Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA6

Review Date : Mon, 4 Dec 2006

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA6
Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA6 Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA6 multiview

This camera/video camera hybrid is water- and snow-resistant, but is it critic-proof?

Pros: Eye-catching design, Reasonable pricing and output
Cons: No way of protecting LCD screen, Plastic feel, Slow and rather clunky in operation

Like its C6 predecessor, the CA6 sports a 6MP resolution and 5x optical zoom, but adds a body resistant to water, snow and wet hands.

Features

Both JPEG stills (interpolated up to a max 10MP if required) and MPEG-4 format stereo sound video are recorded to a bundled 1GB SD card. There’s no dock included this time, but with a mains charger, AV and USB leads, it isn’t missed.

Design
This latest Xacti’s plastic body is closely moulded to the shape of a palm, and feels solid despite the lack of metal. One gripe: as the LCD cannot be rotated and stored flush to the body when inactive, its screen quickly attracts fingerprints. Main controls fall readily under the thumb, yet it’s easy to let your forefinger stray in front of the lens. Finding a firm grip is tricky.

Performance

Powering up in just over a second, you have to press the ‘photo’ button quite firmly, and there’s a three-second wait to review the shot if switching from record to review mode.

Image Quality

Exposure is even, colours natural, and purple fringing between areas of high contrast is only noticeable upon close inspection.

Value For Money

With a 1GB card, and £200 cheaper than its predecessor on launch, the Xacti CA6 is great value.

Verdict

Slightly fiddly to use and slow, but images are better than expected. The wow factor of its looks and a street price of £250 go some way to making this critic-proof.


Compact System Camera Reviews

Price as reviewed

£300.00

Scores

Scores
Design 16/20
Image Quality 17/20
Performance 15/20
Value 17/20
Features 16/20
Overall Score 81%