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Sanyo Xacti HD1

We have collected and analysed 30 expert reviews and 271 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 67/100 and users rate it 68/100. The average review date is 24-04-2007. We have compared these reviews to 369383 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 82/100 = Very good. Last update: 13-12-2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sanyo Xacti HD1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sanyo Xacti HD1 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the durability and image quality. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed comments about the price.

usability, portability, size, image quality, durability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sanyo Xacti HD1A Digital Movie CameraSanyo Xacti HD1A Digital Movie Camera

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sanyo Xacti HD1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 210 user reviews of Sanyo Xacti HD1 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the image quality and price are on the whole positive. The size and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed views about the reliability.

portability, usability, size, price, image quality

67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sanyo Xacti HD1A 5.1MP MPEG4 High-Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical ZoomSanyo Xacti HD1A 5.1MP MPEG4 High-Definition Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Cliff Smith (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1


A digital camera and camcorder rolled into one is a great idea right? Cliff's not so sure.

In operation the HD1 is efficient, but a bit unusual. Switching on from the main on/off switch takes a little over four seconds, but once on, closing the monitor puts it into standby mode. Opening the monitor again wakes it up in just over two seconds,...

Feb, 2011

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Stuff magazine


The Xacti has a 10x lens and serves up a choice of video modes, from 60fps standard-definition VGA clips to 1280x720pixel, progressive scan HD movies

A nice-looking camcorder that's future-proofed for next-gen TVs. Easy to use and tidy photos, too

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : staff (

Sanyo Xacti HD1 review


Could this be the blueprint for future camcorders?

HD ready ; External sound devices ; Features ; Handling ; Design

Poor video ; Performance

A potentially ground-breaking camcorder, the HD is severely compromised by its mediocre performance

Sep, 2006

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (

Sanyo VPC-HD1


Sanyo's handy VPC-HD1 offers high-definition 720p movie recording in a very compact package. Small enough to fit in your pocket, it allows you to record around 40 minutes of real HD content on a 2GB SD card using MPEG4 compression. Up to 10x optical...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Which? (

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Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Andy Shaw (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1


It's not often you sit down in front of a TV to watch a home video and find it's better quality than you can expect from your regular broadcasts.

Expert review by : James Dickinson (

Sanyo Xacti HD1A


Sanyo's Xacti HD1A is an interesting device. For a start, it's the smallest High Definition camcorder on the market, and one of the cheapest. It also ...

Great range of features, compact design, good still images

Disappointing video quality considering it's high definition, small screen

The world's smallest high definition camcorder is great for still pictures and range of features but less so for the quality of its video.

Dec, 2006

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1


The Sanyo Xacti HD1's video quality needs improvement to keep up with the competition.

Superb OLED. Compact. Good color. Decent menu structure.

Video quality is subpar. Slow to change exposure in different lighting situations. Pricey.

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Aug, 2006

Expert review by : David English (

Image quality


Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1

Records 720p high-definition video; small, lightweight, and attractive; 10X optical zoom; rotating OLED screen.

Hard-to-maneuver joystick controller; very sluggish autofocus; video and photos look overly processed.

If you want the latest in cool toys, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1 certainly has the right gadget quotient. Once you look at the image quality, however, its allure dims quite a bit.

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1


Physical Views The 5-megapixel Xacti C5 (same size as C6) and the Xacti HD1. The Xacti HD1 compared in size to a standard CD. Continue on to Features & Controls Xacti HD1 Specifications Effective pixel count Approx. 5.1 megapixels CCD 1/2.5 inch,...

Feb, 2006

Product Specifications

Compared with conventional high-definition digital cameras, the Xacti HD1 is incredibly compact. The super-slim body, with a volume of around 200 cc and a weight of around 210 g, fits easily in your pocket or purse, so you can take it anywhere. Yet it shoots high-definition MPEG-4 movies at 1280 x 720 pixels and 30 fps. The Xacti HD1 records exceptionally beautiful and detailed high-definition movies in the world's smallest and lightest shell. In creating a new high-definition engine for rapid image processing, SANYO sought a balance between image quality and processing speed. The Xacti HD1 therefore offers both HD recording and 60 fps recording of TV-sized clips (VGA: 640 x 480 pixels). You have a choice of image-processing methods to bring out the maximum beauty of your subject. The Xacti HD1's display, meanwhile, is an OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode Display), which provides excellent color reproduction and enables expanded viewing angles. Picture quality is crisp, and fast movements in movie clips are vivid and clear. High-resolution 5.1-megapixel still images can be captured during the shooting of high-definition movies, meaning precious moments can be recorded both in still and video form. Furthermore, key function buttons are situated on the back of the main body. You can use a single thumb for most shooting and playback operations, leaving your other hand free to hold your bag or child, say. The Xacti HD1 can be connected to a TV, VCR, PC or DVD recorder. This means, for example, you can easily play back recorded high-definition images on the stunning wide screen of an HDTV, or make back-up copies of your recorded content on a DVD recorder while you're playing it back. After placing the Xacti HD1 in its docking station, you can save recorded video clips and still images onto your computer's hard disk. From there, you can edit them and use them in e-mails or weblogs, for even greater enjoyment.


Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:DB-L40
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sanyo DB-L40

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:720p

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Pop-up flash


Colour of product:Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card/SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:5.59

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:Organic EL Display
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Fireworks / Lamp / Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sports mode


Built-in Flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sanyo Xacti

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.5
Total MegaPixels:5.1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:10
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):38 - 380
Focal length range (f-f):6.3 - 63
Lens Aperture:F/3.5
Lens structure (elements/groups):2/2
Max Focal Length:63mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Colour:Titanic grey

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:5.1Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:0.9Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:5.1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens system:9/12
Photo mode: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DV port: No
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000

Still image

Still image resolution(s):2592 x 1944


Camcorder tape type:HDV
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC


Maximum frame rate:30 / 60
Maximum Video Resolution:1280 x 720

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:10/100
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (50-200)/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto (50-200)
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode/Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cosmetic / Sepia/Cosmetic / Monochrome / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Filter Size:4.9
Height :11.9