Excerpt: When U.S. television switched to broadcasting in high-definition, many shows were forced to change their production design: HD images are so crisp and clear that any blemish on the set – paint jobs, cracks in the wall, the old sofa in the corner – would have jumped out at viewers right away. Hollywood’s plastic surgeons, needless to say, saw a similar boost in business as Home Depot did.
Summary: The Sanyo Xacti VPC-TH1 certainly looks the part, and has an attractive price to boot. Combined with a healthy, no-nonsense approach to filming, it has the potential to be the ideal budget hi-def option.
Pros: Competitively priced, Small and light, Easy to use
Cons: Slow autofocus, Image quality deteriorates with camera motion, Some odd artefacts in images