Reviews and Problems with Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA65 / DMX-CA65
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Very good - but watch out for monitor faults developing
K. L. Wren "K L Wren", Amazon
7 July 2009
Summary: This is a very good waterproof camera producing excellent video footage and still photos. It's also possible to take a still pic while filming although this can result in a temporary pause in the recorded footage. The camcorder is well-designed, easy to hold with its 'pistol grip', has a bright, clear monitor and the stereo sound quality is excellent.
Summary: I bought this camera and was very happy with it until it developed a fault. Unfortunately this happened 1x month after the warranty ran out and I was unable to get support or help from Amazon or Alcam to repair. Sanyo Customer service would not even reply. The fault appears to be an intermittent connection between the camera body and the viewfinder. There is a flat cable which needs to flex as the viewfinder is opened and closed.
Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA65: Small and Perfectly Formed!!
24 January 2009
Summary: I bought this camcorder as I wanted one that was small and lightweight and would fit into my handbag with ease as I wanted to capture my children growing up at the drop of a hat. Therefore after much web searching I settled on the Sanyo Xacti. Well what can I say, I am incredibly pleased with my purchase. It's size makes it ideal for popping into your pocket, and it can be powered up and recording in seconds, so I won't ever miss those memorable moments.
Pros: Small lightweight and convenient
Cons: Only about 40 minute recording between battery charges
Summary: I have been looking for a small portable camera to take snowboarding, rockclimbing etc for some time and have found this sanyo camera to be an excellent choice. It is relatively small in size and fits easily into a pocket or bag, so uses much less space than having a seperate camera and video camera. The camera takes great photos easily producing high quality A4 print outs. The autofocus is good and allows to take good close ups as well as more distant shots.
Summary: Shame I didn't buy it a week later and save £25, but hey! This camera has strengths and weaknesses. Given the price, the weaknesses are easy to overlook, as you're getting a 6mp stills camera and camcorder, AND it's waterproof. These features alone persuaded me it was worth getting one. However, it's worth considering the downsides: - the camera is not as good as other 6mp cameras - the colour rendition is not brilliant, and the optics aren't great either.
Summary: Much better video quality than anticipated. Controls could be more user friendly. Battery life a bit short but quick charge system. Advise to buy at least a second battery. Not great video in dimmer lighting. Would recommend it for all round family use. Good value product.
Summary: I had a look out for a waterproof camcorder for ages. I do a lot of river kayaking and sea kayaking and need a compact waterproof camcorder/camera for that. This one is just the deal, I can film and take photos and the quality is pretty good. I use Adobe Premium Pro to edit the movies and even when I increase the size to 720x576 it still holds up nice. Watching the clips on the telly looks fine too.
Summary: You just can't get an easier camera to use. You literally point and press the the video or the photo button! There aren't loads of buttons crammed on it although there is an extensive menu built into it, for example editing pictures, removing red-eye etc. It takes fantastic photos and great quality videos. It's easy to load pictures onto your computer with the software and accessories provided.
Summary: I LOVE THIS THING! Just got back from an amazing 30s to Mars gig. The camera was great. Being able to zoom in and out (optical zoom) while filming is brilliant. Less than ideal circumstances in a manic gig but the picture and sound quality were surprisingly good. Of course it is not as good as a £500 quid camera but it is tiny, good pics, good stills and beer proof ! The software provided is great for PC's- I have a mac though. Only gripe - no lens cover.