Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1
Manufacturer: Sanyo Part number: VPC-HD1
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CNET editors' review
price range: $649.99
- Reviewed by: David English
- Reviewed on: 04/11/2006
- Released on: 01/19/2006
The good: Records 720p high-definition video; small, lightweight, and attractive; 10X optical zoom; rotating OLED screen.
The bad: Hard-to-maneuver joystick controller; very sluggish autofocus; video and photos look overly processed.
The bottom line: If you want the latest in cool toys, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1 certainly has the right gadget quotient. Once you look at the image quality, however, its allure dims quite a bit.
not bad, but needs improvement
by Zandian on March 16, 2006
Pros: nice stills, good video, nice oled, great that it records onto SD
Cons: stabilization? What stabilization?, although clear, screen rather small, pistol grip could be a little easier to hold
Summary: Ok, I got all excited about this unit. It is sooo close to being everything I was looking for. I thought it was great that it was HD. Some may ...
Summary: Ok, I got all excited about this unit. It is sooo close to being everything I was looking for. I thought it was great that it was HD. Some may argue it isn't true HD, it only gets to 720p, etc. I'm just happy it has improved video quality over typical DV formats and uses the very convenient SD format.
The problem is that, even though it does have a pistol grip, and the buttons are well placed, it is still a bit to easily hold solid--mainly because the screen is right up against the housing, and it is prett smal, so it is hard to truly hold it as a pistol grip without the thumb getting in the way of the screen a bit.
The biggest problem is that it is small, and even though it supposedly has image stabilization, the video is still very shaky. Sanyo seriously needs to find a way to fix this. Its too bad too, because the video is very nice, but it is shaky. Sure you can put it on a tripod, but defeats the purpose of having a small portable device.
With a little better design for holding the camera and better stabilization, this would be almost the perfect duo video/still camera.
Finally--I don't know if it is just me or not, but I'm not finding many of the video reviews for products much use. Two in particular from Lori really don't tell us much. One for the Sanyo HD1, and one for the Sony DSC-N1 still camera basically provided no real useful information. She describes what they look like, but really has no useful comments on their functionality. We can look at pictures and find out just about as much. If CNET is going to go through the trouble of providing video reviews, (which I really like btw) I'd would like to see a little more details as to summarized pros and cons
17 out of 17 users found this user opinion helpful.
Awesome, puts thecompetion to shame
by ffarhoumand on March 2, 2006
Pros: Fits in a shirt pocket, beautiful photos and video, battery lasts a long time, No mechanical parts, No tape to rewind
Cons: Video lags at times, In dark rooms the picture deteriorates
Summary: Overall I can say it is the best videocamera I have ever owned, especially because of its diminuitive size and excellent color rendition. However, the video stopped recording after 10 ...
Summary: Overall I can say it is the best videocamera I have ever owned, especially because of its diminuitive size and excellent color rendition. However, the video stopped recording after 10 days. I have sent it back to the merchant for a replacement. This didn't deter me from replacing it. I only hope it was just a bad unit and not a common flaw in all the machines. I have read that despite the manufacturer's 2 G SD limit, the unit will work with a 4 Gig, and would recommend a bigger memory card especially if you are planning to do a lot of shooting. After experiencing this camcorder I will never buy one that takes tape or disc; SD card or hard drive is the only logical solution. I cannot ubnderstand why a company like Sony has been beaten by Sanyo.
9 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
good all in one camera/video.
by justbliss on March 14, 2006
Pros: Small, easy to use.
Cons: very poor quality video.
Summary: If you want good videos look elswhere. its okay as long as you have lots of light. Try to video in the evening, or indoors and you won't even ...
Summary: If you want good videos look elswhere. its okay as long as you have lots of light. Try to video in the evening, or indoors and you won't even be able to focus. I tried to video my daughter this evening with the lights turned down a little low(I could see fine) and camera wouldn't pick up any light at all. I like that the camera works as a pc cam, although the mic does not work as a pc mic, so all you get it video.. no audio. The photo quality is a lot better than the video. I wish they would have added a focus assist lamp because auto focus is a little slow. the camera starts up fast as long as you don't turn it off. just close the fold down lcd and it goes into 'standby mode', open it again and its ready to shoot. but turning it off and on takes a little time. you need to hold in on the power button for 2 long seconds before it starts to power up, or down. which seems a little silly because the power button is very small and a little difficult to press so it is very unlikely that you could bump it on accident. The camera is easy to hold. It feels very good in my hands. the buttons are well situated. You will need to remember to press a button next to the flash in order for it to pop up and turn on. otherwise you won't get flash. press it again for red eye, and again to turn it off.
