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The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD700 ($600) released in late-October 2007 is the latest HD camcorder in the Sanyo Xacti line.

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Pros

Improved compression means more recording on a single SD card

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720p recording in MPEG-4 AVH/H.264 format

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Good price for its features

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Very compact and lightweight

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Included cradle has many output options including HDMI

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Low power consumption with decent battery life

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useful 5X zoom avoids distortion associated with high zoom lenses.

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Cons

Lens is a very small diameter and is only X5. Same lens as used to be on HD2 would fare much better.

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Could do with a faster lens.

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The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD700 ($600) released in late-October 2007 is the latest HD camcorder in the Sanyo Xacti line. Sanyo claims that this is the smallest 720p camcorder in the world weighing only 6.7 oz (189 g) and occupying a volume of only 171 cc. Along with the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000 (records 1080i, $1000), Sanyo has made significant improvements to their Xacti line that included the earlier Sanyo Xacti HD-2. It is a tapeless camcorder that records both video and still on a SD/SDHC memory card. It consumes very little power at 4 Watts and will give you about 2 hours of battery life with its included battery.

Features
  • 720p SD/SDHC memory card camcorder
  • smallest 720p camcorder in the world
  • 1/2.5" CCD sensor  with 7.38 megapixels (1 divided by 2.5 inch: 0.4 inch)
    • 4.08 MP movies
    • 7.1 MP still photos
  • video format: MPEG-4 AVH/H.264 format (same as YouTube)
  • face chaser technology recognized up to 12 faces for autofocus
  • sensitivity: up to ISO 3200
  • 5X optical zoom
  • 2.7" widescreen LCD
  • includes a docking cradle with HDMI, component, S-Video, Composite outputs
  • records at either 6 Mbps or 9 Mbps
  • record time: 2 hours @ 9 Mbps on a 8 GB memory card
  • interface: USB 2.0
  • size: (171 cubic cm)
  • weight: 6.7 oz (189 g)
  • available in silver, red, and brown
  • release date: October 20, 2007
  • MSRP: $599

The DMX-HD700 is an affordable, tiny camcorder with an impressive featureset geared towards consumers wanting a very compact camcorder that can easily share and upload videos over the Internet. Its default recording mode is MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 which most video sharing sites (ie. YouTube) use. It was released in the US on October 20th, 2007 for a retail price of $599.

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Euk
06/08/2008 01:00

Just wondering how suseptible this is to rain & moisture.

Erik
12/05/2007 12:28

Amazon is selling this for a cool $299.99. [link]

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