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Here's the Sanyo Xacti E1, the world's first waterproof camcorder.

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waterproof out of the box

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can't go too deep underwater

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Only records in SD. No HD.

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Here's the Sanyo Xacti E1, the world's first waterproof camcorder. You're not going to be taking this $500 camcorder scuba diving, because it can only be taken down to a depth of about 5 feet for an hour at a time, but still, you're not going to need a bulky underwater housing to take this 4.4-inch-tall, 8.3-ounce package in the pool. It shoots standard definition H.264 MPEG-4 video onto an SD or SDHC memory card, and compresses it so efficiently that can fit 10 hours a 640x480 video at 30 frames per second on an 8GB card. It can also take 6-megapixel JPEG stills, and can even capture those pics at the same time you're shooting video.

  • Waterproof: submersible to a depth of five feet for 60 minutes
  • No separate, bulky underwater housing required
  • Shoots high-quality video (advanced MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at 640 x 480 pixels/30fps)
  • Takes 6-megapixel stills (JPEG format)
  • Records onto an SD memory card or high-capacity SDHC card (not included)
  • Bright, 2.5-inch LCD color display flips out and rotates for easy viewing
  • 5x optical zoom for great close-ups
  • Anti-shake digital image stabilizer*8
  • Easy, one-handed operation
  • While recording video, 6-megapixel still images may also be taken simultaneously
  • Utilizing the 16:9 widescreen (4.4M: 2816 x 1584 pixel) photo setting, users can enjoy their high resolution photos on their high-definition televisions in full screen mode
  • In "Portrait Mode" pictures can be taken in portrait style without manually rotating the camera to its side
  • Set focal distance to one of 16 steps with "Manual Focus"
  • Super-macro function able to zoom in up to 1cm (when using wide-angle)
  • "Digital Red-eye reduction" function automatically reduces red-eye from images
  • Easily upload video and images to a PC or Mac for playback or share online with friends
  • Smooth playback on television with 60 frames per second
  • "Quick stand-by" makes it possible to start recording or playback immediately after the monitor is flipped open
  • Dimensions: 2.8 x 4.4 x 1.6 (W x H x D, in inches)
  • Weight: 8.3 oz. with battery and SD or SDHC memory card
  • Comes in a choice of Blue, Yellow or White
Post Review
06/08/2008 12:56

Just wondering if there is a sacrifice to quality or features in making this camera waterproof.

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