Sanyo Fisher Co, has introduced six new Xacti-branded camcorders for 2009. It expects to ship the new cameras beginning in March. All are billed as “ Dual Cameras,” capable of recording High Definition (HD) video and taking photos.
The VPC-FH1 and VPC-HD2000 record standard 1080i video — interlaced 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution at 60 frames per second (FPS), with an option for 1080p as well. They take 8-megapixel still images and include 3-inch wide LCD displays, 10x optical zoom lens, digital image stabilization, “Face Chaser” focusing technology, HDMI output, optional lenses and an external microphone input (on the HD2000). The VPC-FH1 and VPC-HD2000 are priced at $499.99 and $599.99 respectively.
The VPC-TH1 and VPC-CG10 record video at 720p (1280 x 720 pixel) resolution at 30 FPS. Both are billed as compact HD models. The VPC-TH1, made in a horizontal configuration, has a 30x optical zoom lens, can handle 2MP sequential shooting at 13 FPS, has a 3-inch LCD display and 3 hour 20 minute battery life. By comparison, the VPC-CG10 is a vertically-oriented camcorder that take 10 MP photos and has a 5x optical zoom. Both cameras feature digital image stabilization, “Face Chaser” technology and digital noise reduction. The VPC-TH1 and VPC-CG10 are priced at $299.99 and $199.99 respectively.
Sanyo has also introduced two new waterproof compact HD models to the Xacti lineup: The VPC-WH1 and VPC-CA9. Both shoot in 720p. The VPC-WH1 works up to 10 feet underwater for one hour, and has a 30x optical zoom, 2.5-inch display, shoots 2 MP photos and has HDMI output. The VPC-CA9 is waterproof up to 5 feet for one hour, shoots 9-megapixel photos, has a 5x optical zoom and a 2.5-inch display. The VPC-WH1 and VPC-CA9 are priced at $399.99 and $349.99 respectively.