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Sanyo Xacti HD1000 full HD camcorder

Mark Peters
CES report
Sunday 6th, January 2008
Posted by: Mark Peters

Sanyo, a world leading digital camera manufacturer, introduces the Xacti HD1000, the world's smallest and lightest full HD digital camcorder. The sleek and simple-to-use device records video in Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) and also takes 4-megapixel digital still images. The HD1000 utilizes the advanced MPEG-4 AVC/H.246 video format and features a 10x optical HD lens and a large 2.7-inch widescreen display. "The Sanyo Xacti line has gained a reputation for excellence and innovation," said Tom Van Voy, Vice President of Sanyo's Audio Video Division. "The new Xacti HD1000 continues our pioneering approach by combining full 1080i HD video recorded in the advanced AVC/H.264 standard with a massive 2.7-inch widescreen display and a simple hardware and software interface for file saving and TV playback."

Sanyo Xacti HD1000

Sanyo HD1000 - SDHC flash memory card
The new Sanyo Xacti HD1000 weighs only 9.5 ounces and has a total volume of only 16.6 cubic inches, making it the world's smallest and lightest Full HD recording (1920 horizontal and 1080 vertical pixels) digital camcorder. It incorporates advanced MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression, enabling up to approximately 85 minutes of Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording or up to five hours, 14 minutes of TV-quality (640 x 480) video recording onto an 8GB SDHC Memory Card (memory card sold separately). The Sanyo Xacti HD1000 is available now and has an MSRP of $799.99.

Sanyo Xacti HD1000 full HD camcorder - Compression
Sanyo developed a new high-speed image processing engine to handle the high capacity demands of Full HD data. This engine utilizes Sanyo's proprietary codec, enabling Full HD compatibility with the AVC/H.264 format, and makes it possible to do with one simple yet powerful chip the complex processing which previously required two separate chips. The required high compression ratio is gracefully achieved due to optimization of the image process algorithm actuator, while consuming a mere 4.2 watts of power.

Sanyo Xacti HD1000 camcorder - Ergonomics
Designed for easy, one-handed operation with all key conveniently functions thumb-operable, the HD1000 is comfortable to hold, even for extended periods. The device is the first to incorporate ergonomic results based on collaborative research between Sanyo and Japan's Chiba University in regard to optimizing the lens-to-grip angle to minimize strain on the muscle groups used while holding and recording. Testing focused on muscle responses in six places on the arm, as well as surveys asking for individual assessments and evaluations. As a result of these tests and responses, it was discovered that a lens-to-grip angle of 105, the angle subsequently used on the HD1000, was optimal.

Sanyo HD1000 camcorder - CMOS sensor
As part of its stylish and thoughtful new design, the HD1000 also adds a distinctly useful feature frequently requested by users of previous Xacti camcorders - the ability to have the lens level with the ground when the device is used with a tripod. Incorporating the latest high-definition CMOS sensor, the Sanyo Xacti HD1000 camcorder captures full 1080i high-definition video (1920x1080) at 60 frames-per-second. Designed to record the rich and vibrant colors of real life, the HD1000 also captures the subtle tones to provide a natural-looking result. The HD1000's CMOS sensor provides the quick responsiveness needed to capture fast moving subjects and Sanyo's noise reduction technology helps obtain the cleanest signal from each pixel.

Sanyo Xacti HD1000 - Optical zoom lens
The large data size of Full HD movies, along with demanding file saving and playback processing usually requires special hardware and/or burning video to a disc. The HD1000's new "Xacti Library" feature makes it exceptionally easy to save video and image files by simply connecting the included USB cable from the docking station to an external hard disk drive (hard drive not included). After connecting the docking station to an external hard drive and to a television (via an HDMI cable), the user places the camera into the docking station and - using the menu that appears on the television screen - can search through the thumbnails and choose either to play the file or save it to the external hard disk. At the front of the HD1000 is a commanding 10x all-glass HD lens. The HD1000's fast f/1.8-2.5 lens is capable of allowing almost four times more light through to assist in lower light venues. Consisting of eight groups and eleven total lenses with a built-in neutral density filter, the HD1000's lens provides a spectacular field-of-view with a 38-380 mm range (35 mm equivalent). Combined with the 10x digital zoom, the HD1000 provides up to 100x total zooming capability.

Sanyo HD1000 camcorder - LCD display
The HD1000 features a large 2.7 inch widescreen Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). The display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on axis, allowing you to take great video or still images even from difficult-to-view positions, which is especially useful when shooting in large crowds or in small rooms. The Xacti HD1000 enables simultaneous shooting of 4-megapixel still images and HD movie clips, with a simple press of the shutter button during the recording of a video clip. Users need never miss another precious photo opportunity. (Depending on the mode used to take still images, simultaneous video clip shooting may be interrupted. While shooting video clips, using the digital image stabilizer may change the angle of view for still images.)

Sanyo Xacti HD1000

Sanyo Xacti HD1000 camcorder - HDMI output
It's easy to view and share high-definition video on your HD television with the HD1000. Using the HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) terminal built into the base station, just one cable connects your camcorder to your TV for a totally digital output. HDMI carries both the video and audio signals in digital form for the highest quality playback. The Sanyo Xacti HD1000 records high-definition and photos directly to a standard SD or SDHC Memory Card. In fact, the HD1000 is capable of recording up to 85 minutes of 1080i high-definition video on a single 8GB card (sold separately). The SD Memory Card's compact size and weight makes it ideal for the diminutive HD1000. The minimal power requirements of the SD card also contribute to longer recording and playback times. When connected to the computer via the USB cable, the HD1000 acts as a standard card reader. Transferring images and videos to your computer has never been easier.

Sanyo HD1000 - Image stabilizer
High-definition can't hide shaky or erratic camera movement. That's why Sanyo's HD1000 comes with a sophisticated image stabilizer for both stills and video. This handy feature operates in both wide-angle and telephoto modes, giving every shot a solid, professional-looking feel. For video-compatible anti-shake correction, Sanyo further developed the digital stabilizer based on previous proprietary image stabilizer technology, and advanced the technology to be more accurate in its correction, increasing the image area detection function. Also, Sanyo newly developed its proprietary "Superposition function" for higher still image quality. This function allows for clear pictures of the subject even when moving or rotation occurs.

Sanyo Xacti HD1000 - Face detection
The HD1000 includes a new "Face Chaser" function that automatically detects and isolates faces to assist the camera's exposure and auto-focus. The HD1000 is capable of detecting up to 12 independent faces at a time. The HD1000 features versatile manual controls for advanced shooting. The following settings can be manually adjusted according to the shooting situation: Manual focus adjustment (16 settings); aperture adjustment (6 stops); exposure compensation (1.8 EV, 0.3 EV steps); shutter speed (13 settings); and image-quality adjustment (for sharpness and color saturation).

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