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A New 720p HD Digital Movie Camera, the DMX-HD700 by Sanyo
YES ! Here we are again with a new little wonder from SANYO. Behold the HD700, the big brother of the HD2, from Sanyo. In a nutshell, the HD700 is a very different device compared to the HD1000, as here we ONLY have 720p instead of 1080p, which is to be honest is FAR enough for every day usage. The HD700 is clearly one of the best entry level HD Cameras on the market and sports the same cool body design as the Waterproof Xacti version (CA65 or E1 for America); but wait, we will get the device in our hands this Friday for a special event that Sanyo has prepared for us, so just read below the official press release, and wait for Friday in order to get our first Hands-on review Finally, you will find at the bottom of this news our photo gallery with Hi-resolution pictures, ENJOY !
Tokyo, September 26, 2007— SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., (SANYO), a world leading digital camera manufacturer, introduces the world’s smallest and lightest*1 720p high definition digital movie camera—the Xacti DMX-HD700—a single unit capable of recording both movies and pictures easily with any SD/SDHC memory card. The DMX-HD700, sporting a highly portable everyday-use stylish and slim body, is specifically designed for publishing high quality movies and high resolution still images in a format that is highly compatible with Internet sites such as online social networking sites, including blogs. Targeting the ever-increasing users of these rapidly growing online social network sites and blogs as well as Internet users that enjoy photographs and movies on their personal computers, the DMX-HD700 becomes the perfect advanced communication tool answering the ever-changing and growing needs of the information age. The new camera diversifies users movie camera lifestyle options by offering a camera equipped with 720p HD movie recording functionality and a 7.1-Megapixel still image camera, all in one elegantly
stylish and slim body. The Xacti DMX-HD700 will be on sale from October 19, 2007.
SANYO’s Xacti cameras are based on the keyword ‘Connect’, a concept of recording and then connecting to share the golden moments from everyday and saving them for the future, and will continue to make efforts to offer an even more fun and exciting movie camera lifestyle.
SANYO is committed to providing new solutions by openly employing its propriety technologies in creative ways, based on its Brand Vision ‘Think GAIA’.
Since the introduction of SANYO’s digital cameras which adopted movie-recording capabilities in 1998, SANYO has focused on creating cameras that can both record movies and photos in one simple unit, freeing camera users everywhere from having to carry two separate units. The Xacti series was the embodiment of this concept, focusing on a pocket-sized, compact unit capable of easily recording beautiful pictures and movies, so discrete that it will not ruin the moment. The Xacti series cameras have received high acclaim from the market as a small, simple camera capable of both recording movies and photos and adopting the MPEG-4 format known to be highly compatible with the Internet environment. Currently, as the proliferation of movie contents on the Internet continues to expand with increasing popularity, the use of movies on the Internet is expected to continue to expand into other online and social networking sites.
SANYO is actively participating in current trends and meeting these ever-changing modern demands, as shown as a line of compact and convenient, 720p HD digital movie cameras was put out: the DMX-HD1, which was the world’s first*2 high definition digital movie camera to adopt the MPEG-4 in February 2006; the DMX-HD1A followed in September 2006; the DMX-HD2 in March 2007; and the recently announced Full HD (1920 x 1080) DMX-HD1000, which began sales September 21. SANYO has continued to offer products that not only meet the demands for viewing in large screen high resolution environments, but also stress the importance of increasing affinity with the Internet environment.
SANYO is pleased to now announce the sale of the further compacted Xacti DMX-HD700, overflowing with fashion sense and 720p HD Internet-compatibility, helping to re-design movie lifestyles by offering a true answer to the changing needs of both home users and Internet users alike.
