Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 Review


Sanyo's Xacti VPC-CG10 (starting at $149, Amazon) isn't a complete bust, but users and expert reviewers seemto find as many drawbacks with the device as they do positive features. A Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 review on CNET likes the camcorder overall, noting that its high-def video quality is pretty good, but the review slams the product for its slow autofocus and poor-quality still photos. A Macworld Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 review isn't as impressed with the Xacti's video quality, and others note that even though the Xacti VPC-CG10 has more features than most pocket camcorders, the device is also more complicated to use.

The Xacti VPC-CG10, unlike other budget pocket camcorders, has a 5X optical zoom, which is certainly one of its strong points. It also records video in high definition (720p), and has an image stabilization feature. The Xacti VPC-CG10 boasts a large 3-inch LCD and an unusual pistol grip design. It can store video to SD/SDHC cards, and can transfer that video via a composite connection. Although composite connections are good for high-def video, HDMI is the better option, and unfortunately this budget camcorder doesn't include an HDMI port.

Sanyo's design for the Xacti VPC-CG10 is interesting, and it packs a lot of hard-to-find features into this small pocket camcorder. It's not a bad device, but there are some caveats that make us hesitant to recommend it.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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