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Old Jan 8, 2007, 6:33 AM   #1
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[align=center]WORLD'S SMALLEST AND LIGHTEST HIGH-DEFINITION DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA TAKES 7.1-MEGAPIXEL STILL IMAGES, TOO[/b][/align]
[align=center]SANYO Xacti HD2 Offers Next-Generation Performance Upgrades Including a New 7.38-Megapixel Sensor, Up to 76% Greater Low-Light Sensitivity and an HDMI Digital Interface[/i][/b][/align]

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[align=left]LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2007, CES Central Hall Booth #11017 [/b]– Packed with performance upgrades including a new 7.38-megapixel CCD image sensor that dramatically improves low-light sensitivity, the new SANYO Xacti HD2 is the world's smallest and lightest high-definition digital video camera* and the highly anticipated next-generation follow-up to 2006's innovative and multi award-winning HD1 and HD1a series.

The SANYO Xacti HD2 combines the functionality of a 720p high-definition digital camcorder and 7.1-megapixel digital still camera into one ergonomic, pocket-sized device. For optimized performance, a new HDMI digital interface, built into the HD2's multifunction docking station, provides an all-digital output to HDTVs and high-definition video recorders. Featuring a unique pistol-grip and thumb-operable design, the HD2 can record up to 21 minutes of high-definition video (or up to one hour of standard-definition video) per gigabyte of available memory on any standard SD or high-capacity SDHC card (memory cards sold separately). Using a single 8-gigabyte SDHC card, HD2 users can easily and spontaneously shoot nearly three hours of high-definition video, up to eight hours of standard-definition video or thousands of 7.1-megapixel digital still images.

"The enormous worldwide demand for the high-definition HD1 series inspired and invigorated SANYO's design team to significantly raise the performance bar on the HD2," said John Lamb, Senior Marketing Manager for SANYO Fisher Company's Audio Video Division. "Increased low-light sensitivity is just one example of how the HD2 has been engineered to provide a more satisfying user experience than ever before."

Sporting a stylish blue graphite body, the SANYO Xacti HD2 will be available in the U.S. in March 2007 at an MSRP of $699.99**.

The Xacti HD2 responds to light as low as 12.5 lux in auto mode. This represents an up to 75% increase in low-light sensitivity when compared to the 50 lux auto mode capability of the previous models, the HD1 and HD1a. The HD2 responds to light as low as 6 lux, in lamp mode, representing an up to 76% increase in low-light sensitivity when compared to the 25 lux capability of the HD1 and HD1a. The HD2 features a special "High Sensitivity" button, allowing users to quickly switch from standard sensitivity mode and shoot in a wide variety of low-light situations.

Super-fast start up[/b]

The Xacti HD2 high-definition video camera is designed for super fast start-up and shooting. With no tape to queue up, simply open the display and the HD2 automatically powers up and is ready to record in as little as 1.7 seconds.

Image Stabilization

The SANYO Xacti HD2 features a digital image stabilization that works across the full shooting range from wide-angle to telephoto. Using an original corrective algorithm developed by SANYO, the HD2 is able to distinguish between "trembling hands" and "camera work" such as panning and tilting.

1280 x 720 progressive HD video scanning

Thanks to highly efficient MPEG-4 technology, the HD2 is able to create richly detailed high-definition 720p (1280 x 720 pixels) videos at 30 frames per second. That's up to three times more pixels than standard conventional video cameras.

High-definition engine

The SANYO Xacti HD2 is powered by high-precision LSI (large-scale integration) circuitry for advanced, high-definition image processing. This powerful "high-definition engine" processes a vast number of calculations and enables the HD2 to realize image processing functions such as high-definition 720p processing, real-time MPEG-4 compression and noise reduction.

Super-fast 9Mbs frame rate

The SANYO HD2 high-definition digital video camera features an accelerated frame rate in the HD mode that is more than four times faster than earlier digital cameras. Transmitting data at 9 megabits per seconds ensures that camera and subject motion are smooth and natural, without the image lag or distortion that might occur in slower-responding systems.

10x optical zoom

The HD2 features a generous and highly efficient 10x optical zoom lens. Built from 12 elements designed in 9 groups and with a built-in neutral density filter, the 10x zoom lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 in both wide and telephoto angles, allowing for clear images in lower light situations. Combined with a 10x digital zoom capability, the HD2 is capable of a total 100x zoom.

2.2-inch LCD display

The HD2 features a large Sanyo-developed 2.2-inch LCD display with 210,000 total pixels for exceptionally clear viewing. The display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on axis for taking great video or still images even in difficult locations.

Digital video and stills, all in one

The HD2 can record 7.1-megapixel still images in addition to 720p video clips. It can even snap a still image while recording high-definition (1280 x 720-pixel) digital video with a simple press of the shutter button during the shooting of a video clip.***

Video recording optimized for personal media players

The HD2's "Web-SHQ" recording mode is designed specifically to capture video destined for video iPod and other popular MPEG-4 capable personal media players. For optimal playback on such devices, video is captured at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and a smooth and natural 30 frames per second.

16:9 still shooting

A selectable 16:9 shooting mode allows users to capture stills in the same widescreen format as their high-definition videos for eye-catching viewing on a 16:9 television screen.

