Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 HD Camcorder / Digital Camera for £99.99 @ Play - HotUKDeals
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Just got an email with this lil beaut in there.
im bout to go on hol so was looking for a decent digital cam and or camcoder.
720p video and 12 megapixel camera.
may not be the best around but good for the price i think.
its £130 on amazon. plus you can get a 16gig memory card for £16 when buying the camera. not sure if this is exact price as i didnt need one.

ready for the burns.........
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#1
Hi, I got the same email, and ordered one, as for the 16gb card. Play do a PNY card that is a lot faster then the scandisc one, and is at £17.99, which is much better, exp concidering its HD ready files. Cant wait to get my hands on this cam!
#2
great find seen some HD video from this cam looks very good lots better than the usual poor quality HD camcorders at this price.Whould buy one but got HD camcorder tempted though
#3
i cant wait either, going to vegas in 3weeks so all the bright lights in 720p, sweet
#4
Venezuela for me, so hopefully this baby will love the rainforest! Now for a spare battery....
#5
Great price. Bought one a year ago for £150 for HD memories of my daughter. Takes great 720p video and adequate stills and is one of the few 'hybrid' type cameras that actually comes close to working - has two buttons, one for recording and one for stills which instead of switching between modes. Only criticism is that it needs a good light source or video tends to become very noisy. Much better than those gadgety type cams at the same price point.
#6
I bought his a week ago when it was £129.99 but used a code for an extra £30 off. If it still works that'll make it just shy of £70!!! The code is SANYO30 and appears to be a Sanyo employee code but worked for me.

Original post was here -->http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/600449/30-off-the-sanyo-xacti-vpc-cg10-hd-

Hope someone can get a real bargain!

Dave
#7
The code no longer works. Emailed play and they said the following the code was removed a while ago. Would have been a bargin otherwise. Can still get 50p if you can be bothered to go via topcashback lol :)
#8
mangomonkey
The code no longer works. Emailed play and they said the following the code was removed a while ago. Would have been a bargin otherwise. Can still get 50p if you can be bothered to go via topcashback lol :)


Apologies all. I've just tried and mangomonkey is right - it says the voucher has expired. A pity cos it would have been one hell of a bargain!

On the plus side, I can definitely recommend the camera. OK, it won't suit the professionals but for average use it's great. The HD video is a bit blurry if you swing it round but pin-sharp at other times and the stills are surprisingly good for a dual-use gadget.

Dave
#9
Voted hot was only looking at these in town this afternoon. x
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#11
I have seen some good sample video aswell. Those that aren't good are because they haven't used the camera properly. And the say it's not good in poor light, but unless you can pay atleast for times as much for one with a ccd chip rather then CMOS, you aren't going to get great results inside. It will be iteresting to get my hands onthe settings, apparently if tweeked correctly, the results are amazing
#12
mangomonkey
I have seen some good sample video aswell. Those that aren't good are because they haven't used the camera properly. And the say it's not good in poor light, but unless you can pay atleast for times as much for one with a ccd chip rather then CMOS, you aren't going to get great results inside. It will be iteresting to get my hands onthe settings, apparently if tweeked correctly, the results are amazing

CMOS are used in most HD camcorders even semi pro ones also high end SLR with 1080p hd video have cmos chips .CCD chips are used most in old SD camcorders just look at the spec of most HD camcorders http://webvideouniversity.com/blog/2010/01/13/new-sony-hdr-ax2000-delivers-pro-camera-features-without-pro-camera-prices/ this has cmos chips if you have watched BBC HD most likley recorded on cmos chips? so why do you need ccd rather than a cmos as ccd is now a thing of the past?
#13
andy math
CMOS are used in most HD camcorders even semi pro ones also high end SLR with 1080p hd video have cmos chips .CCD chips are used most in old SD camcorders just look at the spec of most HD camcorders http://webvideouniversity.com/blog/2010/01/13/new-sony-hdr-ax2000-delivers-pro-camera-features-without-pro-camera-prices/ this has cmos chips if you have watched BBC HD most likley recorded on cmos chips? so why do you need ccd rather than a cmos as ccd is now a thing of the past?


Interesting stuff. CMOS chips just Don't seem to react well in low light situations, and colour seems more vivid on ccd. The light sensitivity of ccd is much higher and thus CMOS produces alot more noise. Atleast that's what I have seen upto now, but CMOS is continuously getting better so I guess one day it will be on par with ccd. And CMOS is cheaper, and consumes less power.
#14
mangomonkey
Interesting stuff. CMOS chips just Don't seem to react well in low light situations, and colour seems more vivid on ccd. The light sensitivity of ccd is much higher and thus CMOS produces alot more noise. Atleast that's what I have seen upto now, but CMOS is continuously getting better so I guess one day it will be on par with ccd. And CMOS is cheaper, and consumes less power.

