Summary: If you like taking pictures, this is a terrible camera. If you don't know how to manually focus, this camera sucks. If you don't know what ISO is, this is not the camera for you. If you like to take videos of your family, I really wouldn't recommend this camera. If your hand is unsteady, this camera is bad. It takes very bad pictures, is hopelessly grainy in low light, and the auto focus can be rather lazy at times.
Summary: The picture quality was much better then other HD camera. Sadly in one of those whale shows we were in the splash zone where this died after we got the BIG SPLASH :-). I liked this for the video quality.
Summary: I was a bit worried when I bought this because it was by Sanyo rather than a trusted brand like Sony, Canon or Panasonic. However, my fears were largely unfounded as this little wonder has continued to work flawlessly over the years. When I bought it, it was the cheapest 720p camcorder that wasn't every kind of terrible. My family's video recording of events has shot up exponentially after I got it and our backup hard-drive is running out of space fast.
Useful multi-purpose device: video and computer cam
Rabbit Hill Manor, Amazon
3 March 2010
Summary: For the money provides a good HD motion picture with acceptable sound in average light conditions. Not so good at dawn/dusk. Fine indoors. best if camera is braced and pans and zooms are very slow. The still pictures are disappointing. Will not replace a modest dedicated digital camera. A big surprise was the ease of use with the menu for setting it up as a computer video cam. Images in Skype are professional quality and better than any other image my clients see.
Summary: I am reviewing this as a person who likes still cameras but doesn't normally use a camcorder - I took this unit out of the box, charged it, and started to use it. I did as much as I could without consulting the manual. I took photos, shot a lot of footage under different circumstances, connected it to my Mac, uploaded a video to YouTube, etc. I'm not a pro! But here is what I think after using the camcorder. PROS: The camcorder was EASY TO USE.
Not the best by a long shot (with full pan!), but offers decent value
K. Swanson, Amazon
21 August 2009
Summary: This is certainly not for those who need truly fine images. Canon and Nikon offer that, at a rather steeper price. But for those needing a basic little digital video camera to take shots of their kids to send to friends or put stuff up on youtube, it does that and more at a fair price. The hi-def is not fabulous but is somewhat better than most normal-res cameras.
You wont be disappointed if you set your expectations right!
Tarun Chachra "Tarun Chachra", Amazon
1 August 2009
Summary: So I have reviewed quite a few cameras..everything from a Flip, a Vado, a Canon Vixia, and now this Sanyo. My review is more about setting your expectations to a level that will allow this camera a sweet spot in your home. I am probably one of the few that is rating this camera high and that is simply because I know what it is meant for and what it can/cannot do.
Summary: These are the setting that my brother in law has ended up with since buying this camera, and the picture is great!! There are a lot of test shots over at Vimeo from various people who have actually have used this camera. I have a CG10 and recommended the TH1 as he wanted to use other lens and have a better zoom.
Summary: The Sanyo VPC-TH1 HD is an entry level high definition SD camcorder with digital camera mode. Unlike its more expensive (and heavier) big brother, the VPC-FH1 HD , it does not support full HD (1080p) but only 720p HD. The video modes supported are 1280x720@30fps (720p), 640x480@60fps and 640x480@30fps (SD). The lens provides a 30x zoom and is the 35mm equivalent of a 43mm-1290mm zoom, with a 37mm accessory thread.
Summary: I've had the camera for 1 month so far. This is my first Digital (HD or non-HD) Camcorder. I've used vhs and minidv camcorders before, so I have no comparison to other digital camcorders -Size: almost pocketable, but small enough to carry around in my messenger bag -Feel: feels durable. Wish it had a built in camera lens cover, but oh well.