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Quick Look: Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 HD “Dual Camera”

I recently bought a Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 High Definition “Dual Camera” in anticipation of an upcoming trip to Australia. I was looking for an inexpensive (sub $200) HD video camera with optical zoom (as opposed to something like the Flip MinoHD which has digital zoom only) to compliment my Nikon dSLR, so I’m giving the CG10 a try.

The camera’s major selling point is its ability to capture 1280×720 HD video @ 30fps with stereo audio. It features a 5x optical zoom lens, 10MP still camera, 3″ widescreen LCD display, and full manual controls (along with auto and a variety of scene modes, and a number of other features). I’ll post a more in-depth review following my journey down under, in a few weeks.

For now, I’ve posted one of my first test samples (above) using the camera’s default HD settings (w/o tripod). Generally speaking, the quality of the video looks pretty darn good for such an inexpensive device (although everyone’s YouTube playback experience varies with their own particular hardware and connection speed), but the real test is how good the video looks locally, i.e. on my HD TV. In that regard, so far I am very impressed.