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The Sanyo VPC-FH1A is one of two ultra-affordable camcorders (VPC-FH1A and VPC-HD2000A) released in October 2009.

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still photos are clear and sharp

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HD video capture is good quality, looks reasonably sharp

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37mm threaded front lens compatible with a wide range of attachments

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depth of field is relatively narrow, allowing subject to be set apart from background

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captures video in low light very well

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no microphone or line input, must use built-in microphone

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zoom speed is too fast for some users

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auto-focus has difficulties if camera is panning or subject moves

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The Sanyo VPC-FH1A is one of two ultra-affordable camcorders (VPC-FH1A and VPC-HD2000A) released in October 2009. Both of them were touted as the first digital camcorders to support iFrame, a technology that drastically improves the speed of importing, editing, and sharing videos. The difference is that the VPC-FH1A sports a horizontal form factor. Otherwise, there are no differences. As for its capabilities, the device is built to record full 1080p high-definition video at 60fps AND take high-quality digital photos at 8MP. Included also is a 600fps slow motion mode; face-chasing technology that automatically reads and corrects focus/lightening for up to 12 different people; and a 10x optical zoom for video. All in all, the Sanyo VPC-FH1A is a high-powered digital camcorder that retails for a highly affordable price, especially considering its extensive capabilities. 

Additional Information

Additional information includes support for MPEG-4 (H.264) video, an HDMI output, and compatibility with SD/SDHC cards. 

  • Ultra-Affordable Digital Camcorder
  • Supports iFrame Technology
  • Horizontal Form Factor
  • Full 1080p HD Video Recording
  • Slow Motion Recording
  • Face-Chasing Technology
  • Three-Dimension Noise Reduction
  • Image Stabilization
  • Sequential Photo Mode
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • HDMI Output (To TV)
  • Pixels (Stills): 8MP
  • Pixels (HD Video): 5.31MP
  • Pixels (SD Video): 2.00MP
  • Media: SD/SDHC (32GB)
  • Format (Photo): JPEG
  • Format (Video): MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • Format (Audio): AAC
  • Resolution (Still Max): 4000x3000
  • Resolution (Video Max): 1920x1080 @60fps
  • Lens: 10x Optical Zoom
  • Digital Zoom: 10x max shooting; 62.5x max playback 
  • HDMI Out
  • S-Video Out
  • Composite Out
  • USB 2.0
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