I am glad I purchased this camera. I don't like hauling bulky video cameras, and this seems to do fine as long as sufficient light is available.
7 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Value, has some quirks
by mjpackard on March 24, 2006
Pros: True HD, tapeless, Great 5MP Dig Cam w/flash
Cons: Poor low-light video, shaky video
Summary: I have owned this camera for a week and took it on a fishing trip. It shoots great video in the bright outdoors. The may I quote Owen Wilson from ...
Summary: I have owned this camera for a week and took it on a fishing trip. It shoots great video in the bright outdoors. The may I quote Owen Wilson from I Spy "Size Matters!!" Seriously, the small size is very nice, and the portability helped me get shots that I would not have otherwise (ie. while biking). The included case makes it easy to carry it safely on my belt. The Digital Image stabilizaion needs improvement (no optical stabiliztion). Also, it's harder to hold smaller cameras steady - so this will continue to be a problem wilth all camcorders as they get smaller. Before I bought this camcorder, I had 2 big questions: How much video on an SD card and Battery Life. I get at least 40 min of HD video in SHQ (highest quality setting) on a 2 Gig card. I have not had a chance to try out my 4 Gig card yet, but many say that it woks in this camcorder. Battery life is great. When you close the LCD screen, the camcorder goes to sleep. I never truly turned it off for 2 days, recorded about 40 min of video, took about 20 pictures (some w flash) and used the camcorder for viewing as well. After all this 2-day "trial," the battery life meter was only down to half. I doubt I will ever need a second battery. This is likely due to the fact that there are hardly no moving parts. The main problem with this camera is that I have to tweak the light settings for indoor/evening shots. Then the picture is quite grainy. In the same setting, however, a still shot looks great. This is because if the incuded flash. The flash doesn't double as a video light however. It's only for still shots. While shooting video the image is so shaky that I will probably buy a tripod. For daylight and a steady hand, the video is fantastic. The 5MP digital camera is good in practically all settings. Probably not as good as my Digital Rebel w/$500 lens and attached flash, but not far off. This is the best camera I have ever seen in a camcorder. The SD card imports to my computer in a couple of minutes. I'm a mac user, and iMovie imports the MPEG-4's into the HD mode just fine. My DVD's look great on the TV. This Camera is for the dedicated DVD compiler. And you will need a powerful computer to handle the HD. Even quicktime jumps while watching clips. If you just want to store these on an external HD, it's a little quirky, because your video is stored In many different clips as separate files. Great for compiling a movie on a computer, but tedious if you want to watch them on you computer unedited. The camcorder had a great docking station. however, that allows "all play" and you can view everything you just took on your TV in a few seconds. The included remote is very nice. The only problem with this method is that you are limited to your SD card space. Originally, I thought about returning this item because I shoot a lot of video indoors (kids & stuff). But as I shopped around, there is nothing else in this class. I'd have to spend thousands more to get anything better. I'll keep my house well lit, keep my camcorder, and keep it steady.Updated
2 GB SD card holds 23 minutes of HD video at highest quality. I had a difficult time doing a Full Format on my 4 GB card, but I eventually got it working. It holds 56 minutes at highest setting. The battery lasts about an hour, including photos and video viewing. The indoor lighting problem can be fixed by having good lighting in the house. You can also adjust the aperature/ISO/white balance and a few other things on the camera to fix this problem. Even at sunset, I was able to get the subject appear brighter than what I could see with my own 2 eyes! I'm happier with the product now that I have figured out how to tweak it to take in more light in the evening. Shawdows are still very dark, and I have learned to brace my hand/arm on something to keep the camera extremely still. Still rate it a 7
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Cool at first, But stay away!
by hdfilmproject on June 11, 2006
Pros: 5 megapixel stills
Cons: everything else, including the horrible HD, owned for 2 days and already noticed a defect
Summary: Ok, so I've owned this thing for roughly 2 days. I tested the HD quality and good god, it's awful. Compression and Artifacts everywhere. When I first read ...
