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Sanyo Refreshes Media Camera Line

12/01/2005 10:20:00 AM Eastern

Chatsworth, Calif. — Sanyo announced two new models in its Xacti line of digital still/video cameras today.

Both models record VGA resolution MPEG-4 video at 30 frames per second (fps) in addition to digital stills to an SD memory card (not included). When connected to a TV, the models can output 30fps video at 60fps for a smoother playback, using the company’s motion detection technology.

The 6-megapixel Xacti C6 replaces the previous C5 and adds a new 9-pixel mixture technology which the company says improves the unit’s low-light response. The camera also features electronic image stabilization to reduce blur.

The C6 can record still images while simultaneously recording full-resolution digital video and a 1GB SD card can store one hour of VGA/30 fps video.

Additional features of the C6 include a 5x optical zoom lens, 2-inch LCD, talking navigation guide, macro focusing to 1cm and a voice-recorder function. The unit is PictBridge-enabled and features a recording time of 1.7 seconds from standby mode.

The C6 will ship with a charging cradle in January for a suggested $599.

The 4-megapixel C40 features 4-pixel mixture for improved sensitivity in low light settings. It can also output 60 fps video when connect to a TV.

The C40 also offers a 5.8x optical zoom lens, a 1.8-inch LCD, a 1.7-second recording start-up in standby mode, talking navigation guide and electronic image stabilization. The unit can double as a voice recorder, storing up to 16.8 hours on a 1GB SD card.

The C40 will ship in January for a suggested $399.