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Sanyo VPC-FH1 HD 1080p Flash Memory Camcorder w/ 16x advance zoom (Black)

Sanyo VPC-FH1 HD 1080p Flash Memory Camcorder w/ 16x advance zoom (Black)
Sanyo VPC-FH1 HD 1080p Flash Memory Camcorder w/ 16x advance zoom (Black)

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Sanyo VPC-FH1 HD 1080p Flash Memory Camcorder w/ 16x advance zoom (Black)

Sanyo VPC-FH1 HD 1080p Flash Memory Camcorder w/ 16x advance zoom (Black)

Take stunning Full 1080p High Definition video at 60fps and amazing 8 megapixel digital photos! The compact Sanyo Dual Camera Xacti FH1 delivers high performance results with multiple features normally found on much higher priced video and photo cameras. The FH1 packs tons of features which are sure to please the most discerning user; including 600fps slow motion mode, face chasing technology which automatically read and corrects focus and lighting for up to 12 different subjects, and 16x optical zoom for video. Its compact design makes the FH1 extremely portable and easy to use. Videos, still photos and the various settings and menus can be easily accessed with the user’s thumb. The FH1′s convenient design makes sharing videos and photos via social networking web sites, portable video devices like IPods, TVs and computers, a breeze.

  • Capture Full 1080p HD video (60fps) and up to 8-megapixel still photos
  • 16x advanced zoom for video; 10x optical zoom for photos
  • Face Chaser technology (can detect up to 12 faces for photos and videos)
  • Built-in still photo flash; High-Speed Sequential Shooting (12fps)
  • Capture video and stills to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

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  1. 67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing camera for the price!, April 16, 2009
    KD (Bay Area, CA) –
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    If money is no object and optical image stabilization is your primary concern, then I recommend you buy the Canon HFS10 or HFS100. Now, with that out of the way, you have to temper your expectations with what you paid for. This camera is at least $600 less than the HFS100 for basically the same image quality minus image stabilization. You will see that I compare this with the Canon a lot because Canon has been king of the camcorder scene for a few years now.

    The image quality is almost as good and even better than the Canon in some aspects (based on online reviews as I don’t own the Canon). The low light sensitivity is excellent (there is an option to turn up the sensitivity level). The thing we need to keep in mind is this: camcorders are best when used in areas with plenty of light. There is really no reason to film at night unless you absolutely need to. For the times when you want to film the night light or night scenery, this camcorder does its job very well. When hooked up to my 1080p television, the video was spectacular. I can’t imagine how much better the Canon would be but I’m very satisfied with this. I know that it’s impossible for the Canon to be twice as good as this camcorder for twice the price, at least for me.

    It is small! I can definitely take this with me on vacation every where I go and not tire out my arms. It’s much smaller than I expected, almost like a toy. Having used 5-pound camcorders in the past, this is definitely a good thing.

    I can now leave my point and shoot camera at home as this substitutes as a regular still camera, hence the dual camera moniker. It takes 8 meg stills (don’t use the 12 meg option as that’s interpolated) which is impressive for a camcorder this size/price. There are ISO adjustments which I believe is lacking in the Canon.

    Image stabilization. If you like to film videos without tripods, monopods then I suggest you stay away from this. However, for under $500, I was able to buy this camcorder and a tripod, 16GB SDHC, and a camcorder bag. No optical stabilization can match a tripod/monopod. If you’re serious about creating timeless videos that you can view 20 years from now, you need a tripod. Period.

    Yes, it would be nice if the image stabilizer was better for the times when I don’t have a tripod with me. However, it’s serviceable if I hold the camera very steady so it’s not as bad as some people would lead you to believe. I don’t plan on filming while walking very often so it’s perfectly fine. If you have a shaky hand problem and hate tripods/monopods then stay clear.

    You can mitigate shaking with (1) a tripod, (2) steady hands, or (3) deshaker software (free online). You cannot mitigate $600 or low light sensitivity. No matter what camcorder you buy, you will need a tripod eventually if you’re serious about taking good videos. So budget that into your purchase plan.

    Normally, I would deduct one star for the bad image stabilization, but for a camcorder with superb image quality, low light sensitivity, and the fact that I can throw in a 16GB SDHC, tripod, and camera bag (all bought separately of course) for around $500, it’s absurd to dock a star for it. This is the best camcorder for the money.

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  2. 47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Solid 4-star camera. Excellent video quality. Would definitely recommend!, May 28, 2009
    Kiyo M.

