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Sanyo unveils Xacti DMX-CA8 digital movie camera

SANYO announced its next Xacti digital movie and photo camera designed for people with active lifestyles,  the Xacti DMX-CA8.
The new camera is designed to withstand water and the CMOS sensor allows 8.0 Megapixel still images with the 5X Optical zoom lens.
The CA8 series  features a new ‘Face Chaser' function for digital movies in addition to the existing ‘Face Chaser' function for digital photos.
The Sanyo  Xacti DMX-CA8 will be on sale in Japan from mid-May 2008...
More about the Sanyo-CA8 series

PRESS SUMMARY

Tokyo, April 18, 2008 – SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) announces its next Xacti digital movie camera designed for people with active lifestyles – the DMX-CA8. The new digital movie camera is not only waterproof*1, fully compatible with most active lifestyles, but also added are higher resolution photographs up to 8-megapixels and a new ‘Face Chaser' function for movies in addition to the existing ‘Face Chaser' function for photos. The Xacti DMX-CA8 will be on sale in Japan from mid-May 2008.

IIn his presentation at the launch, Hideki Toyoda, General Manager of the SANYO's DI Company Products Planning Department, said, “Last year, SANYO brought a digital movie camera to the market that was waterproof and changed the way that people use digital movie cameras. This year, we are pleased to introduce the next in the line-up, a continuation of both the waterproof and film anywhere concept, freeing people to choose where to use their camera instead of allowing the use or place to choose the camera for them. Anyone with an active lifestyle, including sports enthusiasts, outdoorsmen, or mothers will surely enjoy this camera.

Main Features

1. Digital Movie Camera fully compatible with active lifestyles, even in the water!*1- JIS IPX5/IPX8 qualified for water resistance
- Designed to withstand snow-related water, rain, water spray, splash, and even submersion*1
- Use in summer sports like snorkeling, winter sports*2 like skiing/snowboarding or everyday scenes
- New underwater scene mode available in scene selection menu, making the colors more true and clear

2. Smooth movies and beautiful pictures with one single camera- MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 high compression with quality
- Smooth movie recording and playback with 60 fps*3
- Web-mode for simple sharing, no conversion necessary to upload
- CMOS sensor allows high resolution 8.0-Megapixel still images and faster frame rates for movies
- 5X Optical zoom lens for beautiful close-ups
- Sequential photo setting takes up to 10*4 photos with a shutter speed of 5 frames per second (fps)
- Take still images simultaneously*5 while making movies, stopping or pausing movie is unnecessary
- Separate buttons for photos and movies without annoying mode switching

3. New ‘Face Chaser' function for movies in addition to ‘Face Chaser' function for still images
- Able to chase up to 6 faces during movie filming
- Automatic exposure and focus adjustment allowing for easier operation
- ‘Face Chaser' for still images tracks up to 12 faces
- New function allows for clear faces for easy identification on playback

4. Other Features- ‘Digital Image Stabilizer'*6 senses camera revolution and photographic subject movement
- Connect and cut movies directly from the camera with editing function*7
- Bundled with ‘Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0' for movie editing and original DVD authoring
- Option special floating strap available
- ‘Talking Navigation' function informs of camera status and warning (for low battery, etc.)
- ‘Wind Noise Reduction' function reduces unwanted wind noise when recording movies
- Compatible with PictBridge, allowing pictures to be printed without a computer
- Pixel-interpolation technology allows still photos up to 12-Megapixels*8

*1 JIS IPX5, IPX8 standard. (Up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 60 minutes)
*2 When using in cold or hot and humid environments use caution to prevent fogging and condensation caused by rapid temperature changes
*3 In TV-HR mode
*4 In 2M consecutive shooting mode
*5 Still images recorded as 2-megapixel images
*6 Images may not be adjusted in the case of slow shutter speed or high level of image blurring
*7 Depending on amount of available SD memory card memory, some editing functions may not be allowed
*8 Convert 8.0-megapixel data captured by the image sensor to the recorded equivalent of 12-megapixel

Additional information: More about the Sanyo-CA8 series
April 21, 2008
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