Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 Camcorder Review

At heart, a slimmer, simpler version of the VPC-HD2000 we reviewed earlier this year.

$200.00 MSRP


Most camcorders under $200 these days are ultracompact, iPod-like devices that were designed to compete with the popular Flip series of camcorders. Sanyo's model for more budget-conscious consumers is the Xacti VPC-CG10, an update of last year's CG9. With it upright, pistol-grip design, the CG10 is really a slimmer, simpler version of the VPC-HD2000 we reviewed earlier this year.

Though it may be in the same price category as the Flip UltraHD and its clones, there are plenty of things that set the CG10 apart, for good and for bad. While the sometimes mystifying interface isn't nearly as simple to use as the Flip cams, the Xacti offers a wealth of manual controls, digital image stabilization, and 5x optical zoom. It also has superior bright light video performance and impressive still photos that far outstrip the competition. If you want the easiest video recording possible, the Flip series may be a better choice. But our experience both inside and outside the lab proved that you get a lot more camcorder for your money with the VPC-CG10.

Update: The Vixia HF S11 was ultimately selected as our 2009 runner-up for Ultracompact Camcorder of the Year. To see why we selected it and read about our other 2009 awards, check out the 2009 Select Awards.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Ease of Use
  12. Handling
  13. Controls
  14. Features
  15. Recording Options
  16. Hardware
  17. Other Features
  18. Sony MHS-PM1 Comparison
  19. Kodak Zx1 Comparison
  20. Pure Digital Flip UltraHD Comparison
  21. Conclusion
  22. Photo Gallery