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Old Sep 17, 2010, 8:24 PM   #1
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Default Sanyo VPC-PD2 FUll Review

Welcome to the Sanyo VPC-P2BK (black).

This is a Full Review of the P2 many previews/reviews were shown in Aug 2010, price tag 169.99 and Today, or around Sept 17th 2010, this cam was released for sale at $166.50. The compition to all other Pc Low Budget Economy Hybrid camcorders. Lowest price found to date 125 +5.00 ship

You may visit Sanyo.com for further info reguarding the camera, while is is a Poor Mans review, a Honest and personal review, thank you.

Introduction
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0Lo_908D6I


What's in the Box video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-Cp44X2oFc

Hands on videos

Feature, and Functions videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEWbPeJCgd0


Still photo video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZifBLlRmwRA

Comparison video to Kodaks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW5CAmkAM_o

Optical and digital review
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJZPsY3fIME HD1080P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srwFrsLVd48
aftermarket lenses zoom and macro comparison
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvYz1-0bgCg

thoughts while in ownership (low level)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf8O83AgpaA

Continued thoughts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EqSVxC08cg

Please feel free to post, as my Review is now more catered in video then writing

Sanyo VPC-PD2 Movie Video that may sell you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr-QPBTM96A

My conclusion:

While I am a owner of the Sanyo VCP-PD2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gx8nfL4xjU

and while its packed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2kXn1mFzKI





I thought I go a video route with my review, bu t for those who like it the wayt it is.

Anticipation, the Dual Cam has arrived on the market, Sept 2010, priced at 166.50, and Bam Woot.com gets it 3 days later 120.00 plus 5.00 shipping, that said this cam should not cost no more than 89.99, why? Before I get deep into my review I would have loved to compare this to the Samsung Hmx u10, or 20, I own the U10 Duh! And that cam dropped down in price to 69.99.

This cam is a Basic cam on the market, so any new beginner shoul be looking at this model, and I am sure after awhile they'll be so turned On, or Turned Off. I say they should be looking at the competitors model, example the Kodak Zi8. Then they will be turned on and would be wanting another one soon after.

The cam As you see in the above pics. WIll be shocked how small the box is, and when opened how many wasted papers given. There are important info, do not get me wrong, but not to supply a cdr, but a PDf file, on Sanyo's site , through the cams internal memory. DIgging through hte paper you unwrap a soft plastic paper that exposes the cam, and a plastic bag that has the usb connecter extender, and plastic bag of a Lp-NB-80 battery 700 mah 2.6wa. , if i get info wrong, I apologise.

Digging as deep as I can in the box, I say something is missing, a HDMI cable, a Camera strap. so quickly trying to find th manual, all I can siff through is Please go to the online, how to obtain the pdf, in 15 different languages. Oh man how will I know show my family and friends what shots I want to take tonight. Eithr off to the store, or online ordering add'l stuff, that might not be refundable, if I decide not to keep.
Well that is 2 out of 5 stars.

Excluded HDMI cable,and camera strap.

WHile camera is on charge, 3 plus hours later for a 65 minute shoot time 30 minute fils only.. I look over the cam, in the above pics. thee cams front is awesome, no led light , big flash. andwhat's this lil sensor. The led for a flash or self timer, thinking its a remote sensor of some sort. looking over the back. seperate buttons. way to flush to the unit, there are three tabs that help guide your finger. As iam trying to now get a grip that will be best. I turn on the cam, and what is the first thing that happens. I am blocking the lens barrel. Well I am gettin g more and moe into the cams layout, I feel I am now used to all the front and back displays. now is hte time to get used to the features and functions.
3 out of 5 stars big hands will suffer nice layout. each cam differs.

