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Sanyo VPC-SH1EXBK Xacti SH1 Full HD Dual Camcorder with 10M Photos and HDMI - Black

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  • SANYO Xacti SH1 High Definition Camcorder - black
  • Take photos or shoot high definition movies? The choice isyours with the Xacti SH1 from Sanyo! This hybrid camcorder can also serve as a camera and comesequipped with a 4.3-megapixel CMOS sensor. The 35 mm wide angle lens on the XactiSH1 packs a maximum amount of details into a single frame. Meanwhile,face detection and subject tracking help you get the very best results with theSH1. This camcorder boasts a number of scene modes to adjust to all shootingconditions. The broad ISO sensitivity
  • range and the electronic image stabiliserprevent blur and keep your aim steady, whatever the circumstances.  Plus, the Xacti SH1 by Sanyo is compatiblewith wireless Eye-Fi media cards and has a YouTube capture mode.
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 4.3 x 5.9 cm ; 106 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 816 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: VPC-SH1EXBK-B
  • ASIN: B0036N8O4C
  • Date first available at 17 April 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,953 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Despite it's class-leading compact and light body, the Xacti SH1 can capture Full HD videos with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The slim, vertical design provides excellent ergonomics and usability. The SH1 records in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video format. As it's a single-file format, similar to that used for still photos, it's easy to use on PCs and on the internet. This format is fully supported by the latest Windows OS, Windows 7, released in October 2009. Video files are displayed in the same thumbnai...

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Sleek, Compact Design
Wide Mode
Wide Mode - This Mode provides stereo recording with a high degree of channel seperation
Gun Microphone Mode
Gun Microphone Mode - The recording focuses on sound emanting from the direction in which the camera is pointing, while reducing sound from other directions.
Zoom Combination

Zoom Combination - Mode The camera automatically changes the directionality and sound-gathering format according to the image zoom conditions.

Introducing the Xacti VPC SH1

Dual Camera Xacti Lets You Shoot Both Photos and Videos Without Switching Modes

The Xacti SH1 features standalone shutter buttons that let you start shooting a photo or a video with a single thumb press. There's no need to press a separate mode switch, and you can even shoot photos and videos simultaneously. Note 1: Photos are recorded at a resolution of 2.0 M in Full HD and Full SHQ mode, 0.9 M in HD-HR and HD-SHQ mode, and 0.3 M in TV-SHQ mode.Note 2: Sequential shooting is not available in iFrame mode

Sleek, Compact Design

In developing the Xacti series, SANYO focused on creating compact, extremely portable devices that can be carried anywhere, anytime, and used to record everyday moments. To make the new Xacti SH1 even more compact than previous models, SANYO developed a slim sensor module and a new super-slim lens. Its compact and lightweight dimensions—27 mm thick, 142 g, and 126 cc in volume—make the SH1 a new type of video camera; one so portable that it can dramatically expand your range of shooting situations. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion – you can have fun shooting everyday stuff Camcorders

35mm Wide-Angle Lens and 30x* Advanced Zoom

The Xacti SH1 features Sanyo's original Advanced Zoom technology. The technology expands the video shooting area y enlarging the size of the video image captured on the CMOS from 2 megapixels (as on conventional Full HD models) to 3.5 megapixels. By using the pixels more effectively, it is able t perform the equivalent of 35 mm wide-angle shooting on a traditional film camera. At the other extreme, the SH1's focal length can be set to 1050 mm when you use the built-in 30x zoom. The class-leading wide-angle and telephoto capabilities of the SH1 mean you can capture subjects across a wide area, whether they are close or far away.

*When using the Advanced Zoom function to shoot video.

High-Speed Video Shooting (600 fps/300 fps) and Slow-Motion Playback

Thanks to its high-speed CMOS sensor and newly developed high-speed processor, the Xacti SH1 can achieve high-speed shooting at up to 600 fps. Kids, pets, or sports scenes that are usually too fast to catch can be captured and viewed in slow motion. Slow-motion playback is also great for checking your form at your favourite sport.

Note: Video recording resolution in Web-SHR mode is 448 x 336 pixels at 1/5 speed, and in Web-UHR mode it is 192 x 108 pixels at 1/10 speed. Continuous recording time is approx. 10 seconds (with no sound). During high-speed video recording, it is not possible to record photos or operate the zoom function. Focus and exposure control is fixed and the digital image stabiliser cannot be engaged.

285 Degree Rotating, 2.7 –Inch Wide-Screen LCD

Brightness on the Xacti SH1's wide-screen LCD monitor can be adjusted to any of seven levels. Also, the monitor can rotate through approximately 285 degrees, so you can easily position it at your preferred angle. This lets you keep your subject clearly in view, whether you're shooting high, low, or at yourself and your kids.

Sound Zoom

Accurately recorded audio is vital for videos. For clearly recorded audio that matches a given shooting situation, the Xacti SH1 offers three new microphone modes. Now when you zoom up close to your subject, the SH1 can minimise unnecessary ambient sounds and focus mainly on recording your subject’s voice.

High Speed Processor and CMOS Sensor

Although it boasts a very compact form factor, the Xacti SH1 can record Full HD videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution, along with genuine high-resolution photos. SANYO developed a new proprietary high-speed image-processing engine to deliver high image quality in a compact package. The engine is designed to reduce power consumption and provide optimal operation in conjunction with the CMOS image sensor. Meanwhile, 3D digital noise reduction technology reduces random noise by adding motion judgment to the noise-reduction process. The SH1 also delivers improvements in compression efficiency and bit-rate allocation, resulting in a highly accurate video image. As it employs the advanced movie compression format, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, the SH1 lets you easily save and play back video images on a PC.

