Summary: My only previous recorder was a clockwork cine camera many years ago, so I am unable to make valid comparisons!! The Sanyo does all it is supposed to do, but for me (a fairly old man) the controls are somewhat small and more suited to younger hands. The images are clear and the zoom works well.
Summary: I wanted a low-cost camcorder to get into shooting video and the Sanyo Xacti does exactly what I wanted. Some of the controls are a bit fiddly but the overall results are excellent. One of the really good points is the camera size as it easily slips into a pocket and is quickly available for action.
Summary: Very pleased with the quality of the Video and Pics you can read the spec for your self. I bought this to take to Thailand as a light weight alternative to my professional gear. The batteries last a decent time as I bought Charger + 2x Battery DB-L80 extra.
Largely liked but had some silly design shortfalls
3 December 2013
Summary: I bought this camera largely due to the fact that I bought a Sanyo C40 about 8 years ago and found that to be a fantastic camera, easily the best I had ever owned. This was bought as an upgrade to HD video and a faster, better result I hoped.
Summary: Never had a camcorder and really wasn't sure I even needed one but the price and a magazine write up sold it to me. Since then its been all over the world with me and stood up very well.For my short stubby fingers I do find the controls a bit fiddly but its not a camera fault is it?