Sanyo VPC-HD2 Digital Video Camera

Sanyo Updated: 2007-09-14
Sanyo VPC-HD2 Digital Video Camera

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

* 720p high-definition video
* 7 Megapixel stills
* 10x Optical Zoom
* 2.2 inch LCD display
* HDMI high-definition output

Shoot high-definition today with this state-of-the-art true 720p high-definition camcorder that doubles as a 7 megapixel digital camera. With a 10x optical lens and a rotating 2.2 inch LCD display, this tiny camcorder is small and light enough to be with you all the time. And, a HDMI port on the docking station allows you to simply connect to the latest high-definition TVs and recorders to view and share your footage.

100x zooming capability
The HD2 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 HD2's lens provides a fantastic field-of-view with a 38-380 mm range (35 mm equivalent). Combined with the 10x digital zoom, the HD2 provides up to 100x zooming capability.

Rotating LCD Display
The Xacti HD2 features a 2.2-inch Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). 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,especially useful when shooting in large crowds or in small rooms.

Inside the HD2 high-definition digital media camera is an advanced 7.21-megapixel (total) CCD image sensor to capture high-definition videos (at a very smooth and natural 30 fps!), with full-range stereo sound.

MPEG-4 File Compression
The HD2 records in the global multimedia standard MPEG-4, delivering 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.

Thanks to highly efficient MPEG-4 technology, the HD2 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. The HD2 can record nearly three hours of 720p high-definition video, eight hours of standard definition or 3400 7-Megapixel still images on an 8GB SDHC memory card.

Adjustable Resolution 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.

The HD2 features widescreen shooting modes for still, high-definition video and new for standard definition video. You can display both your stills and videos on your full 16:9 television screen.

Organization & In-Camera Editing
With the SANYO Xacti HD2’s 9-image display function, users can quickly search for specific images or videos. And, with the slideshow feature, images can be played back continuously. The HD2 can also edit clips. Clips can be cut in user-selected points and spliced, all from the camera itself. Unwanted images can be easily deleted, freeing up memory card capacity.

Simultaneous Still Images & Video
The Xacti HD2 enables simultaneous shooting of 7-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.)

Robust Sound Recording
The Xacti HD2's 48 kHz, 16-bit, 2-channel sound for AAC-LC (MPEG-4 Audio) provides a sense of reality to match the quality of those impressive high-definition movies. And not only is it able to reduce noise caused by wind during shooting, the Xacti HD2 also features a dedicated terminal to which an external microphone can be attached.

Image Stabilization
High-definition can't hide shaky or erratic camera shaking. That's why SANYO's HD2 comes with a sophisticated image stabilizer. Using a proprietary SANYO algorithm, the HD2 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.

Easy Camera To PC Connection
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 HD2 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 HD2 even recharges its internal battery when nested in the docking station.

Reduce your chance of missing the moment. The Xacti HD2 high-definition media camera is designed for super fast start-up and shooting. With the tapeless design, the HD2 eliminates the need to queue up a tape deck allowing the HD2 to begin shooting in as little as 1.7 seconds! When the HD2 is powered on, closing the LCD display puts the HD2 in standby mode. Simply open the display and the HD2 automatically powers up and can begin immediately recording in as little as 1.7 seconds.

The HD2 features versatile manual controls for advanced 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).

The Xacti HD2 enables easy playback of recorded high-definition images directly on a TV screen. Connect the HD2 to a VCR or DVD recorder to back-up copies of recorded content. Still images and video clips on the Xacti HD2 are played back continuously and in chronological order. Along with MPEG-4 digital recording, the Xacti HD2 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 HD2 also comes with a remote controller to operate the camera at a distance during playback.

On or off, the HD2 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.