Electronics giant Sanyo has unveiled a waterproof camcorder that lets you film or take pictures up to five feet under water.
The pocket-sized Xacti E1 is being marketed as an ideal camcorder to take to the beach to enjoy while swimming, snorkelling, surfing and water-skiing.
The E1 shoots TV-quality MPEG-4 video and records both video and 6-megapixel digital still images to a standard SD memory card or high-capacity SDHC card.
It has a 2.5-inch LCD screen that flips out and can rotate up to 285 degrees and video compression which reduces video file sizes by up to 25 per cent.
Video and still images
John Lamb, Senior Marketing Manager, Audio Video Division of SANYO Fisher, said: ‘More than just the world’s first waterproof camcorder, the SANYO Xacti E1 is really four cameras in one.
‘It’s both a video and still camera above water and a video and still camera below water. Sanyo has created a stunning, exceptionally versatile camcorder that can be used virtually everywhere – including at the beach, in the pool and in rain or snow – while providing the high level of video and still image performance that today’s consumers demand.
‘The E1 makes it fun and easy to record life’s special moments spontaneously both in and out of the water.’
The Xacti E1 will be available in the US from the middle of next month for around $500 although there is no news yet of a UK launch date.
Which? senior researcher Chris Christoforou said: ‘This world’s first waterproof consumer digital camcorder is great for filming your kids or grandkids first swim in the local pool or their first dip in the sea. It will also be good for recording wildlife in shallow waters. It’s a great new feature that will hopefully become more widespread on camcorders in future.’