|Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 Digital Camcorder and 8 MP Digital Camera (Blue)
|List Price: $399.99
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Stop fussing with bulky underwater housing. The Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 Waterproof Digital CameraCorder captures both high-resolution 8-megapixel digital still photos and high quality video underwater. It is pocket-sized, so it's perfect for the beach or on the ski slopes. This unique CameraCorder also offers face detection for both still photos and video and is designed to easily upload video to social networking websites such as YouTube and portable digital media players such as the iPod Video. Full motion video up to 1.25 hours on an SD card and up to 10 hours on an 8 GB SDHC card (TV-HQ mode) Face detection - up to 12 faces for still photos and 6 faces for video Ergonomic design for single-handed operation Uses SD/SDHC memory card Simultaneous still image capture while shooting video Underwater mode for better color in underwater photos and video Digital Image stabilizer Full-range digital stereo recording In-camera editing MPEG4 video files can be directly imported into iTunes and transferred to video-capable iPod, and other portable digital media players Web-mode for simple sharing to Web sites such as YouTube and portable media players such as the iPod video Super fast start-up @ approx 1.7 seconds Taking navigation for first-time users Simple or sophisticated menu options Sequential photos up to 10 photos@ 5fps Connectivity to TV, VCR, DVD Recorder and/or PC Includes Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 for movie editing and DVD authoring Lightweight (258 grams/9.03 ounces including battery and SD card) Lithium-ion battery and charger
- Records full 640x480 resolution video at 60 fields-per-second to memory card
- Takes high-resolution 8-megapixel digital still images
- Easily share videos on the Web, as the camera incorporates AVC/H.264 video compression
- Record up to a total of 8 hours of full motion video on an 8 GB memory card
- Comes with a 2.5-inch LCD screen that can rotate up to 285-degrees
- Great vacation/purse camcorder & camera
On our last trip to Hawaii I told my husband I wanted ONE camera/camcorder that would take really good video & pictures. I was tired of carting the big SLR on vacations and then not wanting to get it wet/sandy so we'd also bring a cheap digital and a camcorder. Ridiculous! We'd come home with bad low res digital photos of 99% of the trip and 1 or 2 'staged' photos from the SLR and virtually no video.
We came home, checked on Amazon and 'voila' the perfect camera had just been released. I've been using it for 4 months now and LOVE it. I usually keep it in my purse and it's been great for those impromptu moments at the park or just around town. Great pictures (ok, not as good as my Nikon D40X but really good) and very good video (better than our 3 year old Sony DVD403 camcorder). Looks great on the computer and even on the 50" plasma screen.
I highly recommend this for anyone who wants one 'everything' camera. We've taken it on a couple of beach trips and the underwater feature is ridiculously cool. I even let my 3 year old take it in the ocean and it's totally indestructible....more info
- ready to catch all the summer fun
took this to a family gathering last weekend and everyone thought it was very cool that we could splash around in the pool and capture all the fun in video. Could be a little quicker on the boot and captue of still images - but overall a great item i'm glad i got. ...more info
- Good Value
Good value for the $175 price. I purchased the camera as a birthday gift. The video quality is better than my 3+ year old Xacti C5. The photos are decent, but still not as good as most other digital still cameras, especially in low-light. The waterproof shell, however, makes the camera much larger that previous Xacti cameras, but it is still relatively small. While the video is only 640x480 and HD would be preferred, the HD Xacti cameras cost a lot more.
I have only tried the underwater capabilities in the sink, but I can't wait for the summer to take it to the beach and in the water. ...more info
- Perfect for what we wanted it for!
We purchased this camera to take along on our honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. Primarily, I wanted something to take snorkeling, but I found myself using the camera as an all-purpose camera as well. It's nice to know that as it started to rain, there was no need to worry about the camera.
The video is good quality for TV and a great quality for web. The camera is easy to use with very little learning curve. I purchased an 8 GB SDHC card to go with it and found that was plenty for goofing around the resort during the day. We'd download and clear it each night to a laptop and start fresh again the next day.
Some cons... The menu is a little quirky and the battery does not last very long at all. Some of the button placement could have been improved to make shooting easier, but that's minor. It's probably just a matter of me getting used to it. Also, no lens cap or cover. I knew this when I purchased it, but it's still a con.
All in all, for a couple hundred dollars, this camera gives a LOT of bang for the buck. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a versatile vacation camera....more info
- overall good value
bought this for hawaii trip. pictures were decent (my cameras clarity is far better but this was expected). the view finder flips over so we were able to center ourselves when taking our own pictures which was nice. loved that we did not have to worry about sand ruining it and were able to rinse it off and go. exceeded my expectations with underwater filming and photos. great little product, very durable. gave it 4 stars because everyone else seemed to have difficulty focusing it and the pictures would come out so blurry or not at all....more info
- Very poor indoor quality and only fair outdoors
I currently own the Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder and have been very pleased with it for the most part. I wanted to upgrade to a camera that had a sharper focused image, optical zoom with image stabilization but was still flash based. Went with the Xacti VPC-E2 and could not have been more displeased.
