updated 09:35 am EDT, Wed September 26, 2007
Sanyo today introduced the HD700 as a new, lower-cost entry into its budding HD camcorder line. The stylized camera enters as an alternative to the older HD2 and the range-topping HD1000. While relying on a 5X optical zoom lens in place of the 10X model from the HD2, the HD700 compensates by using the same, single-chip enhanced processor as the 1080i-capable HD1000 to produce better images at its native 720p without consuming much power. At just four watts, the camera records at 720p for up to two continuous hours or 80 minutes with many common adjustments, Sanyo says. The new entry also shares the same 2.7-inch preview LCD as the HD1000 and captures in H.264 (AVC) to store up to two hours, 46 minutes of full-resolution footage on an 8GB SDHC card.
The HD700 even offers a slight improvement over the top model, Sanyo says. While no mention is made of taking photos during live shooting, the new camera can shoot up to 7.1-megapixel shots instead of the HD1000's four and boosts ISO sensitivity to 3200 in addition to optionally engaging the Face Chaser mode for portraits. Sanyo promises sharp previews with HDMI output and full support of newer movie editing tools, including iMovie 08. Bundled with Adobe's Premiere Elements 3, the video camera is due to reach stores by the end of October and should sell for $600 in brown, red, and silver hues.