Sanyo DMX-HD800

July 31, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Video Cameras | Comment |

Sanyo DMX-HD800The Sanyo DMX-HD800 is a new slim high definition camera that can shoot both stills and videos. The Sanyo HD800 (also called the Sanyo VPC-HD800 in some regions) records 1280 x 720p movies and 8 megapixel still photos on a 1/2.5 inch CMOS sensor with a new ‘3-dimension Noise Reduction’ filter. “The DMX-HD800 has not only has it been designed to be sleek and stylish, but it now offers our unique three-dimensional digital noise reduction (3DDNR) filter, which allows clear, beautiful images with simple operation of a dual camera offering high resolution stills and HD videos in a single unit.” commented Hideki Toyoda of Sanyo. The DMX-HD800 will be sold in Japan starting from August 22, 2008, price to be announced.

Sanyo Japan Press Release

SANYO’s Sleek, Slim HD*1 Xacti Digital Video Image Quality Improved

One unit takes both HD videos and high-resolution stills, and easy to use with the Internet!

Tokyo, July 30, 2008 – SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) announces the DMX-HD800, a new sleek, slim high definition dual camera Xacti that can take both stills and videos. The camera sports a compact and light-weight body, and easily saves data onto SD/SDHC memory cards for convenience. The DMX-HD800 will take stills and videos used on a personal computer or for the Web, houses a new three-dimensional digital noise reduction (3DDNR) filter, and adds the ‘Face Chaser’ for both stills and videos with an active scanner visible on the monitor.  This new, stylish digital movie camera, the DMX-HD800, will be sold in Japan starting from August 22, 2008.

On the new product launch, Hideki Toyoda, General Manager of SANYO’s Digital System Company, DI Company Products Planning Department, said, “The DMX-HD800 has not only has it been designed to be sleek and stylish, but it now offers our unique three-dimensional digital noise reduction (3DDNR) filter, which allows clear, beautiful images with simple operation of a dual camera offering high resolution stills and HD videos in a single unit.”

*Please note the contents of this press release, is specific to the model sold in Japan. SANYO may launch this product in various regions around the world, though the name, model number, specifications, etc. may differ.

Main Features

1. Compact, light-weight camera capable of high definition movies compatible with personal computers and/or upload video data to the Internet
- Easily drag and drop recorded files on to the hard drive or upload to the Internet
- Ideal for website-use/blog-use videos as well as standard video creation
- Take either high definition videos (1280 x 720, 720p) or 8.0-Megapixel stills with one unit
- Snap photos anytime, even during video filming, without changing modes or pausing the viedo
- Preview the frame for photos while still recording video with the one-push ‘Photo View’ button
- Uses AVC/H.264 codec format for longer, higher quality recording than traditional codecs

*1 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps

2. Built-in, newly developed ‘3-dimension Noise Reduction’ (3DDNR) filter allows for more vivid and clear videos
- Uses the same, low-power consuming engine as the Full HD DMX-HD1010
- Through new 3DDNR filter, it is possible to decrease significantly the random noise that vacillates over time
- New CMOS sensor adoption allows faster image processing, up to 1.7 x more than the previous equivalent model
- CMOS sensor allows sharper feeling images by increasing the diagonal high-frequency component (sharpness)
- Image compression codec algorithms have been updated
- Optimized signal processing functions such as compression codec algorithm, gamma characteristics and edge treatment as well as the enhancement of basic performance functions all contribute to the improvement of quality in resolution, coloration and recording in dark places

3. Create beautiful memories easily with newly developed high-precision ‘Face Chaser’ function*2 for both videos and stills
- Able to detect up to 12 faces in both videos and stills
- Face recognition database has been increased 5 times over the previously used database for face recognition
- Function upgraded with new method for regulation for even diagonal movement, improving precision
- Upgrades allow for higher quality photographic subject recording in both videos and stills
- Functions for face detection in videos upgraded to adjust focus and follow subject in real-time during recording, prioritizing the subject (person) as the focus of the recording
*2   Depending on the filming/recording and photographic subject conditions, there are cases where the face detection technology may not work