The fit and finish on the Xacti VPC-E2 is very good and the menu system is easy to use....the only problem: Horrible Indoor Movie Quality!
If had to rate the overall quality (indoors & outdoors) of recorded movies on a scale of 1 to 10 I'd give the Flip Video Ultra Series an 8 but I'd only give the Xacti VPC-E2 a 5 at best.
Where the Flip blew the Xacti away was on indoor videos. The Xacti had to bump the ISO up to 1600 which introduced tons of noise or graininess into the video. I tried manually holding the ISO down to between 100 and 200 which did clear up the noise issue but then the picture was so dark that you couldn't make out any faces.
On outdoor videos the Xacti was just slightly better than the Flip. The video wasn't really that much better except for the fact that the Flip was constantly adjusting it's white balance where as the Xacti was more consistent.
Overall I like the design of the Xacti over the flip but in the end it's all about the movie quality with me.
I've decided to return the Xacti and have bought the Kodak Zi6 HD Pocket Video Camera. It doesn't have the 5x optical zoom or image stabilization but from what I've read the "HD" is supposed to give me sharper images.
I've had the Kodak Zi6 HD Pocket Video Camera for about 2 hours and I can tell you that I am already much more pleased with the video. There's been reviews of poor build quality on the Kodak but I would say it has very good build quality but not quite as good as the Xacti....more info
- Xacti VPC-E2
This is a compact and durable, extremely easy to operate, do almost everything camera. It takes great stills and good outdoor movies. I was disappointed a bit with the indoor movies.
It works underwater and is sealed to resist dust, sand, high humidity.
It interfaces flawlessly with PC. With the Mac, I sometimes have connectivity problems and need to remove the SD card to upload the photos and movies. Overall, I would recommend the camera. It does fit in my shirt pocket..
- Excellent camera for my purpose
I am an avid sea kayaker. I need a waterproof camera to get good photos and video for my website. I have used a Pantax Optio 6mp water resistant camera for several years to good advantage. But the Optio did not take good quality video. I have just returned from a seven day, 138 mile trip down Florida's Suwannee River. The Xacti spent the trip in the pocket of my life jacket. I shot many photos and more than an hour of video with the camera (some of these have been posted to my website Yackman.com). I found the camera easy to use, and it seems to take both good still shots and video. It's small size makes it difficult to maintain a steady video shot, but I am learning. I found the battery life to be shorter than expected, but that is probably because I left the camera on standby mode for too long. I have since bought additional batteries to take care of that problem. I really like this camera....more info
- Good for the money
This is a good little camera for the price. The picture quality is fair on video and pretty decent for stills. I like it's compact size and the ability to take stills and video easily with one unit. The controls are a bit awkward in your hand, but do-able. I bought this for a trip to Disney and it was super easy to tote around and use. I can't attest to it's longevity as I've only had it for about a month. I bought a 16gb card that held a weeks worth of video and stills with room to spare. The battery life is not bad. By the end of the day it was exhausted though. Save your video review for when the action is over. With a bit more practice I think I could improve some of that video quality by simply shooting in the appropriate mode. I shot almost solely in Auto without thinking. Recommended for simple everyday memory capture....more info
- Review Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2
Product looks pretty cool with an affordable price. My major interest about this product is the waterproof feature. Beside, the operation is very very simple.
The thing I don't like much about this camera is the battery slot where the battery lock locates in a position that makes it difficult to remove the battery. Also, inserting battery to an incorrect position can be done which actually does not cause any damage but it needs to reopen and reinsert it again.
Image and video captures are great for home users. The great thing is now I am no more worry about taking pictures in the beach, under the rain, and/or swimming pool. P.S. I like the color too, it makes the camera looks much better....more info
Small, compact. Great for slipping in your pocket. I used it for Disneyworld and it worked fine except for the darker shots. With no light, it didn't really show many details. But for outdoor shots - quick and easy. Picture quality is OK - about the same as my Super 8mm. Don't expect super, clear video. It's acceptable....more info
- not bad for the price
This was my first camcorder and I wanted to see what I could get in the way of a waterproof/submergible one for under $200. Lesson learned: you get what you pay for.
Pros: decent DVD quality, decent menu interface and ergonomics, very compact, stylish design, SD memory cards and compact file sizes, files are very YouTube, iMovie friendly, screen swivels nicely to 180 degrees, 8MB camera stills while shooting, decent flash, and best of all IT IS WATERPROOF down to 5' and for up to 60 min!
Cons: very shaky even w/ steady mode enabled, not much of a wind buffer on the mic, very noisy in low-light situations, no infra-red/night shot mode, screen is hard to see under water or in bright daylight, to many button presses to delete a single file, BATTERY LASTS APPROX. ONE HOUR, SO YOU MUST HAVE A BACKUP BATTERY, the pistol grip takes a while to get used to for good aiming, and my packaged shipment didn't contain the AV cables.
