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Sanyo announces new Xacti Dual Camera line-up for 2009 - World first for Sanyo as their new camera range includes a 1080 60p camera.

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Sanyo, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new Xacti Dual Camera line-up for 2009. The range comprises six models in total: three featuring the Xacti's familiar vertical ‘pistol grip' body and three with a new horizontal form, offering users more options to choose the right camcorder for their lifestyle.

The new line-up includes new waterproof HD cameras (models VPC-WH1 and VPC-CA9), compact HD units (models VPC-TH1 and VPC-CG10), and full HD 1080 60p cameras (models VPC-FH1 and VPC-HD2000). All of the new cameras, both horizontal and vertical design, are small and compact, making them ultra-portable and easy to hold for active filming and shooting while on the go.

The new Xacti range will be available from March 2009 in the UK.

The new VPC-FH1 and VPC-HD2000 models are the world's first true 1080 60p cameras available at the time of launch. These dual cameras record at 60 frames per second in progressive scan so when the recorded material is played back, the content is smoother and appears to be of an even better quality because of its composition.

Commenting on the new range, Phil Williams, Business Manager for Digital Cameras at SANYO UK says,

VPC-CA9"With the Xacti brand, SANYO created a new market segment based on the concept of being able to take both high quality videos and photos with one simple, compact camera, performing the functions of both a camcorder and a digital camera in one unit. The 2009 Xacti range builds on this with the addition of three cameras available in a new horizontal form, expanding the options available to users while retaining SANYO's proprietary technology and know-how in digital imaging. The new cameras offer more choice with more functionality than ever before including features such as longer recording times, up to 3 hours and 20 minutes; standard and waterproof standard high definition; and full HD 1080p progressive recording."

Xacti Dual Cameras combine the benefits of digital still cameras and camcorders in one unit, offering users the freedom to not only take both photos and videos separately, but also seamlessly. With a Xacti Dual Camera, there is no need to stop to switch modes to take the perfect photo while filming video or switch playback modes when viewing a multi-media slideshow combining both photos and videos. SANYO Xacti Dual Cameras are the only cameras that feature a unique slide-show function capable of viewing both photos and videos without having to stop and switch modes, both when viewing on the camera or when watching on a television.

Sanyo video cameraThe 2009 product line-up of Dual Cameras all feature the same advanced dual capability with both traditional television viewing and computer-use/viewing, including being able to share on the web, and many are compatible with a number optional lenses. Some of the new models also offer an amazing recording time of up to 3 hours 20 minutes thanks to a small but powerful SANYO battery and an engine designed to save energy.

The new line-up includes:

VPC-TH1 (Horizontal) and VPC-CG10 (Vertical):

With the increasing demand for high definition equipment, from 2009 SANYO's Xacti Dual Camera line-up are all designed to record high definition video. Even with high definition, there are two primary types, 720p and 1080p. SANYO's ‘compact HD Models' are all compatible with 720p (1280 x 720) and are able to record in 30 frames per second, not to mention the HD quality photos the units take, putting high definition into the palm of anyone who uses a Xacti Dual Camera. Also, the VPC-TH1 has an incredible 3-hr 20-min long continuous recording time-and its all in HD!

*3 For SANYO Xacti Dual Cameras, "Standard/Compact HD" is data recorded at 720p-i.e. 1280 (horizontal) x 720 (vertical) pixels.

Sanyo video cameraVPC-WH1 (Horizontal) and VPC-CA9 (Vertical):

With a conventional digital camera or camcorder, many users are understandably reluctant to film or shoot in the rain or other wet environments, for the obvious fear of causing water damage to the camera. The VPC-WH1 and VPC-CA9, however, have earned the highest possible IEC 60529 waterproof rating-IPX8-allowing high definition 1280 x 720 30 fps footage to be captured without worrying about the effects of water or snow. The VPC-CA9 is operable down to a water depth of up to 1.5 metres (5 feet), while the VPC-WH1 is submersible down to 3 metres (10 feet).

With SANYO's advanced waterproofing technology, these cameras can be used without thinking twice in the rain, for marine sports such as surfing or snorkeling, or for winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding*. The VPC-CA9 offers the enhanced functionality of 9-megapixel still images-a world-first for a waterproof HD dual camera. Meanwhile, the VPC-WH1 features 30x optical zoom for superior video-capturing. The waterproof SANYO Xacti Dual Cameras are usable year-round, perfect for activities on the go regardless of whether they are in the city, by the sea, or in the mountains.

Sanyo camera* Please beware of moisture and condensation when using in cold locations or in areas with high temperatures or humidity.

*2 CA9; Equivalent to IPX8/IPX5 (in water depths up to 1.5 m, for up to 60 minutes).

*2 WH1; Equivalent to IPX8/IPX5 (in water depths up to 3 m, for up to 60 minutes).

*3 For SANYO Xacti Dual Cameras, "Standard/Compact HD" is data recorded at 720p-i.e. 1280 (horizontal) x 720 (vertical) pixels.

VPC-FH1 (Horizontal) and VPC-HD2000 (Vertical):

The two new Full HD Xacti Dual Cameras are truly the benchmark in high definition, offering 1920 x 1080 pixels, and 60 frames per second to record crystal clear and smooth motion for videos. These highly advanced cameras not only offer the regular 1080i (interlaced) format, recording at 60 frames per second, but with the SANYO proprietary CMOS engine, recording is possible in 1080p (progressive) format-this means recording at a full 60 frames per second. With this higher frame rate capturing ability, videos look more professional, and offer smoother, higher quality images.

Phil Williams comments:
"Our new 1080 60p dual cameSanyo cameraras are a worlds first and so are a very exciting development for SANYO. Progressive scanning technology is the future for HD as most HD TV's can already play back in this format, leaving interlaced (1080 60i format) material at a disadvantage. The progressive scan format is also much better for editing as it allows the user to freeze frame on a full image rather than on an interlaced one where there may only be partial content."

These fully equipped full HD models offer the latest in zooming technology, with a special 16x advanced zoom function. The new-style zoom gives a broader view as it zooms in, allowing more of the scene into the zoom than ever before.

*1 For SANYO Xacti Dual Cameras, "Full HD" means data recorded at 1080p-i.e. 1920 (horizontal) x 1080 (vertical) pixels


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