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Old Sep 6, 2010, 2:42 PM   #11
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Hi,

As i didn't find the full manual, just the "guide for basic operation".. can anyone help me ...

While shooting, with menu in normal settings, i ve no icon on the display for the battery level ...
Not really a problem, but, it's one of the important data while shooting don't you think ?

Thanks for your help ...

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Old Sep 6, 2010, 4:58 PM   #12
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Default full manual CA100 + battery level icon

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Hi, As i didn't find the full manual, just the "guide for basic operation".. can anyone help me ...
Hello Ath
I found for you the FULL manuel for CA100 -- but it is in FRENCH !
Maybe you could try to download it and translate the part who are useful for you...
The url of manual in FR : http://www.sanyo.de/produkte_daten/d...era_FR_6_F.pdf


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While shooting, with menu in normal settings, i ve no icon on the display for the battery level ...
I don't remember to have seen a model with this CONSTANT battery level icon
BUT THE ICON APPEAR immediatly WHEN YOU CHOOSE "MENU" OPTIONS or view your photos & videos ;-)
Does it help you ?

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Old Sep 8, 2010, 11:43 AM   #13
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I have a couple of Sanyos, the C40 and the HD1010 and the icon is on the Menu as anjoy said. It is an odd location but I guess it makes for less clutter on the display.
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Old Sep 8, 2010, 1:51 PM   #14
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Default Battery indication on CA100 ??

Anjoy : I'll check the manual you indicate me may be it's different or more explainfull than the one provided !
for the fact, being french version, ce n'est pas un probleme, on parle un peu français a paris ..
Merci encore !


RGVcam : maybe a good update in the next firmwares .. cause 1 hour total autonomy ... it's a little bit hasardous to go on with the cam for a tour, without checking it before leaving... this kind of indication is in my mind something like important ...don't you think ..? But anyway after forgetting to check once or twice i suppose i'll keep it in mind for the next time

Thanks to both,

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Anjoy : ... for the fact, being french version, ce n'est pas un probleme, on parle un peu français a paris .. Merci encore !
WOUAAAA lol LOL j'ai bien ri !!!
- merci à toi pour cette ptite zigomathite


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...it's a little bit hasardous to go on with the cam for a tour, without checking battery state before leaving... ...don't you think ..?
NEVER FORGET to always BUY 2 BATTERIES : IT'S NECESSARY + ESSENTIAL
je dirais même INDISPENSABLE !!!



And you can find it on the web at same potency (700 mAh) at very light waight AND LOW PRICES


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Old Nov 4, 2010, 10:29 AM   #16
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Default .mp4 files play directly on blu-ray player

Hello,

We like hi definition video but we hate the hassle of having to convert video format (even worth it it means loss of definition or quality) and we hate to have to spend long hours on video editing. We are only interested in finding the shortest route to saving and viewing our shots on the living room flat panel.

In that respect, I must highlight also the small video editing capabilities of the camera that I did not know about before buying the camera (truncate, split, merge) that end up being just enough for our editing needs.

I though it was worth mentioning the shot-and-play capability (see title) as it was an absolute requirement for me to switch from my standard definition video camera to full HD.

So I confirm the .mp4 (H.264 AVC) recorded on the Sanyo CA-100 SD card can be burnt on a DVD or blu-ray disc and play directly on a blu-ray player (at least on mine: KDL40EX40 Sony full HD flat screen with integrated blu-ray player).

Here I must thanks "Anjoy" for providing the raw samples videos (acquarium), that have been playing on the living room TV for a while achieving to convince the rest of the family to make this acquisition. Even the younger son (3 year old) kept asking to play the "poisson" (fish) again and again in 1920*1080 60fps.

The week end following the acquisition we went to a campsite with swiming pools and a giant water slide. The video shots in sunlight condition are absolutely top, including underwater and fast mooving (diving) scenes: cristal clear!

I must confess in low light conditions (birthday at night), it does not perform as good as my previous standard definition pocket camera (with CCD though instead of CMOS sensor).

Another very good point is capability to capture conversations in the distance and to balance the audio level between close speech (me handling the camera) and distant speech (people I am shooting at). Also audio capture underwarter is really effective.

The zoom is really nice and respond appropriately (not too fast, not too slow). When you reach max zooming on W position (X6) and switch to T position, I would have expected to stay in the X6 magnification ratio and have to press again the zoom botton to reach up to x12. In fact it switches instantaneously from X6 to X12 and I have to zoom back to explore the X6-to-X12 range.

Picture shots are also nice and much more often successful than with my previous camera. I assume the definitely larger lenses and probably larger CMOS sensor allow much more light to get in and therefore to shoot moving objects faster resulting in less blurry image particularly for moving objects in low light condition. Only drawback is the latency between pressing the button and actual picture shot. Also the button is quite hard to press, specially if the button is pressed in two steps: half way for focal adjustment then all the way for shooting.