All things being said, I've decided to keep the this puppy. It's a good first camcorder and I'm really looking forward to getting more snorkeling and snowboarding footage without worrying about the camera getting wet or submerged....more info
- Does a fairly good job at what is supposed to.
Okay I've been using Flips for a few years. Loved the Ultra and the Mino, but I swapped up to the MinoHD. Bad move on my part. The video on the MinoHD is amazing as long as you are holding the cam still or on a tripod. I needed something for a snowboarding vacation that could handle the bumps and jolts down the slope. Sure the video isn't the best ever but compared to the MinoHD inability to be walked with this thing does pretty good. I do like the multiple settles so I can tweak the way I want. Used my Roxio DVD software and burned a few movies, playing on our 50" Panasonic plasma they look pretty good. Actually better than on the PC monitor. Wouldn't have paid $200+ for this cam, but the gold box $150 wasn't bad. BTW the terrible time with the 8gb transcend card I bought with it. I switch to Lexmar with better results. Overall a fun cam that does tons of stuff. 4.5 stars for effort....more info
- Excellent Little Video Camera - Depending on Your Needs
I just purchased the Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 and I have to say, I'm very impressed. I bought it as an Amazon open box warehouse deal which made it even better.
First, let me talk about my experience with video cameras.
I have owned a couple, starting with the 8mm format back in the late 1980's and then moving to digital-8 later on.
I liked taking video, but hated schlepping around a camera, so therefore, I didn't use them. Also, editing together video was a pain, having to go through a tape sequentially to import the video.
A friend of mine found the Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 and I was intrigued. It was small, portable and waterproof. It looked to be a fun little camera.
I've been taking some experimental videos testing the camera and here are my conclusions.
- Lightweight and easy to carry around - Something small enough to fit in a pocket and not be a complete drag to carry around, to the point that I would dread it
- Mac compatible (this was a deal breaker)
- Easy to use
- Good quality video. I have HD TVs and Blu-Ray, but realized that my videos would not be Hollywood epics. I wanted quality that was good enough for "video snapshots," small fun videos
- This camera is lightweight - not a pain to carry around
- Mac compatible!!!!! Not one problem in using it with iMove and iPhoto!
- MP4's much easier to grab and use! So much better than tape!
- Very nice quality when shot at the maximum quality setting. Probably not as great as some expensive cameras but I'm quite frankly, for the fun videos I shoot, the quality is really quite excellent, as an MP4.
- Good sound
- Easy to use
SOME SIDE COMMENTS
- I have put MP4 clips on my Mac, and then copied them over to our PlayStation 3 (using Nullriver media server on the Mac) and we watch clips on our TV. Talk about ease of use! This has been FANTASTIC!
- While I was not shopping for a waterproof camera, I have to admit that I'm looking forward to trying this little guy out in the water. Plus the benefit of being able to be in the rain with it, and not having to worry about water!
NOT PRO AND NOT CON
- The still photos taken with the Xacti are OK. Not as good as our still cameras (we have quite good still cameras). We might also be really picky about our still photos. I know someone else who has the Xacti and likes the quality of the still photos. This is where taste comes into it.
- The Xacti is so small that I could easily fit it into my bag with my other camera, so not a big deal
- Having said all that, depending on the situation, and how important the still photos would be to me, I could easily see myself just using the Xacti, in those cases, though I would still prefer the quality of my regular digital camera.
- Low light effects the quality. The videos can be grainy in low light. This is not that big an issue for me, because I'm just taking fun little videos, so I'm fine with it. I think it's acceptable.
This little camera is a keeper! I would not hesitate to recommend it. My only advice is to think about what your needs and requirements are, and make your decision based on that. ...more info
- Really good for active people who want to make movies with their computer..
Just perfect for me. I was aware of it's downsides such as short battery life( just buy a 2nd, they're cheap), no lens cover and very average picture quality. However for the price, I could overlook those issues. It is well built,easy to use. the SD format makes it simple to upload to your computer. The camera also came with Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 editing software that is great for the average Joe. I use it mainly to shoot ski footage, as the waterproof aspects of the camera allow me to use it in wet weather(just keep lens covered)I've had it for a month and so far so good. ...more info
- GOOD VALUE
I BOUGHT THIS PRODUCT WHEN MY OLDER MODEL VIDEO CAMERA BROKE. I THINK IT IS A VERY NICE, COMPACT CAMERA. EXCELLENT PRICE AND WITH AN 8GB SD CARD U CAN RECORD 8 HRS OF VIDEO AND TAKE STILL PICS. PERFECT FOR A FAMILY WHO TAKES ALOT OF PICS AND LIKES TO TAPE HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL OCCASIONS, ECT....more info
- Great Camera!
Love it! Takes great pics, videos seem good quality. Need to get a back up battery so one is always charged. Haven't used the camera underwater yet but as soon as the weather is warm enough we will have it in the pool! Easy enough for the kids to operate and play back. ...more info