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Sanyo's Xacti VPC-HD700 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sanyo launches Xacti HD700
(Monday, January 7, 2008 - 13:20 EST)

Sanyo Fisher Co., a subsidiary of Japanese consumer electronics company Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., has announced a new flash-based camcorder model for its Xacti HD-series.

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD700 is a seven megapixel camera with a 5x optical zoom lens, and offers still images to a maximum of 3072 x 2304 pixels, as well as a 720p (1280 x 720 pixel, 30 frames per second) movie mode using MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 compression. Images are stored on SD/MMC cards, including the newer SDHC types, while a 2.7" LCD display with 230,000 pixels serves as the sole method of framing or reviewing images. The Sanyo HD700 also includes both high definition HDMI / and standard definition NTSC / PAL video output, USB 2.0 high-speed computer connectivity, and a built-in flash strobe. Seven scene modes help get the picture you want, with shutter speeds ranging from 4 - 1/2000 second, and ISO sensitivity from 50 to 3200.

The Sanyo Xacti HD700 is available immediately, priced at about $600.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD700
Sanyo's Xacti VPC-HD700 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeOther
Model NumberVPC-HD700
Dimensions2.9 x 4.3 x 1.4"
73.7 x 109.2 x 35.6mm
Weight212.6 g
7.4 oz
Planned Price$599.99
Planned Availability Jan 2008
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/2.5" CCD
7.38 megapixels (total)
7.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
3072 x 1728 (5.3 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
1280 x 720 (0.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
LCD2.7", 230,000 pixels
Playback Zoom58.0x max
Lens Type5x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length6.3 - 31.7mm (actual)
38 - 190mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.5 (wide) / f/4.7 (tele) - ???
Focusing SystemStill: 9-point AF / Spot, Video: Continuous AF
Focusing RangeNormal: 4" - infinity (10 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 33" (1 cm - 80 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto (50 - 400), 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Shutter Speed4 - 1/2000 second
Metering ModesMulti-spot, center-weighted, spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 1.8EV in 0.3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Fine, Cloud, Fluorescent, Incandescent, One push, Manual
Internal FlashGuide Number: 4
Modes: Auto, Forced, Off, Red-Eye (Slow, synchro mode possible in Night View mode)
Range: Wide: 20cm - 2.5m, Tele: 80cm - 2.0m
Scene ModesAuto, Sports, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Fireworks, Lamp
Digital Zoom12x max.
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time LapseNo
Movie FormatMPEG4 AVC / H.264 with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC
File SystemComplies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.2)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
Battery TypeLithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary DB-L40
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger1 x proprietary DB-L40 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory Unknown
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Remote ControlYes
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Sanyo's Xacti VPC-HD700 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Sanyo's Xacti VPC-HD700 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Sanyo's Xacti VPC-HD700 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Sanyo Introduces The Xacti HD700, A Pocket-Sized 720p High-Definition Camcorder Designed For Fun, Everyday Use

Stylish, Easy-To-Use Camcorder Shoots 720p Video and 7.1 Megapixel Photos

LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2008 (revised), CES Central Hall Booth #11017 – SANYO, a world leading digital camera manufacturer, debuts the Xacti HD700, a pocket-sized, 720p high-definition digital camcorder. The HD700 is a high-performance camcorder capable of recording both high-definition video and 7.1-megapixel photos easily to an SD or SDHC memory card (memory card sold separately). Featuring an ultra-compact, ergonomic shape, the HD700 is specifically designed for publishing high quality video and high resolution still photos in formats ideally suited for Web-use or sharing. Fun and easy to use anytime inspiration strikes, the HD700 is truly an advanced communication tool for the emerging information age.

The SANYO Xacti HD700 is now available in the U.S.A. in Silver, Red and Brown. It has an MSRP of $599.99*1.

