updated 11:10 am EDT, Tue October 13, 2009
New Sanyo camcorders get iFrame support
Sanyo has released the first pair of its Dual digital camcorders that support the iFrame video format with the VPC-HD2000A and VPC-FH1A. iFrame is a newer video format meant to make it easy to import, edit and share videos. The new models have a dedicated iFrame video recording mode that uses the same format that is used to edit on a computer to speed up the process.
Otherwise, both cameras have nearly identical features and capabilities, with their horizontal (FH1A) and vertical (HD2000A) form factors being the main and obvious differences. This includes the ability to capture 8-megapixel photos as well as 1080p at 60FPS. The iFrame format records at 960x540. Other standards-based formats that make the video compatible with both Macs and PCs includes H.263 (MPEG-4) video, AAC audio, and MOV. Either camera records to SD or SDHC memory cards as there is no built-in memory.
The FH1A uses a 3-inch LCD while the HD2000A makes do with a slightly smaller 2.7-inch display. A digital image stabilizer is integrated into either, and Face Chaser technology can track and focus on up to 12 faces. HDMI output is standard in the FH1A, while the HD2000A gets both this as well as an external microphone input and a shoe mount for an external light or microphone.
The two camcorders are now shipping, priced at $600 for the VPC-HD2000A and $500 for the VPC-FH1A.
Sanyo HD2000A on left, FH1 on right