Sanyo Xacti CA100 - Does what it says on the tin. Ideal for outdoor adventures!
Dr_HT "echtaylor", Amazon
3 February 2011
Summary: I wanted a small, but tough and highly portable video camera that I didn't need to be to be afraid about pulling out in the rain, sleet, snow or sea to actually USE. This fitted the bill perfectly. My previous mini-dv camera was so cumbersome and sensitive to moisture I barely took it anywhere. I didn't want any excuse this time.
Summary: Only had this for a couple of weeks and not used extensively, but it does seem to be the best of the solid state recording devices available. The fact that it's waterproof is a bonus, both for being able to record in/around wetness, but also because that means it's well sealed so dust/sand shouldn't be an issue as long as you rinse/wipe it down after it's been in any such environments.
Summary: The Sanyo Xacti has replaced an old DVD camcorder I had. I set out below my thoughts on the pros and cons: Pros: - intuitive operation; - nice sharp video picture (not the sort of HD you'd get on your TV, but very good quality in comparison to my previous camcorder); - seemed to hold a decent amount of charge - it lasted a week's holiday of intermittent use without needing recharging (although the battery was spent at the end of the week); - PC software works well and I...