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Sanyo camcorders are known to be much more popular at home in Japan that elsewhere and are often not as popular as the other brands in North America.

But some of the best Sanyo camcorders deliver as much value as any mid-range consumer camcorder from major brands. Sanyo camcorders are best bought at the sub-$500 bracket and offer offer superior video performance, excellent low light sensitivity and color output, rugged manual controls, and plenty of options for still photography.

Additionally, some of the latest top-rated Sanyo camcorders are called 'dual cameras', designed to provide both high-definition video and photo capabilities in a single, easy-to-use compact device. They include details that will please videophiles, like accessory shoe, headphone and microphone jacks, full-HD recording and extra zoom.

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Sanyo VPC-PD2

Sanyo VPC-PD2 Camcorder


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Release Date
Aug 2010
Jan 2010
May 2010
Apr 2009
Jan 2010
HDD Size
0.08 GB
64.0 GB
16.0 GB
32.0 GB
Optical Zoom
3.0 x
23.0 x
5.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
Recording Format
Flash Media
High Definition, DV, HDV
Flash Media
High Definition
High Definition, MPEG-4, AVC, H.264
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
CCD Quantity
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
Memory Still Resolution
10.0 MegaPixels
10.0 MegaPixels
14.3 MegaPixels
8.0 MegaPixels
3.3 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media
Flash Media

The device is extremely light, too, even when loaded with an SDHC card and its removable rechargeable battery.

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Its output will prove suitable for Facebook and other social networking sites, but medium and large prints are probably best avoided.

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Relatively inexpensive

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However, in cloudy conditions where contrast was lower, still pictures invariably looked flat and required post-capture editing to produce acceptable results.

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The location and jerky response of the switch makes producing a smooth zoom difficult.

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