Sanyo Xacti HD2000 Review

February 12, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 10 Comments | |

Sanyo Xacti HD2000The Sanyo Xacti HD2000 is the first camera in the world to shoot progressive, Full HD 1920x1080 video at 60fps. This dual stills / video model also features a flip-out 2.7-inch LCD screen, 8 megapixel CMOS sensor, 10x optical zoom, 12fps burst mode, and Face Chaser technology, all in a pocketable up-right body. The Sanyo HD2000 is the most advanced offering in the new Xacti range, and has a launch price of £549. Gavin Stoker braved the deep snow and arctic conditions of the wintery UK to bring you our 315th review.

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#1 Paul

First, you are very thorough and precise with your review. Well done and thank you. I noticed that the clip you provided was recorded at the 16 mbps rate and it seems to be interlaced and without the image stabilization engaged. Considering that one of the primary advantages of this camcorder is that it can shoot 1080 progressive at 24 mbps with stabilization. I know that the file size will be larger and it will take longer to upload, but a clip at the higher quality will go a long way towards giving a more precise impression of the video quality. Thanks for considering this.

12:12 am - Friday, February 13, 2009

#2 john hedgecoe

What a useless review. The strengths/appeal of this camera is that it can do full HD recording at many different frame rates, yet you barely even give it's video capabilities a nod.
The weakness of it's predecessor was it's low data rate and mediocre lens. Any review of the 2000 should have addressed these issues and done a direct comparision with the HD1010.

3:37 am - Saturday, February 14, 2009

#3 Howard Peek

Please don't review the most significant feature of this product, you blockhead!

No other company has come forth with a 60p consumer camcorder, much less at a price, half of the best 60i units.

How did you even get a job doing this?

9:13 am - Monday, March 2, 2009

#4 dilip

Good detailed job. Can u tell me what the difference in specs are for the FH1 - like why is it cheaper? What's been left out?
Specifically, does the FH1 have aperture and shutter priority modes or only program AE?


9:21 am - Saturday, March 14, 2009

#5 Jag

Really confusing. You have dinged the camera on image quality.
this other review say it shines:-

What would you suggest a consumer should do ?
I think either you got a bad model or they got an exceptional one.

10:09 pm - Tuesday, March 24, 2009

#6 DDidda

Your review is not focussing on the really important issues with this type of portable hybrid cameras - the 1080p at 60fps, what it can do for motion recording, the really important issue of low-light performance, how well it does its job as both a digicam and a HD camcorder, rather than comparing it apparently only to top one-purpose digicams in quality. The camcorderinfo report seems to cover those issues and have detailed test figures to support their claims.

4:00 am - Monday, April 13, 2009

#7 Ross Youngblood

I purchased one of these cameras from Plemix (Hong Kong) for shipment to Portland Oregon(USA). On the second day of shooting footage, I had a failure of the power adaptor. Lucky I'm an electrical engineer and I had a DVM, and determined that the Sanyo AC/DC power adaptor had failed.
This unit is labeled SANYO Model VAR-G9.
Input AC100-240V~
50-60 Hz
Output DC5V

I ran to a local Radio Shack and purchased a universal adaptor for $35.00US, and I'm back up and running.

I was panicked for a bit that I would have to return the entire setup to Hong Kong for refund after only three days of use.

I'm not too happy about the failure of such a simple unit as the AC/DC converter. Someone at Sanyo quality control needs to make sure no one else gets this problem.

Symptoms were, with the camera in the dock:
"Low Power", and the unit powered down. No attempts at disconnecting/connecting the AC power adaptor would bring the unit back to life.

Things are fine now with the replacement adaptor.

9:38 pm - Sunday, May 10, 2009

#8 Mordi

Good camera but WATCH OUT to the 'red line bug'

9:28 pm - Tuesday, November 24, 2009

#9 Jack

Poor service... a real nightmare ...good camera but if anything goes wrong SANYO won't help you...
This is the second time I have to ship back my Xacti to SANYO...
What's the use of a 3 years waranty if after sales is that poor ?

10:17 pm - Tuesday, February 16, 2010

#10 Speiler

Interesting review, but it almost completely misses some of the most important features that distinguish the Sanyo from it's competitors. These are - the dock, and ability to run a hard drive library from it. In camera editing - very, very useful for making memory space when in the field. Good low light ability - when compared to the Sony TG and others at the same price range the Sanyo has the best colour rendition.
Further curious feature that makes me wonder if the reviewer really knows his stuff - repeatedly referencing that the camera uses Mpeg4 and not AVCHD, without realising that AVCHD is almost identical, using Mpeg4 and H264 encoding. the Sanyo is alsoready to load straight into iMovie with the iFrame format, also completely ignored in the review...

9:45 pm - Sunday, March 14, 2010