Sanyo launches Xacti VPC-GH4 full HD camcorder with YouTube, Facebook integration

Joseph L. Flatley
J. Flatley|09.09.10

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Sanyo launches Xacti VPC-GH4 full HD camcorder with YouTube, Facebook integration
Sanyo has announced another one of them there Xacti digicams, this time geared for the social media crowd. The VPC-GH4, like its sibling the VPC-GH2, features Full HD 1080 video recording; and unlike the aforementioned GH2, integrates YouTube, Facebook, and Picasa uploads -- as well as Twitter notifications. But at what cost? Well, the newer model sees still photos dumbed down to 10 megapixels (the precursor featured 14 megapixel stills), but then again it's set to retail at $200 -- so it's, like, $50 cheaper. Want a closer look? Want the full scoop straight from the PR itself? Can't wait until it hits store shelves later this month? All your wishes will be granted after the break. But you should probably get some better wishes.
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SANYO Expands Innovative Xacti Line with Thumb-Operable 2-Position Record Button Dual Camera

Sharing on Social Networking is Easy With Embedded Software

Chatsworth, CA, September 9, 2010 – SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO) introduces a new Dual Camera, model VPC-GH4, featuring Full HD 1080 60i Video and 10MP Digital Photos with dual range zoom up to 10X for videos. With its ergonomic compact body size, the VPC-GH4 puts advanced features and ease of use in the palm of the user's hand. The camera includes two-position recording buttons so the user can easily capture ground-level scenes as well as eye-level. The camera will be available for purchase in late September, in time for the holiday gift season, with an MSRP of $199.99.

"More than ever, consumers are interested in easy to use imaging solutions that deliver with cutting edge technology," says Tom Van Voy, General Manager of the Consumer Solutions Group for SANYO North America. He added, "SANYO's GH4 offers the perfect blend of style and performance while recording archive quality photos and videos that people will be proud to display on their HDTVs or share with friends and family from their computer."

Shooting, connecting, viewing and sharing is easy with the GH4. Embedded software allows the photos and videos recorded to be easily shared on social media websites. When the GH4 is connected to the PC, the Simple Updater application installer appears and takes less than a minute to install. The videos and photos can be tagged and quickly uploaded to some of the more popular sites, such as YouTube, Facebook, and Picasa*. The software application also provides a convenient link for use on Twitter*.

The GH4 delivers 10X dual range optical zoom for video and 5X optical zoom for photos. The dual range zoom function is like having two separate lenses on a single camcorder as it includes two forms of optical zoom, wide-angle and telephoto, switchable at the touch of a button.

The SANYO VPC-GH4 also features High Speed Sequential Shooting Mode usually found on more expensive or larger cameras. In addition, the camera offers digital image stabilization and both face detection technology and the "target a color" mode to help track and identify the subject by keeping it in focus when the face is not visible.

Files can be saved to SD, SDHC or ultra-high capacity SDXC (up to 64GB) memory cards. The GH4 is also compatible with Enhanced Eye-Fi memory cards, which allow wireless transfer of recorded photos and videos to enabled PCs. With a special "smart power" function, the camera can control the Eye-Fi function power management, automatically shutting off power to the Eye-fi card when not in use to conserve battery power.

Main Features: VPC-GH4

Full HD videos, 1080 60i (1920 x 1080 pixels)
10MP photos
Large, 2.7-inch LCD monitor
10X Dual Range Optical Zoom Video
5X Optical Zoom Photo
Video: 40mm – 200mm
Video: 80mm – 400mm
Photo: 38mm – 190mm
High Speed Sequential Shooting
Digital Image Stabilizer (Photo and Video)
Face Chaser Technology (Photo and Video)
Target a Color Function
Compatible with SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
Enhanced Eye-Fi memory card compatibility
Mini-HDMI port
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Size: 1.52(W) x 4.31(D) x 2.17(H) in
Weight: 5.9oz with battery and SD Memory Card

*You Tube, Facebook, Picasa and Twitter are trademarks of their respective companies.

For more information about the SANYO VPC-GH4 please visit


SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a global, leading provider of energy, environment, and lifestyle applications. Digital Solutions, a division of SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO North America is a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.), is based in Chatsworth, California, and is a service and sales division with two main groups: Corporate Solutions and Consumer Solutions. The division markets digital projectors, Dual Cameras, digital still cameras, home appliances, security video equipment, audio systems, and portable electronics. For more information on SANYO, please visit .

Source: SANYO North America Corp.
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