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
The 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.
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.
|Camcorder Sensor Resolution|
|Effective resolution still images from the camcorder|
|Interpolated resolution still images from the camcorder|
|Widescreen Video Capture|
|Support for color|
|Optical Sensor Type|
|Optical Sensor Size|
|ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50, ISO 1600, ISO auto (50-400)|
|Digital photo mode|
|Sepia, Monotone, cosmetics|
|Max Shutter Speed|
|1 / 10000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed|
|1 / 2 sec|
|Multi-segment, center-weighted, spot|
|Range of ± 1.8 EV in 1 / 3 EV|
|Custom, automatic, presets|
|White Balance Presets|
|Incandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, sunlight|
|Digital Video Format|
|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|
|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|
|Guide Number (m / ISO 100)|
|Fill-in mode, auto mode, flash OFF mode|
|Effective Flash Range|
|0.5 m – 2.3 m|
|Zoom lens – 6.8 mm – 34 mm – f/3.5-3.7|
|6.8 mm – 34 mm|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera|
|38 – 190mm|
|Adjusting the focus|
|TTL contrast detection|
|Points (zones) AF|
|Range Min Focus|
|Scope of Macro Focus|
|8 group (s) / 11 element (s)|
|Aspherical lens, ND filter integrated|
|10 sec, 2 sec.|
|Digital Still Camera Function|
|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|
|Microphone – built|
|Microphone Operation Mode|
|1 x HDMI | 1 x composite video / audio | 1 x USB | 1 x DC power input|
|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.|
|Lens cap, wrist strap|
|USB cable | A / V Cable|
|Battery charger – external|
|Information on Supported Battery|
|1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery – 700 mAh (included)|
|Min Operating Temperature|
|0 ° C|
|Max Operating Temperature|
|40 ° C|