Sanyo Xacti HD2000, FH1 Camcorders First To Shoot iFrame Video.

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Sanyo Xacti HD2000 And FH1 Camcorders

Sanyo yesterday announced their new Xacti VPC-HD2000 and VPC-FH1 Dual Cameras, which are the world’s first camcorders to record in the next-gen iFrame video format – to speed up the importing, editing and sharing of recordings on your computer.

Also offering 1080p Full HD recording at 60fps and shooting 8-megapixel stills, both the HD2000 and FH1 feature a Super Slow Motion capability too, which can achieve up to an impressive 600fps to freeze fast action with stunning effect.

The iFrame (960 x 540) video capture mode featured on both models simplifies the process of working with recorded video on your computer, as it records in the same format used for editing. This, combined with smaller file sizes, translates into faster workflow and thanks to the use of standards-based technologies, is compatible with both PC and Mac.

Also including 10x optical zoom for photos and 16x advanced zoom / 160x digital zoom for video, the HD2000 and FH1 sport Face Chaser technology to detect up to 12 faces in either stills or movies and a Sequential Photo Mode for rapid-fire photos at up to 12fps.

Despite the obvious design distinctions, the two models differ little in specs. The HD2000 has a 2.7-inch LCD, gets an HDMI interface via a cradle and sports an external microphone input – while the FH1 gets a larger 3-inch display and native HDMI. The displays on both models rotate 285 degrees.

Both the Sanyo Xacti HD2000 and Sanyo Xacti FH1 are available now from priced at $599.99 and $499.99 respectively.


Press release

SANYO Dual Cameras are World’s First with iFrame Video Format
SANYO Camcorders Provide Fast and Easy Video Editing and Sharing Experience

October 13, 2009
Chatsworth, CA, October 13, 2009 – SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO), today introduces its high-end Dual Cameras, the VPC-HD2000A and the VPC-FH1A, as the world’s first camcorders to offer compatibility with iFrame, a next generation video format designed specifically to allow users to easily import, edit and share high quality videos. SANYO’s Dual Cameras have always been at the forefront for compatibility with computers as well as online applications and networking. The two models announced today feature the iFrame video mode, which records in the same format used to edit on a computer, dramatically speeding up the processes of importing, editing and sharing movies across multiple platforms and devices.

These camcorders will be available nationwide through national and regional retailers beginning October 13, 2009, with a suggested retail price of $599.99 for the VPC-HD2000A and $499.99 for the VPC-FH1A.

“SANYO is proud to be the first manufacturer to offer camcorders that are compatible with the iFrame video format. This format offers a major breakthrough in reducing the time it takes for consumers to import, edit and share high quality video,” said Tom Van Voy, General Manager of the Consumer Products Group for SANYO North America. “In addition to this new video format, our Dual Cameras also offer the ability to shoot 8-Megapixel photos as well as a number of video modes, including Full HD 1080P/60fps, making them the perfect choice for sharing high quality movies with family and friends, for video bloggers or budding videographers.”

iFrame is a computer-friendly video format that has been specifically designed to simplify the process of working with video recorded from a camera. With iFrame, the video recorded in the camera is in the same format that will be used for editing, which means that importing video is fast and file sizes are small. This translates to quick and easy editing and sharing of movies across multiple platforms and devices. This new format can also be used with both Mac and PC compatible applications due to the use of standards-based technologies such as H.264, AAC, MP4 and MOV.

The HD2000A and the FH1A Dual Cameras are automatically programmed to default to the iFrame mode for ultimate ease of use and convenience to the user. In addition to the iFrame video format (960 x 540), the cameras can record in High Definition 1080P (1920 x 1080), as well as high speed video formats for slow motion playback.

The two new models are nearly identical camcorders in two different body designs. The HD2000A is in SANYO’s signature vertical form factor while the FH1A is a traditional style camcorder shape (horizontal).

