This week sees the UK launch of Sanyo’s latest pocket-sized dual camera, the Xacti VPC-SH1. Following in the footsteps of last month’s tiny VPC-CS1, the SH1 is promising another industry first as the only dual camera in its class to offer a 30x Advanced Zoom and 35mm wide-angle feature.
The zoom function gives you the chance to indulge in some extreme close-ups; the wide-angle technology expands the video shooting area from 2-megapixels (the usual size on full HD models) to 3.5 megapixels to capture even more on film. Essentially this means that you’ll get a great quality shot whether your subject is invading your personal space or running off into the distance.
The other main difference from the CS1 is the styling, as the SH1 is a more traditional palmcorder design. Sanyo has added a user-friendly second record button at the top of the unit to help make it easier if you are recording at a low or unusual angle.
Alongside these new elements, the SH1 maintains the principle idea of the Xacti range as a feature-packed collection of compact cameras. At only 43mm thick and weighing 203g, it still manages to cram in full HD video capabilities plus 10 mega-pixel stills, enhanced from 4 mega-pixels. There’s face recognition, and digital image stabilisation to help keep pictures pin-sharp if your hand begins to wobble.
As with the others in the range, the SH1 has a 2.7inch TFT LCD screen that can be rotated around 285 degrees, and features three microphone modes for audio recording. This allows you to capture all sounds for atmosphere, focus in on the subject of the film or change from one to the other as you zoom in.
The camera has 50MB of internal memory and works with SD, SDHC or SDXC memory cards. Footage is shot in You Tube-compatible MPEG4 and the camera works with the Eye-Fi SD cards for transferring files to the web – although the press release points out that the Eye-Fi uploading function may not actually operate in future, thanks to a change in card specifications. On a more positive note, there’s also a mini HDMI port for easy playback on the TV.
The Sanyo Xacti VPC-SH1 is available from this week in red or black for around £399, and includes a one year warranty.