Test review of the Sanyo Xacti HD2000 digital camera

Product Overview

Overall rating:

72%
Overall score:72%
Features:80%
Value:70%
Performance:70%
Image Quality:60%
Design:80%

Pros:

  • Funky looks, HD video, dock, articulating screen

Cons:

  • Stills camera handling, performance and image quality

Product:

Sanyo Xacti HD2000

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£550.00

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The HD2000 is the latest of Sanyo’s trademark pistol grip still/video camera hybrids and its highest spec model yet.



Features

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.



Sanyo Xacti HD2000



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.



Design

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.



Image Quality

You name it: chronic shutter lag, sluggish focusing, purple fringing, noise, poor colour and unsophisticated over-processing that makes the pictures look artificial.

Verdict

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.

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