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Sanyo Germany announces ultracompact digicam (UPDATED)
(Monday, August 15, 2005 - 08:35 EDT)

Our friends over at the digitalkamera.de website in Germany have covered news of a new digital camera announcement in that market from consumer electronics company Sanyo.

The Sanyo Xacti E6 is an ultra-compact six megapixel model with a 3x optical zoom lens (although Sanyo persists in including interpolation in its cameras, this time almost doubling the resolution to 10.2 megapixels - something which can be done more effectively in a computer, rather than in the camera). Probably the standout feature of the Xacti E6 given its small chassis is a whopping 3.0" LCD display. Other features will apparently include 9-point autofocusing, a choice of metering modes, four-mode flash, six scene modes, 30fps VGA movie capability, and USB and NTSC/PAL video output. Power comes from a proprietary Lithium Ion battery, and images are stores in 16MB of internal memory, or on optional Secure Digital cards.

The Sanyo Xacti E6 will ship this September in Europe, with pricing set at €430 (roughly equivalent to US$532 / CAD$637 / £294 / ¥58,300 ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties). Photos of the camera body can be seen on the digitalkamera.de website.

Sanyo Xacti E6
Camera Type Ultra Compact
Manufacturer Sanyo
Model Number E6
Dimensions 3.9 x 2.3 x 0.9"
98.0 x 59.0 x 22.0mm
Weight 153.0 g
5.3 oz
Planned Availability Sep 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
6.37 megapixels (total)
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 3680 x 2760 (10.2 megapixels, interpolated)
2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2280 x 1712 (3.9 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 3.0", 230,000 pixels
Lens Type 3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 38 - 114mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.3 (wide) / f/4.0 (tele) - ???
Focusing System 9-point
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 8" - infinity (20 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 20" (1 cm - 50 cm)
ISO Sensitivity Auto (50 - 200), 500, 100, 200, 400, 800
Shutter Speed 1/2 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Matrix, center-weighted, spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 1.8EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent
Internal Flash Modes: Forced, Cancel, Auto, Red-Eye Reduction
Range: 0.1 - 2.4m (wide); 0.5 - 2.0m (tele)
Scene Modes Sport, landscape, night, fireworks, indoor, sunset
Digital Zoom 4x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format QuickTime PhotoJPEG with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 (speed unknown)
Other DC In
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 1 x Proprietary
Product Bundle
Flash Memory 16.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Remote Control No

UPDATED 2005-08-24 10:08ET: Sanyo Germany advised us of an error in our coverage of this announcement. The correct video file format for the Xacti E6 is QuickTime PhotoJPEG, not MPEG4 AVI as we initially stated. This error has now been corrected. Our apologies for the inconvenience!

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