Convenient in-camera video editing

The HD2 offers enhanced video editing functions, enabling quick A>B deletions and easy combining of video clips. In-camera editing makes it easy to remove unwanted material and helps conserve memory card space.

Very small, very light[/b]

Lightweight at only 8.3 ounces (including battery and a standard SD memory card), the HD2 measures 3.1″ W x 4.7″ H x 1.4″ D.

Other SANYO Xacti HD2 features include:

- 16:9 widescreen format (HD-SHQ / HD-HQ modes)

- Rapid 7.1-megapixel sequential still shooting

- High-quality 48 kHz, 16-bit, stereo AAC-LC sound (MPEG-4 Audio)

- Convenient pop-up flash

- HD/Norm switch for easy video mode changes

- Talking navigation guide for first-time users

- Super Macro shooting down to 1 cm (W) / 1 m (T)

- Self timer (2 seconds / 10 seconds)

- Voice recorder function
- Red-eye reduction mode

- Multifunction compact docking/charging station with HDMI, Component, S-Video/AV output

- High-capacity SANYO rechargeable Lithium-ion battery

- Remote control included
- Exif Print and Print Image Matching III
- PictBridge-capable for PC-Free printing with PictBridge-compatible printers



SANYO Xacti HD2 optional accessories include:

- NEW Belt-clip Holster Case (VCP-HCX1) $19.99**

- 0.6x Wide-angle Lens Adapter (VCP-L06WU) $99.99**

- 1.4x Telephoto Lens Adapter (VCP-L14TU) $99.99**

- 49mm Lens Filter Adapter (VCP-AL49) $17.99**

- L40 Battery Charging Cradle (VAR-L40U) $39.99**

- Original SANYO L40 Battery (DB-L40AU) $49.99**



SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a $20 billion manufacturer and distributor of consumer and commercial electronics, including multimedia and telecommunication products. Based in Chatsworth, California, SANYO Fisher Company (a division of SANYO North America Corporation, a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.) markets digital cameras, PCS phones, audio systems, portable and mobile electronics, televisions, dictation devices, home appliances, LCD projectors, security video equipment and air conditioning systems.

For more information and additional specifications, please visit
http://www.sanyodigital.com. Visit http://www.sanyodigital.com and click on "HD2" > "Dealer Images" for downloadable hi-res product images.

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[align=center]All products and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Because its products are subject to continual improvement, SANYO reserves the right to modify product design and specifications without notice and without incurring any obligations.[/i][/align]* Among commercially available high-definition video cameras, as of January 07, 2007.

** Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
*** Depending on the mode used to take still images, simultaneous video clip shooting may be interrupted.[/i]
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Old Jan 8, 2007, 7:31 AM   #2
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Very interesting! Looking forward to some samples... and the quick release holster is a great idea. Wow, what time is it there...not getting any sleep in Las Vegas (or you just came off a conference call with Japan)?

Edit: While we're on CES: may I ask you where I can find info on the newly announced Sanyo GPS Easy Street models NVM-4050 and NVM-4070? Apparently they can play photo/videos now? I'm looking for specs, will it support Xacti MP4 playback?Thanks.
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Old Jan 9, 2007, 5:07 AM   #3
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Are there any pictures available of the camera?
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On the outside it looks very much like it's predecessor. HD2 Pics from CES 2007 at Engadget (you can see the HDMI port on the craddle). Some pics available on the web site mentionned in the press release (dealer images not yet available).
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Old Jan 11, 2007, 2:27 PM   #5
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HD2 got covered by Inquirer:

http://theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=36894


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Old Jan 13, 2007, 10:40 AM   #6
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Does anyone have these available yet online for pre-order? I'd like to get an idea as to what pricing and availability will be like. I was thinking about the HD1A, but decided to wait for CES to see if anything new and improved was released.
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Old Jan 13, 2007, 11:55 AM   #7
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jdg, Amazon has the HD2 available for pre-order.
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http://www.dcviews.com/press/Sanyo-HD2.htm
Super-fast 9Mbs frame rate
The SANYO HD2 high-definition digital video camera features an accelerated frame rate in the HD mode that is more than four times faster than earlier digital cameras. Transmitting data at 9 megabits per seconds ensures that camera and subject motion are smooth and natural, without the image lag or distortion that might occur in slower-responding systems.

http://www.sanyodigital.com/video_ca...fications.html
Video: <HD> [HD-SHQ] 1280 x 720 (30fps,9Mbps), [HD-HQ] 1280 x 720 (30fps,6Mbps)

What is it that dcviews.com is saying,the HD2still films at just 30 fps right? Yet they must have gotten their words "accelerated frame rate"from Sanyo. Or are they claiming 60fps playback? I never understood the 60fps claim regarding the C6 because it also records at maximum 30fps. Anybody know what's being claimed here?

Any photo/video samples out in the wild yet?
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Old Jan 15, 2007, 8:33 PM   #9
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The Amazon description on Amazon for the HD1a has the same wording 9mbs etc so apparently this is not a change.

It would be nice to know what the improvements really are between the HD1a and the HD2.

Sanyo, can you help us here?
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"Super-fast 9Mbs frame rate"

I don't quite understand: "9 Mbps" is the video data bitrate (higher bitrate means larger amount of data stored, which means better video detail and quality). "30 fps" (frames per second) is the "frame rate". How can these be mixed up?
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