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Sanyo announces two new pocket camcorders

Sanyo announced the Xacti CG6 and CG65, two new compact digital camcorders.

Sanyo has announced two new compact digital camcorders, the Xacti CG6 and the Xacti CG65. Like the rest of Sanyo's Xacti cameras, the CG6 and CG65 are portable, catch-all devices that can shoot both video and still photos onto SD cards.

The CG6 and CG65 are nearly identical: both shoot VGA (640x480) video at 30 frames per second; both have 6-megapixel sensors that can interpolate images up to 10 megapixels (not the best strategy for getting big prints, but it technically works); both have flip-out, pivoting 2.5-inch LCD screens; and both have 5x optical zooms. For all intents and purposes, they're the same camcorder, save one important detail.

The CG65 separates itself from the CG6 by being the first Sanyo camcorder to record H.264 MPEG-4 video. According to Sanyo, H.264 encoding produces high-quality video that takes up 25 percent less space. The company claims the CG65 can fit up to 80 minutes of H.264-encoded video onto a 1-gig SD card, compared to 60 minutes on the CG6.

The extra recording time will cost you, though; both camcorders are nearly identical, but the Xacti CG65 has a suggested retail price of $400, while the CG6 is $330. Both cameras hit stores next month.