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Sanyo reveals full HD 1080p camcorders

Underwater and 1080p Xacti pocket camcorders

Sanyo Xacti DMX-HD2000

Sanyo Xacti DMX-HD2000

Sanyo has unveiled five new camcorders in its Xacti range, including what Sanyo describes as being the world’s first 1080p camcorders and the world’s first waterproof HD camcorders.

Sanyo claims that the DMX-HD2000 and the DMX-FH11 models the world’s first progressive full HD recording camcorders, able to shoot 1080p footage. They are also able to capture clips at 600 frames per second (fps) allowing for smooth slow-motion playback.

HD2000 and FH11, world’s first 1080p camcorders

Ben Stevens, Which? researcher, said: ‘Until now HD camcorders have captured footage in 1080i resolution. 1080i and 1080p are both deemed as high definition, where the ‘i’ and the ‘p’ suffixes refer to the way the images are scanned onto the screen. The ‘i’ stands for interlaced, and the ‘p’ stands for progressive. Images captured in 1080p and shown on a 1080p screen usually offer smoother images, particularly during intense motion sequences.’

Sanyo Xacti DMX-FH11

Sanyo Xacti DMX-FH11

The FH11 has the more conventional design of a camcorder, while the HD2000 has the pistol grip design that is becoming more popular with pocket camcorders or, as Sanyo are labelling them, pocket video camcorders (PVCs).

Underwater HD camcorders

Sanyo has also revealed the Sanyo Xacti DMX-CA9 and the Sanyo Xacti DMX-WH1. These two models can be used underwater to depths up to 3m and 1.5m respectively, and feature a 30x optical zoom.

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The Sanyo Xacti DMX-GG10 has also been shown off. This ultra-compact HD model is able to take still photographs with 10Mp of resolution. The 1080p camcorders can take stills at 8Mp, while the underwater CA9 can capture stills with a resolution of 9Mp.

Sanyo Xacti DMX-CA9

Sanyo Xacti DMX-CA9 is waterproof in depths up to 1.5 metres

The DMX-HD2000 is likely to cost £549.99 and the DMX-CA9 is likely to cost around £329.99. All models will be launched in February or March.

For more information, read our HD camcorder report, containing over 40 HD camcorder reviews.

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