Today Sanyo announced a new member of its Xacti line, the Xacti VPC-HD1010 camcorder, a compact and lightweight (9.9 ounces with battery and SD card) full 1080i HD (1,920x1,080) camcorder. The HD1010 has a CMOS sensor that records both 1080i HD video and 4MP still images to either SDHC memory cards or the built-in 40MB internal memory. A built-in pop-up flash sits on top on the camcorder's pistol-grip design, while a 2.7-inch wide-screen LCD display pivots out from the side.
The 1080i HD video is recorded at 60 frames per second in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format. It is also capable of 300 fps slow-motion video. Utilizing Sanyo's Face Detection technology for still images and Face Chaser technology for video, it can recognize up to 12 faces at a time in both stills and video. Stills in 4MP can be shot at up to 7 fps, even while recording video. It includes a fast f1.8 10x optical zoom lens, made of all glass. Sound is recorded at 48 khz. 16-bit on two channels. It will be available in the U.S. in July for around $800.