I take the opportunity to warn about these cheap SD cards that sell out there (I went for a 32GB). Most of them are fake, included the one I acquired. The embedded controller in the SD card is tweak to display 32GB on your file explorer but the card only really embed a GB or 2 of Flash. When you exceed the real capacity everything get corrupted! Check this site: http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/
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Old Nov 4, 2010, 11:26 AM   #17
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THANK YOU VERY MUCH to faithful94
for this interesting and very complete review !!!
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Old Nov 4, 2010, 5:43 PM   #18
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Thanks anjoy

a few other points worth mentioning:

- Macro: I took a video of my youngest son fingers tormenting a criket: gives really amasing quality on a 40 inch full HD flat screen.
- Lack of remote control: I was really regretting the lack of a remote (which I have on my standard definition camera). This was before discovering that the CA-100 connect in mass storage to the USB port of the KDL40EX40 TV and most importantly that the TV remote is able to navigate seamlessly on the SD card and play the Full HD .mp4 files directly from the SD card to the flat screen.
- PC playback: I was disapointed to see that raw full HD files (provided by anjoy) did not play fluently on my laptop using VLC. The laptop (HP HDX16 1025) config is pretty high end though: core due 2.26Ghertz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card NVIDIA Geforce 9600 GT, full HD display, TNT tuner, blu-ray disc reader. Despite all that the .mp4 files from the CA-100 are not played correctly with vlc (jerky). I searched the web and contacted Sanyo support and realised that if VLC is good at playing almost everything, it is not good at doing it efficiently which is not a problem for standard definition but is a problem with a 17Mbit/s H.264 full HD stream. I solved the problem with installing K-lite codec which turned my vista 64 windows media player in a powerfull H.264 full HD video player. Sanyo support also recommended quicktime player as well as the Arcsoft suite provided on the CA-100 CD. I think it mostly has to do with the capability of the player codec to transfer a great deal of the H.264 decoding task to the graphic card dedicated processor which VLC probably does not handle at all.
- advanced settings: I played a bit with the different settings, I must say without always understanding how they should affect the camera behavior. I have not find any significant benefit for the situations I was capturing except the High Sensitivity mode which definitely enhance luminosity in low light conditions but at the price of increased noise. So finally I am back at the factory settings except for HS in low light.
- Digital Video stabilisation: I found it quite effective (with video), even though demanding people will prefer a mechanical/optical stabilisation. It is much more efficient than the one of my previous standard definition camera and I have verified that I was not loosing any angle of vision, not like my previous camera that was reducing the shooting angle (triming a band all around the video scenes) when stabilisation was activated.
- camera body: there is what looks like a stainless steal or chromed chassis all around the camera that looks really strong.
- Movies size and DVD capacity: I have not yet opted for a blu-ray burner (~150€) but for the time being I am able to burn 1hour of raw full HD 60fps video on a double layer 8GB DVD which I find acceptable. Who would not want to have a rest after watching in family or with friends one hours of video recordings?
- Flash: much more powerfull than previous camera. Gives really acceptable light (still pictures only) to scenes and objects at 2 to 3 meters in full dark.
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Old Nov 16, 2010, 7:01 AM   #19
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Hello and thanks for the very useful information on this topic.

I own a Xacti CA-9 Waterproof Camera and I love it. When I heard about the latest model, CA-100, I started considering an upgrade. Mostly because I'd like to have full HD videos and the 3m waterproof capability (as opposed to my CA-9's 1.5m).

Been reading all the reviews I can find online and I have to say I'm seriously in doubt about whether it's worth upgrading. Here are a couple of CA-100 issues that bother me:

- menu controls located on the side of cam and hard to press (my CA-9 has the controls right under the shoot buttons and though they are certainly not easy to use, I'd say they are placed in a much more practical location than the CA-100's. I can access the menu with my thumb quite fast now).

- no battery level indicator when in shooting mode (my CA-9 always shows the battery icon with minutes left)

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Anyone can shed some light on these issues for me?

Anjoy, you also own a CA-9 like me, correct? How would you compare the two cameras?

Any help is greatly appreciated. I'm going to the Bahamas soon and my Xacti (CA-9 or perhaps the CA-100) is a key item for the trip
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Default Great Camcorder, but does have a few flaws.

I bought this camera almost 2 years ago. It takes amazing HD video in outdoor environments, such as snow, which is mainly where I use it.

The menu controls ARE annoying to use and can be pretty finicky, the buttons are very small and take some getting use to, touching them with just the very points of your fingers. Maintaining stability while zooming takes some getting used to and if you're not paying attention to that simple fact while shooting you'll get jittery and shaky footage while zooming in and out. The shape/style of the camera and placement of the button obviously contribute to this.

I once shot a couple hours of footage with a constant noise in the recording. To me it sounded like the little noise your hard drive on a Desktop PC makes when seeking/accessing the disk. I was dipping it in the water that day, not sure why but it's been fine ever since.

Upon removing the battery and inserting it again the camera will often not turn back on but opening the view finder like it should. I then have to hold the power button until the camera comes on again. I wonder if there's a firmware update for these camera's? Maybe that would address some of these minor issues.

Aside from those things, build quality is awesome and it seems like it should last a long time. Amazing quality with 1080p video shooting. I haven't really used it as a still camera but I'm reading that it works fine.
I still don't see anything else on the market that shoots full HD and is waterproof.

I do recommend this camera to anyone despite a few little oddities and setbacks. I'm trying to buy one for a friend but the only color that seems to be available is PINK and I know he won't go for that!
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