Sanyo VPC-HD1A Digital Media Camera

Sanyo Updated: 2007-09-14
Sanyo VPC-HD1A Digital Media Camera


The high-definition SANYO Xacti HD2 camcorder captures both beautiful photos and 720p high-definition video.

* 720p high-definition video
* 5.1 Megapixel Digital Still Images
* 10x Optical Zoom
* 2.2 inch LCD display
* Superfast 9 Mbps transfer rate
* Sleek Ergonomic Design
* In camera editing
* Built-In Image Stabilizer Function for videos In camera editing

The Sanyo VPC-HD1a Xacti Media Camera
with 10x Optical Zoom is a high-definition compact digital media device that combines the functionality of a digital camera and a digital camcorder. Different than a standard digital camera that shoots short video clips, the VPC-HD1a offers advanced, next-generation video performance and high-quality stills in one small, lightweight camera.

This powerful little device is designed to record both 720-pixel high-definition video and snap 5.1-megapixel digital still images, all of which are handily stored to a standard SD flash memory card. The high-precision LSI (large-scale integration) for image processing is the real "muscle" behind the Xacti HD1a's ability to record high-definition video. This powerful "high-definition engine" processes a massive number o0f calculations in a short period of time and enables the HD1a's high-definition 720p processing, real-time MPEG-4 compression, and noise reduction.

1280 x 720 Progressive HD Video Scanning
Thanks to highly efficient MPEG-4 technology, the HD1a is able to create high-definition 720p (1280 x 720 pixels) videos at 30 frames per second. That’s up to three times more pixels than standard conventional video cameras . These are richly detailed images that will display beautifully on any big screen TV.

Advanced MPEG-4 Technology
The HD1a features SANYO's proprietary high-definition engine to execute a vast number of calculations in a short period of time. This high-definition engine enables the Xacti HD1a's advanced image processing functions such as real-time MPEG-4 compression, noise reduction and high-definition processing. Recording in the global multimedia standard MPEG-4 delivers exceptional video clarity and detail in an unbelievably portable configuration. What's more, because MPEG-4 is exceptionally efficient in the way it records digital information, higher quality videos and stills can be saved in smaller files.

Super-fast 9Mbs Frame Rate
The SANYO HD1a high-definition digital media camera features an accelerated frame rate in the HD mode that is more than four times faster than earlier digital cameras. Transmitting data at 9 megabits per seconds ensures that camera and subject motion are smooth and natural, without the image lag or distortion that might occur in slower-responding systems.

2.2 inch OLED Screen
The HD1a features an incredibly clear 2.2-inch, Sanyo-developed Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) with 210,000 total pixels. The 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.

5.36 megapixel CCD image sensor
Inside the HD1a high-definition digital media camera is an advanced 5.36-megapixel (total) CCD image sensor to capture high-definition videos (at a very smooth and natural 30 fps!), with full-range stereo sound. Using a 2GB SD memory card (optional) the HD1a can record over 42 minutes of high-definition video, up to two hours of standard-definition video or up to 1190 five-megapixel digital still images.

Record to standard SD Memory Cards
The HD1a can record up to 21 minutes of 720p high-definition video per gigabyte on a standard SD card. Alternately, the camera allows you to record in Standard Definition (640 x 480 resolution) for up to one hour per gigabyte. If you're looking to shoot home videos of the kids carving pumpkins or a dance recital, you can easily store hours of video footage using the standard definition setting. If recording in high definition is your goal, then change the settings and get 720p high definition video.

Switching between HD and SD modes
Switching from standard definition to high definition is a breeze; you simply press the "HD/Norm" button located on the side of the camera body. Additionally, in the menu options, you can choose from six different video resolution modes (and six different resolution levels for your still photos!), depending on how your images will be used.

Record specifically for your personal media player
The HD1a has a new recording mode designed specifically to capture video destined for the iPod video or other MPEG4 capable media players. Shooting in the new Web-SHQ mode, you videos will be captured at 320 x 240 pixels at 30 frames-per-second – perfect for some of the most popular personal media players available.

