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Old Jun 26, 2006, 6:14 PM   #1
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Hi all!

What are the major differences between these two cameras?

Really the only thing I'm seeing is that the C6 is 6 MP and the C40 is 4MP.. are there any differences?

How is the quality of the video recorded by the C40 vs the C6?

We're looking for a replacement for our analog camcorder and our 3.2MP camera and was just wondering if the C6 was worth an extra $200 over the C40.

Thanks for any input.
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Old Jul 14, 2006, 7:30 PM   #2
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c6 is going for 290 to 320 plemix and prestige camera
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Old Jul 17, 2006, 11:16 AM   #3
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I have been looking for a review of the C40 myself. At around $300-$350 this seems like better value than the C6 if the video is the same. I don't think spending the extra on the C6 is worth it just for 6MP as against 4MP images. It's the video I am more interested in.
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Old Jul 19, 2006, 10:15 AM   #4
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Does anyone have a c40, its is better than a C6, I am looking at going down the C40 route as I want a decent video cam (not photo). I am also considering aiptek z100 pro, please share experience with these devices.

Can anyone find a decent review or the C40 I can;t find one anywhere, have googled everywhere?
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Old Jul 19, 2006, 11:54 AM   #5
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The C40 is a revamped version of the old C4 model (in fact the body is identical) - they both have 4 MP sensor and most specs are identical. The major differences are (1) C40 produces 60 fps frame speed when hooked up to play on the TV, making smooth videoplayback (2) C40 has the "2X2 pixel mix technology", which is supposed to combine the input of four neighboring pixels during video recording, mainly enhancing the light sensitivity.

In fact the C40 has been discussed briefly in this forum:

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...rum_id=27&

This is a sample video clip with the C40 posted by an actual user (I don't know if the video has been modified before sending to yourtube or not):

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...rum_id=27&

Unfortunately none of the actual users gave any feedback on the low light performance of the C40- judging from the fact that the HD1 also uses 2X2 pixel mix technology and its low light performance is reportedly not as good as the C6, and the possibility that the CCD sensor of the C40 is identical to that of the C4, I suspect the C40's low light performance is similar to the C4.

I had a C4 before buying the C6, and I can tell you the low light performance of VIDEO is definitely betteron the C6. I find that withbright outdoor light source, the C4 and C6 perform equally well at the same video quality setting,which isa little less than the quality ofthe average miniDV camcorders.

The low light performance of the STILL PICTURE is also similar in the two cameras (though one has more megapixels than the other one) - decent but not top notched, comparedto other point & shoots of famous brandnames like Nikon or Canon.

Many people have commented that,even with a C6, the best video quality goes with bright outdoor sunlight. If you are shooting indoor most of the time, the Xacti series may not be the camera for you.

Anyway, the new CA6 is coming out soon - with weatherproof skin, probably identical specs to the C6, and MUCH REDUCED price of around US$400. It should be more appealing. If the old C6 stock has not run out, you may find bargains then- but beware of buying "refurbs" which may have hot/ dead/ stuck pixels: this seems tobeone of the quality issues of this series of Sanyo cameras. The C40 price will also come down as well, andyouare likely to find brand newcameras because the C40is not as popular as the C6.
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Old Jul 19, 2006, 11:08 PM   #6
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How does the low light ability of the Sanyo's compare to similar priced MiniDV's? I have been reading on camcorderinfo.com and they keep on about how MiniDV's under $500 have poor low light ability, but how do they compare in realworld use rather than just video tests? Is the Sanyo significantly poorer than a comparably priced miniDV or are they similar? They both have CCD's but how does the size of the Sanyo CCD compare to the 1/6" inch ones used in most of the consumer miniDV camcorders.?
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Old Jul 20, 2006, 9:50 AM   #7
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Is there a video and audio in option on these Sanyo pocket camcorders to record from external source?
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Old Jul 20, 2006, 4:19 PM   #8
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No the Xacti C6 does not have any forms of AV input to allow the camera to work as a digital video recording unit. You either have to go back to miniDV camcorders like Sony or Canon, or buy a personal video recorder ("video walkman") like Archos.
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Old Jul 28, 2006, 9:59 AM   #9
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I have owned my vpc c6 for about 2 months. I had hesitated between the c6 and the hd1 but since editing with the the hd 1 seems quite difficult I bought a c6 and I am completely satisfied. I had previously owned 2 cheapo sd video recorders and the c6 is in another category. I do not know about the c40., but I know about the c5, which has many improvements over the c40. The c6 is much better than the c5.
- Most of all is low light sensitivity in video: although not as good as most specialised camdorders, it is sufficient for most purposes: for example I took night shots of street show at a Jazz festival which are excellent ( although a purist would not agree).
With the c5 (and most probably with the c40, this would not have been possible). - - - Another point is video editing in the software of the camera: you can join several short sequences into a single sequence, or remove part of a longer sequence.
- There are also other advantages like macro function which allows taking pictures of flowers, insects ... as close as 1 centimeter, the possibility of using 2 gb sd cards ...
I bought my c6 for 300$ us ( plus a 1 gb sd card, 30$ approx). I think that the price difference between the c40 and c6 is so small that there is no hesitation between the two.
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Old Jul 28, 2006, 10:38 AM   #10
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I take it that you bought your C6 off an ebay auction? I haven't seen the C6 for anywhere near $300. Everywhere I look it's at least $450.
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