Dual Cameras conveniently record photos and videos to SD/SDHC media cards (sold separately) and are thumb-operable for key functions, with separate video and photo buttons for easy switching between shooting video and photos. Unlike conventional camcorders, there’s no need to switch modes, enabling the capture of those once-in-a-lifetime moments as the cameras can take both stills and videos simultaneously.

Main Features: VPC-FH1A and VPC-HD2000A
These highly advanced cameras not only offer a standard 1080i (interlaced) format (recording at 60 fields per second), but with the SANYO proprietary CMOS engine, recording is also available in an impressive 1080p (progressive) format, offering ultra-smooth, professional-looking 60 frames per second. The cameras also offer 8-Megapixel still photos, sequential shooting, and a number of modes including macro photo capability.

Other Features include:
— iFrame video format H.264 960 x 540 (30fps)
— Full 1080p HD Video (60fps)
— 8-Megapixel Digital Photos and High-Speed Sequential Shooting (12fps)
— High Speed Recording/Super Slow Motion Playback (240/600fps for 1/4 or
1/10 playback)
— 3-inch wide LCD Monitor (FH1A), 2.7-inch wide LCD monitor (HD2000A) for
HD Playback
— 10x Optical Zoom for photos
— 16x advanced zoom (more area included than standard zooming, 160x
digital zoom) for video
— Digital Image Stabilizer (Movies & Stills)
— ‘Face Chaser’ technology (up to 12 faces) for photos/videos
— HDMI Output (FH1A); HDMI Digital Interface via Cradle (HD2000A)
— Optional lenses: Tele, Wide, Semi-Fisheye
— External microphone input (HD2000A)
— FH1A and HD2000A are available in Black
— Cold shoe mount for external light or microphone (HD2000A)

iMovie, Mac, and the Mac logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The Works with iMovie logo is a trademark of Apple Inc.
The iFrame logo and the iFrame symbol are trademarks of Apple Inc.

For more information about the SANYO:
VPC-HD2000A, please visit
VPC-FH1A, please visit

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a multi-billion dollar, leading company for energy and environment, providing solutions for environment, energy and lifestyle applications based on its brand vision ‘Think GAIA.’ SANYO North America’s Consumer Solutions Division (SANYO North America is a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.), based in Chatsworth, California, is a service and sales division that markets digital projectors, digital still cameras, digital media camcorders, home appliances, security video equipment, audio systems, portable and mobile electronics. For more information on SANYO, please visit

Sanyo (Press Release) and
Via: iTechNews

Comments (6 Responses):

How come the HD2000 is more expensive?

I actually find the FH1 can be as low as 400 bucks only.

Are they using the same lens and processor?

Wow the world of camcorders is getting better & better. Being a gadjet junkie myself I will be keeping an eye on this cam for later.

It’s the height of the 2009 Christmas shopping season and neither the VPC-FH1A or VPC-HD2000A are for sale in any retail store. Sears, Best Buy, Radio Shack, Walmart, and many other are not selling these models. What’s up with that? What is the point of introducing a new product if it is only for sale through questionable online sellers. Come on Sanyo, get your sales act together. We want to buy your product but you have to be willing to sell it in standard sales establishments.

Agreed Dan. I have been keeping an eye on the FH1 for several months now and would like to see it in a store. It has some good reviews from what I read and only con being the stabilization which is not a big deal for me. I have seen the price dip to $388 from a couple of vendors lately.
I will wait until Feb. 2010 when the new models are released and see if the price goes down. Of course the new improved ones will probably have a better everything.

Come on Sanyo..push this puppy. My FH1A has made being an Apple user a pretty sweet deal. iFRAME-iMOVIE-iDVD are just fine for nearly all movie taking efforts as well as burning DVDs for copies to go to friends which is obviously an advantage that has not been promoted. Place my order for the next newest and greater iFRAME FH1A now please! Like with a hot shoe and accessory mic made available and a spare battery too!

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