Sanyo Xacti 1080 Full-HD Camcorder with 3x Optical Zoom

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Sanyo Xacti 1080 Full-HD Camcorder with 3x Optical Zoom
$89.99 + $5 Shipping
Condition: New

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Product site http://us.sanyo.com/Dual-Cameras/VPC-PD2BK-Full-HD-1080-Pocket-Movie-Dual-Camera-with-10MP-Digital-Photos-and-3X-Optical-Zoom

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$119.99 last time September 23, 2010:

http://www.woot.com/Forums/ViewPost.aspx?PostID=4157392

edit: and October 21:

http://www.woot.com/forums/ViewPost.aspx?PostID=4201393

Anybody have this? How’s the picture quality?

YouTube Review- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oLZvsyacoI

Here is the manual.

Well I bought my piece of crap for $119.00 and it didn’t even come with the BAG!! Now I am even more upset!! Wouldn’t buy another one if they were $19.99!!

This thing is junk, besides the fact that it feels like it’s from the dollar store in quality, the pictures aren’t great - don’t waste your money.

Here are some reviews. They’re consistently high. A common complaint is only fair video quality, but most people seem to agree that it’s a great value for the price. Of course, that’s even more true here at woot, since it’s cheaper.

my father and I was just talking about buying a $1,000 Sony HD Camcorder and then Woot! posted this thing. Not comparable but decent for our needs. Imagine the savings!

Here’s some vids showing video quality:
(Make sure to change the YouTube quality setting to 720p HD)


Edit: And some low-light footage

And a 10 minute video review:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr-QPBTM96A

I read a few reviews and watched a few videos on YouTube and I gotta say for the price it seems fairly impressive.

So I am in for 1.

Got it on Woot when it was about 120. Used it a couple times, and the lens wouldn’t retract… and it refused to operate. Finally it retracted then refused to come back out. I need to get it in for warranty, but I’m not real thrilled with it at this point.

It takes decent pictures, but distance video really starts losing quality. It’s great for relatively close up vid though.

I’m imagining $910. Was I right?

I bought this last time, mainly because of the optical zoom. But it was a big disappointment. The zoom lense is so NOISY! It makes this feature useless. In addition, they try to remedy the noise by dampening the sound! Which makes it even worse because whenever you zoom the sound would drop out! So annoying! I believe that this is a flawed design.

I just don’t understand cheap camcorders. It makes much more sense to pay a little more for a good quality digital camera with a decent zoom lens and 8 or 10 megapixel sensor of decent size. It will take better HD video and of course excellent still images. It does cost a little bit more but not that much – probably the price of a couple of meals and less than a tankful of gasoline added to the price of this thing will buy the better camera.

I agree with LLDACE, good reviews. Watched some youtube videos shot with the cam, but hard to tell quality based on those vids, even in 720p. Considering the almost ubiquitous positive reviews and the basement price woot is selling it at, can’t help but give in to curiousity.

Put me down for one

Can it be used as a webcam? I want a decent camera to run a live webcam feed from my glassblowing studio.