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Old May 22, 2007, 11:10 AM   #1
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[align=center]SANYO DEBUTS THE WORLD'S FIRST WATERPROOF CAMCORDER[/align]

[align=center]BUILT FOR FAMILY FUN ABOVE AND BELOW WATER[/align]

[align=center]Ideal for the Beach or Backyard Pool and Perfect for Vacationers,[/align]

[align=center]SANYO's Submersible Xacti E1 is the Must-Have Camcorder for Active Lifestyles[/i][/b][/align]
CHATSWORTH[/b], CA[/b], May 22, 2007 [/b]– SANYO has introduced the world's first[suP]*1 [/suP]waterproof[suP]*2[/suP] camcorder, the SANYO Xacti E1. Ideal for active families, vacationers and water sports enthusiasts, the ultra-compact E1 can record high-quality video and 6-megapixel stills under water[suP]*3[/suP] to a depth of five feet for up to one hour at a time.

Designed for year-round use, the stylish SANYO Xacti E1 is the pocket-sized, "grab and go" solution for capturing special moments everywhere, every time – whenever inspiration strikes. Completely self-contained, the E1 requires no bulky, separate underwater housing.

Easy to operate with only one hand, it's an ideal camcorder to take to the beach or lake for activities such as swimming, snorkeling, surfing and water-skiing, or for use in and around the backyard pool or water park. Compact and easy to grip, the E1 is also great for skiers and snowboarders[suP]*4[/suP]. Away from water, the versatile E1 is a perfect choice for shooting video and still images of the new baby or recording all the fun at parties, children's school or sports events and family outings.

The SANYO Xacti E1 will be available in the U.S.A. in eye-catching blue, yellow and white in mid-June 2007 at $499.99 MSRP[suP]*5[/suP]. Consumers can visit http://www.sanyodigital.com for information regarding major online retailers accepting pre-orders for the E1.

The E1 shoots TV-quality MPEG-4 video and utilizes the state-of-the-art Advanced Video Codec AVC/H.264. Incorporating a special Qpixel brand H.264 chipset, the E1 delivers a significant 25 percent reduction in video file size, along with improved video quality versus traditional MPEG-4 recordings. Completely "tapeless," the device records both video and still images to a standard SD memory card or high-capacity SDHC card. Users can record a phenomenal 10 hours of full-motion 640 x 480 pixel, 30 frames-per-second video on a single 8-gigabyte SDHC memory card (not included)[suP]*6[/suP]. Once recorded, both video and still images can be easily uploaded and viewed on a PC or Mac, personal media player such as the iPod®, or shared on the internet via a video or photo sharing Website.

"More than just the world's first waterproof camcorder, the SANYO Xacti E1 is really four cameras in one," said John Lamb, Senior Marketing Manager, Audio Video Division of SANYO Fisher Company. "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."

Improved 9 pixel-mixing technology allows video to be shot even in darker places, such as indoors during a party. When using the "Automatic" setting, subjects may be recorded in light as low as 7 lux, and when using the "Lamp Mode" setting found in the "Scene Select" function menu, the frame rate will be automatically adjusted, enabling subjects to be recorded even in 2 lux low-light environments[suP]*7[/suP].

The included CD-ROM Software Pack features Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 for Windows XP/Vista, Adobe Photoshop Album starter edition, QuickTime 7.1, iTunes 7.1 and Xacti Screen Capture for Windows. For Mac OS X customers, SANYO recommends using iMovie and iPhoto.

Regarding the agreement to distribute Adobe's software with the Xacti camera, Garrett J. Ilg, president of Adobe Systems Japan, commented, "Adobe's video editing software, ‘Adobe Premiere Elements', through being bundled with SANYO's new Xacti product, will provide users with new added value. The H.264 format which Adobe Premiere Elements is compatible with and that Xacti has adopted will hereafter be a mainstream format. In cooperation with SANYO, Adobe Systems will continue to provide solutions enhancing users' personal movie experiences by using Adobe Premiere Elements in combination with Xacti."

Included accessories are a USB Cable, AV Cable, Battery Charger, Li-ion Battery Pack, Soft Case and Hand Strap. Optional accessories include a specially designed "surf-style" camera leash (VCP-STB1 - $19.99[suP]*5[/suP]) made by a leading surf gear maker, Surf More XM, that safely and securely tethers the E1 to the user's wrist. A protective waterproof camera case (VCP-HCX2 - $19.99[suP]*5[/suP]) is also available.



