Summary: This was an excellent purchase and it works great.I downloaded a video to my computer and the images are very clear. It is user friendly. The battery is depleted more quickly with a high resolution, but overall, a great buy. The only thing it needs is a handle. It is small and needs something more than a strap.
Summary: Well, I thought this was an interesting piece of camera hardware, and the Gold Box deal looked like a steal (don't they always?), so I bit and got this thing. Is really compact (fits in the palm of your hand), the LCD screen is large and almost fully rotates. Operation seems very simple. Have yet to take it out for a real spin or hook it up to my HDTV; the mini-HDMI cable is on the way.
Summary: So how could one in the market for a new camcorder not jump at this when it hit the Deal of the Day for 129.00 Well I couldn't resist and I'm glad I didn't. First off, this camera is small. It's a little longer than a credit card and about as thick as your pinky and ring finger combined. This size makes it highly portable, but does make it awkward for someone with large hands. There isn't much to it when it's shipped.
Good video in decent lighting - but beware of sudden shutdown
4 July 2011
Summary: UPDATE 1/8/2011: After using the camera through the holiday season, I have a few tips and observations to add to my original review below. First, you should limit your video clips to no more than 20 minutes in length. Any longer and you risk having the camera shut down without warning even with a fully charged battery. The manual says the camera may also shut down if it heats up too much during lengthy recordings.
Much better than expected and unbeatable for the price
Pop-pop from PA, Amazon
4 July 2011
Summary: Remember as you read my review and those of others: this is a sub $150 camcorder. It packs a large number of features and good video quality into a small package. I ordered the Sanyo VPC-GH4 as an inexpensive way to get some "better than cell phone" quality video of my granddaughter on Christmas eve and morning.
No need to carry a point & shoot AND a Flip MinoHD
Reds Fan, Amazon
4 July 2011
Summary: Length:: 3:23 Mins Video of the camera itself (to reflect the size). The pros include good photo and video quality, extremely portable, and the price is very low given the value. The cons include the detached lens cover, the battery charger cord and (while not mentioned in the video), it is a tad awkward to hold - I suppose this is just a matter of getting used to the form factor. Overall, I would recommend this camcorder/camera.
Summary: Ordered this camera because the low Gold box price and free 2 day shipping. Originally, the only review for this camera was a single star because the reviewer claimed it was not Apple compatible even though he never owned or used it. The Sanyo box indicates it is both PC and Mac compatible. I took HD video indoors at night under flourescent lights. I played it on my 1080 52inch LCD TV. The HD looked great. The camera fits in the palm of my hand.
Summary: Length:: 1:32 Mins I bought this when I saw it on sale for only one hundred thirty dollars. I also first read the very few reviews and it had an overall sort of poor rating, skewed by people who seemed entirely too ill equipped to even OPERATE a camcorder? Sorry but read the low rated reviews and think a bit.
Summary: At first look it has everything you wish for: small enough to drop in a shirt pocket, very light, takes great HD video and 10mp pictures. Good in low light and sun. The problem comes when you begin to use the camera in real life situations. If you want it for typical family use: kids birthday party, school events, sports, ect you quickly learn the battery does not last very long. Don't count on over 30mins of use.
Summary: As this camcorder was on sale during Cyber Week, I decided to give it a shot based on the predominately positive reviews. The Sanyo Xacti VPC-GH4 was quite a pleasant surprise. The first noticeable featuer of the camcorder is its size. The weight comes in a close second. This thing will fit into your blue jeans front pocket with little difficulty (would advise against it, though, as it is not incredibly sturdy). The Xacti looks and feels much like a child's toy.