Summary: Ok, so I've owned this thing for roughly 2 days. I tested the HD quality and good god, it's awful. Compression and Artifacts everywhere. When I first read about the artifact and color issues on the reviews, I thought I would be able to fix them in video post (I am a video editor and compositor and I found it nearly impossible to fix). I also tested some fairly lit rooms at night, and the noise you get on even 200 ISO is just horrible. 400 ISO... forget about it. The still pictures were on par with any point and shoot camera, but once again, very very poor low light action. Now on to the defect. Today, during the low light test, I noticed that half the screen (the entire left side split at the very center) was somewhat darker. There was a very noticable line in the center that seperates the the left (completely dark and noisy) with the right side (less dark). I'm guessing there is something with the CCD on my camcorder. Even if you get lured by the HiDef promisses stay far away from this, If I couldn't fix it in video post, good luck. I'm returning mine as soon as possible.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
hd1A is out, big improvment, great home camera
by bobkaron1 on November 22, 2006
Pros: Small, Light, Records to SD for quick transfer, highly recommend
Cons: Havent found any yet
Summary: The HD1 is listed here, but the HD1A came out in Sep and its a big improvement. This camera is very small and light. I wanted it for recording the ...
Summary: The HD1 is listed here, but the HD1A came out in Sep and its a big improvement. This camera is very small and light. I wanted it for recording the kids. I was tired of having to transfer DV tape to the computer in real time and wanted to just stick a memory card in and have it on the computer, just like with pics from the camera. Heard about this from Leo Leporte's podcasts and it sounded great. All reviews on sub $1000 cameras say they are terrible in low light conditions. Could not find out how they defined "low light" but they said forget for in doors. Well they are wrong. For home movies, recording the kids, the camera is great. I am using it at 640x480 30fps and get about 1.5 hours on a 2gb sd card. you can go to 640x480 60fps or 720p High Def but i am happy with the lower res results. Transfering to DVD for tv viewing does not seem to matter and the lighting conditions are better in the 640x480 over the HD mode.
Camera is a 5 megapixel camera, works great. Only thing i dont like is that you are suppose to be able to take pictures while recording video, but the video pauses and the pictures dont come out clear. I dont plan to use that feature so really dont care but it would have been nice.
Anyway for $599 that i paid for it, i am VERY happy with. People that say the video is lousy or lighting is bad are use to DV camera with built in lights or higher end camcorders. For home use, light small, Battery lasts a long time, also since its SD and not a tape or hard drive, there are no moving parts other than the 10x optical zoom, so less to break.
Highly recommend for person and home use.
Has a flash for the camera but if they added in a light for the video recording then it would get a 10 out of 10 rating from me.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
BAD CAMERA - Class Action Sut Pending
by cinc12500 on February 1, 2007
Pros: Good Idea for all-in-one
Cons: Design Defect within Optical Lens Assembly
Summary: Go to:
E-mail us for more information at email@example.com
Sanyo continues to sell VPC-HD1 with FULL knowledge that this camera is defective!
Summary: Go to:
E-mail us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sanyo continues to sell VPC-HD1 with FULL knowledge that this camera is defective!
The IDEA of this camera is right on the money. I certainly bought into this all-in-one idea and the camera served me pretty well for about 3 months.
Then I got the dreaded "BLACK SCREEN". After much research and analysis of this problem - I came to understand that this camera has a number of design and manufacturing defects. That explains why Sanyo is releasing HD2 on April 1st. Barely a year after being on the market - HD1 is getting replaced by a Version 2 of this camera – to correct the defects of HD1.
See link below:
What about all the people that bought Version 1 (HD1) and are now stuck with an unusable piece of expensive junk? Sanyo won’t fix it, and if they “fix” it – the camera just breaks again.
If there is anyone who had managed to get even a full year of service out of this camera - we'd like to hear from you. I don’t think that we’ll hear from a single person who got more than a few months usage out of this camera.
There is a SPECIAL Site that has been set up for us:
This is NOT a joke. Visit the site and see for yourself. Enough of us "early adopters" are banding together to file a class action suit against SANYO.
There is NO cost to join the class action suit. The worst that can happen is that you'll get only a PORTION of your money back. But even that is better than nothing.
Send your name and contact info (along with the Sanyo model and date of purchase) to:
And don’t take any excuses from Sanyo.
Together we can fight this.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Idea / Horrible Execution
by cholec on May 8, 2006
Pros: Looks great on paper, compact size
Cons: Awful image quality (even in "HD"), unusable in low light
Summary: I was one of the people who saw this camera at CES in January and was so impressed that I preordered it immediately after the show. I received it two ...
Summary: I was one of the people who saw this camera at CES in January and was so impressed that I preordered it immediately after the show. I received it two months ago, and have quickly realized that the potential was way better than the actual ability of the unit.
