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Sanyo Xacti VPC-C1E MPEG4 Digital Video Camera [3.2Mp, 5.8x Optical]

by Sanyo

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  • 3.2 Megapixel CCD
  • 1.5 Trans-reflective Low-Temperature Polysilicon TFT Monitor
  • MPEG-4 Video Recording
  • AAC Stereo Sound Recording
  • 128MB SD Memory Card
  • 5.8x Optical Zoom
  • 10x Digital Zoom
  • Recharging Docking Station
  • Super Macro Mode from 20mm
  • Multi-Language Options x9
  • Voice Command Function
  • USB Connection to PC
  • AV Connection to TV
  • Remote Control
  • 174g (including battery and memory card)
  • 69 x 108 x 34mm (WxHxD)   

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 6.9 x 10.8 cm ; 168 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 640 g
  • Item model number: VPC-C1EX
  • ASIN: B0000E3GWN
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,563 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The ultra-portable Xacti C1's compact design (69 x 108 x 34mm) and lightweight 155g body open up possibilities for shooting anytime and anywhere. The sleek, rounded form of this portable digital movie camera fits snugly in your hand, enabling you to shoot one-handed without putting strain on your wrist. The vertical design also makes it easier for you to keep your arms steady during use.

For storage, the Xacti C1 uses an SD memory card. Since video clips are recorded and stored in easyto-browse digital format, time is saved rewinding and fast-forwarding to a chosen scene. And, because the Xacti C1 starts up fast, it's always ready to catch those spontaneous, once-in-a-lifetime moments.

Storing the Xacti C1 in its handy Docking station ensures that it's always charged and ready to go. And, when it's time to play back what you've recorded, a USB/AV terminal gives you instant connection to a TV or PC. You can either hook the Xacti C1 up directly, or hook up via the Docking station. The supplied remote controller, meanwhile, lets you operate the Xacti C1 from a distance.

Despite its compact size, the Xacti C1's lens system comprises a total of 11 large-diameter 24 mm lenses. There are 8 different types of lens, including two adjacent aspheric lenses. The Xacti C1's compact, high-end 5.8x optical zoom lens enables still-picture shooting at a resolution of 3.2 megapixels. Together with the 10x digital zoom, it provides up to 60x zoom capability. Users are guaranteed fine-tuned exposure control thanks to the smooth-operating video aperture and the precise shutter control mechanism.

Pop the shutter while shooting a video clip, and you can capture a high-quality still image. The clever Xacti C1 enables simultaneous still- and moving-picture shooting. You'll never miss another photo opportunity again, even while you're shooting a video clip.

With the Xacti C1, you can enjoy high-resolution playback of video clips, even on a large-screen TV. The Xacti C1's MPEG-4 recording technology achieves VGA-size (640 lines x 480 dots) resolution at 30 fps. And with the Xacti C1's hefty 128 MB SD card, you can record approximately 60 minutes of DVD-like video clips.

A built-in stereo microphone enables superb 2-channel, 16-bit sound for AAC-LC (MPEG-4 audio). When you want to vividly re-create your recorded scenes, simply hook the Xacti C1 up to your television or computer.

The Xacti C1's super-efficient 3.2 megapixel CCD generates superb DVD-like, VGA-size video images. But that's not all it does. In tandem with the built-in flash, it turns the Xacti C1 into a high-resolution digital still camera ideal for capturing those memorable moments forever.

MPEG-4 digital recording makes it easier than ever to connect to your computer. Simply drag and drop to save the recorded video clips to your hard drive. The Xacti C1's included software, meanwhile, lets you easily edit your video clips as well as make video tapes, video CDs, or DVDs. At last your video clips can be stored at the high resolution they deserve. And don't worry if you don't have access to a computer. Simply use an AV cable to connect the Xacti C1 to your VCR or DVD player, and enjoy your video clips at superb high resolution.

Once they've been loaded from the Xacti C1 to your computer, files can be compressed easily for your convenience. Doing so allows you to send video clips or still images by e-mail, or upload them to your home page all at the drop of a hat. So share those high-resolution images with friends and family today.

With the Xacti C1's convenient menu, you can easily find the recorded images you're looking for. Select the appropriate menu item, and you can watch recorded images as separate video clips, or watch them as a continuous video montage, which includes a slide-show of your still images. A simple menu selection is all it takes to erase video clips, too.

Now you can print your photos directly, without having to hook up to a PC first. Just use the supplied cable to connect the Xacti C1 to a PictBridge compatible printer (sold separately). Then, from the camera's LCD monitor, select which image you want to print and use any of the various settings on the print menu. Even first-time users will find the Xacti C1 reassuringly easy to operate.


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Customer Reviews

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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful By SteveOll on 4 July 2005
At first I was a little disappointed with this item as the video resolution at it's highest is only VGA 640 x 480, so on a large screen TV you do get occasional pixellation when replaying your videos.
The camera itself is light and has many functions, such as exposure, ISO speeds, picture filters, etc.
The 3.2 Megapixel stills capability provides quality 2048 x 1536 pixel pictures.
I find that the camera performs best in good lighting, preferably outdoors where you can get stunning results.
I just took the camera to an airshow yesterday and the results are great. The only let down is the digital zoom which isn't fantastic, but if you keep to the 5.8x optical zoom the results are not bad. There doesn't appear to be any image stabilisation that you would get with other video cameras so a tripod would be a good idea, especially if you are needing to use the the zoom whilst shooting your video. If the lighting is good, you can get away with a faster shutter speed if taking stills.
The battery life isn't brilliant so I'd suggest getting a spare to carry with you, because if you are using the zoom frequently that will wear the battery down fast. I also advise investing in a 512Mb or 1Gb SD card for your larger films.
The video editing software is quite comprehensive and you can easily convert video formats and create your own DVD/SVCD's to play on your PC/DVD player.
Overall it is an adequate digital video camera, with a good digital camera function thrown in. I think that the technology of this type of camera needs to develop more before it can compete properly with the likes of a miniDV-type camcorder - although they tend to have a sub-megapixel stills ability.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jun 2005
the sanyo xacti has proved to be a shrewd invesment, and ideally suited to catch those spontaneous family moments. it is easy to operate in one hand and has all the usual features, but unlike a lot of other similar specs, it has excellent picture quality for digital video and camera shots.
At the moment i am using a 128mb sd card which is capturing around 7 and half minutes of high quality digital recording, or around 150 top quality photographs. i would recommend investing in at least a 512 mb sd card, so you never get caught short when you're out and about.
it's also great for amateur film directors wanting the choice to download to a pc or the television.
so its goodbye to tape camcorders and hello and welcome to digital storage, no more chewed and damaged tapes.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Steve uk on 2 Jun 2005
I purchased this 10 months ago from overseas source and have used for many types of video's and photos with excelent results - Skiing, climbing and general photo's.
It just fits well in your hand with easy controls and easy to fit in your pocket when not in use,
Suggest that you buy a 1Gb card for videos the results in well lit areas are perfect.
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