Sanyo Xacti HD2000
Review Date : Thu, 2 Apr 2009
Author : Nigel Atherton
Test review of the Sanyo Xacti HD2000 digital camera
|Pros:||Funky looks, HD video, dock, articulating screen|
|Cons:||Stills camera handling, performance and image quality|
The HD2000 is the latest of Sanyo's trademark pistol grip still/video camera hybrids and its highest spec model yet.
The HD2000 pruduces 8-megapixel stills and full 1080 HD 60fps video all recorded to SD cards. There's a 10x optical zoom, a 2.7in pull-out-and-twist LCD screen and a docking/recharging station that can be connected to a PC or TV via AV, USB or HDMI ports.
There's a long list of features for both video and stills but I won't waste your time and mine listing them because the camera half of this device is very poor indeed - it's like going back in time five years.
The pistol-style design is fun to use but begs for one-handed use, which makes camera shake an issue, especially since you have to press the shutter button pretty hard with your thumb to get it to react.
You name it: chronic shutter lag, sluggish focusing, purple fringing, noise, poor colour and unsophisticated over-processing that makes the pictures look artificial.
As a video camera the story is more positive, but for stills there are better cameras for £100, let alone the £550 that this costs.