Camera Review: Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD700

The combination digital camera/camcorder shoots 7.1-megapixel stills and HD video.

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Sanyo Xacti HD700 ReviewWithout any correction in Photoshop, this image is flat, with little contrast, and is blurry despite bright sunlight overhead. A 50% view of a man’s face is seen in the bottom left inset. 1/60 sec at f/4.7 @ ISO 53 (no, that’s not a typo).

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Sanyo Xacti HD700 ReviewDetails in the image appear sharp in this smaller scale version, but pixel distortion is visible when viewed at full resolution. 1/60 sec at f/4.7 @ ISO 75.

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Sanyo Xacti HD700 ReviewElements towards the center of the frame are properly exposed, but elements at the top of the frame are completely blown out. Noise is visible but not overpowering in darker areas, and text is legible. 1/30 sec at f/3.5 @ ISO 85.

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Sanyo Xacti HD700 ReviewColors in this well exposed image are accurate, and auto levels in Photoshop did very little to correct contrast. Details are relatively sharp as well. 1/30 sec at f/3.5 @ ISO 187.

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Sanyo Xacti HD700 ReviewAuto levels in Photoshop saved the day with this incredibly flat image captured on a cloudy day. Few small details are visible in this image captured at the camera’s longest focal length of 190mm. 1/60 sec at f/4.7 @ ISO 127.

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Sanyo Xacti HD700 ReviewDetails in this image, captured at a relatively fast shutter speed, appear blurry, even on-screen. Colors appear accurate, however, and exposure was easily corrected using auto levels in Photoshop. 1/90 sec at f/4.7 @ ISO 50.

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Sanyo Xacti HD700 ReviewWhile the camera had a lot of trouble exposing for this backlit palm tree, the image was easily corrected using auto levels in Photoshop, as seen in the right third of the image. 1/90 sec at f/4.7 @ ISO 50.

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Sanyo Xacti HD700 ReviewPhotoshop to the rescue, again. This backlit image, which appeared extremely washed out before adjustments in Photoshop, looks much more acceptable after auto levels were applied. 1/140 sec at f/3.5 @ ISO 50.