Sanyo launches the “world’s thinnest” movie shooter

Sanyo has launched what it claims is the world’s thinnest, smallest and lightest digital camcorder, the Xacti C5.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  July 7, 2005

Sanyo has launched what it claims is the world’s thinnest, smallest and lightest digital camcorder, the Xacti C5. Resembling a pistol, this shooter is, says Sanyo, also the world’s first five megapixel camera that can capture still and video images simultaneously. In other words, users can take a still photo while shooting high-resolution movies (VGA/30fps), without having to switch modes. “This new offering, the latest in the Xacti C-series of hybrid digital movie and still cameras, aims to consolidate and grow the company’s share of the regional digital camera market to 7% in the financial year 2005,” said Tetsuji Okui, managing director of Sanyo Gulf. The camera has a flip-out, rotating 2-inch LCD screen and packs in a macro mode that allows users to get as close as 2cm from their subject. The camera uses a CCD sensor, includes a 5X optical zoom, 12X digital zoom and built-in flash. It weighs just 145g (without the batteries and SD card). The Xacti C5 allows users to capture MPEG-4 video clips at 30fps with 16-bit stereo sound. Sanyo claims that a 1GB SD memory card can provide up to 60 minutes of video recording time. The Xacti C5 can also be connected to a TV, VCR, PC or DVD recorder to playback or record captured videos and images. The Xacti C5 will compete with products such as Samsung’s six-in-one VP-M110 Miniket and Creative’s DiVi-Cam 316. It is available across the region for an asking price of $638.

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