New digital camera features water-resistant design

Sanyo on Thursday introduced the $399.99 Xacti CA6, a new model coming to their line of compact digital still camera/camcorders in August. The device features a water-resistant design that allows users to shoot images and video with wet hands, though Sanyo cautions that the new camera isn’t designed to be submersible.

Like other Xacti cameras, the CA6 writes digital still images and MPEG-4 video to a standard SD or SDHC flash memory card. Featuring a gun handle design, the CA6 can be operated comfortably with one hand.

The CA6 shoots 640 x 480 resolution MPEG-4 video and 6-megapixel digital still images, and sports Web-SHQ video shooting mode that records video at 320 x 240 and 30 frames per second, optimized for playback on video iPods and other portable video players. Up to one hour of standard definition (640 x 480 pixel) MPEG-4 video can be recorded per gigabyte, or up to 515 six-megapixel digital still images. Audio is recorded in AAC-LC stereo format.

The CA6 touts a 2.0-inch TFT LCD flip out display and a 5.0x optical zoom lens that features a 38-190 mm range (35mm equivalent) and 12x digital zoom. The CA6 also features built-in digital image stabilization/

The CA6 measures 3.0 x 3.9 x 1.4 inches and weighs 6 ounces, including battery and SD memory card. It’s PictBridge and Exif Print compatible, and can be connected to an analog video source or computer for upload.

Sanyo’s Web site was not updated with information about the CA6 as Macworld posted this article.

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