4.Other Features
- ‘Digital Image Stabilizer’*3 senses camera revolution and photographic subject movement
- Original DVD authoring and editing on the computer made easy with bundled ‘Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0’
- Continuous shot*4 function allows more photo opportunities (8.0- /2.0-Megapixels)
- ‘Simple Mode’ operability available for first time users and and ‘Manual Mode’ operability for more advanced users
- Long-lasting battery allows up to 250 stills or 90 minutes of continuous video filming
- ‘Photo view button’ for smooth transition of monitor between videos and stills
- In-camera video editing (cutting & pasting) function*5
- Allows recording and playback*6 of videos up to 4GB continuously
- Record in low-light scenes with camera’s low-light mode compatible down to 3 lux*7
- Confirm that faces are being detected with new LCD monitor display showing which subject is main
- Optional AV-connection kit available for camera to be used with ‘Xacti Library’ which includes saving of files by dates taken
*3   In some instances where the shutter is set to a slower speed or where there is strong vibration or shaking, the digital image stabilizer may not work.
*4   Recording size is for 8-Megapixels, 1 fps up to 10 frames, 2-Megapixels, 5 fps for up to 10 frames
*5   In-camera editing and saving depends on open amount of memory on card. If card is nearly full, editing may not be possible.
*6   Each file is allowed to be created up to 4GB. After 4GB is reached, if the card has more than 4GB available, recording can continue as a new file. While the file is saving, although the video may show as recording, data will not be written (neither video nor audio) until the ‘save file’ operation is completed.
*7   When in high-sensitivity mode.

SANYO Xacti DMX-HD800 Specifications

Effective pixel count/Camera element
Stills: Approx. 8.0-Megapixels
Videos: Approx. 6.82-Megapixels (in HD mode), Approx. 7.97-Megapixels (in SD mode)

Camera element
1/2.5 inch CMOS sensor, Approx. 8.0-Megapixels (total)

Recording media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card (up to 32GB)

Recording file formats
Stills: JPEG (DCF*1, DPOF*2, Exif Ver2.2*3)
Videos: ISO standard MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.MP4)
Audio: 48kHZ sampling, 16bit, 2ch, AAC

Resolution (pixels)
Stills:*4
12M: 4000 x 3000*5 , 8M-H: 3264 x 2448 (low compression)
8M-S: 3264 x 2448 (standard compression)
6M[16:9]: 3264 x 1840 2M: 1600 x 1200
0.9M[16:9]: 1280 x 720 0.3M: 640 x 480

Continuous shots:
8M: 3264 x 2448, 2M: 1600 x 1200
Videos*6
HD-SHQ: 1280 x 720 (30 fps/9Mbps HD-HQ: 1280 x 720 (30 fps/6Mbps)
TV-HR: 640 x 480 (60fps/6Mbps) TV-SHQ: 640 x 480 (30fps/3Mbps)
TV-HQ: 640 x 480 (30fps/2Mbps) Web-SHQ: 320 x 240 (30 fps)

Lens
Focus distance: f=6.3 to 31.7mm; Stills: f=38 to 190mm (35mm equiv.)
5x optical zoom lens, Aperture: F= 3.5 (W) – 4.7 (T)
Galvanometer method structure, Auto focus: 9 groups, 12 elements (3 aspheric elements, 5 aspheric surfaces), Built-in neutral density filter

Photo range
Entire area: 10cm (wide) / 80cm (tele) to infinity, Standard: 80cm to infinity,
Super macro: 1cm – 80cm (wide)

Shutter speed
Stills: 1/2 – 1/1500 sec. (Flash: 1/30 – 1/1500 sec., Lamp mode: max. 2 sec.)
Continuous shooting mode: 1/15 – 1/1500 sec. (No flash)
Videos: 1/30 – 1/10000 sec. (High sensitivity mode: Lamp mode max 1/15 of a second)

Digital zoom
Shooting: 12x max., Playback 62.5x max. (12M mode, depending on the resolution)

Focus
(Auto) Stills: 9-point area/spot, Videos: continuous area, (Manual) 16 steps

Scene select
Auto/Sports/Portrait/ Landscape/ Night portrait/Snow and Beach/Fireworks/Lamp*7

Digital filter
Standard/Cosmetic/Monochrome/Sepia

Photometry
Multi-splits/Center-weighted/Spot

Low light sensitivity (video)
Approx. 12 lux (Auto mode, 1/30 sec.)
Approx. 3 lux (High-sensitivity/ Lamp mode, 1/15 sec.)

Stills sensitivity
Auto (ISO 50 – 200), Manual (ISO 50/100/200/400/800/1600, Switching system)

Exposure correction
±1.8EV (in 0.3 EV steps)

Digital Image Stabilizer
Videos: Digital Image Stabilizer (electronic), Stills: Digital Image Stabilizer (electronic)

Other functions
Flicker mitigation, Wind noise reduction

Self timer
2 sec./10 sec.

