Xacti HD1a HD camcorder adds wide display, more

Sanyo on Thursday introduced the Xacti HD1a, a compact digital media camera that records both still pictures and digital video. It does it all onto an SD flash memory card. The Xacti HD1a is coming in September for $699.99.

The Xacti HD1a records video in 720p and grabs 5.1 megapixel still images. Because it uses SD cards instead of bulky tapes or optical media, it’s much more compact than other camcorders. It uses a 10x optical zoom lens and 2.2-inch LCD display.

New features in the HD1a include a 16:9 widescreen still picture mode, in-camera video editing, a 30 frames-per-second 320 x 240 MPEG-4 pixel video recording mode called “Web-SHQ,” optimized for the video iPod.

The 16:9 still image mode grabs 3.8 megapixel images in the same wide-screen format as the Xacti HD1’s digital videos. The in-camera editing supports quick A>B deletions and combines video clips, helping to conserve memory card space.

The Xacti HD1a records 21 minutes of 720p HD video per gigabyte on a standard SD or SDHC memory card; users can squeeze even more video onto cards using standard-definition mode, which can get up to 1 hour per gigabyte.

The Xacti HD1a weighs 8.3 ounces and measures 3.1 x 4.7 x 1.4 inches.

Sanyo’s Web site had not been updated with information about the HD1a as Macworld posted this article.

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