Reviews and Problems with Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000 / DMX-HD1000
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A Cool Grip: Sanyo VPC-HD1000BK Xacti 4.0 MP HD Camcorder
Personal Electronics buzz
11 August 2009
Excerpt: The Sanyo Xacti flash memory HD camcorder is a real hand-gripper. It is the most comfortable camcorder on the market. The Xacti is perfect for a long days shoot. The one-thumb interface makes video puts the fun in and takes the hassle away. The images are capable of full 1920 x 1080 resolution. It has a memory slot, flash memory and 10x optical and digital zoom. It has a HDMI output with the ability to shoot still images with amazing results.
Summary: Set Phasers to HD - Hands down, the HD 1000 gets its highest marks for coolness. Whip it out at the next family reunion and envy will fill the air. This camera is genuinely stylish; add in its light weight and small size and it becomes a very useful little tool.
Pros: Looks great, Multiple outputs provide flexibility, Truly ergonomic
Cons: Awkward manual focus / exposure controls, Noisy image in low light, Onboard mic slightly tinny, Video out only on docking station
Summary: Even with a skimpy software package that includes Nero 7 Essentials and Ulead MovieFactory 5.0 SE, the HD1000 is an excellent buy. We love the portability and video quality, and even the option to shoot stills while recording video. (The cam's 4-MP stills are as good as the video.) We've been patient with Sanyo's flash camera efforts in high-def, and the wait has paid off.
Summary: Despite the presence of superior alternatives on the market, the HD1000 remains an impressive and affordable HD option. As a sweet bonus, it also happens to be one of the coolest looking gadgets you'll ever own.
Pros: Sleek and eye-catching design, user-friendly interface, above average stills capabilities
Cons: Outperformed by other HD units on the market
Conclusion: The Sanyo’s sci-fi styling begs the question: is it a camera or camcorder? Unfortunately, the answer can’t be found in its average movies and even more average snaps. The Xacti is well priced and well specified for the price but might not give the eye-popping HD experience you’re after. Having said that, wrinkly friends and family will appreciate its smoothed out lack of detail.
Pros: Fitting snugly into one hand, the HD1000 can record either 4-megapixel still photos or HD (1080) video onto the same SDHC memory card. Shutter buttons, zoom and menu controls fall neatly under one thumb, and the light (270g) chassis nonetheless manages to accommodate a 10x lens and (rather murky) 2.7-inch LCD screen. It’s the easiest to use of any the camcorders here.
Cons: Colours are muted, details are weak and the focus occasionally misses its mark, resulting in footage that doesn’t stand up well on a big TV. In order to use the HDMI connection, you have to carry around the Sanyo’s docking cradle, and the electronic image stabilisation is basically useless.
Summary: Never have we willed a camcorder to succeed quite like Sanyo's HD1000. From the all-black finish to the outsized metal lens barrel, it packs more features into its tiny pistol-grip body than camcorders twice the size. And while previous generations of Sanyo's SD-card shooting cams have promised HD video with only limited success, with this new model we get 'full HD' 1920x1080i, just like the big boys.
Excerpt: Not only does Sanyo's new HD1000 record true 1920 x 1080i HD video to high capacity SD cards but it offers a host of features that other manufacturers seem intent on dropping. Even Panasonic's SD5 AVCHD camera has ditched features such as a microphone input and headphone output that made the previous model, the SD1, such a good buy.