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Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2 HD video and still camera

£500 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Sanyo

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2 is the high-definition model in the company's line of "digital media cameras" all of which record video and photos to an SD (secure digital) card.

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2 is the high-definition model in the company's line of "digital media cameras" all of which record video and photos to an SD (secure digital) card.

Like the other models in the line, the 230g Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2 is significantly smaller and lighter than a typical camcorder, which must accommodate a built-in hard disk drive or DVD drive. The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2 slips easily into a jacket pocket.

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2's high-definition video capture didn't quite live up to our expectations. The VPC-HD2 records video at 720p, not 1080i. The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2's video suffered from fuzzy details and dull-looking colours; in low-light footage, shadow areas lacked subtle gradations. As a result the VPC-HD2 earned mediocre scores for video quality in standard light, video quality in low light, and audio quality.

Its shortcomings were particularly apparent when we compared the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2's video to test footage from the far more expensive Panasonic HDC-SD1 (review here) on a 50in Pioneer Elite plasma TV, connected via HDMI (high definition multimedia interface). Video from the HDC-SD1 looked much sharper, colours looked more vibrant, and greater detail appeared in low-light footage.

Like the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2, the Panasonic camcorder records video to an SDHC Card, but it's considerably larger and weighs more than twice as much.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2 Expert Verdict »

Webcam capability
focus adjustment: automatic, manual
focal length: 6.3-63mm
10x optical zoom: effective sensor resolution: still 7Mp
shooting modes: digital photo mode, frame movie mode
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card supported
lens aperture: F/3.5
electronic image stabiliser
pop-up camera flash
100x digital zoom
1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1200mAh (included)
red-eye reduction
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.2in - colour
widescreen video capture
built-in stereo microphone
7.2Mp sensor
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Considering this Sony Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2's marginal video quality, you might do just as well to spend a lot less less on the similarly pocketable Xacti VPC-CG65 (review here), which records video in standard definition.

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