Sanyo intros small HD video camera
January 9, 2006
It may not officially be a broadcast product, but it’s almost certain to quickly find its way on television newscasts throughout the world. Sanyo has introduced a pocket-sized, tapeless combo camera that weighs 8.3oz and is capable of recording 720p high-definition video and 5.1 megapixel still images to flash memory.
The HD1 features an ultra-clear 2.2in, Sanyo-developed, OLED display with 210,000 total pixels.
The camera was introduced at the CES convention in Las Vegas last week.
The key to the Xacti HD1’s ability to record HD video is its high-precision large-scale integration for image processing. The camera executes a vast number of calculations in a short period of time. It enables the HD1 to realize image processing functions such as high-definition 720p processing, real-time MPEG-4 compression and noise reduction.
The HD1 features an ultra-clear 2.2in Sanyo-developed Organic Light-Emitting Diode display with 210,000 pixels. The display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on axis for taking video or still images in otherwise difficult locations.
The HD1 has a 10x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/3.5 in both wide and telephoto angles, allowing for clear images in lower light situations.
The camera can record both 5.1 megapixel still images and high-definition (1280 x 720-pixel) digital video at the same time to an SD memory card. It can record more than 21 minutes of 720p HD video on a 1GB SD card or more than 42 minutes on a 2GB card. Alternatively, HD1 users can select to record in SD mode (640 x 480 pixels at 30fps progressive) for up to two hours on a 2GB SD card.
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