This may have been the case 5 years ago but ccd is old hat its all cmos now high end SLR most HD camcorders even pro and semi pro on 5k cameras dont think they use inferior sensor to save few pounds they use the best available sensor CMOS Yes you do get poor quality cmos on cheap cameras ie web cams but you also extremley high quality cmos more so than ccd so saying you should only buy one with CCD is wrong
There are no advantages to using CCD just look at quality of some CMOS camcorders and SLR camers far exceeds most CCD cameras in every respect light sensitivty noise and colour reproduction
pasted from HDTV website there opion not mine

CMOS image sensors available today offer the lowest noise, lowest power consumption, 12-bit ADC performance of any HD sensor on the market. These sensors contain photodetectors optimized for low dark current, high quantum efficiency and high uniformity that operate at high HDTV data rates with lower noise than any CCD alternative.

CMOS sensor technology has already enabled the development of visible focal plane arrays with ultra-low read noise and high sensitivity for the HDTV market. The successful integration of silicon photodetectors with low-noise pixel-based amplifiers in fine pixel pitch via state-of-the-art CMOS fabrication technology now not only suggests, but is demonstrating the imminent obsolescence of CCDs in high-quality HD broadcast applications

If ok for broadcast HD TV whould think they are good enough for our home video,s
#15
I need something like this but which DOES cope with poor lighting conditions since that is where I usually want to use it. I don't know a ccd from the bbc - anyone recommend what I need?
#16
i bough toshiba camileo s20 hd few months back quality on still camera is pretty poor also in low light its crap is sanyo better ?
#17
Think Sanyo are launching a new range of 1080p versions soon, I might hold out for them, I appreciate the price might be a bit more.
#18
I've had this camera since August and have used it since for various things (trips to the zoo, disneyland etc...) It has some positives and negatives but for the money (we paid £135 with 16gb card) it's pretty good.

It's very small and fits in your hand nicely. The 720p videos in full daylight look very good. Colours are sharp and motion is pretty good. It's not so good for indoor use or when there are low light levels. You'll notice quite a bit of distortion.

The still camera mode is pretty decent. Results are similar to a cheap point and shoot camera.

7dayshop sell a case for £1.49 delivered that fits it quite well: http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_1&products_id=105023. There's even a little pocket inside to keep a spare battery & memory cards.
#19
question is, should the still pics be that bad?? According to the Play specs... "12-Megapixel photo output (real-time interpolation)" - even without interpolation, that should be a pretty good shot....

EDIT - Apparently it's 10Mp, interpolated to 12Mp...

as for the mentions of the reason for price reduction, there are indeed new models coming out...

22 Jan 2009

Sanyo unveils spring Xacti range

The company has announced six new HD Xacti camcorders in its spring 2009 lineup: the VPC-TH1, VPC-CG10, VPC-WH1 and VPC-CA9 and two 1080p models, the VPC-FH1 and VPC-HD2000.
#20
Voted hot. I have owned an older Sanyo CG6 for several years. The video is "snapshot" quality but the camera is so small and handy that I was able to take it all sorts of places - rollercoasters, zip lines, assault courses etc.

More recently I bought the Sanyo HD1010 from a grey market importer for £280. This is a great camera, and shoots full 1080p. Yet I tend to use it in 720p because my PC simply cannot cope with the 1080p files for editing.

I love the HD1010 for all sorts of reasons. Excellent still images, really easy to use, decent size lens (there is a filter ring on the HD1010 and the other similar models). And the battery seems to last forever.

But this CG10 model is a lot smaller, and more convenient for vacation stuff, activities and so on.

Frankly £99 is a total steal. If this camera is half as good as the other Sanyos I've owned it's a total bargain.

I would urge anyone buying this kind of camera to set the right expectations. There are certainly faults. the noise at low light levels, and the images bounce all over the place - especially at HD resolutions. But these faults are shared by all low budget cameras - even up to the £500 mark.

If you're looking for a simple, convenient camera that will take great "home movies" at 720p then this is the one for you.
#21
Magic....HOT HOT HOT!
#22
Is it worth getting a certain type of memory card with this? I know there are different classes and I'm a little clueless when it comes to camcorders, but have a baby due soon and thought this would do the trick! Thanks OP have repped you! :-)
#23
nasir_glasgow
i bough toshiba camileo s20 hd few months back quality on still camera is pretty poor also in low light its crap is sanyo better ?


