Sanyo Xacti CG10 Dual Camera HD Flash Memory Camcorder with 5x Optical Zoom (Black)
In an attempt to create a new category of devices, Sanyo dubbed its latest Xacti camcorder models “dual cameras,” designed to be equally adept at shooting movies and still photos. With the VPC-CG10, the company certainly got the design and features correct; going from capturing videos to stills and back again takes little thought and you don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything by getting a combo device. Well, at least not until you’re waiting for the thing to focus or you’ve looked at its photos.
Unlike the slim, boxy Flip-style camcorders, the CG10 uses Sanyo’s familiar pistol-grip body. The upside is that the design gives you a 5x optical zoom lens and a big, high-quality rotating LCD–perfect for when you want to be in the video or need to shoot above or below your eye level. The lens adds to the overall size, but it’s still a lightweight and pocketable device. However, the grip is wide, so smaller hands may have a tough time using it comfortably. Also, while it can be held and controlled with the left hand, the placement of the screen makes it easier to use in the right.
On back of the screen is a stereo microphone, which did a very good job of picking up audio, though its handling of wind noise is not great, which is typical of its class. Below the lens is a flash that does not double as a video light. Most of the body is made from glossy plastic, so expect to spend time wiping it down if you want it to remain pristine. The only part that’s not glossy is the LCD cavity/inside handgrip; it’s matte black with a fake leather grain. This is where you’ll find a power button and door for the SDHC card slot. On the bottom are a threaded tripod mount and a proprietary USB/AV jack. However, despite being HD, the camcorder comes with only a composite-out cable; the component cable is an extra $25 and there is no HDMI option.
All of the controls are closely packed together on back, but are well positioned for swift operation with your thumb. On the upper right is a video-record button, on the left a shutter release for photos, and between them a spring-loaded slider for the zoom. Below them are a tiny five-way joystick for navigating and selecting things, a play button, and a menu button that can be programmed to bring up a simple set of options or the CG10’s full settings menu. The joystick can also be programmed to quickly change things like ISO, flash, exposure compensation, and selecting manual, standard, or macro focus. Considering all the CG10 can do, it’s an efficient setup.
Features and Technical Details :
- Capture HD digital video (720p, 30fps) and up to 10-megapixel still photos
- 5x optical zoom; 3-inch widescreen LCD
- Face Chaser technology (can detect up to 12 faces for photos and videos)
- Built-in still photo flash; High-Speed Sequential Shooting (7fps)
- Capture video and stills to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
- Brand Name: Sanyo
- Model: VPC-CG10BK
- Media Type: Flash card
- Lens Type: Zoom lens
- Optical zoom: 5 x
- Maximum Aperture Range: F/3.5-3.7
- Shooting Modes: Digital photo mode
- Video Input: Camcorder
- Display Size: 3 inches
- Optical Sensor Resolution: 10 MP
- Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
- Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.33″
- Viewfinder Type: None
- Audio Input: Microphone
- Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo
- Height: 4.4 inches
- Weight: 6 Ounces
- Depth: 2.8 inches
- Width: 1.5 inches