Sanyo Xacti VPC-CS1


A vertical camcorder from Sanyo

Sanyo has long offered great products to people everywhere. Their latest camcorder, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CS1, is said to feature an appealing design along with full HD recording capabilities and optical zoom lens. But is it any good? We invite you to read our review below and find out.

9x optical zoom

The device’s manufacturers say that their product is the thinnest and lightest one out there. I beg to differ: with measurements, specifications and weight such as 8″ x 6.5″ x 2.5″ and 142 g, the Sanyo VPC-CS1 most certainly is, especially in comparison to the Veho VCC003MUVI. The gadget has a sleek and stylish body and comes in the following colors: silver and pink. The front of the camcorder sports a 9x optical zoom, a 10x advanced zoom, LED light indicator, HDMI and AV/USB ports. The rear houses a 2.7″ LCD, D-pad and buttons for record/playback, photo shutter, menu, zoom, start/stop record and set; the back also comes with a memory card slot. An integrated speaker and mic sit on the left side. While the top boasts a lamp that blinks red when you want to record content, the bottom has a tripod mount, a tab which covers the DC-input and a wrist strap connector. Sanyo-Xacti-VPC-CS1

Difficult to use menu

The screen of Sanyo VPC-CS1 could rotate up to 285 degrees and this meant that we were able to shoot superb videos and still images from difficult angles. The device offered several menus which weren’t very easy to use, because the controls were rather crammed up and generally pretty unresponsive. In general, holding the device was pretty uncomfortable. What we thought weird was the fact that the gadget had a rounded bottom which made standing on its own impossible. Furthermore, the lens didn’t succeed in bringing a whole image into focus, thus making the shooting process a very frustrating process when we performed the test.

No manual controls

Another con was the fact that the Xacti VPC-CS1 didn’t allow us to adjust manual controls while recording content; we had to return to the menu system to do that.
In the features department, the product ships with a built-in mic (it records stereo audio), LED light, wind cut option, filters, Video and Photo Image Stabilizer, High Speed Sequential Photo Mode, sound zoom, Eye Fi Compatibility, Video and Photo Face Detection, Highly Advanced MPEG4 AVC/H.264 Video Compression, Object Chaser Technology and Lithium-ion battery.

Object Chaser Technology

The Video and Photo Image Stabilizer was among the most interesting features from our test, because with its help, the camcorder snapped two pictures simultaneously (at different speeds), combined the advantages of both speeds and offered images without blurs and with less noise. The Video and Photo Face Detection managed to recognize up to 12 faces while optimizing aperture/focus settings so that subjects were in focus. Another very interesting option of VPC-CS1 was the Object Chaser Technology; this one provided both good lighting and focus on moving subjects. Colors were accurate thanks to the device’s manual white balance option; noise performance was solid.

720p HD video

Video recorded in 720p with 60p or 30p frame rates had some interference, artifacts and they weren’t that sharp. Shooting in dim lighting conditions didn’t provide great results; content appeared discolored and blurry.
What we most liked in our review about the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CS1 was that it didn’t take long to power and get ready to record: only 1.7 seconds were necessary. The Lithium-ion battery managed to last for 60 minutes on a single charge. In terms of memory, the gadget comes with 64GB of content. The operating system the device is compatible with is Windows 7.

Review conclusion

To sum it up this review, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CS1 might not be a great choice for a camcorder. There are better ones out there, especially when it comes to design.

Technical specifications

Sensor TypeCMOS
Maximum3.3 million (s) pixels
Optical Zoom9
Digital zoom10
Type CamcorderVertical
Wireless InterfaceNot
Digital InputsNot
Height in mm123.5
Recording MediaMemory Card
Sensor1 Sensor
Depth in mm26.8
LCD Screen Size2.7
Lowest Focal Length in mm38
Focal Length in mm380
Port IEEE-1394Not
USB PortYes
ResolutionFull HD
Shutter Speed fastest in Second1/10000
Shutter Speed slowest in Second1
LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel230000
Maximum Aperture Tele3
Maximum Aperture Wide3
Sensor Size1/5′
Image StabilizerStabilizer Electronic
Capacity in GB0
Type of Memory StickN / A
Type of SD CardSD / SDHC / SDXC
HD Recording FormatMPEG-4
Photo Mode Resolution Width in Pixel3264
Photo Mode Resolution Height in Pixel2448