Sanyo has announced three new camcorders – the VPC-GH2, VPC-CG102 and VPC-CG20 – that capture 1080p video and can take 14Mp photos.
Sanyo says the HD camcorders are ‘dual cameras’, able to capture both photo and video. Sanyo says the camcorders are small, lightweight pocket camcorders ‘allowing the freedom to take spontaneous photos and videos anytime’.
The Sanyo GH2 and CG102 include a ‘double-range zoom’ feature that combines both a wide-angle and telephoto zoom for videos, with simple on-touch switching between the two settings, allowing up to 12x double-range zoom.
According to the company, this feature allows users to switch between different zoom ranges just like alternating between two lenses with different zoom ratios. The equivalent in 35mm film would be a range of wide-angle 40 mm up to a 12x zoom of 480 mm. The lower-spec CG20 features a 5x optical zoom lens. All three have mini-HDMI ports for connecting to compatible HD TVs.
Which? has more than 50 HD camcorder reviews including these Sanyo models:
- Sanyo VPC-HD1000 review
- Sanyo Xacti HD2 review
- Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 review
- Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2000 review
Sanyo Xacti camcorders compatible with SDXC cards
All three new Sanyos are compatible with standard SD memory cards, high-capacity SDHC cards, and the ultra-high-capacity SDXC cards that will range from 64GB to 2TB.
To see how much video can be stored on a memory card, use the Which? memory card capacity calculator.
The Sanyo GH2 has dual-position recording buttons that can be operated from the front or rear of the camcorder, making it easier to shoot low angles and self-portraits.
The GH2, CG102 and CG20 will be available in the US from March 2010 for between $200 and $230. UK pricing and availability is to be confirmed.
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