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Sanyo's logo. Click here to visit the Sanyo website! PRESS RELEASE: SANYO Xacti CG9 Camcorder is the Easy, Fun Solution for Shooting Both High- Quality Video and 9.1-Megapixel Digital Stills Features High Resolution CMOS Image Sensor and 'Face Chaser' Technology; Video and Photos Upload Easily to Portable Media Players and Social Networking Websites

CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- SANYO, a world leading digital camera manufacturer, debuts the Xacti CG9, an exceptionally easy-to-use and affordable MPEG-4 digital camcorder with 9.1 megapixel still image capability. The CG9 features an advanced CMOS image sensor for capturing video and stills, and employs the latest, high-performance MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video codec.

Featuring a truly pocket-sized design and ergonomic shape, the CG9 is designed to easily upload high quality video and high resolution still photos to the Web in formats optimized for instantly sharing on social networking sites like YouTube, Facebook, MySpace and others. Users can also upload video and still images to a wide variety of viewing devices like iPod and other portable digital media players. Easy and fun to use wherever inspiration strikes, the CG9 is an advanced, ultra-convenient solution for recording and sharing digital videoand still images.

The SANYO Xacti CG9 will be available in the U.S.A. starting in mid-April 2008. Available in Silver or Black, the CG9 has an MSRP of $279.99*.

"The SANYO Xacti CG9 is a high-performance digital video and still camera in one sleek, compact package," said Tom Van Voy, Vice President and General Manager of SANYO's Audio Video Division. "It offers great performance and exceptional value to those buying a camcorder for the first time and everyone who wants to easily capture their special memories and share them in a whole new way."

Video is recorded in the advanced MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format encoding technology. This advanced compression delivers exceptional video clarity and detail while maintaining the smallest file size possible. Users can record up to one hour of video per gigabyte of available memory (TV-HQ mode) on a standard SD orSDHC memory card. SDHC cards up to a capacity of 32 gigabytes are supported.

Photos and movies are easily copied and loaded on a personal computer or uploaded and shared on the Internet for online use on blogs, video-sharing websites and personal websites.

High resolution 9.1-megapixel CMOS sensor allows movies tobe recorded and played back at a smooth rate of 60 fps (TV-HR mode).

Face Chaser technology recognizes and automaticallyfocuses on up to 12 faces in each still image.

The CG9 captures 9.1-megapixel still photos andprovides excellent low-light performance.

Sequential photo setting lets you take up to 10**photos in rapid succession with a shutter speed of 5 frames per second (fps).

The CG9 features a newly developed high-power 5x optical zoom with a bright maximum aperture of f/3.5 (wide) and f/3.7 (tele). The camera features eight groups and eleven total lenses. Combined with the 12x digital zoom, the HD700provides up to 62.5x zooming capability.

The Xacti CG9 features a large 2.5 inch amorphous silicon TFT Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). The bright display flips out from the camera and rotates to allow taking great video or still images from otherwise-difficult-to-view positions.This is especially useful when shooting in large crowds or in small rooms.

The Windows compatible CG9 is also designed to work with Apple's full complement of video editing applications including the iMovie 08. Easily edit your movies and add them to your website or YouTube for sharing or create versions foriPod, iPhone or the Apple TV.

The SANYO Xacti CG9 records high-quality video and photos directly to a standard SD or SDHC Memory Card (sold separately). The camcorder can record up to onehour of MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video per gigabyte of available memory (TV-HQ mode).

Each video is recorded as an individual MPEG-4 and each still as a JPEG so you can have true random access allowing you to review a specific image orvideo quickly and easily, without waiting for tape rewinding or fast forwarding.

The Xacti series has become known for its ergonomic design. The CG9 is ideal for convenient, one-handed use with larger, easier to use function buttons and a comfortable, rounded grip. Easy-to-hold and easy-to-shoot, the CG9 makes it easy to capture that special moment every time. The CG9's thoughtful designalso allows level filming when used with a tripod.


  • Video and Still Digital Image Stabilization
  • Pixel-interpolation filter allows images up to 12-Megapixels***
  • Built-in Flash
  • Real-Time Interpolation (12MP)
  • High Quality Stereo Audio Recording (AAC-LC)
  • Wind Noise Reduction
  • Web Cam Function
  • Still images can be taken simultaneously with video recording, without stopping or pausing video
  • Playback directly onto almost any TV
  • Easy connection to VCR or DVD recorder
  • 40MB Internal Memory
  • 'Talking Navigation' informs user of current state/setting
  • 'Super Macro' allows close-ups of 1 cm
  • Print pictures without a computer using PictBridge
  • USB 2.0 and S-Video Output
  • Dimensions: Approx. 2.9 W x 4.0 H x 1.5 D (in inches; excluding protrusions)
  • Weight: Approx. 7 oz. (with battery and SD card)

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a multi-billion-dollar global leader in providing solutions for the environment, energy and for lifestyle applications based on its Brand Vision 'Think GAIA'. SANYO Fisher Company (a division of SANYO North America Corporation, a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.), based in Chatsworth, California, markets mobile phones, digital projectors, digital still cameras, digital media camcorders, home appliances, security video equipment,audio systems, portable and mobile electronics and HD televisions.

More CG9 information and additional specifications will be posted at http://www.sanyodigital.com on March 19 after 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time. For downloadable, hi-res product images click on "Dealer Images."

All products and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Because its products are subject to continual improvement, SANYO reserves the right to modify product design and specifications without notice and without incurring any obligations.

* Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Pricing subject to change at
any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may
** In the 2M sequential shooting mode.
*** Converts approximately 9.1-megapixel data captured by the image sensor
to the recorded equivalent of 12-megapixels.

Website: http://www.sanyo.com/

(First posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 12:00 EDT)

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