I am turning on the cam. and Pow the date is the first thing, cannot get rid of it , till I set up, and only military time Lol. I scroll through a few sets, I shut down, and turn on , go back into where I left off, great. I set the res, i set the still, I set the Optical, clock, and I think I am done. after format I go back to t re, etc, etc... hmm maybe there is more. Playing more and more I only find that there is a Sound on/off that 2 buttons, On/off and Up arrow has to be pressed, tricky first time, and flash, set hold it to get to a self timer 2 sec, 10 sec. I go into the Playbck area, holding set I get to a slide show, and again off, and delete, I found I can raise and lower the sound by tapping video record, and lowering still button. Tht is it nothing else. wow. I must be missing something. so off to the manual reading, re reading... oh I forget I can snap still while recording, and capture still vid frames by hitting the still on the playback.
that is it. rating 4 out of 5 basic, no confusion, simple point-n-shoot, rating as newbee not a professional.

rating as a pro. 3 out of 5 lack of controls no ev, whitebalance. more controls needed.

Now that I am finished with the box, hands on, and functions I am off shooting video, video, video, not forgetting to snap stills, and stills while recording, and when I am replaying I am saving stills on certain files. I do not have to think what apeture, shutter, or even res. iam having fun. but wait. did I hit the record button, I thought I did, at given times out there I sear I hit the record, even the on/off I miussed great shots because, I had trouble at given times of the on/off being a delay t oturn on, where you have to hold it a lil longer then usual, that's me. So Off I go going home got all my fun in. and depending on the time. at low levels, I was ashamed,blurredstills, in a moving car. during hte day time it did fine, I repeated again. this is a no go. But hey Smooth no shake video that I like, as other autofocused cams some did good some failed. So now iam editing MP4 I toss the HD1080P to the software provided in the above pic, and that is where I am standing, how can I edit. It just asks me which videpo or phot you want to load to picasa, or youtube, so back to the instruction manual, Sany directs me to two programs, Arcsoft total media impressions, or expensive one. for 40.00 you can.. wow I am shocked. So I open up a program I have Load 1,2,3 HD1080p's and I star to edit , to crash, end program . I open moy other program, i go a little further. I can edit limited video, but still get the unexpected crashs. So I use Arcsoft total media impressions, others hate it, trust me it works, does its job. placed in 65 files. great. I as well used Pinnacle 14U and had minimal crashs able to load not 3 but a great number as well to say no problems.
Corel videostudio ProX3, magix movie editor 14, and others only in HD will crash, When I loaded my Hd720P shots I was more stable, able to edit. so Hd1080P is still not here in 100% and I rund t he latest pc nad high processor. go figure, enver a pro.
I rate 4 out of 5. stills are not the best video did just fine, its just that a simple camcorder with still secondary.

So now that I covered all my angles, you must be wondering, should I purchase this cam?

WIth seeing rise and fall pricing this cam is staying at 170.00 dropping 20.00 at given times.

It is a Basic camcorder, with secondary stills. This cam is your basic cam, a starters cam.

Can I recommend to a new person, previous, or other. I will suggest this

Research, get a sample, ask a question, sleep on it, and decide. what does my signiture say below the _____.a nd that said. my conclusion.

I think Sanyo had a good thing going, and the samsung HMS u20 model has the upper hand with their 3 sterio mic, and body design, Sanyo wanted a Model set at a low price, a low end model, and did just that with a high set price, If they had lowered this price and added in a fe add'l functions I am sur they would have had a seller on their hands. it is a fully Automatic starters cam, and that iwas very pleased with, just did not had the UMPH! needed in depth. over exposed, vivid, and no definition on ovrcast days. I asked the cam to do its job, it just did not answer back. All it said to me was Low battery power. very poor power times due to not having a correct usb bypas port of sanyo.

I am sure I have a ton more to say, but Iam finished. on one last note. , thank you for reading.
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Old Sep 17, 2010, 8:25 PM   #2
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Pros and cons


Pro's

1. excellen stabilization.
2 Excellent sound
3 Simplicity of use controls
4 POWERFUL FLASH 25ft throw with background. further it is not.
5 dropping of cam will stil lrecord sound only. not a good thing but worth a Pro spot.
6 limiter to sound will not get distorted passed a level.
7, 99% af focus free.
8. Battery Life 65 minutes as Claimed. 63 minutes to be exact, enough to close lens.
13 low lux 1/30th





