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Sanyo Xacti HD1 launched at CES 2006

Posted on Monday, January 09 2006 @ 02:01:17 CET by

Sanyo launched the Xacti HD1 at CES 2006 in Las Vegas, claiming it's the world's first high-definition compact digital media camera The Xacti HD1 Digital Media Camera is designed to easily record both 720p high-definition video and 5.1 megapixel digital still images to a standard SD flash memory card. The SANYO Xacti HD1 will be available in the U.S. in late March at an MSRP of $799.99.

Key to the Xacti HD1's ability to record high-definition video is its high-precision LSI (large-scale integration) for image processing. This powerful "high-definition engine" executes a vast number of calculations in a short period of time. It enables the HD1 to realize image processing functions such as high-definition 720p processing, real-time MPEG-4 compression and noise reduction.

The HD1 features an ultra-clear 2.2-inch SANYO-developed OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display with 210,000 total pixels for exceptional viewability. The display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on axis for taking great video or still images in otherwise difficult locations. Trademark features of OLED display technology are expanded viewing angles and up to 5,000 times faster response speed when compared with conventional display technologies, enabling smooth playback of rapid movements. When not in use, the display nicely tucks back into the side of the camera.

Displayed prominently in the front of the HD1 is a bright, highly efficient 10x optical zoom lens. Built from 12 elements designed in 9 groups and with a built-in neutral density filter, the 10x zoom lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 in both wide and telephoto angles, allowing for clear images in lower light situations. Combined with a 10x digital zoom capability, the HD1 is capable of a total 100x zoom.

As with all previous SANYO Xacti digital media cameras, the HD1 can record still images in addition to video clips. A newly developed 5.36 megapixel (total) CCD captures beautiful 5.1 megapixel still images which are recorded directly onto a standard SD memory card. The camera can record both 5.1 megapixel still images and high-definition (1280 x 720-pixel) digital video at the same time with a simple press of the shutter button during the shooting of a video clip.

The HD1 can record over 21 minutes of 720p HD video on a 1-Gigabyte SD card or over 42 minutes on a 2-Gigabyte card. Alternatively, HD1 users can select to record in Standard Definition mode (640 x 480 pixels at 30fps progressive) for up to two hours on a 2-Gigabyte SD card. Users can easily switch between high-definition and standard-definition recording modes by simply pressing the "HD/Norm" button located on display side of the camera body. SD cards sold separately.

An ergonomic, one-handed grip and convenient, thumb-operable controls makes the SANYO HD1 exceptionally easy to use whenever inspiration strikes. Lightweight at only 8.3 ounces (including battery and a standard SD memory card), the HD1 measures 3.1. W x 4.7. H x 1.4. D.

Other SANYO Xacti HD1 features include:
  • 16:9 widescreen format (HD-SHQ / HD-HQ modes)
  • 60 fps Fluid Motion Recording (640 x 480 TV-HR Mode)
  • Rapid Continuous still shooting
  • Pop-up flash with double the brightness of conventional models
  • Anti-shake digital image stabilizer
  • Talking navigation guide for first-time users
  • Super Macro shooting down to 1 cm (W) / 1 m (T)
  • Self timer (2 seconds / 10 seconds)
  • Voice recorder function: over 33 hours recording time with optional 2 GB SD Memory Card
  • Red-eye reduction mode
  • Multifunction docking station
  • High-capacity SANYO rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
  • Remote control included- Exif Print and Print Image Matching III
  • PictBridge-capable for PC-Free printing with PictBridge-compatible printers



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