By December 27, 2009

Sanyo Xacti CA9 unboxing video

If you are a regular to tracyandmatt of have seen many of our unboxing video you’ll probably know that I am quite a fan of the Sanyo Xacti range of camcorders, I generally prefer to record my own video on the Xacti HD1010 but we’ve also used the HD2000 in the past too.


The Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9


Over the last year or so we’ve had our hands on a number of camcorders from the very cheap, sub-£100 models to expensive models costing over £4000 but I have always gone back to my HD1010 as it seems to just get the job done. I’ve enjoyed playing with a variety of other Xacti models too, most recently the top of the range FH1 was reviewed too.

So what does the Xacti CA9 have to offer? Well the design is similar to the HD700/HD800 that we’ve played with in the past but this model has an upgraded 9 megapixel CMOS sonsor and a 5x optical zoom, but perhaps the biggest difference here is that the CA9 is waterproof.

Yes, waterproof, not water resistant. So you can actually take it in the swimming pool and record video under-water, excellent for holidays at a waterpark!

Take a look at the brief video below which will take you on a tour around the hardware and show you what you get with it. We’ll have the full review for you soon too!


Sanyo Xacti CA9 unboxing video


Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 specification:

Effective pixel count/Camera element Photos: Approx. 9.0-Megapixels
Videos: HD: Approx. 7.31-Megapixels SD: Approx. 8.84-Megapixels
Camera element 1/2.5 inch CMOS sensor, Approx. 9.02-Megapixels (total)
Recording media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card (up to 32GB)
Internal memory: Approx. 43 mb
Recording file formats Photos: 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) Photos*4 12M: 4000 x 3000*4,
9M-H: 3456 x 2592 (low compression)
9M-S: 3456 x 2592 (standard compression)
6.7M[16:9]: 3456 x 1944
2M: 1600 x 1200
0.9M[16:9]: 1280 x 720
0.3M: 640 x 480
Continuous shots 9M: 3456 x 2592, 1.6fps/Max 13photos
2M: 1600 x 1200 , 7fps/Max 15 photos
Videos*5 HD-SHQ: 1280 x 720 (30 fps/ 9Mbps)
TV-HR: 640 x 480 (60 fps/6Mbps)
TV-SHQ: 640 x 480 (30 fps/3Mbps)
Lens 5x optical zoom lens; Aperture: F=3.5(W)-4.7(T)
Focus distance: f=6.3 to 31.7mm;
Galvanometer method structure, Auto focus: 8 groups, 11 elements (3 aspheric elements, 5 aspheric surfaces), Built-in neutral density filter
Photos: f=38-190mm(=35mm) Optical 5x zoom
Videos: f=38-190mm(=35mm) Optical 5x zoom
Photo range Standard: 50cm to infinity (wide), 1.0m to infinity (tele)
Super macro: 1cm – 80cm (wide)
Digital zoom Shooting: 12x max., Playback 62.5x max. (12M mode, depending on the resolution)
Low light sensitivity (video) Approx. 16 lux (Auto mode, 1/30 sec.)
Approx. 4 lux (High-sensitivity/ Lamp mode, 1/15 sec.)
Stills sensitivity Auto (ISO 50 – 400), Manual (ISO 50/100/200/400/800/1600, Switching system)
Digital Image Stabilizer Photos: Digital Image Stabilizer (electronic), Videos: Digital Image Stabilizer (electronic)
Audio Microphone: Built-in stereo, Speaker: Built-in monaural (L+Rch mixed output)
LCD monitor 2.5 inch, Low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD display,
Approx. 150,000 pixels (7-level brightness, 285 degrees rotation)
Languages English/ French/ German/ Spanish/ Italian/ Dutch/ Russian/ Portuguese/ Turkish/ Thai/ Korean/ Simplified Chinese/ Traditional Chinese
Interface AV output Video: Composite video, NTSC/PAL,
USB 2.0 (high-speed mode compatible)
Power source Lithium-ion battery x 1 (DB-L20 included: 720mAh)
Power consumption When using battery: 3.1W (when filming videos)
Approx. battery-use time*6 Photos: Approx. 170 shots (CIPA standard), Continuous video filming: Approx. 70min.
Continuous playback: Approx. 220 min.
Dimensions/Volume 70.4 (W) x 111.4 (H) x 40.5 (D)mm (maximum dimensions, excluding protruding parts)
Volume: Approx. 192cc
Weight Approx. 230g (main unit only), Approx. 249g (including battery, Approx. 17 g, and SD card, Approx. 2 g)

SD Memory Card Type Video Recording Time (Total Time)*7
16 GB 3 hr 51 min. 5 hr 43 min. 11 hr 06 min. 261 hr.

SD Memory Card Type Number of Photographs*7
12M 9M-H 9M-S 6.7M [16:9] 2M 0.9M [16:9] 0.3M 9M Cont 2M Cont
16 GB 3,370 3,080 4,260 5,360 11,600 15,100 19,200 4,260 11,600



Posted by: Matt

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