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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.

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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