In camera editing
With the Xacti HD1a, you can edit even large-volume high-definition movies. Two movie clips can be combined into one or unnecessary footage can be deleted on the camera itself, giving you more effective use of the SD memory card. What's more, a favorite frame from a movie clip can be extracted as a still image.

16:9 ratio still shooting
16:9 still shooting With the new 3.8M / 16:9 shooting mode, you can display both your stills and videos on your full 16:9 television screen.

Capture still and High-Definition Movie Images Simultaneously
The Xacti HD1a enables simultaneous shooting of 5.1-megapixel still images and HD (1280 x 720-pixel) movie clips, with a simple press of the shutter button during the shooting of a movie clip. Users will never need to miss another precious photo opportunity. (Depending on the mode used to take still images, simultaneous video clip shooting may be interrupted. While shooting video clips, using the digital image stabilizer may change the angle of view for still images.)

High-Quality Digital Stereo Recording
The Xacti HD1a's 48 kHz, 16-bit, 2-channel sound for AAC-LC (MPEG-4 Audio) provides a sense of reality to match the realism of those impressive high-definition movies. And not only is it able to reduce noise caused by wind during shooting, the Xacti HD1a also features a dedicated terminal to which an external microphone can be attached.

Built-In Image Stabilization
High-definition can't hide shaky or erratic camera shaking. That's why SANYO's HD1a comes with a sophisticated image stabilizer. Using a proprietary SANYO algorithm, the HD1a automatically compensates for distracting up-and-down or side-to-side camera movement, keeping your subject steady and easy to follow. It accurately distinguishes between unintentional camera shake and deliberate camera movement. This handy feature operates in both wide-angle and telephoto modes, giving every shot a solid, professional-looking feel.

Sleek, Ergonomic Design
On or off, the HD1a is a true work of art. Ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, all video and still functions can be easily accessed with the thumb of the hand used to hold the camera. Aside from making everything much simpler and easier to use, this 'one thumb' interface lets you enjoy-and be a part of-each precious moment you record.

Highly Efficient 10x Optical Zoom
The HD1a digital media camera features a highly efficient 10x optical zoom with a bright maximum aperture of f/3.5. Consisting of nine groups and twelve total lenses with a built-in neutral density filter, the HD1a's lens provides a fantastic field-of-view with a 38-380 mm range (35 mm equivalent). Combined with the 10x digital zoom, the HD1a provides up to 100x zooming capability.

Convenient Docking Station
One of the more frustrating aspects of working with any digital media camera is juggling all the wires and connections necessary when you want to use it with external components for viewing or to download files. SANYO's HD1a streamlines the whole process with an innovative docking station that provides an instant USB/AV (component, composite or S-video) connection to a TV or PC. The HD1a even recharges its internal battery when nested in the docking station.

Super Fast Start-Up
Reduce your chance of missing the moment. The Xacti HD1a high-definition media camera is designed for super fast start-up and shooting. With the tapeless design, the HD1a eliminates the need to queue up a tape deck allowing the HD1a to begin shooting in as little as 1.7 seconds! When the HD1a is powered on, closing the LCD display puts the HD1a in standby mode. Simply open the display and the HD1a automatically powers up and can begin immediately recording in as little as 1.7 seconds.

Manual Mode Enables Advanced-Control Shooting
The following settings can be manually adjusted according to the shooting situation: Manual focus adjustment (22 settings); aperture adjustment (5 stops); exposure compensation (1.8 EV, 0.3 EV steps); shutter speed (16 settings); ND filter On/Off; and image-quality adjustment (for sharpness and color saturation).

Easy Connection to TV, VCR, DVD recorder or Computer
The Xacti HD1a enables easy playback of recorded high-definition images directly on a TV screen. Connect the HD1a to a VCR or DVD Recorder to back-up copies of recorded content. Still images and video clips on the Xacti HD1a are played back continuously and in chronological order. Along with MPEG-4 digital recording, the Xacti HD1a offers convenient connection to a PC. With simple drag-and-drop operation, it's easy to save recorded video clips and still images onto a computer's hard disk for emailing, editing or archiving. The HD1a also comes with a remote controller to operate the camera at a distance during playback.