1) Bought the 4GB card from PQ1 (used in Steve's Digicam review) - video didn't work for more than 2 seconds. Had to figure out on my own that the card needed to be formatted inside the camera to make it work. Fortunately, that one is now solved.
2) HD quality is a joke. I'm in the audio/video industry and if you think the camera video will look like your HD cable or satellite picture, you will be EXTREMELY disapointed. Video is acceptable (at best) in brightly lit environments, and is nearly unusable indoors in almost any condition. Photo quality is better, but still not as good as most basic digital still cameras.
3) The autofocus is terribly slow, so if you are recording something and moving around at all with the camera (even when doing a very slow pan), the image is blurry. So, now you really can only use the camera outside on a bright day with a tripod. Not quite what I was expecting.
4) On top of all that, my camera BROKE 2 months in. The LCD screen will no longer display anything in record mode. The LCD is fine - playback works and the menus work, but I can't record anything. It's like the lens cover is on all the time, but trust me, it's not (I've checked numerous times to make sure I'm not crazy). Less than 2 months in and I have to send it to "Advanced Audio Video" for service, and they can't really give me an estimate of how long it will take to repair.
I bought this camera because I love HD and my wife is having our first kid in the next six weeks. Now I'll be lucky to have a working camera for the birth, and if I do the quality will be worse than a good standard def model I could have bought for much cheaper. Mine may be going on eBay soon...
3 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great camera - Stunning Videos
by f51 on March 28, 2006
Pros: Hi-Def 720p recording, SD Memory Card compatibility, Awesome Design, Long Battery Life, 5.1 megapixel still images, 10x optical zoom
Cons: image stabilization isn't up to par
Summary: The pros says it all. This is a great camera that weighs just over half a pound. I love using it. Turns a lot of heads and the quality looks ...
Summary: The pros says it all. This is a great camera that weighs just over half a pound. I love using it. Turns a lot of heads and the quality looks great on a high-def TV.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
A Good Start
by karlviehe on December 9, 2006
Pros: Physical Form is Great as is 10X Zoom
Cons: Low light performance is weak
Summary: 1 ) biggest disappointment is that the "charging base" does NOT charge off the USB connection ( although the booklet says it does ) .... For one who travels and hates to carry all ...
Summary: 1 ) biggest disappointment is that the "charging base" does NOT charge off the USB connection ( although the booklet says it does ) .... For one who travels and hates to carry all the bricks & boxes ( adapters )of computers, printers, etc ...this would have been a great feature ...
2 ) the physical form is great ....easy to hold and shoot
3 ) low light performance is weak ....
4 ) needs a "stop-pop" (lock) button for the flash ... it pops up often when "pocketed"
5 ) needs better software ... a "burn to DVD" software option such as in the Sony SR1 would be great .... also, Sanyo could learn from Pure Digital ... in terms of software features
6 ) would be nice to have easy - selection of shutter speed in the "Tv" ( shutter - select ) mode and also easier selection of ISO
7 ) rather than carry the uselss "charging-base" with me, I bought the charger and an extra battery through Sanyo .....
In summary, I've used it for 7 months ... and find it very convenient .... photos and video are adequate .... next generation should be great .....if Sanyo takes to heart the recommendation of users .....
