Sanyo Xacti VPC-C1
- Size, battery life, MPEG quality, useful USB docking station
- Included SD card too small, tiny size makes recording stable handheld video difficult
The Sanyo Xacti VPC-C1 is a combination digital camcorder and digital still camera that takes reasonable still images and surprisingly good quality video.
Price$ 799.00 (AUD)
One of the smallest and lightest video cameras on the market at only 155 grams, the Xacti VPC-C1 looks more like a large clamshell mobile phone than a video capture device.
The Xacti is a breeze to operate, with simple, single-handed operation of the record and playback buttons and control over the 5.8X optical zoom within easy reach of the thumb. A useful joystick/menu button combination allows you to delve deeper into the settings when needed.
The Xacti captures still images at a resolution of up to 2 megapixels (interpolated up to 3.2 megapixels), with image quality good enough for 6" x 4" photo prints.
It records video to an SD card in MPEG-4 format, with the highest resolution mode being 640 x 480 pixels, shot at a rate of 30 frames per second (fps). Alternative rates include Web-HQ (320 x 240 at 15fps) and Web-S mode (176 x 144 at 15fps).
Video and still images are stored on a removable SD flash memory card. The Xacti is supplied with a 128MB SD card, which only gives you around 8 minutes of video at the highest setting. Purchasing a much larger SD card is highly recommended.
We found that the video was, at its highest quality setting, close to VHS quality. There is no widescreen mode.
The 5.8X optical zoom is excellent. The Xacti also has a 10X digital zoom, but this should used sparingly as the results are less than satisfactory.
A useful docking station serves as a video-out point should you want to copy video or stills to tape. It also provides USB 2.0 connection to a PC or Mac and acts as a battery charger for the camera.
The lithium ion battery was very effective, with one charge in our testing lasting for more than an hour of video and dozens of still images using the onboard flash.
Struggling for Christmas presents this year? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide for some top tech suggestions and more.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z3 review: The no-frills flagship
- 2 Samsung's Galaxy Alpha review: A peek into the Galaxy S6
- 3 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: The busiest, biggest and best Samsung phablet
- 4 Aldi's $279 Bauhn Sphere review: Disappointing
- 5 Nokia Lumia 735 review: Perfectly ordinary
Best Deals on GoodGearGuide
Latest News Articles
- Think North Korea hacked Sony? Think about this
- Uber temporarily suspends service in Portland
- The 'grinch' isn't a Linux vulnerability, Red Hat says
- Messaging app Line buys Microsoft's MixRadio music-streaming app
- Vulnerability in embedded Web server exposes millions of routers to hacking
GGG Evaluation Team
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.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.