Although the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 digital camera and camcorder hybrid range has long dared to be different with its pistol grip styling and upright shooting, in present company it's almost conventional.

The creamy white and black incarnation of the latest high definition Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 model remains desirably attractive and portable too at a weight of 188g with rechargeable lithium-ion battery and card inserted.

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 also boasts a wide angle LCD screen. It's a full 3in and has a resolution of 230k dots. This ‘lives' with its screen folded inwards flush with the handgrip when not in use.

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10's other headline features are an HD movie resolution of 1,280x720 in Mpeg4 AVC/H.264 format plus 10Mp Jpeg photos with an option to interpolate them up to 12Mp. The CG10 also has a 5x optical zoom (60x digital) and comes with a 40GB internal memory, so you don't need to worry too much about having an SD or SDHC to hand.

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Sanyo kits out the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 with a ‘Face Chaser' to ensure footage of people is optimised. You also get sequential shooting of up to 7fps for action sequences. A noise-reduction filter claims to deliver smoother, cleaner images, while nestling beneath the lens at the front is a flashgun for illuminating your subjects.

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 is aimed at newcomers to digital video recording however as nearly every operation is sound-tracked by an irritating transatlantic female voice warning, for example, that footage will be saved to the internal memory if you haven't inserted a card.

Once you've activated the model by pressing the on/off button mystifyingly hidden away beneath its LCD screen, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 can hereafter be activated by simply flipping the screen up and opening it out so it's at an angle of 90-degrees to the body.

Operation takes place via a control pad at the top of the rear of the handgrip, falling under the thumb. This features a shutter release button for shooting stills to the left, and familiar video record button to the right, with a thin slider switch for operating the zoom - the action of which is thankfully quiet and smooth - nestling in between.

With a press of the ‘menu' button beneath, options are navigated and implemented by a four-way joystick. It's fairly intuitive to use from the off and fun too, but if you're looking for a Full HD Sanyo model, you'll be better served by the HD2000.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10: Specs

  • Max resolution: 1,280x720
  • 16:9 widescreen format
  • 3in LCD
  • 5x optical, 60x digital zoom
  • 40MB internal memory, D/SDHC optional
  • max duration: 10 hrs HD
  • USB 2.0, AV
  • 72x38x112.8mm
  • Max resolution: 1,280x720
  • 16:9 widescreen format
  • 3in LCD
  • 5x optical, 60x digital zoom
  • 40MB internal memory, D/SDHC optional
  • max duration: 10 hrs HD
  • USB 2.0, AV
  • 72x38x112.8mm

OUR VERDICT

The attractively styled Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 with its uniquely comfortable gun grip is both fun and simple to use. It produced decent stills and offers a good video resolution, though not at full HD. The generous onboard memory makes it good value, but the overall impression is marred by the plasticky controls at the rear.

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