*2 For consumer use high definition digital movie cameras. (sold starting from Feb. 2006)
1. World’s smallest and lightest*1, stylish and slim, everyday-use pocket-sized HD movie
At just 171 cc (volume) and 189 grams (weight), the new slim and stylish high definition DMX-HD700 digital movie camera is the world’s smallest and lightest*1. When compared with SANYO’s previous digital movie camera models*3, the weight has been reduced by 10% and the volume has been reduced by 16%, increasing portability. Designed to fit in a pocket or almost any bag, the camera becomes an everyday accessory, ensuring that special
or once-in-a-lifetime moments are always captured. In addition, the camera not only records movies in 720p high
definition, but it is also possible to take high resolution 7.1-Megapixel photos.
With this one camera, movies and photos can be recorded without switching displays or having to pull out another unit, eliminating previous situations where digital cameras and video cameras were
separate products. As for the design, the camera continues the Xacti series concept of a comfortable grip, allowing for a more natural filming style with less strain on the arm. The camera has also incorporated the 2 New high speed processing engine ‘new ergonomic design’, which allows the lens to be level with the ground when mounted on a tripod. The camera has been created and designed into a novel shape, creating a curved minimal
body size filled with elegance and grace, without affecting performance. The design makes it a carry-everywhere item, fitting snugly in a pocket or finding a corner of almost any bag. Also, to fully satisfy customers with refined taste for style and fashion, the camera comes in three colors: a formal yet cool polished silver, a passionate and softly vibrant red, and an elegant glossy finished deep brown.
*3 When compared to DMX-HD2
2. High image quality with less data volume, easy-to-use on the Web—MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format compatible
The HD700 uses the same new optical processing engine found in the previously announced DMX-HD1000, which is unique in its ability to process images quickly with lower power consumption. In addition to utilizing SANYO’s proprietary H.264 codec, the camera only needs 4.0 watts of power, made possible through the combination of two engine chips into one single and miniaturized fast-processing image engine.
Movies are recorded in the advanced MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format encoding technology. With this advanced compression, longer movies and higher quality images can be taken when compared with previous MPEG-4 codec formats for movies. In other words, for the same amount of recording time, the image quality is higher, and for the same amount of image quality as previous MPEG-4 formats, a longer recording time is possible.
Also, in addition to the reduction in data capacity needed to store the images and movies, the movies and voice files are combined into one file, similar to a single photograph taken by a digital camera, and photos or movies are easily copied and loaded on the personal computer or uploaded and shared on the Internet for online use with sites such as blogs and other social networking sites.
3. Complete still image support functionality, including unique ‘Face Chaser Function’ The HD700 not only takes 720p HD movies, but has been equipped to serve as a fully functional digital camera. Some of the features of the camera for still images are:
- Equipped with ‘Face Chaser Function’ that allows
tracking of up to 12 faces when taking photos.
- Takes approximately 7.1-Megapixel still photographs,
and is compatible all the way to the ISO 3200 level of
- Detects hand-shaking after photos are taken and adjusts in playback mode with ‘Blur
Correction’ digital image stabilizer function*4.
- High resolution images can be enjoyed on a Full HD television with 16:9 resolution
*4 When using slower shutter settings and when hand shaking is extreme, there are cases where the image can not be stabilized.
4. Other Features
・Bundled with Adobe System’s Adobe Premier Elements 3.0 for original movies editing and
DVD creation, and Adobe Photoshop Album SE for managing and image viewing
Face Chaser Function (*image only)
・Expanding the fun of viewing home movies and photos on television and compatible with
‘Xacti Library’*5 for easy playback and saving of files.
・Equipped with ‘SIMPLE’ mode for even beginners to create high quality, beautiful high
・High resolution 3680 x 2760 photos possible through real-time interpolation technology
・‘Talking Navigation’ informing user of current state/setting
・‘Super Macro’ allows close-ups of 1 cm
・ Equipped with ‘Wind Noise Reduction’ reducing wind noise from the microphone when
・‘Quick Stand-by’ mode allows the camera to begin recording or playback after opening the
LCD monitor in only 1.3 seconds
・Compatible with Exif Print*6 and PRINT Image Matching III*7 for printing
・Print pictures without a computer using PictBridge