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    The test footage (starts around 2:07 in the video – it was shot hand held) has been HEAVILY compressed and resized from 1920×1080! But hopefully, you can still get a general idea, especially the zoom capability. (the open boxing is obviously from a different camera)

    This camera is really easy to use. I did not have to read the manual, it’s really user-friendly, but it’s nice that they include an actual manual book for you! (Funny how when I wish I could use a manual, some manufacturers only include it on a CD!) However I did later read it to understand more about a certain feature; the manual is just as easy to follow.

    What I love most about this camera is the ability to set custom shortcuts to the 4 directional buttons on the camera. I love having greater control of the camera, so I set the shortcuts to quickly set manual focus (you can toggle between focuses), focus lock, exposure lock, and exposure compensation. This way, you can really have more quick controls of the camera than using the auto focus.

    It’s simple enough, but if you want it more basic/restricted, you can set it to simple mode (not something I would use or care). All you get then is:
    video: select between HD and web quality
    focus: automatic and macro
    flash mode: auto, forced, off

    For video options, you can choose from:

    * Full-HR 1920×1080 (60 FPS HR) – you better have one powerful computer if you want to edit these files. But for simple cut/join edits, you can do that through the camera of course.
    * Full-HD 1920×1080 (60 field/s) – same reasons with above
    * Full-SHQ 1920×1080 (30 FPS SHQ) – recommended
    * HD-SHQ 1280×720 (30 FPS SHQ)
    * TV-SHQ 640×480 (30 FPS SHQ)
    * Web-SHR 448×336 (240 FPS SHR) – limited to 10 second-recordings
    * Web-UHR 192×108 (600 FPS UHR) – limited to 10 second-recordings
    * Voice Memo

    For Photos:
    * 12m 4000×3000
    * 8m-H 3264×2448
    * 8m-S 3264×2448
    * 6m 3264×1840 (16:9)
    * 2m 1920×1080 (16:9)
    * 2m 1600×1200
    * 0.9m 1280×720 (16:9)
    * 0.3m 640×480
    * 8m 3264×2448
    * 4m 2288×1712

    Focal = 5.95-59.5mm 1:2.0-2.8
    Filter size: 37mm (this is the size that you need if you want to attach a wider lens)

    Some pet peeve:
    - In the menu, it shows at the bottom in this order:
    but on the actual buttons, the Set button is on the left and the menu button is on the right, so I think that’s how they should display it on the menu as well.

    - I wish the SD card door would just be a slide open mechanism instead or just not have it at all for quick removable. Somewhat annoying to have to open the LCD, which also happens to turn on the camera, just to remove the memory card.
    - Even though Sanyo is a Japanese company, ironically, there’s no Japanese in the Language Option.

    I also have the TH-1 (720p) model, which is QUITE disappointing compared to this camera, but this one is definitely worth shooting with besides the obvious higher resolution; it performs much better in low lighting (quality is no comparison). On the TH-1, it’s REALLY horrible when you shoot in low lighting. Low lighting is where most HD cameras hurt in quality; it’s definitely not the best, but it’s not the worst either when it comes to shooting in low light with this camera.

    The TH-1 model does not warn about not having an SD card inserted (because it has 43MB internal memory so it will show an internal memory icon), but this camera (FH-1) will constantly nag you about it because it has no internal memory. I noticed there are two extra options with this camera versus the TH-1: Photo Wide-D (compromises both dark and bright areas) and Photo Stabilizer

    I don’t know if I received a broken remote, but the ON/OFF button did absolutely NOTHING. And yes, I’ve tried holding it for several seconds and from different directions. However, every other button seemed to work.

    Unless you hit record, the actual image on the screen is actually not the full sharpness quality; I believe they do this to prolong battery life when you’re still setting up your shot. So it’s better if you don’t always rely on what you’re looking at until you hit record.

    If you hold the MENU button while in playback mode, it will get rid of the display text on the screen and just show a seekbar of the video.

    If you press the SET button while you’re setting up your shot, it will get rid of all the display text info on the viewing screen; however, there isn’t seem to be a way to get rid of all the info text display once you hit record.

    - 1080p – excellent video quality. It’s HD!
    - I love the 4 button custom shortcuts!
    - Compact! (smaller than a soda can) yet has a large 3″ LCD screen and amazing what it can produce despite its size
    - Impressive 16x zoom!