I had the same. It was so pants I barely used it and sold it on.

I recently bought this camera at Dixon's Tax free for £120. In comparison to the S20 its light years ahead. Its still not fantastic in low light but at this price range I don't think you can expect much more.

I do like this camera. A few points to note:

[LIST=1]
[*]The battery doesn't last too long but you can buy more from ebay cheaply
[*]There's no lens cap so you have to be a little careful
[*]The voice on startup/shutdown is annoying!
[*]only does 720p @ 30fps which is fair enough in my book given price point
[/LIST]
#24
So, what's better, this or the Kodak ZI8? Does this one have the standard tripid type mount at the bottom? I can't find any pics of the bottom on Sanyo's website, and does the LCD viewfinder thing spin 360 degrees?
#25
How do you go about editing the video in these. Do I need a really powerful computer?
#26
what format is the video with these? easy to edit?
#27
i am going on holiday in septembet so ideally need one before then. Obviously if a bargain comes out that can't be overlooked then i would like to get one sooner (for the right camera)

is this camera worth getting now or wait a few months?

thanks
#28
gadgetmann
I had the same. It was so pants I barely used it and sold it on.

I recently bought this camera at Dixon's Tax free for £120. In comparison to the S20 its light years ahead. Its still not fantastic in low light but at this price range I don't think you can expect much more.

I do like this camera. A few points to note:

[LIST=1]
[*]The battery doesn't last too long but you can buy more from ebay cheaply
[*]There's no lens cap so you have to be a little careful
[*]The voice on startup/shutdown is annoying!
[*]only does 720p @ 30fps which is fair enough in my book given price point
[/LIST]


Mine came with a lens cover. I also don't have a voice on startup and shutdown (perhaps you can disable it in the menu).

I agree about the battery but they're small/cheap enough to carry several spares.

30fps isn't great but that is only in 720p. It can shoot 60fps in 640 x 480.
#29
pKaTz
what format is the video with these? easy to edit?


M-PEG4 (AVC/H.264). I use Corel VideoStudio to edit them and it handles them well but I have a very high spec PC. Editing may be a problem on a low spec computer.
#30
Jesus! I paid £139.99 for this a month ago. With casback and a Sanyo offer I got it for £118 but £99.99 is just crazy. Nice little camera, brilliantly portable.
#31
I've had the Xacti cam for about 18mths (non HD version) and its a great, small all rounder It's comfortable to use even for a gammy (left) hander and easy menus etc. If I had a gripe it would be the delay in focus to shutter speed and flash to shutteron camera mode. So not the best for action photo, but you can take a good enough still from film option. Hopefully they've sorted this out on HD version.. Just worth checkin....
#32
good price i am temped
#33
I have a sanyo Xacti HD2000 (higher model than this one) and its amazing. These are good cameras and work very well with really good results.
Most consumer camcorders now use CMOS and have poorer indoor/ low light performance than CCD consumer camcorders but thats a general thing, other than that would recommend sanyo excati camcorders as they give you the most value for money.
#34
great camcorder for price dont be put of with it been cmos sensor though as most hd camcorders use cmos just pasted this from pro HDV website its there opinion on CCD v CMOS for broadcast HD TV
CMOS image sensors available today offer the lowest noise, lowest power consumption, 12-bit ADC performance of any HD sensor on the market. These sensors contain photodetectors optimized for low dark current, high quantum efficiency and high uniformity that operate at high HDTV data rates with lower noise than any CCD alternative.

CMOS sensor technology has already enabled the development of visible focal plane arrays with ultra-low read noise and high sensitivity for the HDTV market. The successful integration of silicon photodetectors with low-noise pixel-based amplifiers in fine pixel pitch via state-of-the-art CMOS fabrication technology now not only suggests, but is demonstrating the imminent obsolescence of CCDs in high-quality HD broadcast applications

If ok for broadcast HD TV whould think they are good enough for our home video,s
#35
I love this camcorder. I wish I could spend another £100 this month. :cry:
#36
thanks for feedback 'gadgetmann' i think im going to hold off for 1080p model
#37
Serious question, are this style common? Going to america soon and surely this would look like a gun whe you hold it? Dont want'em to pop caps in my ass
#38
Just ordered. Thanks rep added. xx
#39
jus got mine today, came with av cable, charger base with 2 pin cable (duh) usb cable and yes it does come with a lens cover.
and i know americans arent the brightest but theyd have to go sum to confuse this with a gun.
nice lil toy tho, cnt wait to test it properly.
#40
After a few days of pondering, I have ordered. Thanks.

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