Sanyo Xacti SH1 Full HD camcorder
An affordable and attractive Sanyo HD camcorder with a 23x optical zoom
- Classy and compact design, 23x zoom lens, good video performance for asking price
- Some minor build quality issues, small sensor struggles in poor lighting
The Sanyo Xacti SH1 is an attractive entry-level HD camcorder that performs well for the asking price. It will suit casual users and fashion conscious videographers.
Price$ 599.00 (AUD)
The Sanyo Xacti SH1 (AKA VPC-SH1TAR) is an entry-level Full HD camcorder that records MPEG-4 video to removable flash memory cards. Its main claims to fame are a powerful 23x optical zoom lens and ultra-compact size. For an asking price of $599, it’s a competent little performer that will satisfy the majority of users.
The Sanyo Xacti SH1 is surprisingly attractive for a budget camcorder. It sports a traditional camcorder shape — as opposed to the ‘pistol-grip’ design favoured by the Xacti HD1010, Xacti VPC-CA8 (EXBK) and Xacti VPC-CG9. It has an eye-catching red and silver finish, but if red’s not your bag you can choose from a multitude of other colours, including black, blue, yellow and purple.
In addition to looking great, the Sanyo Xacti SH1 is also incredibly compact: it measures a minuscule 42x59x118mm and weighs just 209g. By contrast, the Canon Legria HF M31 — which we complimented for being svelte — measures 68x60x123mm. The Xacti SH1’s smart looks and portable size make it an ideal handbag accessory (er, or jacket gadget for the blokes).
While it certainly looks fashionable, the Sanyo Xacti SH1’s build quality could be a bit better. We were especially disappointed by the cheap connectivity flaps: it’s easy to accidentally jam the battery door, for example. The dangling lens cap can be a bit of an annoyance too, but these are small quibbles given the budget price tag. All in all, the Sanyo Xacti SH1 looks better than any budget HD camcorder on the market.
For menu selection, Sanyo has stuck to a traditional joystick interface, as opposed to a touchscreen. The menu is well laid out and very beginner friendly -- there are no symbols or quirky phrases to memorise; instead everything is in plain English. There’s a respectable array of modes and features on offer, including manual focus, exposure and white balance, face detection, nine scene selections, a colour targeter and a handful of digital effects.
The Sanyo Xacti SH1 boasts a 23x optical zoom, which is above average for a Full HD camcorder; most high-definition cameras come with 15x zooms or lower. This allows you to capture close-ups of distant objects or people with zero loss in image quality — although you’ll need to practice keeping your hand steady at full zoom.
The Sanyo Xacti SH1 did a pretty good job when it came to video quality. We previewed our footage on a Pioneer KURO PDP-C509A plasma TV and were satisfied with the results. Our outdoor test shots were full of detail, while colours remained bright and accurate. Its performance took a nosedive in dim environments, however — a side effect of its solitary 1/3.6in CMOS sensor. Nonetheless, for a budget camcorder we think it acquits itself well.
Sanyo is touting the Xacti SH1 as a ‘Dual Camera’ due to its ability to capture both photos and video. This is something that practically every camcorder on the market offers; apparently Sanyo didn’t get the memo. The still image mode has a maximum native resolution of four megapixels (which can be boosted to 10 via interpolation software). It also comes with an inbuilt flash, a red eye remover and eight ISO settings. Its output will prove suitable for Facebook and other social networking sites, but medium and large prints are probably best avoided.
In addition to SD/SDHC, the Sanyo Xacti SH1 is compatible with SDXC memory cards. This is a faster, higher capacity format that can hold up to 64GB of memory.
Become a fan of GoodGearGuide on Facebook
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Huawei Mate 9
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Lexar® Portable SSD
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Acer Swift 7
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
HP Pavilion x360 13”
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Surface Pro 4
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- AT&T will acquire Time Warner for US$85.4b in content play
- Facebook adds Apple TV and Chromecast support as video push ramps up
- Remocam review: This security camera can control your home appliances
- Logitech's C922 webcam is the revered C920's vastly upgraded successor
- Jump the line for the newest Chromecast features with Google's new preview program
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTJunior Software Developer - SASACT
- CCInfrastructure Business AnalystACT
- CCMarketing SpecialistNSW
- TPLinux Desktop Support SpecialistWA
- FTLevel 3 EngineerNSW
- FTOnline Solutions AnalystNSW
- TPBusiness AnalystVIC
- TPSenior Java Developer - ContractQLD
- FTDigital Sales Account Manager - Global BrandNSW
- FTSAP BOBJ ConsultantACT
- CCPega DeveloperNSW
- FTBusiness Intelligence Analyst / DeveloperNSW
- FTSenior C++ EngineerACT
- FTSenior Functional Consultant - Data Analytics - TelcoVIC
- CCArcSight Security Engineer - Contract - IT Services - SydneyNSW
- FTMid-Level Software Engineer x 2 - Positive Vetting, NV2 or NV1 required!!SA
- TPDigital Project ManagerVIC
- CCTest Planner - Infrastructure/Data CentreACT
- CCSenior Storage System Engineer -NetApp & TSMNSW
- FTSenior Java Developers (Several positions available)QLD
- FTSenior Project Manager - Permanent OpportunityNSW
- TPAnalyst Programmer (Adabas)SA
- CCSystem EngineerSA
- FTSolutions Software DeveloperVIC
- CCPMO ManagerNSW