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.
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.