiday camera excellent but the standard video quality is not very good, you can't move the camera very fast before it starts to jump on the play back, easy of use: very logical and intuitive just leave it on and every time you close the view finder it goes in to sleep mode, open the view finder and your away again. it does have a painful delay of about 10 seconds from opening the view finder to being able to snap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gav the barber on 6 Feb 2011
Colour Name: Black
i was really pleased with this camera until the last day of our holiday in El Gouna,after three snorkelling sessions on the reefs it performed really well,then took it in the swimming pool, started filming it was then i noticed water behind the LCD screen.Rang Sanyo when we got home,customer service rubbish, all they did was give me phone number of their repair man of whom i got no answer.Refund has been paid.Was this just bad luck or are they all defective?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MJ King VINE VOICE on 23 Nov 2010
Colour Name: Pink Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
..........but depends what you want. As an under water camera/video its pretty good. Its easy to hold and looks good, although the pink colour is probably a bit shocking for some people! It appears to be well made too.

And you do get HD recording. The film quality, however, isn't great. I agree still photos are better but you are buying a camcorder here not a camera.

For the price, video picture playback can only be said to be average.

So it depends what you want. Its easy to use and small and compact too, though some may find the buttons a tad too small and fiddly.

If its underwater shots that you want, then this is pretty good for the price.

Actual video footage isn't so good though. Certainly not as crisp and sharp as I'd want from HD.

I think there are better buys out there but check it out as it may fit your requirements.
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