Sanyo Xacti HD2000 Review

Review Date: February 12th 2009
Author: Gavin Stoker

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
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Design
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Specifications
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Conclusion

Conclusion


Ratings (out of 5)
Design
4
Features
4
Ease-of-Use
4
Image Quality
3
Value for Money
3

There's no doubt that the Sanyo Xacti HD2000 has cleverly packed in more features than you'd expect from its gadget-y looking exterior, and fun to use it is too. But, if you've 549 to spend and your bias is towards still images, there are very obviously better options for you than the HD2000, not least when that price would pay for a starter DSLR and kit lens with change to spare.

To put a more positive spin on it, if you're traveling abroad and space prohibits carrying both a stills camera and camcorder, this sleekly styled Sanyo suggests a convenient option. But is it really worth spending that sort of money for convenience alone?

It depends on your personal requirements but I'm not so sure, especially when Sony's own vertically styled metal-build HD Handycam in the TG3 retails for 579 at the time of writing and comes bundled with a 4GB card. Perhaps I'm wanting the moon on a stick, but a retail price of around 299 would be much more tempting for Sanyo's sleek contender.

Having said all of the above, the Sanyo Xacti HD2000 is easy to use and, despite our reservations, what appears a rather simple gadget on the face of it becomes progressively more complex and appealing as you peel away the layers. For the moment it's a case of Sanyo has to an extent done well, but could do better.

Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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