White balance
Auto: Full auto TTL, Manual: Sunny/Cloudy/Fluorescent/Incandescent/One-push

Flash
Auto/Forced/OFF (Slow synchro mode possible in Night portrait Mode)

Flash coverage
Approx. 20cm to 2.5m (wide)/Approx. 80cm to 2.0m (tele), GN=4.3

Audio
Microphone: Built-in stereo, Speaker: Built-in monaural (L+Rch mixed output)

LCD monitor
2.7 inch, Low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD display, Approx. 230,000 pixels (7-level brightness, 285 degrees rotation)

Interface
AV output (Video: HDMI*/Component/ S-Video/ Composite video, NTSC/PAL, Audio: Stereo sound)
Headphone output (?3.5mm stereo mini-plug, 16?-32?)
USB 2.0 (high-speed mode compatible)  *When used with optional Docking Station sold separately

Language
Japanese

Power source
Lithium-ion battery x 1 (DB-L40 included: 1200mAh) AC-adaptor (bundled with VAR-G9)

Power consumption
When using battery: 3.6W (when filming videos)
Approx. battery-use time*8
Still shooting: approx. 250 shots (CIPA standard), Continuous video filming: approx. 90min./
Actual filming time, approx. 55 min, Continuous playback: approx. 200 min.

Dimensions/Volume
73.7 (W) x 109.0 (H) x 35.0 (D)mm (maximum dimension, excluding protruding parts),
Volume: approx. 171cc

Weight
Approx. 195g (main unit only), Approx. 220g (including battery, approx 23 g, and SD card, approx 2 g)

Operating environment
Temperature 0- 40 Celsius, Humidity 30-90% (not operable with condensation)

Approx. battery-use time*8
Still shooting: approx. 250 shots (CIPA standard), Continuous video filming: approx. 90min./ Actual filming time, approx. 55 min, Continuous playback: approx. 200 min.

Dimensions/Volume
73.7 (W) x 109.0 (H) x 35.0 (D)mm (maximum dimension, excluding protruding parts), Volume: approx. 171cc

Weight
Approx. 195g (main unit only), Approx. 220g (including battery, approx 23 g, and SD card, approx 2 g)

Operating environment
Temperature 0- 40 Celsius, Humidity 30-90% (not operable with condensation)

*1   DCF is the abbreviation for Design rule for Camera File system, established by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Association (JEITA).
*2   The DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) is a format for recording on storage media information such as the number of frames and copies desired for printing of images taken on the digital camera.
*3   Exif Ver2.2 is an industry standard established for file formatting of digital cameras.
*4   Still photos taken during video filming vary in size depending on video mode. When in HD-SHQ and HD-HQ video modes, still images are taken in 0.9-Megapixel. When filming in TV-HR, if the still images are set to take in 0.3-Megapixels, then the stills taken during video recording will be in 0.3-Megapixels. Even if the still image setting is on 0.9-Megapixels, when video filming is in aspect ratio 4:3, or if recording audio, then the resulting still will be automatically sized at 0.3-Megapixels, despite being set to 0.9-Megapixels initially.
*5   Convert 8.0-megapixel data captured by the image sensor to the recorded equivalent of 12-megapixel, with proprietary pixel -interpolation technology.
*6   For this model 60fps is actually 59.94fps, 30fps is actually 29.97fps.
*7   For still image modes 2M/0.9M/0.3M only
*8   Amount of pictures based on CIPA standards. When using a Sandisk SD Memory Card (2GB) and bundled Lithium-ion battery. Videos are when filming in HD-SHQ mode. Playback is when in continuous playback. Through actual operation, time may vary.
*9   Figure projects time and amount of stills taken which will fill the recording medium. Amount varies by memory card maker, type of photo subject and photographic conditions.
*10   When in continuous shooting mode: Web-SHQ: Maximum 5h30min – once finished, the file will automatically save and roll over to a new file, for any other mode other than Web-SHQ the video will record up to 4GB of data, then it will save the file and continue recording as a new file. While the file is saving, although the video may be recording, data will not be written (neither video nor audio) until the ‘save file’ operation is completed Audio Memo: Maximum 13h00min, then file will roll over similar to video.

*Specifications as of July 30, 2008, subject to change.
*All product names and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Sanyo DMX-HD800



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