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Sanyo
- Part number: VPC-HD1
- Description: Compared with conventional high-definition digital cameras, the Xacti HD1 is incredibly compact. The super-slim body, with a volume of around 200 cc and a weight of around 210 g, fits easily in your pocket or purse, so you can take it anywhere. Yet it shoots high-definition MPEG-4 movies at 1280 x 720 pixels and 30 fps. The Xacti HD1 records exceptionally beautiful and detailed high-definition movies in the world's smallest and lightest shell. In creating a new high-definition engine for rapid image processing, SANYO sought a balance between image quality and processing speed. The Xacti HD1 therefore offers both HD recording and 60 fps recording of TV-sized clips (VGA: 640 x 480 pixels). You have a choice of image-processing methods to bring out the maximum beauty of your subject. The Xacti HD1's display, meanwhile, is an OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode Display), which provides excellent color reproduction and enables expanded viewing angles. Picture quality is crisp, and fast movements in movie clips are vivid and clear. High-resolution 5.1-megapixel still images can be captured during the shooting of high-definition movies, meaning precious moments can be recorded both in still and video form. Furthermore, key function buttons are situated on the back of the main body. You can use a single thumb for most shooting and playback operations, leaving your other hand free to hold your bag or child, say. The Xacti HD1 can be connected to a TV, VCR, PC or DVD recorder. This means, for example, you can easily play back recorded high-definition images on the stunning wide screen of an HDTV, or make back-up copies of your recorded content on a DVD recorder while you're playing it back. After placing the Xacti HD1 in its docking station, you can save recorded video clips and still images onto your computer's hard disk. From there, you can edit them and use them in e-mails or weblogs, for even greater enjoyment.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder - 720p
- Enclosure Color Titanic gray
- Camcorder Sensor Resolution 5.1 megapixels
- Effective Video Resolution 0.9 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 100 x
- Effective Photo Resolution 5.1 megapixels
- Camcorder Interpolated Photo Resolution 10 megapixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 5,100,000 pixels
- Total Pixels 5,360,000 pixels
- Camcorder Media Type Flash card
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5"
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Digital Video Format MPEG-4
- Special Effects Black & White,
- Image Stabilizer Electronic
- Min Shutter Speed 1/2 sec
- Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
- Shooting modes Digital photo mode,
Frame movie mode
- Shooting Programs Sports mode,
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 5
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Fluorescent,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Exposure Metering Multi-segment,
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Flash Modes Fill-in mode,
Flash OFF mode,
- AV Interfaces S-Video,
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 1600,
- Exposure Compensation ±1.8 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Type 10 x x Zoom lens - 6.3 mm - 63 mm - F/3.5
- Lens Construction 9 groups / 13 elements
- Lens aperture F/3.5
- Features Aspherical lens,
Built-in neutral density filter
- Optical Zoom 10 x
- Lens system type Zoom lens
- Min focal length 6.3 mm
- Max focal length 63 mm
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 38 - 380 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 3.3 ft
- Macro Focus Range 0.4 in - 39.4 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Additional Features Display brightness control,
PRINT Image Matching,
16:9 widescreen mode,
Auto power save,
Digital noise reduction,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
Digital image stabilization
- Remote control Remote control - Infrared
- Software Ulead DVD MovieFactory,
Ulead Photo Explorer,
Drivers & Utilities,
Motion Director SE 1.1
- Included Accessories Component video cable,
IR remote control,
Audio / video cable
- Guide Number (m / ISO 100) 6.4
- Effective Flash Range 1 ft - 8 ft
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 2.2 in LCD display
- Connector Type Docking station,
Composite video/audio output,
Component video output,
- Microphone Features Wind noise reduction
Memory / Storage
- Media type Flash card
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SD Memory Card
- Image Storage JPEG 3680 x 2760 : 75 VA - With 256MB card,
Fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 100 VA - With 256MB card,
Normal JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 150 VA - With 256MB card,
JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 380 VA - With 256MB card,
JPEG 1280 x 960 : 600 VA - With 256MB card,
JPEG 640 x 480 : 1950 VA - With 256MB card
- Video Capture MPEG-4 - 1280 x 720 - 322 sec - With 256MB card,
MPEG-4 - 640 x 480 - 322 sec - With 256MB card,
MPEG-4 - 640 x 480 - 909 sec - With 256MB card,
MPEG-4 - 320 x 240 - 3461 sec - With 256MB card
- Supported Battery Sanyo DB-L40
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1200 mAh ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Built-in
- Battery type - Lithium ion
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating
- Width 1.4 in
- Depth 3.1 in
- Height 4.7 in
- Weight 7.4 oz
- KATA D-Light Capsule-181 DL - protective case for camcorder (35033784)119.89
- KATA PRO Video Collection CC-195 HDV Case - case for camcorder (34565096)135.00 - 146.37
- Canon TC80N3 Timer Remote Control for EOS D30, D60, D10, 1D, 1V 20D SLR Cameras (33615634)135.99 - 144.95
- Hoodman EX KIT PRO LCD screen hood loupe (34409067)150.39 - 159.95
- Sony ACC-HDV7 digital camera accessory kit (33969762)129.99
- Sony DCRA-C171 Handycam Station camcorder docking station (34881248)174.08
- Canon CA 950 - Power adapter + battery charger (33615515)164.99
- Canon FS Series Camcorder Starter Kit - camcorder accessory kit (33612496)119.99 - 151.14
- Canon MA 300 - camcorder microphone adapter (30121346)174.49 - 174.95
- KATA D-Light Capsule-183 DL - protective case for camcorder (35033782)149.89