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.