Sanyo unveils world’s smallest HD camcorder

Aug 31st, 2007 | By Editor | Category: Companies

SANYO, a world leading digital camera manufacturer, introduces the Xacti HD1000, the world’s smallest and lightest full HD digital camcorder. The sleek and simple-to-use device records video in Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) and also takes 4-megapixel digital still images. The HD1000 utilizes the advanced MPEG-4 AVC/H.246 video format and features a 10x optical HD lens and a large 2.7-inch widescreen display. The SANYO Xacti HD1000 will be available in September 2007, and has an MSRP of $799.99 (about Rs 33,000).


The new SANYO Xacti HD1000 weighs only 9.5 ounces and has a total volume of only 16.6 cubic inches, making it the world’s smallest and lightest Full HD recording (1920 horizontal and 1080 vertical pixels) digital camcorder. It incorporates advanced MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression, enabling up to approximately 85 minutes of Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording or up to five hours, 14 minutes of TV-quality (640 x 480) video recording onto an 8GB SDHC Memory Card (memory card sold separately).

SANYO developed a new high-speed image processing engine to handle the high capacity demands of Full HD data. This engine utilizes SANYO’s proprietary codec, enabling Full HD compatibility with the AVC/H.264 format, and makes it possible to do with one simple yet powerful chip the complex processing which previously required two separate chips. The required high compression ratio is gracefully achieved due to optimization of the image process algorithm actuator, while consuming a mere 4.2 watts of power.


Designed for easy, one-handed operation with all key conveniently functions thumb-operable, the HD1000 is comfortable to hold, even for extended periods. The device is the first to incorporate ergonomic results based on collaborative research between SANYO and Japan’s Chiba University in regard to optimizing the lens-to-grip angle to minimize strain on the muscle groups used while holding and recording. Testing focused on muscle responses in six places on the arm, as well as surveys asking for individual assessments and evaluations. As a result of these tests and responses, it was discovered that a lens-to-grip angle of 105 degree, the angle subsequently used on the HD1000, was optimal.

As part of its stylish and thoughtful new design, the HD1000 also adds a distinctly useful feature frequently requested by users of previous Xacti camcorders — the ability to have the lens level with the ground when the device is used with a tripod.


Incorporating the latest high-definition CMOS sensor, the SANYO Xacti HD1000 camcorder captures full 1080i high-definition video (1920×1080) at 60 frames-per-second. Designed to record the rich and vibrant colors of real life, the HD1000 also captures the subtle tones to provide a natural-looking result. The HD1000’s CMOS sensor provides the quick responsiveness needed to capture fast moving subjects and SANYO’s noise reduction technology helps obtain the cleanest signal from each pixel.

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