Summary: it is a cheap in price but comes big in image quality 1080p camcorder it has the real full HD 1080p 60p recording function that only very few camcorders equip in the market right now.(mostly are 1080i) image quality is very good and the big LCD makes you easily notice if you are in focus or not. and the battery life is good too. the manufacturer battery fully charged and records at 1080p 30p can last about two hours.
Summary: It worths it...1080p video looks great, even under low light. Still pictures capture are not up par compare to some of point-to-shoot cameras but it is not bad for a dual purposed camera. The outdoor pictures look better. I would recommend it for its small size, easy to use and the price..
Summary: Hey all. Well not going to lie, this was my first camcorder i have bought and let me tell you, it is great for the money. I have worked with pro cams with espn and also mini pro's, and this one is great quality for the price. A little jump-blur with hd recording but other than that great quality. Plug and play with MAC worked great! 16GB hd flash card gave me 2 and a half hours of recording.
Summary: I ordered this FH1A. After a few days I noticed that according to the manual, it was the FH1 instead. But what's the big deal? The only difference is the the FH1A has iFrame, which is 960 x 540 and so not even HD. And the FH1 lists for more than the FH1A, on Amazon anyway. The Sanyo website says the specs for the two are the same. So I think I'll keep it. It's like everyone here and elsewhere say--good for the price.
Summary: Pros Superb low light response. Excellent Mac compatibility Reasonable price Generally good set of options in the menu. 37mm threaded front lens so it it is compatible with a large assortment of attachments Reasonable HD performance Also functions as a pretty good and easy still camera Cons Zoom speed cannot be slowed or controlled in any way. (I stand corrected on this point - read below) No mic or audio line input.
Summary: I bought this camera for its compatibility with Mac computers which seems to be rare among consumer grade video cameras. I tried several other brands and models without success. This one is recognized by my Mac and iMovie. iMovie produces files that can be used in Final Cut Pro. The video quality is not exceptional but it is adequate for the price and functionality. Its ability to take photos while shooting video is really handy and the photo quality is adequate as well.
Summary: I received my Sanyo Xacti FH1 Sept 3rd 2009, and I have been really impressed. Granted this is not a professional HD camcorder, but the results have been extremely good. I've used a mono-pod with a Davis and Sanford ball head or a home made steady cam for my filming, which have resulted in very stable and crisp video. I looked at the Canon and JVC SD card camcorders before purchasing the FH1, and I think the video quality is better on the Sanyo.
Summary: I am going to touch upon things that have not been already discussed by other reviewers. Before you buy this camera, things you need to consider. 1) Will you be shooting in the full HD mode at the maximum frame rate or at 30 fps. 2) Will you be shooting in the 720 p mode OR the regular SD mode. 3) Will you be editing the videos or just saving the files as is ? 4) Where will you playback the videos. Computer, DVD player, Blueray Player etc. ?
Summary: The good: 1) Image quality is excellent. This is the first camera that can record at 1080p/60fps. 2) Excellent low light performance. 3) Great price (half of other comparable cameras) 4) Very small and light. 5) Flash for still pictures. 6) Slow motion feature is nice for playing around. 7) Works as webcam and can be charged via usb. 8) Easy to play and edit files. This camera produces mp4 files while cameras like Canon and Sony produce a hard to play and edit file.
Summary: I purchased the Sanyo VPC-FH1 for a trip to New Zealand and Australia. Everything worked to near-perfection. I made over 80 gig of HD recordings, which I now have to edit down to presentable programs. Here's the setup I used: I bought two 32gig SD cards (adata SDHC class 6) and two "unknown brand" replacement batteries. Have you heard of "Wasabi" batteries? I hadn't, but the batteries worked acceptably, in addition to the Sanyo battery that came with the camcorder.