Summary: Videography is something of a hobby for me, so this review comes from the standpoint that the price of this particular video camera sets the stage for the quality and overall features you should expect.
A somewhat disappointing camcorder at a very low price
Michael J. Descy, Amazon
19 November 2009
Summary: This camcorder has a lot going for it in terms of features and price, but I found that the picture quality just wasn't good enough. Videos shot indoors, under normal indoor lighting conditions, came out very dark. For example, brown hair and black look identical in the resultant videos.
Summary: I wished this camera did not pushed the envelope in the 30x optical zoom. We tested this and on play back the picture was very granular and shaky. I mean really shaky. You will need a tripod to reduce the shaking effect.
Good Choice for an Inexpensive Upgrade to HD, Good for Beginners Also. Others Might Want to Think Twice
MiddleAgedReviewer "M_A_R", Amazon
15 October 2009
Summary: I waited five months to review my Sanyo VPC-TH1 so that I could get an accurate representation on the pros and cons of the camera, and I'm glad I waited. I was a skeptical when I first began using it -- taking videos of my newborn son, who turns six months tomorrow already!
Summary: I was not very impressed by the image quality of the Video as well as the Still images. I have shopped around and own several other digital camcorders, and I think this is a not a very good buy at its current price.
Summary: It's not bad for the price and I did find it very easy to use. But the focus and picture quality just isn't all that good and it's not good for low light situations such as shooting indoors. I'm not the pickiest person but this is just not the camera for me.
Summary: This is my third foray into the world of inexpensive HD cameras. About two years ago I bought a similar sized and priced Sony model - and I like the Sanyo much better. The Sony used tape, which was less convenient, and the interface to my computer was terrible in comparison to the Sanyo.
For an entry-level compact camcorder, the TH1 is neither bad nor great and may be ideal for some users.
24 June 2009
Summary: I wholeheartedly agree with reviewer Clank of Iowa who says that if you are considering purchasing a camcorder such as the Flip Mino HD or similar type of mini camcorder in that price range, you may want to spend the extra money to get Sanyo's VPC-TH1 HD.
Not all HD is equal: good camcorder for beginners, but don't expect too much from the "HD" imagery
Nate "Gadget Lover", Amazon
13 June 2009
Summary: The specs for this camcorder are exciting; the images, sadly, are not really much better than standard definition images. If you want something to capture video for the web, and that allows you to do more tweaking than you can with simpler camcorders like the , then this would not be a bad choice.
Summary: I've owned many camcorders in my lifetime, five of them are sitting in my cabinets as I write. Here, I compare the Sanyo XACTI VPC-TH1 to the Sanyo XACTI VPC-FH1. There are so many things to compare that I will review the things most important to me in selecting a camcorder.