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Get wet with the Sanyo Xacti E1 pocket camcorder

Sanyo has announced the Xacti VPC-E1, its newest SDHC card camcorder, which can be submerged in up to five feet of water, and can record h.264 MPEG-4 video.


Summer's coming, and that means you're going to see plenty of opportunities to get wet. Whether you're swimming in a pool or surfing at a beach, you're probably going to get soaked in the next few months. Unfortunately, most camcorders simply can't take the moisture. The Olympus Stylus 770SW and the Pentax Optio W30 are two of the few digital cameras you can take swimming with you, but even they're not the best choice for shooting video.

Sanyo just announced the Xacti E1, a waterproof pocket camcorder. This new gadget can handle getting dunked up to five feet for an hour, all while recording video to an SDHC memory card. Like the Xacti VPC-CG65 we reported on a few months ago, the E1 uses MPEG-4 h.264 video compression, and can get up to five hours of 30fps VGA footage onto a 4GB SDHC card. The E1 can also snap 6-megapixel still images, if you want to keep more static memories of your underwater antics.

Because it uses an SD card to store all of its videos and photos, the E1 is very small and light. It measures just 4.4 inches high and 1.6 inches thick, and weighs just 8.3 ounces with battery and an SD or SDHC card. Though you'll have to purchase the SD card separately, the E1 will include a copy of Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 for Windows XP/Vista. Considering that a 4GB SD card can be found for around $50 and Adobe Premiere Elements retails for about $100, that's a pretty good accessories trade-off.

The Sanyo Xacti E1 is hitting stores and shores in mid-June. It will come in blue, yellow, and white versions, each with a suggested retail price of $500.