The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000 is an ultra-compact HD camcorder that can record Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 resolutions, and is also capable of taking 8 megapixel still photos. It is a tapeless design, recording all video and phtoo content to removable SDHC flash cards. The VPC-HD1000 records in a MP4 data format compressed to a 12 Mbps data rate at Full HD, allowing you to record about 85 minutes of video on an 8 GB memory card. A major selling point for this camcorder is its miniscule weight and size, weighing only 9.5 oz (268 g) and fits in the palm of your hand.
- SD/SDHC memory card camcorder
- records full definition at 1920 x 1080 resolution
- 1/2.5" CCD sensor (1 divided by 2.5 inch = 0.4 inch)
- 2.7" widescreen LCD (230K pixels)
- video format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec (.MP4 file format)
- 10X optical zoom
- 8 MP still photos
- face chaser technology recognized up to 12 faces for autofocus
- quality settings:
- HD: 1920x1080 (12 Mbps ), 1280x720 (12 Mbps)
- SD (MPEG2): 640 x 480 (3 or 6 Mbps), 320x240
- interface: USB 2.0
- battery life: 2 hours continuous shooting (4.2 W power consumption)
- record time: 85 min. of Full HD on an 8 GB memory card.
- available in silver and black
- weight: 9.5 oz. (268 g)
- volume: 16.6 cubic in. (272 cubic cm)
- release date: mid-September, 2007
- MSRP: ~$1000
The VPC-HD1000 camcorder has generated significant buzz in the camcorder industry because of its Full HD recording capabilities in such a small package for a decent price. However, it has suffered from criticisms concerning the quality of its video due to the aggressive compression employed on the Full HD recording. Video is compressed to a 12 Mbps in a MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 data format, compared to a nominal rate of 1.5 - 3 Gbps for Full HD video. This compression has reportedly introduced visual artifacts, especially in situations of fast motion.
While Sanyo has been criticised for adopting the relatively new ISO standard MP4 file format which is not natively suported by older Windows video editing software, free and open sorce conversion tools (like mp4cam2avi available from http://mp4cam2avi.sourceforge.net/ ) exist to convert MP4 to proprietary AVI format without any loss of quality.
The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD700 was announced soon afterwards on September 26th, 2007 and Sanyo claims is the smallest 720p camcorder in the world weight only 6.7 oz (189 g). The original MSRP for the VPC-HD1000 was around $1000, but is selling online for around $600-$700.