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Sanyo Announces 9.5-Ounce HD Digital Camcorder

Chatsworth, Calif. — Sanyo launched the Xacti HD1000, what the company is hailing as the “world’s smallest and lightest full HD digital camcorder.”

Weighing 9.5 ounces with a total volume of 16.6 cubic inches, the camcorder records video in Full HD with 1,920 by 1080 resolution at 60 fps, and it also takes 4-megapixel digital still images. It uses the MPEG-4 AVC/H.246 video format and features a 10x optical HD lens and a large 2.7-inch widescreen display.

The Xacti HD1000 includes such features as CMOS sensor, 1900 mAh lithium-ion battery, the company’s Xacti Library feature, 10x all-glass HD lens with 38-380mm range, 2.7-inch LCD that can rotate 285 degrees, and in-camera editing.

It also includes a Face Chaser function that automatically detects and isolates faces to assist the camera’s exposure and auto-focus. The HD1000 is capable of detecting up to 12 independent faces at a time, said Sanyo. It records directly to a standard SD or SDHC memory card and is reportedly capable of recording up to 85 minutes of 1080i high-definition video on a single 8GB card (sold separately).

It will be available in September with a $799 suggested retail.