SANYO Xacti: Need To Replace

Discussion in 'Technical' started by Brokor, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    This is the Sanyo Xacti (VPC-GH4) with HD quality recording, and it takes SD card memory up to 64GB (I think)...well I used 32GB and it worked fine. It was stolen a few months ago and I bought a replacement (used) since I loved it so much. I had to settle for a slightly different model (VPC-GH2) since I couldn't find the same model for a reasonable price.

    The used one has some glitches, like flipping the video in the screen when recording (although the recorded video remains upright) and it likes to suck the battery life. So, I am looking for a replacement again.

    I do not want to buy anything heavy or bulky, and I must have SD card capability (I love that). Anybody have any luck with a video camcorder they really love? I have several ideas in mind, but not too certain. The GoPro looks good, but I do not know if it is suitable for my purposes.
    100909-xacti-01. sanyo-VPC-GH4-2a1.
  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Winning so far:
    Looks good. Sony Bloggie Sport for the win. No SD card, all internal...but 4 hours of 1080i HD is more than enough. It also has an integral battery, but I hear good things about life and I have no problem with USB charging in the truck or home. Compatibility, software, etc...all excellent.
  3. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    I was looking till
    integral battery made it throw away .
    I have been down that road , NEVER again !!
    Li-ion only & replaceable .
  4. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Cruisin Sloth - I can't blame you one bit for not wanting the Sony Bloggie due to it having an internal battery.

    For a few weeks now, I have also brushed it aside. After I realized that I actually go through an average of 4 Li-ion batteries per year with my current SD cam, I thought it would actually pay off to have the Sony with a single, internal battery that will last a very long time. The life for the battery under normal operation is quite decent, and it suits all my needs. Of course, it would be great to be in control of the power source and simply pop a new battery in as needed. Luckily, recharge time is fast enough, and I won't be putting it through any long duration recordings. I think it is an acceptable trade-off for having a rugged camera that is lightweight, dependable, and submersible /waterproof down to about 16 feet.

    In any case, I will post a review once I give it a thorough run. Here's hoping it works out well!
  5. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I shoot video with a DSLR (Canon Rebel T3i) but my next small camera will be a GoPro. Been playing with a Hero at work and really dig the idea of the ruggedness.
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  6. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I love the GoPro durability and have been wondering how it functions (memory, battery, recording options, etc.) --from what I gathered, it looks to be a basic ruggedized sports camera. Been wanting one for a bit, but always turned back because of the "what if it doesn't suit my needs" reason. Maybe somebody can explain its use and features a bit?
  7. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    My choice.

    The Fujifilm XP100 14MP Digital Camera features four-way protection from the elements for total freedom. The shaped anti-slip rubber grip lets you keep a firm hold on the camera with bare of gloved hands. The reinforced lens cover is treated with a water-repellant coating so you can just shake the water off the lens and go right on shooting. A shockproof bumper protects the LCD in the midst of the action. The battery compartment is sealed with a double lock as an extra waterproofing safeguard when using the camera underwater or in the field. The bright, clear 2.7" LCD features an anti-reflective coating for excellent visibility, even in full sunlight. It also gives you a view of the underwater world. Capture photos and movies in widescreen HD for full-screen HDTV image display. A handy micro HDMI connection lets you plug the camera directly into your TV or entertainment system. Note: Memory card not included. Purchase of a memory card is highly recommended.

    Fujifilm XP100 14MP Digital Camera:
    • 14 megapixel resolution
      Delivers excellent picture quality
    • Fujinon 5-25mm zoom lens
      Equivalent to a 28-140mm lens on an analog camera and features a 5x optical zoom
    • 2.7" TFT LCD display
      Enjoy easy focus selection and photo viewing
    • Full HD Video
      Record movies in 1080p resolution on this compact camera
    • Waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof and dustproof
      Rugged design is perfect for the great outdoors
    • LED light
      Shows you the way in the dark
    • CMOS-shift image stabilization
      Greatly reduces the effects of camera shake and subject blur for crisp, clear shots
    • 1 SD card slot
      Stores photos on the memory card of your choice
    Memory Card Specifications:
    • Compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
    • Internal Memory: 95MB
    • 1 SD Slot

    Main Features
    Optical Zoom: 5x
    Digital Zoom: 6.8x
    Lens System
    Type: Fujinon 5 x zoom lens - 5 - 25 mm - f/3.9-4.9
    Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 140mm
    Min Focus Range: 23.6 in
    Macro Focus Range: 3.5 in - 31.5 in
    Type: 2.7" LCD display
    Additional Features
    Additional Features: Built-in speaker, RGB primary color filter, color control, in-camera red-eye removal, cropping an image, Face Detection Self-timer, Automatic Scene Recognition (SR Auto), brightness control, in-camera movie editing, contrast control, 1080p Full HD movie recording, face detection, built-in LED illuminator, Motion Panorama 360, HDR image enhancement technology
    Connector Type: 1 x Hi-Speed USB ¦ 1 x HDMI output
    Software: Drivers & Utilities
    More Information
    Model No.: XP100BLK
    Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
    Product in Inches (L x W x H): 1.08 x 2.81 x 4.04

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