Sanyo's Xacti VPC-PD2BK Pocket Camcorder Captures 1080p And 10MP Images

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Pocket camcorders have come a long way. They started out almost entirely made from one single company, Pure Digital, and the Flip branding has now bled over into a generic term for a camcorder that fits in your pocket. Today, the world has a lot more options to choose from, including a new one from Sanyo. The company is expanding their long running Xacti lineup with a new 1080p model with a 3x optical zoom, proving that you don't need something huge to capture Full HD.

The new VPC-PD2BK captures 1920x1080 at 30p, and it ships with embedded software for easy use and sharing on social networks. It's the only one out right now that can shoot 1080p video as well as 10MP images, all while offering a 3x optical zoom range. The entire device is about the size of a deck of cards, and the $169.99 retail price is certainly reasonable in our eye. It captures audio via dual microphones on the sides, and it can easily upload to YouTube, Facebook and Picasa. There's even a built-in USB plug in case you forget your cable, and files can be saved to SD, SDHC or SDXC cards. Not a bad combination of specs; it'll ship next month.

SANYO Introduces Pocket-Size Dual Camera

Capturing 10MP Photos and Full HD Videos with 3x Optical Zoom

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO), the company that introduced the first true line of Dual Cameras capable of taking high quality photos and videos from one single unit, today introduces a new Full HD (1920 x 1080 30p) Pocket-Size Dual Camera, model VPC-PD2BK, with embedded software for easy use and sharing on social networks. The camera is the only one of its kind that offers Full HD video recording, 10 MP photo shooting, and 3x optical zoom in a stylish form factor that is about the size of a deck of cards. The camera will be available for purchase in September with an MSRP of $169.99.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100819/LA53066)

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100819/LA53066)

The new pocket-size dual camera makes it a snap to shoot, connect, view and share both photos and videos on social networks like YouTube, Facebook, and Picasa. Two microphones on the sides of the camera record stereo sound.

"The new PD2BK delivers amazing 10MP photos and 1080 archive quality video with 3x optical zoom," says Tom Van Voy, Vice President and General Manager of the Digital Solutions Division for SANYO North America. "Now users have both a convenient, ultra easy form factor and archive quality photos and videos that they will be proud to display on their HDTVs or share with friends and family from their computer."

The SANYO VPC-PD2BK has a High Speed Sequential Shooting Mode usually found on more expensive or larger cameras. Connect using USB with either a built-in USB connector or with the included USB connection cable.

Files can be saved to SD, SDHC or ultra-high capacity SDXC (up to 64GB) memory cards.

Main Features: VPC-PD2BK

    * Full HD videos, 1080 30p (1920 x 1080 pixels)
    * 10MP photos
    * 3X Optical Zoom
    * Stereo Sound Recording
    * Compact, candy-bar type form factor
    * 37 mm wide-angle lens
    * Compatible with SD, SDHC, or SDXC (up to 64GB) memory cards
    * Mini-HDMI port
    * Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    * Rechargeable via USB port
    * Size: 2.48(W) x 0.87(D) x 4.36(H) in
    * Weight: 3.7oz


For more information about the SANYO VPC-PD2BK please visit http://www.us.sanyo.com/Dual-Cameras.
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realneil replied on Sat, Aug 21 2010 9:24 PM

I have an older (4 years old) Sanyo Xacti and it's a great little camera. It doesn't do all that this does, but it has good battery life and shoots good quality flix. The quality is certainly there,......

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