SANYO Xacti E1 Key Features:[/b]

- Waterproof: submersible to a depth of five feet for 60 minutes

- No separate, bulky underwater housing required

- Shoots high-quality video (advanced MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at 640 x 480 pixels/30fps)
- Takes 6-megapixel stills (JPEG format)
- Records onto an SD memory card or high-capacity SDHC card (not included)
- Bright, 2.5-inch LCD color display flips out and rotates for easy viewing
- 5x optical zoom for great close-ups
- Anti-shake digital image stabilizer[suP]*8[/suP]
- Easy, one-handed operation
- While recording video, 6-megapixel still images may also be taken simultaneously
- Utilizing the 16:9 widescreen (4.4M: 2816 x 1584 pixel) photo setting, users can enjoy their high resolution photos on their high-definition televisions in full screen mode
- In "Portrait Mode" pictures can be taken in portrait style without manually rotating the camera to its side
- Super-macro function able to zoom in up to 1cm (when using wide-angle)
- "Quick stand-by" makes it possible to start recording or playback immediately after the monitor is flipped open
- Dimensions: 2.8 x 4.4 x 1.6 (W x H x D, in inches)
- Weight: 8.3 oz. with battery and SD or SDHC memory card
- Comes in a choice of Blue, Yellow or White

*1: For on-board equipped optical zoom lens type video cameras (as of May 22, 2007).
*2: JIS IPX8 (previously JIS Grade of water resistance qualified.
*3: In water depth up to five feet, within a 60 minute time-frame.
*4: When using in cold or hot and humid environments use caution to prevent dew and condensation.
*5: Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
*6: Using 8GB SDHC memory card, in TV-HQ mode. Memory cards sold separately.
*7: With lamp mode (1/15 sec).
*8: Images may not be corrected at slow shutter speeds or forceful camera shake. Using the camera shake correction feature during movie recording may change the camera field angle.
*9: As of May 2007, Maximum file size for a single clip is 4GB with a maximum single clip recording time of 1 hour.
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Old May 22, 2007, 11:48 AM   #2
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Sexy beast. With those specs & AVC/H.264 video recording itsounds very similar to theXacti CG65 but all dressed up for the beach. Impressively sleek & slim (& tiny) for a water-proof (edit: orwater-resistant? Im not sure, I didn't find a clear definition, I guess because it can be submerged it's waterproof) video camera. Looks like Sanyo also struck a deal with Adobe for software for this one (Premiere Elements 3.0 included). Curious about the naming change (E1).

I really like the sexy wet shot:


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The big question is whether the tripod mount is retained. I need a camera to mount on motorcycle handlebars that may see occaisional rain!
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yes. Tripod mount included.
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Water-proof:

the ultra-compact E1 can record high-quality video and 6-megapixel stills under water[suP]*3[/suP] to a depth of five feet for up to one hour at a time.

*3: In water depth up to five feet, within a 60 minute time-frame.



I wonder where the 60-minute limitation comes in?
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Old May 23, 2007, 1:58 PM   #6
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The camera is designed to IPX8 rating which is for devices that can be operated in water greater than 1 meter. From that point the manufacturer has to specify the rated depth and the time that it can withstand that depth.

In order to be submerged at all, it must be water tight. To go even 1 foot underwater, it must be able to withstand the pressure that is created. No product is designed to withstand water and water depth indefinitely (that I am aware of). That is why you see specific times and depth ratings.

For the E1, it is rated at five feetfor up to60 minutes. After 60 minutes, the seals could begin to weaken due to the pressure and compromise the product.
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Sanyo, I enjoy your responses to our questions. Could you tell me if WalMart will be carrying the Xacti E1 and if so when they will have it in stock? Thanks.
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camera-addict, it looks like Sanyo just redesigned their web site (SanyoDigital.com)whereyou can find alistof where to buy the E1. Amazon has the three colors available for pre-order (releasedon June 15 according to Amazon), it's a $100+ premium over the CG65 (at this time). I'm assuming Walmart will only carry the CG6 as it looks like they struck an exclusive deal with Sanyo.

It's interestinghow Sanyo North America has the E1 listed before Sanyo Japan and Sanyo Europe, not something we've seen previously. I haven't found a manual online yet, I'm curious about the E1's controls. The E1 really looks nice and slim, I'm wondering how they consolidated some of the controls:


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There is interest by Walmart to put it in its top "A tier" stores. No sure if/when that will happen. They definitely will not be putting it in all 3400 stores.Response has been very high and positive toward this camera and we are going to be severlyallocated for the first few months. Our first month's incoming is nearly 100% spoken for.

Walmart.com is going to list it on their site, but they apparently can not do "pre-orders".

Currently, the estimated availability is Blue - Mid June, White - End of June, Yellow - mid July.

Fun camera, thanks for the interest.
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I notice there is no lens cap on the E1, just like on the CA6. I am not being critical because I know many weatherproof/ waterproof digicams (eg. Pentax Optio W series) don't have lens caps or internal lens cover. I guess some people prefer to have it. At least the lens window is slightly recessed (same as the CA6 if I remember correctly), so that it is probably not as easily scratched as the flush outer element of the Optio W on the broad flat side of the camera.
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