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  3. 31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Camcorder bargain of the year… so far, October 6, 2009
    David B. Haynie (Monroeville, NJ USA) –

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    This is my fourth HD camcorder… I own a higher-end Sony (HVR-A1U), a Canon HV10, and formerly a Hitachi BD70A Blu-Ray model. I have been “doing video” since the 80s.

    First of all… do keep the price in mind. This Sanyo VPC-FD1 was never intended to be confused for a professional model. Neither are the $1300-$1500 units from Canon (S10/S100/S11) or Panasonic (TM300). However, they are all symptomatic of the reality that the line between “pro” and “consumer” is blurring, at least with regard to picture quality.

    The quality of this camera’s HD image is quite good. It holds up well in low light… much better than any other consumer model I have used myself. It’s also very good at capturing fast motion, which has until recently been a big problem for AVC based models, rather than DV or MPEG-2. It’s not without some artifacting, but quite a bit better than earlier models, in my experience.

    Some places claim the lens is 16x… it’s really a 10x zoom lens, optically speaking. The 16x comes, as with many consumer camcorders, from “digital zoom”… that’s when the software just uses a small bit of the whole sensor. They claim to be doing this intelligently… could be. In normal use, there’s an 8Mpixel sensor here being cropped to about 6Mpixel… that’s three times the pixels you need to create a 1080p image. That’s also useful… you get better color and better light sensitivity, but if you cut out 2/3 of these, you’ll still have decent HD video. More than that, and you’ll get noticable pixelization. Which you do see in the viewfinder using digital zoom, but I have yet to look at it in finished video. Just something to be aware of.

    The Great Big Feature of this model is 1080/60p video… you have to go to a pretty high-end professional model to get this anywhere other than in the VPC-FD1 or VPC-HD2000. Pros would like a higher bitrate than 24Mb/s (it’s actually variable bitrate, peaking around 28-29Mb/s so far as I’ve seen), but it’s not bad… the software clearly knows how to avoid macroblock distortion by adding a bit of low-pass filtering (slight blurring when necessary… don’t worry, it does improve the video quality… compression mastering engineers do the same thing on DVDs to ensure that high speed video looks a good as it can on DVDs).

    There are some caveats. One is the whole flash meets video meets FAT32 thing… like other current flash-based camcorders, this one uses the FAT32 file system. That offers big storage on 16GB and 32GB flash cards, but the maximum file size is 4GB. This means that, after about 21-something-minutes at 1080/60p, the camcorder needs to close one file and open another. That wouldn’t be bad, only that the Sanyo doesn’t pipeline this, so there’s a delay of a few seconds between the end of one file and the start of another. Sure, it’s better by far than changing 8cm DVDs every 20 minutes on a DVD camcorder, but it’s an issue. They could fix this in firmware… they ought to. You get more time in a 4GB file as you drop to lower video modes (1080/60i, 1080/30p, 720/30p).

    I have shot a number of High School soccer games with this in 1080/60p, and I get great results. Last year, I used my Sony in 1080/60i mode; this is overall better video. For one, I can downconvert to web video without interlacing artifacts. I can decide, after I shoot the video, if I want to make a 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24p, or 720/60p Blu-Ray disc, assuming I target Blu-Ray for delivery. That’s pretty nice.

    The other big issue is edit. Know this now: your PC is probably going to struggle just to play back 1080/60p at full frame rate. Neither Windows Media Player nor VLC had a prayer of playing this back on my Q9550-based desktop (that’s 2.83GHz, quad core, 4GB fast DRAM, etc) on a 1200p monitor. Splash Lite did play it back, but used 65-75% of CPU power… that’s all four CPUs. Using Nero Showtime with GPU acceleration enabled, I was able to play this video back with under 50% CPU on my desktop, and just about 100% CPU on my laptop (both using nVidia 8600 GPUs).

    So when it comes to editing, you’re in trouble. I don’t know of a video editor yet that uses either multithreaded rendering or GPU acceleration during editing (most use the former for rending a final video… at least one also uses GPU acceleration). I opted to buy CineForm NeoVision for this. CineForm is an “intermediate CODEC”… you convert from your shooting format to CineForm for editing, then render to MPEG-2 or AVC or whatever you want for delivery. In theory, this means a loss of quality, in practice, nothing you can see. In fact, CineForm interpolates the 4:2:0 color of AVC to 4:2:2, so if you’re doing lots of compositing and effects, the quality could actually improve. You need a ton of space for CineForm.. it runs over 100GB per hour of 1080/60p video.

    The video format is MPEG-4 AVC in an MPEG-4 transport stream wrapper (.MP4). This is…

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