Sanyo Xacti VPC-GH2 review


A new full HD camcorder from Sanyo

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-GH2 was officially launched in February of 2011. Since then customers worldwide have praised it over and over again. Were they right? Let’s see our test and review.
This device measures 7 x 5.2 x 3.2 inches and weighs 5.4 ounces. Other specifications: 2.7-inch TFT LCD display, Full HD videos: 1080 60i (1920 x 1080 pixels), 12x Dual Range Zoom Video, 5x Optical Zoom Photo, 14MP Photos, 1 Lithium ion batteries required (included), Object Chaser technology, MPEG4 AVC/H.264 compression, Mini-HDMI output, Eye-Fi-compatible, Start-up in 1.7s (from standby), MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Movie Recording Format, 38 mm wide-angle lens and compatibility with SD, SDHC, or SDXC cards.

Compact and comfortable

Sanyo-Xacti-VPC-GH2The Xacti VPC-GH2 camcorder is compact, sleek, small and comfortable to hold; you can carry it everywhere you go. The color it comes in is silver. The menu is easy to use by anybody and the 2.7 -inch LCD is conveniently large and can rotate to 285 degrees; this helps you snap the best photos you always wanted to and also record great quality videos.

Dual-position recording buttons

The camera comes with dual-position recording buttons which were very useful when we wanted to take pictures or record videos from both the front and the back of the device. The photo stabilizer feature takes two photos at the same time, each of them at a different speed and this translates into beautiful images, without blurs and too much noise. Another great technology that the team at Sanyo has thought to include with this product is the face and detection one; here’s how it works: multiple faces of friends or family are recognized by the camera and the aperture settings are then optimized so that each face is in focus.

High-speed sequential photo mode

With the high-speed sequential photo mode we were able to shoot pictures and then watch them in sequential order.
If you want to record a concert or a dancing competition and there’s a lot of movement, the camera’s Object Chaser technology assures that objects in motion maintain focus and good lighting. The Eye-Fi compatibility means that the product recognizes the Eye-Fi SD card when you insert it in the device. This feature is controlled by something called “smart power”; when you don’t use the camera, the card is automatically turned off to save power.

Images and video in the same time

When we tested the Sanyo VPC-GH2 for our review, we were surprised by the fact that it could snap still images and record a video all at the same time; all we had to do was press the shutter key during the recording of our video. Also, the device starts up really fast and is ready for action in the blink of an eye; it even begins to record in 1.7 seconds.
If you want, you can connect this camera to a DVD Recorder, Digital TV or a PC very easily with the help of a mini-HDMI port and a USB 2.0 connection (in the case of the computer).

Facebook and Twitter sharing

The highly Advanced MPEG4 AVC/H.264 Video Compression option of VPC-GH2 gave us the opportunity to share photos or videos with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and the like.
This camera is compatible with Windows 7, meaning that videos you shoot are played back with WMP; also you can edit video files by using the Windows Live Movie Maker.
The powerful, small and light battery that comes with the Xacti VPC-GH2 can provide 70 minutes of video record time.

Review conclusions

All in all, after this test we can say that the new Sanyo’s VPC-GH2 camera is a good pick whether you are a beginner in the art of photography or a professional. The review conclusion is that this camcorder will surely not disappoint you.

Technical specifications

3.9 cm
11 cm
5.5 cm
155 g
Enclosure Color
Silver (e)
Key Features
Camcorder Sensor Resolution
14.4 Megapixel
Effective resolution still images from the camcorder
14.3 Mpix
Interpolated resolution still images from the camcorder
16.0 Mpix
Widescreen Video Capture
Media Type
Flash Card
Support for color
Optical Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
1/2.33 “
ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50, ISO 1600, ISO auto (50-400)
Min Illumination
5 lux
Digital zoom
10 x
Shooting Modes
Digital photo mode
Special effects
Sepia, Monotone, cosmetics
Image Stabilizer
Max Shutter Speed
1 / 10000 sec
Min Shutter Speed
1 / 2 sec
Exposure meter
Multi-segment, center-weighted, spot
Exposure Modes
Program, automatic
Exposure Compensation
Range of ± 1.8 EV in 1 / 3 EV
Face Detection
White Balance
Custom, automatic, presets
White Balance Presets
Incandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, sunlight
Digital Video Format
MPEG-4, H.264
Image Format
Video Capture
H.264 – 1920 x 1080 – 60 fps | H.264 – 1920 x 1080 – 30 fps | H.264 – 1280 x 720 – 60 fps | H.264 – 1280 x 720 – 30 fps second | H.264 – 640 x 480 – 30 fps
Memory / Storage
Supported Flash Memory
SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Built-in Memory
50 MB
Image Storage
JPEG 4640 x 3480 | JPEG 4608 x 2592 | JPEG 4352 x 3264 | JPEG 4352 x 2448 | JPEG 1920 x 1080 | JPEG 1600 x 1200 | JPEG 1280 x 720 | JPEG 640 x 480
Built-in Flash
Guide Number (m / ISO 100)
Flash modes
Fill-in mode, auto mode, flash OFF mode
Effective Flash Range
0.5 m – 2.3 m
Lens System
Zoom lens – 6.8 mm – 34 mm – f/3.5-3.7
Focal length
6.8 mm – 34 mm
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera
38 – 190mm
Adjusting the focus
Automatic, manual
TTL contrast detection
Points (zones) AF
Range Min Focus
50 cm
Scope of Macro Focus
Lens Aperture
Optical Zoom
5 x
Zoom Adjustment
Motor drive
Lens Construction
8 group (s) / 11 element (s)
Aspherical lens, ND filter integrated
Additional Features
Self Timer
10 sec, 2 sec.
Digital Still Camera Function
Additional Features
USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, auto power save, DPOF support, brightness control display, digital image stabilization (video mode), face detection, Exif Print support, technology double zoom range
LCD display – TFT active matrix – 2.7 “- color
Form factor of the screen
Display Format
230,000 pixels
Microphone – built
Microphone Technology
Electret condenser
Microphone Operation Mode
Connector Type
1 x HDMI | 1 x composite video / audio | 1 x USB | 1 x DC power input
Expansion Slot
1 x SD Memory Card
Drivers & Utilities
Compatible with Windows 7
The software and devices “Compatible with Windows 7” Microsoft’s assurance that these products have been tested for compatibility and reliability with Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit.
Included Accessories
Lens cap, wrist strap
Cables Included
USB cable | A / V Cable
Power Device
Battery charger – external
Supported Battery
Sanyo DB-L80
Information on Supported Battery
1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery – 700 mAh (included)
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature
0 ° C
Max Operating Temperature
40 ° C

  1. Don at 7:01 pm

    I have this camera and really like it. If you stay in the OPTICAL zoom, it looks really good, very sharp. If you keep going on the zoom, and go past the little divider in the indicator, you’ll get into the digital zoom, and that doesn’t look so good. That’s true of any camera, by the way. If you do buy this, get a tripod, even a cheap one – I find that I can’t hold it still enough in Zoom Mode to avoid blurring and big-time shaking motion. By the way, unless you have an AWESOME computer, I’d record in 720P. The files are harder to edit in full 1080 because they’re so big.