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Sanyo Xacti VPC-C6E

£364 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Sanyo

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

One of the strangest devices we've seen in a long time, the Xacti VPC-C6E looks like a Dictaphone that's been cross-bred with a camcorder.

One of the strangest devices that we've seen in a long time, the Xacti VPC-C6E looks more like a Dictaphone that's been cross-bred with a camcorder than a digital camera. Love it or loathe it, Sanyo deserves credit for the brave design of the C6E – but it could put off more people than it attracts.

For all the camcorder pretences, it's no better at recording video than most cameras at this price point, with highest-quality Mpeg4s topping out at VGA (640x480) resolution and a shade under 30fps (frames per second) with stereo sound.

More appealingly, the C6E's video clips are limited in length only by the capacity of the SD (secure digital) card installed – some cameras can muster only 30-second bursts.

The Sanyo gets another one over on most of the competition by allowing the 5x optical zoom to be used while filming, but the handiness of this is rather cancelled out by the pedestrian zoom speed – and touching it while filming was almost guaranteed to make the picture blurry.

The C6E has a 6Mp (megapixel) CCD (charge-coupled device), and the reasonable-quality images featured bright, punchy colours. Unfortunately, finer detail lacked crispness, while noise was a concern on higher ISOs. Turning the camera on its side for portrait shots felt unnatural and awkward, and since it tends to topple over easily, it is not suited to resting on a table ledge for self portraits, either.

There's little manual input for control freaks to get excited about, but the Sanyo did perform admirably in tricky conditions. However, the lack of a red-eye reduction on the flash will annoy many, and the C6E tended to get a bit warm around the battery/SD card area when filming for longer periods – but not alarmingly so.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-C6E Expert Verdict »
Sanyo Xacti VPC-C6/DMX-C6 Scores 8.8 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
6Mp compact digital camera (maximum resolution 2,816x2,112 pixels)
5x zoom lens
f3.5-4.7 aperture
ISO 50 to 400
shutter 1/2,000 sec
2in LCD viewfinder
max video 640x480/30fps
lithium-ion battery with charger
1GB SD
68x23x108mm
140g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 6 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

Despite some slight grumbles about the design and video recording quality, there is much to like here, including a generous software bundle, image stabilisation and easy one-handed use. The Sanyo Xacti VPC-C6E is certainly different, but that's not always a good thing.

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