Review: Sangean Sanyo VPC-1010

Standing apart from the crowd with its unique form factor, this Sanyo AVCHD video cam is a pocket-sized video rocket shooting 1080p at 30 frames per second with a 38-380mm zoom. The novel design and sharp video are complemented by functions like Face Detection and Face Chaser which zero in on faces in the scene and both focus and adjust the exposure on the fly. It works surprisingly well and delivers some delicious video to the SD/SDHC memory format.  The 1010 also records fairly sharp 4-megapixel stills as long as ambient light isn’t terribly low. In spite of all this goodness Sanyo may have been asleep at the wheel by not including optical image stabilization. If you can live with merely digital IS, then take good look at this multifaceted camcorder.

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