Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2000 Camcorder Review

$400.00 MSRP
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Sanyo may not be as popular here in the states as it is in Japan, but the latest high definition model from the Xacti series is as worthy as any mid-range consumer camcorder from the major manufacturers. The Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2000 offers strong overall video performance, excellent low light sensitivity and color, robust manual controls, and a wide range of still photography options... all for an expected retail price of around $600.

It also has some details that will impress even the most serious videophiles: an accessory shoe, headphone and microphone jacks, and a 40.5mm filter. It's the unconventional upright design (without a hand strap), cumbersome menu system, and lack of on-board AV ports that might scare off would-be adopters. If you can get past these flaws, you'll find a high definition camcorder at an affordable price that's well worth your consideration.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Color & Noise Performance
  4. Motion & Resolution Performance
  5. Low Light Performance
  6. Compression & Media
  7. Manual Controls
  8. Still Features
  9. Handling & Use
  10. Playback & Connectivity
  11. Audio & Other Features
  12. Canon HF20 Comparison
  13. Panasonic HDC-SD20 Comparison
  14. Canon HF S100 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Photo Gallery
  17. Specs and Ratings