Con's

1. no HDMI cable
2. no linier strap
3 Night time while in a moving car, POOR further tests.
4 No playback still zooming
5 no slide show features, further investigation needed.
6 Grainulted pics at Low level shots.
7. up to a 1.5 sec delay on record, may be due to sd card or cam.
8. cam does not fit well in bigger hand
9 buttons are hard to correctly use.
10 given times Blur video due to af lock just at given times of sensor.
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12 Colors on close up are VIVID.
13. sound, if distance overpowers close up may not be great.
14. Photo/video settings are simple but at times hard to set.
15. Battery life 30 min plus 1st time
16 30 minute file record . 29:30 counts down 30 secs left to
17 stated gear noise to video in zoom.
18 takes snap shot while record, only if your within 30 secs of a Video. after 30 no stills allowed.
19 hitting record, and hitting Playback later will stop video
20. hittingrecord and hitting set up/flash may currupt video at given times.
21. holding Still and record, as turning cam goes to Demo mode. butwill not go off it. repeat while off the same to get off, Demo is n/a on cam.
22. hitting set up, then accedently hitting record will record video, and then go back to set up, after you end record.
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Video, still, etc

Downloadable files
http://www.mediafire.com/?hodrhsyd91ybk Folder

ttp://rapidshare.com/files/420953605/SANY0031.MP4 link



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NW-ate5qqs fog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT7WCYiOTCs fog 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEzp0HKmrpo cornfield
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Online manual

http://sanyo.com/xacti/english/products/vpc_pd1/tips/



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10 given times Blur video due to af lock just at given times of sensor.
So does the PD2 have autofocus while recording a video, or does it just focus once when starting the video and then stays at that focus, like the movie mode on a cheap digital still camera?

I know the Apple iPhone claims to be "autofocus" but it is focus-once when starting the video, and then you can push a button to make it focus again while taking the video -- not true autofocus continuously.
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So does the PD2 have autofocus while recording a video, or does it just focus once when starting the video and then stays at that focus, like the movie mode on a cheap digital still camera?

I know the Apple iPhone claims to be "autofocus" but it is focus-once when starting the video, and then you can push a button to make it focus again while taking the video -- not true autofocus continuously.
Excellent question, something while I am in my Trial.

When I was driving, I had no time to figure out, but time to think of what has occurred.

Windshield, cam focused on a closeup, vz distance, if that lower diameter had the sensor, etc etc....

I have to say when I said af lock, there is None, I ment to say auto focusing,so this cam must be focusing while recording and must force a blurr., and that will lead to a review,

It will occure more on Lower level, and motion, and am sure gear noise will not be a issue, because it is STATED gear noise will be on recorded video.

As I force the cam side to side, it is super-hard to lose focus,so it has a strong focus hold.

I gues at giveen times, anything is possable, If this cam had a manual lock I am sure it be perfect, since it does not, then your guess of having a Pre lock at before record may be a 50/50 guess

and that is a Excellent question.

I am no Pro. am contented. and Below or above wil be the specs, maybe the answer lies in there
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Vwest:

This Am hour I went out, taken more shots, and noticed that the cam will hunt, so to me it is not a lock at start, but will focus when needed. Like you mentioned above, I got some interestingfootage of a jet fighter Rc and I did my best to keep on top of it, very hard with a 2 inch screen. look for this video later.
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Hi fishy thanks for your informed postings. Do you prefer this to the Kodak Zi8???? Does it feel "flimsy" as some poeple have reported on Amazon??? Thanks again!!
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Hi fishy thanks for your informed postings. Do you prefer this to the Kodak Zi8???? Does it feel "flimsy" as some poeple have reported on Amazon??? Thanks again!!

Thank you Richn for teh Pm and WElCOME Aboard.

Flimsy, has many meaning, Cheap no, Plastic well, most stuff is plastic lol. Bjg Hands harder hold, better for med, to small hands. If I compare to the Zi8 I lean to the Zi8, if to the Playsport I lean to the Playsport, the zi8 to the playsport , I lean to the playsport.

The Playsport is the one that is least, Zi8 not, P2 not. Flimsy it is not.

I have worn out the Timer symbol on the On/off, but need confirmation of a new one if it is 50/50 font ofwhite and darkened lol.

There are always complainers, and they'll complain always, and there are people that are stress free........

But there is not one cam can do everything, if there was, then we have a winner. so it is said that this is a very basic cam well built but can have been improved in ways a body glove is always extra protection, and that I luv to see./
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