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Panasonic rolls out five pocketable camcorders

02/17, 10:00am

Panasonic outs TA20, TA2, WA10, DC10, DC1 vidcams

Panasonic today bore some of the first fruits of its control of Sanyo with five new pocketable camecorders. The WA10 is its headliner and, in an Xacti-like design, can shoot its 1080p, H.264 video for up to an hour underwater at depths of up to 10 feet. In spite of the hardening, it's low-light friendly with a backside-illuminated, 16-megapixel CMOS sensor that can capture either full resolution stills in pure photography, with a 12X lens, or two-megapixel images while in mid-movie.

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Sanyo introduces new hand-friendly Xacti camcorder

09/09, 11:40am

Shoots 1080p HD video, 10MP photos

Sony has introduced a new model in the Xacti video camera line, the VPC-GH4. The VPC-GH4 has a traditional minicam body and Sanyo's double-range zoom feature, which provides one button switching between wide-angle and telephoto. It can shoot full 1080 60i HD video with maximum optical zoom of 10x for video, and has a high-speed mode. The VPC-GH4 also takes 10 megapixel digital photos, with up to 5x optical zoom. It has built-in support for popular social networks, and when connected to a PC can upload videos and photos to social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Picasa, and generate links for use on Twitter.

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Sanyo ships swim-friendly Xacti CA102 camcorder

08/05, 8:40am

Sanyo adds new 1080p-capable underwater Xacti

Sanyo this morning rolled out its latest fully waterproof camcorder. The Xacti VPC-CA102 is sealed to where it can record its 1080p video or 14-megapixel still shots in up to 10 feet of water. While similar on the surface to the earlier CA100, it has a new lens that, while shorter-ranged at 5X, captures at a wider 38mm equivalent angle.

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Sanyo intros underwater Xacti HD camera

05/31, 1:45pm

Sanyo shows underwater Xacti HD camera

Sanyo on Friday announced a new addition to its Xacti digital cameras with the DMX-CA100. The new vertical design is waterproof at depths of 10 feet for up to one ahour and can record 1080p video in the computer-friendly H.264 format. It can capture 14-megapixel still photos, and there is a 6X optical zoom along with a 6x Advanced Zoom that crops the image sensor. There is also a High-Speed Sequential Shooting mode that can capture 22 photos at 7FPS.

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Sanyo puts out Xacti camcorders with 1080p, SDXC

04/09, 6:25pm

Sanyo Xacti CG100 and GH1 reach Japan first

Sanyo today brought out two new Xacti camcorders in its home country in a likely preview of their US launches. The vertical CG100 and traditional GH1 both capture 1080p at up to 30 frames per second at 1080p and can move up to 60 frames at 720p. Either adds SDXC and can now take on 64GB or more of removable storage.

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Sanyo brings Xactis with 14MP stills, HD to US

02/04, 9:10am

Sanyo Xacti GH2, CG102 and CG20 official

Sanyo today wasted no time in bringing over its new Xactis to the US under new names. The GH2, CG102 and CG20 all shoot widescreen 1080i AVCHD (H.264) video and have a new imaging processor that helps Sanyo shrink the size of the cameras. Of the series, the GH2 and CG102 also capture stills at 14.4 megapixels and have a unique "double-range zoom" that uses both wide-angle and telephoto elements to jump from 5X zoom to 12X.

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Sanyo adds two Xacti dual-role HD cameras in Japan

01/27, 2:50pm

Cameras take both video and still photos

Sanyo announced two additions to its Xacti lineup, the DMX-CG110 NR, and the DMX-SH11. Both cameras feature 16GB internal memory, SDXC expansion up to 64GB, and both MPEG-4 and AVC (H.264) format, suited for posting videos online. Both are part of Sanyo's "dual camera" line, taking both HD video and HD still photos.

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Apple's Black Friday: $101 off iMac, MacBook Pro

11/27, 7:20am

Apple Black Friday discounts active in US

Apple as promised has launched its Black Friday sale, currently ongoing in the US, Canada and Europe. The Friday-only discounts are highlighted by a $101 price cut for all iMac and MacBook Pro models regardless of size. The iPod touch also sees heavy discounts, bringing the 64GB model down to $358, the 32GB version to $268 and the 8GB model down to $178.