Digital Image Stabiliser

For beautiful high-definition video recording, the Xacti SH1 reduces the effect of camera shake that typically occurs when you zoom in on a subject. SANYO's original digital image stabiliser is capable of automatically distinguishing between unintended camera shaking and deliberate pans and tilts.

Face Chaser

The Xacti SH1 is able to detect your subjects' faces instantly. Even if the faces move, the SH1 can follow them and adjust the focus and exposure. The Face Chaser function has been developed so that it can even follow faces from a side-on angle.

Note: Face detection functionality depends on the subject and shooting conditions.

Easy Editing

The Xacti SH1 offers the convenience of editing Full HD videos on the camera itself. You can easily splice multiple clips into a single video, or cut unwanted footage. This feature is particularly useful when it comes to viewing slideshows and using your SD memory card capacity more effectively.

Note: If there is insufficient free space on the SD memory card, you may be unable to perform editing functions.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Alan VINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2010
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The Sanyo Xacti VPC-SH1 is a tiny little "Dual Camera" that shoots Full HD video and takes 10 Megapixel (interpolated) photos. Sanyo is a brand name I'd normally associate with "poor quality" and "cheap", but as of December 2009 they're a subsidiary of Panasonic! The Xacti comes in a small (17.5 x 11.8 x 13 cm) black box which contains the following 12 items:

- Xacti VPC-SH1 Camcorder (black, but it's also available in red)
- Li-ion battery pack (DB-L90)
- AC adaptor (VAR-G11) + UK plug
- Lens cap
- Hand strap
- AV interface cable (composite: yellow, white, red)
- Ferrite core (for the AV interface cable)
- USB cable
- CD-ROM (Xacti Software CD 1.8)
- Safety Manual
- Quick Guide
- Guide for Basic Operation

The Xacti itself is smaller and not as ugly as Amazon's product image would lead you to believe. At a super slim 11.7 x 5.9 x 4.2 cm you can actually slip it into your jeans pocket. Even with the battery pack and an SD card inserted, it weighs just 234 g. It looks quite stylish too with its glossy black plastic and chrome accent finish; similar to the iPhone 3G/3GS.

Unfortunately, its small size also works against it. Handling is a major issue. The Xacti is difficult to hold with just one hand, while attempting to rest your fingers over the Video recording button and Zoom switch. It can be done but it's uncomfortable and feels awkward. To hold it and operate it at the same time, you really need to use two hands. Sanyo have included what they call a "hand strap", but it's so skinny and unpadded that it's fairer to call it a wrist strap. It doesn't help.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. R. Good VINE VOICE on 21 Oct. 2010
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10 years ago, you would need a budget of £3,500+ and kit the size of a microwave to achieve this kind of exceptional quality.

It is no exageration or fantasy to imagine that one day, a film crew could be making TV programmes or movies, using small hand-held HD consumer camcorders such as this.

Sanyo Xacti VPC SH1 - Build Quality:
Already familiar with the Sanyo range of camcorders - I was expecting exceptional build quality and video performance. What I experienced was even more impressive.
This camcorder is only 8.3oz (including the Li-ion rechargeable battery pack & memory card, strap etc), with a shiny, sleek black shell (other colours available) and silver edging making it aesthetically pleasing - although due to it's dainty size, it does not feel particularly rugged. However, Sanyo is the current master of waterproof camera technology and although this is not marketed as being waterproof, I rather suspect the build quality is perfectly capable of holding it's own. For the record its size is: 42.8 x 117.9 x 59.2 W,D,H (mm)

Video Performance:
Exceptional - detailed, rich & vibrant. On Full HD Mode, 1920 x 1080, 60field/s (60i) an 8GB card would provide just over an hour of footage. I would recommend keeping to the highest setting and purchasing extra storage because the results are incredible. The electronic image stabiliser is one of the most effective I have experienced in years of camera trials. The 23 x Optical zoom (beyond this is magnification to 50x)is of course, best used with a tripod as you begin to reach max zoom. The shake, even with stabiliser is overwhelming. Not an issue to do with the camera, simply a fact of life - CMOS sensor limitations.
In Low light, the camcorder does struggle. Approx 10 lux is the spec.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dicko TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2010
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For the price this is actually a pretty good HD camcorder. It's very small, and would easily fit into a coat pocket. It's only about 5 inches long and about an inch and a half thick so it fits nicely into your palm. However, there's no hand strap like on a 'traditional' camcorder so you're left thinking 'how am I really supposed to hold this'? After a while though you do get used to it.

For such a small camera, it has quite a nice wide angle lens (it says 35mm on the box), which is much wider than some other much more expensive HD models on the market which is really good for scenic shots as well as indoor footage. Picture quality wise, it's actually quite good. Shooting outside in the sunshine produces some nice vibrant colours and the image stabilisation works quite well. Indoors, it has its limitations due to the speed of the lens, the picture does start to get quite grainy and the quality does drop quite considerably, but most camcorders do this, not just this one. The screen is nice and bright as well and is of a good quality. The unit itself is a bit plasticy, however, it's a nice and shiny type of plastic!

The menus are easy to navigate and appear similar to other camcorder menus that Panasonic etc use.

Using it is a camera produces mediocre results in my opinion; it won't be replacing my SLR! It claims up to 10 MP photo's but in reality, the quality is nowhere near that. It's useful to have the function of taking photo's though.

It's bang up to date with its technology. It supports SDXC cards if you really want to use a 64GB card - not sure why you would, but the option is there. It has a mini HDMI output as well as a Mini USB out and face recognition.
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