Reviews and Problems with Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000 / DMX-HD1000
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After several years still going strong
13 November 2011
Summary: When I bought this nifty pistol grip I took lots of video and pix but had nothing to do with the video because it was ahead of its time on format. It would freeze up when I played video. I couldn't get support. I don't think even quick time or any of the better video editing software was capable of using its contents. I remember when I checked on line to see what I was doing wrong there was a lot of exasperation.
Summary: This product is amazing for the price. It has great color very crisp greens, blues, and reds. Very small and light weight fits into the palm of your hand. I found the menus to be logical and the controls easy to use. You also get a remote control to use for play back and recording. It comes with a docking station you can use to record HD video directly to an external hard drive or computer. The anti-shake feature works great.
Summary: Initially, I had purchased the Xacti HD2, basing the purchase off reviews from Amazon. Boy, what a let down. Awful HD picture quality: muddied lows, over-exagerated highlights, FisherPrice-like compression. Yet, the SD (standard definition) quality was spot-on. Seeing as I was looking for HD, though, I returned it and began reading reviews for the HD1000; initally I was wary that Sanyo would offer up the same shortcomings as it had with the HD2. Not to worry.
Summary: I recently bought this video camera as I didn't want to go with the current trend of camcorders that tout 1920x1080 but are actually 1440x1080 anamorphically squashed recording (pixel aspect is 1.33). I also wanted a video camera that used SD cards rather than tape or built in hard drives. SD makes getting the file onto the computer the easiest it's ever been. I have an MP3 player that accepts SD and I use it to connect to my PC to move the files over.
Summary: I love this handsome toy to dead! Here are my reviews: VIDEO: Mac does not fully support 1080i, so I had to download a codec to views my videos (ghost effect, but clear) otherwise it won't play. However 720 is perfectly fine. My experiences of using P, A, S: P comes out everything shaky; A is digitally clear (each frame is still and vivid); S is analog effect (see continuous motion when view frame by frame).
Summary: I was tired of carrying around my Canon Rebel SLR and my 3 CCD Panasonic DV camera on family trips and this was a perfect solution as I was having trouble finding a point and shoot that took decent video. This camera is very to use and the picture quality-for what it is-is outstanding. I am a video engineer by trade and a friend shot a high end commercial on this camera. I said huh?
Summary: The HD image is excellent, controls are intuitive, starts up fast, and is really portable (though doesn't really fit in your pocket). An 8G card gets you an hour on the lowest HD setting so I would recommend getting a 16G. The zoom is great and overall it's a pleasure to use. If you ar ea Mac user iPhoto will start up and import the videos/photos without any configuration. Easy.
Summary: I purchased this to take on a vacation to the Ukraine with me. I really loved having this camcorder with me. It takes great pictures and video so you don't have to carry around a camcorder and a camera. It is very to use and easy to carry around. I wish it came with a lanyard for the lens cap. I did not do any low light shooting but I do wish it had the night vision feature.
Summary: I've been wanting to get a small digital camcorder which used flash-based storage and was capable of HD resolutions. While I'm on my third digital still camera, this was my first camcorder and I'd put myself in the gadget-happy consumer category but by no means a pro or even prosumer. I read a bunch of reviews and did other research online and ultimately purchased a Canon VIXIA HF100. The HF100 is an oustanding camera in terms of feature set and video quality.
Summary: I did some testing with this camcorder the day I recieved it just to verify or deny some of the complaints I had read. Low light does produce a lot of noise...the same as most digital camcorders. The auto focus does seem a bit challenged, especially when recording a moving object. I focused on my cieling fan...the autofocus would zoom in and out repeatedly, being in focus about a third of time.