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Sanyo offers 720p cam with Eye-Fi option

08/24, 11:10am

Sanyo Xacti CG11 in Japan

Sanyo today brought out a new compact HD camcorder likely destined for the US. The Xacti CG11 records at 720p like many of Sanyo's newer cameras but has built-in recognition of Eye-Fi's cards, such as the Eye-Fi Video line. The hook lets users share video over Wi-Fi to YouTube and elsewhere without having to plug in. Versus the CG10, the new device also gets a mini HDMI port to preview content at full resolution through only an optional cable.

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Sanyo ships hybrid still/video camcorders

04/02, 10:35pm

Sanyo Ships Hybrid Cams

Sanyo on Thursday said it had started shipping its combination photo and video Dual Camera Xacti line. The series is headlined by the FH1 and HD2000, which can both shoot 1080p video in H.264 while capturing 8-megapixel photos, carry 10X lenses, and both slow motion video as well as burst photo modes that take advantage of large memory buffers. The CA9 and WH1 (pictured) capture movies in 720p but are waterproof and snap 9-megapixel still shots, while the CG10 and TH1 have the same video resolution but 8-megapixel stills and either an extra-small (CG10) or horizontal (TH1) form factor.

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Sanyo reveals 2009 Xacti cams for US

01/21, 1:45pm

Sanyo Xacti 2009 US

Quickly following up on its Japanese plans, Sanyo this afternoon has already detailed the US plans for its 2009 Xacti camcorders. The FH1 (pictured) is the American rebranding of the FH11 and is one of the first conventional-layout Sanyo camcorders as well as one of the first 1080p60 cameras from the company, recording H.264 video to 8GB of internal memory or SDHC cards; it carries a 10X zoom lens and shoots still photos up to 8 megapixels.

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Sanyo shows all-HD Xacti camcorder line

01/21, 8:40am

Sanyo Xacti 2009 in Japan

Sanyo today gave an early look at its camcorders for the year with a slew of new updates in Japan, all of which are HD models. The FH11 is one of Sanyo's first horizontal camcorders in recent memory and captures its 1080p video either to 8GB of internal memory or to Class 6 SDHC cards. It now supports the full 24Mbps bitrate and 60 frames per second of the H.264 codec. This and the vertically-oriented but SDHC-only HD2000 also shoot still photos at 8 megapixels

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Sanyo brings waterproof Xacti E2 cam to US

09/03, 9:00am

Sanyo Xacti E2

Sanyo this morning upgraded its Xacti camcorders with the North American version of the E2. This second generation of the company's hardened camera improves the recording performance and will capture 640x480 H.264 video at up to 60 frames per second and snaps up to eight-megapixel still shots, including at up to five continuous frames per second. It also brings live face detection and a specialized underwater mode that adjusts the colors to avoid some of the tinting that occurs in pool or shallow dives.

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Sanyo preps HD800 pocket 720p camera

07/30, 8:10am

Sanyo HD800 Cam

Sanyo held an event Wednesday for the Japanese launch of the Xacti HD800, a major upgrade to last year's HD700. It still shoots 720p widescreen video in H.264 but has a much improved eight-megapixel CMOS sensor that picks up 70 percent more visual data, improving the perceived sharpness at the same resolution. Color accuracy has also been stepped up, while the HD800 is the first Xacti camera of any kind to have 3D noise reduction that cleans the image in real time.

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Sanyo intros Xacti vidcam with 9.1MP stills

03/19, 8:05am

Sanyo Xacti CG9

Sanyo this morning boosted the Xacti camcorder line with the CG9. The pocket camcorder records video at standard definition but includes one of Sanyo's sharpest-ever CMOS sensors, allowing it to record native still shots at 9.1 megapixels. Enhanced processing also lets it capture short bursts at five frames per second. For its primary movie mode, the CG9 records using AVC (H.264) and can fit about an hour of high-quality footage for every 1GB of memory on an SD card; SDHC support allows this newest Xacti to hold at least 32GB of storage with the right cards.

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