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Jan 27, 2010

New Full HD Video Camera Sanyo Xacti DMX-CG110 Takes 14 Mega-Pixel Photos

SANYO is pleased to announce the release of a new Dual Camera Xacti, DMX-CG110, at the end of February, 2010. The new compact model based on the Dual Camera concept can capture both Full HD videos and high-definition still photos.

Sanyo Xacti DMX-CG110

Sanyo Xacti DMX-CG110

Instead of coming out with devices that are only used to record important events, the Xacti series aims to provide customers with more enjoyable video experiences, by offering cameras that users can conveniently carry everywhere to easily capture both photos and videos in daily life. By utilizing a convenient video format that can be easily handled on PC and Internet environments, and even on home TVs, Xacti cameras are more than just hardware for capturing, viewing, and saving images. They are convenient products for sharing videos online, and on multi-media sites. As a result, Xacti cameras have been very well received by the market.

Now SANYO is releasing a new compact Xacti model that can be used to easily capture Full HD videos, as well as good quality photos. It is ideal for beautifully capturing not only special events, but also scenes from daily life, just as easily as taking a snapshot.

Product

2010 Dual Camera Xacti

Product No.

DMX-CG110*2

Colors

Black (K), Red (R)

MSRP

Open Price

Sales Start

End of February, 2010

Monthly Production

5,000 units

“Advanced Zoom” is a technology used for video zoom function, integrating sensor processing and optical treatment, which realizes wider angle as well as higher magnification zoom, by enlarging the video filming area on the image sensor.

*1 SANYO Xacti “Full HD” means data recorded at 1920 (horizontal) x 1080 (vertical) pixels.

*2 This product is for Japan only (as of the Release Date).

DMX-CG110 Main Features

  1.   Offering both Full HD*1 video and high-definition 14 mega-pixel photos

    Despite its compact size, the DMX-CG110 can capture both 1920 x 1080 pixel Full HD*1 videos and 14 mega-pixel high-definition photos. In order to realize this combination of compact size and high resolution, SANYO developed a new high-speed image-processing engine. Along with optimizing performance with SANYO’s CMOS image sensor, the image processing algorithm architecture was revised, the signal processing system for functions like noise reduction was optimized, and power consumption efficiency was improved.

    The video format used for this model is “MPEG-4 AVC / H.264,” which is easy to use on PC and Internet environments, as it is a single file format, similar to the one used for still photos. “MPEG-4 AVC / H.264” is also fully supported by the latest Windows® OS, “Windows 7”*3, which was launched last year, further expanding the usage environment. Consequently, video files are displayed in the same thumbnail format as still picture files, and they can also be played back directly with Windows Media Player, are editable with Windows Live Movie Maker*4, and are Device Stage compatible. This makes the files even more convenient for use on computers.

    *3 Windows is a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. The official name of Windows is the Microsoft Windows Operating System.

    *4 Downloadable from the Microsoft Corporation website.

  2. Easy to zoom-in on distant subjects with newly developed 12x “Double-Range Zoom”*5 function

    The DMX-GG110 has a newly developed 12x “Double-Range Zoom” function that can be used when capturing video. This feature enables a wider range of video capture by allowing users to switch between different zoom ranges with the touch of a button, just like alternating between two lenses with different zoom ratios. When converted to a 35-mm film basis, this equals a capture range from wide-angle 40 mm up to a 12x zoom of 480 mm, enabling users to easily zoom in on distant subjects. The DMX-GG110 has a newly developed 12x “Double-Range Zoom” function that can be used when capturing video. “Double-Range Zoom” is SANYO’s proprietary zoom technology, combining two different kinds of 6x “Advanced Zoom”*6 achieved by utilizing 5x Optical Zoom.

    This feature corresponds to the 12x zoom, ranging from wide-angle 40 mm up to a 12x zoom of 480 mm (when converted to a 35-mm film basis) total by allowing users to switch between different zoom ranges with one touch of a button, just like alternating between two lenses with different zoom ratios. This feature enables a wider range of video capture, from wide to zoom in on distant subjects.

    *5 When taking photos, a zoom ratio of up to 5x can be used.

    *6 “Advanced Zoom” is a technology used for video zoom function, integrating sensor processing and optical treatment, which realizes wider angle as well as higher magnification zoom, by enlarging the video filming area on the image sensor. Unlike the digital zoom, “Advanced Zoom” technology achieves zooming without image degradation.

  3. Compact and stylish design that is ready to be used anytime  

    Unlike regular video cameras that are mostly used for filming special events, the Xacti series has been developed to offer compact cameras that are easy to carry all the time, based on the concept of a device to effortlessly capture the moments of daily life. The DMX-GG110 was designed with importance placed on a comfortable rounded grip form, based on a unique new ergonomic design that offers both compact size and ease of use.

  4. Other Features  
    • Compatible with the "Xacti Library" that allows saving/indexing and playback of videos and pictures from an external hard drive (sold separately).
    • 16GB Internal Memory
    • “Digital Image Stabilizer”*7 and “Face Chaser Function”*8 for videos
    • “The new Digital Image Stabilizer,”*7 “Face Chaser Function”*8 and “Target a Color Function” *9 for photos
    • High-speed Reverse Sequential Shooting
    • “Eye-Fi card compatibility”*10 enables automatic uploading of images to a computer.
    • Compatible with large capacity recording media, SDXC memory card.

      *7 For instances where there is intense shaking or when the shutter is slow, motion correction function may not be able to correct the image.

      *8 Depending on the photographic subject and shooting conditions, there are instances where the function may not work as expected.

      *9 This function was developed by SANYO with reference to the K-Means tracker technology of Wakayama University

      *10 The Eye-Fi Share card and Eye-Fi Share Video card are sold separately.

Outline and Background

While forecasted demand in the Japanese video camera market could see a slight increase from the 1.60 million unit level in fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2010, the share of this market held by HD models is expected to jump substantially from approximately 70% in fiscal 2009 to about 90% in fiscal 2010 (both SANYO forecasts). Under these market conditions, SANYO believes that it is extremely important to offer products that create new markets. In the past, product development for the Xacti series was carried out based on the concept of a video camera that can be used anywhere and anytime and that also expands enjoyment after images are captured. Regular video cameras are mainly used to record special events. However, through the adoption of a video format that is highly compatible with PC and Internet environments, and thanks to its compact size for greater portability, the Xacti series offers dual cameras that can be used on a daily basis.

While maintaining these features, SANYO will launch the new Full HD dual camera, Xacti DMX-CG110, incorporating in its stylish slim and lightweight horizontal body a wide-angle lens and a high-power zoom function, which have been desired by many people.

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