"The new SANYO Xacti HD700 is our best everyday-use camcorder ever" said Tom Van Voy, Vice President of SANYO's Audio Video Division. "At 16% smaller and 10% lighter than our popular HD2, the HD700 combines a host of new features in a sleek, affordable and easy-to-use camcorder."

The HD700 uses the same new optical processing engine found in the recently announced VPC-HD1000, which is unique in its ability to process images quickly with lower power consumption. In addition to utilizing SANYO's proprietary H.264 engine, the camera only needs 4.0 watts of power, made possible by combining two engine chips into one miniaturized fast-processing image engine.

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.

Also, in addition to the reduction in data capacity needed to store the images and video clips, photos or 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.

The HD700 captures 7.1-megapixel still photos and provides excellent low-light performance all the way to the ISO 3200 level of sensitivity.

The HD700 includes the new "Face Chaser" function that automatically detects and isolates faces to assist the camera's exposure and auto-focus. The HD700 is capable of detecting up to 12 independent faces at a time.

The HD700 digital media camera features a 5x all-glass optical zoom with a bright maximum aperture of f/3.5. Consisting of nine groups and twelve total lenses (3 aspheric elements, 5 aspheric surfaces), the HD700's lens provides a fantastic field-of-view with a 38-190 mm range (35 mm equivalent). Combined with the 12x digital zoom, the HD700 provides up to 60x zooming capability.

The Xacti HD700 features a large 2.7 inch Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). The bright, widescreen display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on an axis that allows you to take great video or still images from otherwise-difficult-to-view positions, especially useful when shooting in large crowds or in small rooms.

The HD700 is designed to work with Apple's full complement of video editing applications including the new iMovie 08. Easily edit your movies and add them to your website or YouTube for sharing or create versions for iPod, iPhone or the Apple TV.

For Windows users, the SANYO Xacti HD700 includes the powerful award-winning Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 video editing software. Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 software makes creating and sharing impressive home videos a snap. Burn your footage to DVD in two simple steps, complete with a DVD menu and scene index, or easily assemble your movie by rearranging clips with drag-and-drop simplicity. And share your movies on DVD, the web, mobile phones, and virtually anywhere else.

The SANYO Xacti HD700 records high-definition and photos directly to a standard SD or SDHC Memory Card. The camcorder can record up to 2 hour and 46 minutes of 720p high-definition video on a single 8GB card (sold separately).

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 or video quickly and easily, without waiting for tape rewinding or fast forwarding.

The Xacti series has become known for its ergonomic design and small, easy-to-use file sizes. The HD700 is also designed for convenient, one-handed use and adopts the new 105 degree angle design that recent research has proven to be less tiring to hold and shoot than typical camcorders. Easy-to-hold and easy-to-shoot, the HD700 raises the bar in compact camcorder design.


  • HDMI High-Definition Output (with included Docking Station)
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • Superfast Startup (Record in as little as 1.3 seconds).
  • Playback directly onto a HD or standard TV screen.
  • Easy connection to VCR or DVD recorder.
  • Expand the fun of viewing home movies and photos on television with 'Xacti Library' for easy playback and saving of files.
  • Equipped with 'SIMPLE' mode for even beginners to create high quality, beautiful high definition movies.
  • 'Talking Navigation' informs user of current state/setting
  • 'Super Macro' allows close-ups of 1 cm
  • In-Camera Editing
  • Equipped with `Wind Noise Reduction' reducing wind noise from the microphone when recording movies
  • Compatible with Exif Print*2 and PRINT Image Matching III*3 for printing
  • Print pictures without a computer using PictBridge
  • Innovative Docking Station Included
  • Remote Control Included

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.

For more information and additional specifications, please visit http://www.sanyodigital.com. For downloadable hi-res product images, go to http://www.sanyodigital.com and click on "Dealer Images".

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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.

*1 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
*2 Exif Ver2.2 is an industry standard established for file formatting of digital cameras
*3 When using PRINT Image Matching compatible printer

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