Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA100


A camcorder able to work underwater

The new Sanyo Palm camcorder it’s a very compact digital camera and it has a 12x digital + optical zoom. Is able to take records into multiple formats of file: like SD / HC / XC.

Sanyo Xacti CA100 it’s waterproof camcorder able to take videos in full HD standard mode. This camera is very lightweight and compact. It has a 12x digital + optical zoom and is able to record photos and movies directly on an SD Memory Card, SDHC or SDXC card.

The new Xacti CA100 it has a great shape and it fits easily into a pocket when we’ve tested for this review. Its weight it’s only 242 g, a very lightweight camcorder. It’s design is vertical, and allows it to be appreciated as much of that left-hand people. Its case it’s able to protect the camcorder under the water (waterproof) up to three meters deep. Indeed, this makes from Xacti VPC-CA100 an ideal companion if you are planning to go into vacation and are a diver passionate.

Full HD videos and photos

Sanyo-Xacti-VPC-CA100The CA100 Xacti shoots in Full HD standard resolution ( 1920 x 1080 pixels ). In the same time it also acts as a digital camera, and is able to take photos at 4352 x 3264 pixels without interpolation. If you use interpolation you can obtain 4640 x 3480 resolution pictures. The both functions are easily accessible through separate keys and are easy to use.
For athletes, the camera it has a burst mode able to to take continuous shots at a speed of up to 7 pictures per second, a very good value for its price. The camcorder it has a 5x optical zoom, but the technology called “zoom Dual range” developed by Sanyo can receive a 12x zoom in video ( 40-480 mm in 35mm equivalent classic film mode).

Two types of zoom in video mode

For video mode you have two zoom ranges just by pressing a single button. You can choose between “Wide” which is equivalent to 40-240 mm (6x) and ” Tele” which is the equivalent of 80-480 mm (6x).
For a 6x optical zoom instead of 5x, the 14.4 megapixel sensor employs a larger surface for capturing the image at a high quality. According to the Sanyo producer, this new technology does not cause any loss of quality, comparing with the digital zoom which intermediate pixels are created artificially by its internal software.

SDXC compatible

The Xacti CA100 it has only 50MB of internal memory to store just few photos. If you want to use this camera you should buy an SD card, a SDHC (up to 32GB ) or SDXC memory card (up to 2TB ) to take videos. We tested the camera and a 32GB card it can save about four hours of full HD video, a very good value.

This reviewed digital camera also accepts SD Eye-Fi, to transfer data wirelessly directly to the computer. The standard lithium-ion battery provides, according to Sanyo, an autonomy of 60 minutes in full HD video recording mode. The battery life in reading mode is about 210 minutes.
The camcorder is able connect to the computer through a USB cable or directly to your TV using a composite video or HDMI mini. A bad point for Sanyo is that it does not deliver any HDMI cable for data transfer. Another feature of this camera is that it has a color display wit 16 / 9 2.7 -inch (6.86 cm diagonal), able to swivel in different positions.

The price of Xacti CA100 is about 349 euros and the camera is available in three different colors ( yellow, pink and black) .

Positive points (pros)

* It works underwater
* Is able to take videos at Full HD standard
* A good 12x zoom
* Lightweight

Negative points (cons)

* The mini- HDMI cable is not supplied in the standard package
* Useless video mode without a memory card

Technical specifications

Chip TypeCMOS
Resolution Width in Pixel4640
Resolution Height in Pixel3480
Viewfinder TypeLCD Monitor
Memory TypeInternal and External
Optical Zoom5
Digital Zoom10
BluetoothN / C
Depth in mm40.8
Height in mm123
Lowest Focal Length in mm38
Focal Length in mm190
Interchangeable lensNo
Screen Size2.7
Video CaptureVideo + Sound
Secure DigitalYes
Micro DriveNo
Compact FlashNo
Memory Stick / Memory Stick ProNo
Memory Stick Duo / Duo ProNo
Internal Memory size in MB0
Continuous shooting0
Resolution in Pixel230000
Max Resolution Mode Video Width1920
Max Resolution Mode Video Height1080
Ability to save files in RAW0
Maximum Aperture Tele0
Maximum Aperture Wide0
Shutter Speed Fastest in Second0
Shutter Speed slowest in Second0
Sensor Size0
Battery Type0
Image StabilizerStabilizer Electronic
DebuggingFace Detection
Shutter Priority0
Aperture Priority0
Number of frames per second in video mode60

  1. don'tbeadick at 2:48 am

    @ daptilsunlisp: Your opinion is duly noted and ignored, unless you have something more substantial you wish to add?

  2. cam at 8:59 pm

    sanyo vpc ca100 works great with a 32 gb class 10 SD card