Sanyo offers new full HD waterproof camcorder – the Xacti VPC-CA102YL

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Sanyo’s range of camcorders more often than not fall under the Xacti line, and today Sanyo targets those who are far more adventurous than your usual birthdays, weddings, prize giving ceremonies and funeral shooting folks. We’re talking about the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA102YL camcorder that is the perfect companion for folks who lead a much more active lifestyle than normal. This new Dual Camera is able to record your favorite memories in full HD resolution, storing more than 480 minutes of digital memories of 1080 Full HD video on a single 64GB SDXC memory card (albeit limited to a battery life of just one hour), while capturing 14-megapixel still photos. Sounds normal? How about this then – it is also capable of achieving those from a depth of ten feet underwater. Yes, you read that right, this Xacti VPC-CA102YL is waterproof up to that level of depth, which means you can also bring it with you on your next camping trip, come rain or shine, it will still keep on rolling effortlessly.

Being small enough to fit perfectly in the palm of the user’s hand, you can also easily slip it into a pocket, backpack, or purse. Thanks to its utilization of the convenient video format, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, sharing videos with friends online or over blogs is now a snap. Apart from that, all media created can also be edited and exported to portable media devices in a jiffy, and you can also hook it up to your HDTV via its Mini HDMI port to view them in full HD glory. Relying on a proprietary “double-range zoom”, it is capable of zoom operation of up to 12x while filming video, while its High-Speed Sequential Shooting mode can capture up to 22 photos at 7 frames per second.

There’s only one color to choose from at the moment, which is bright yellow, but we suppose that is OK and essential since you might lose it accidentally when outdoors, making its bright color all the easier to identify when you launch a search and rescue operation. Expect this model to hit the market this month for $249.99. Other features are as follows :

  • Full-HD videos, 1080 60i (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • 14MP photos
  • Waterproof (can be used in water up to 10 ft depth)
  • Compact, vertical form factor
  • CMOS sensor (14.4MP)
  • 38 mm wide-angle lens
  • 5x optical zoom, 12x double-range zoom
  • Compatible with SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
  • Wireless data transfer via Eye-Fi SD cards
  • 2.7-inch TFT LCD display (can be turned 285 degrees)
  • “Face Chaser” and “Target a Color” functions
  • Mini-HDMI port
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Rechargeable via USB port

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7 reviews or comments

Brian Says: August 5, 2010 at 6:01 pm

I like the Xacti line. I own a standard and the previous under water model. However when mentioning the 480mins of recording time it might be worth mentioning that battery life is only about an hour (at least thats what its is on previous models).

Edwin Says: August 5, 2010 at 6:13 pm

You’re right, Brian, it maxes out at 1 hour. Guess those who bring it snorkeling will end up as prunes before the battery dies :) thanks for commenting!

Marty Says: August 8, 2010 at 9:56 am

How is the sound quality?
Can you buy spare battery?

Edwin Says: August 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Not too sure – best to check with your local Sanyo dealer :)

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