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Photo samples: Sanyo Xacti VPC-E1

Photos shot with the Sanyo Xacti VPC-E1

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1 of 5 Lori Grunin
We're used to seeing a bit of distortion at the widest end of zoom lenses, but the E1's widest 38mm-equivalent is a bit on the narrow side to see this kind of barreling. (Gridlines overlaid in Photoshop.)
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2 of 5 Lori Grunin
Clearly the E1 dropped to a slow shutter speed for this photo, but the lag and temporary screen blackout were such that I had no idea anyone else had entered the frame until I reviewed the photo. A combination of a hard-to-press shutter button and focus lag make taking stills with the E1 frequently frustrating.
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3 of 5 Lori Grunin
The frustrations of shooting with the E1 are offset by the occasional good shot. The inset shows that the photos look pretty sharp; you can see the hairs on the butterfly's legs.
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4 of 5 CNET Labs
At ISO 50 the E1 retains a decent amount of detail, but once you jump up to ISO 100, the camera's noise-suppression algorithms begin to blur the photo; by ISO 400, there's relatively little detail retained.
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5 of 5 CNET Labs
The E1's maximum video resolution of 640x480 means you won't capture a lot of detail; like all video, the E1's is sharpest when zoomed in, and this frame shows you the best it gets.

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