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Whither goes Sanyo, so goes the camcorder industry?

Whither goes Sanyo, so goes the camcorder industry?

Sanyo melds several of the hottest trends in video today in its Xacti HD1 camcorder: HD video, flash-media recording, and an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display. The ultracompact device records 720p MPEG-4 video to an SD card, shoots 5-megapixel stills, uses a 2.2-inch OLED display, and does it all for a relatively reasonable price: $800. And, unlike many of its similarly designed competitors, the HD1 sports a 10X zoom lens.

Additional specs include:
• 16:9 wide-screen format
• 60fps VGA-resolution capture
• Continuous still shooting
• On-camera flash with red-eye reduction
• Digital image stabilizer
• Talking navigation guide for first-time users
• Macro shooting down to 0.4 inch
• A self-timer
• Voice-recorder capability

Expected to ship in late March, the HD1 will also include a docking station.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1