In the CRT and TFT world’s size has mattered for a long time. It is important in the digital camera market too but with the opposite emphasis. Now, however, there is one area where digicams are battling to get larger: screens, and Sanyo just raced to the front of the grid.
As part of its Xacti range, the VPC-E6 is the first of the company’s new E-Series and it matches previous leader Sony’s Cybershot N1 with a whole three inches, but does it without a touch screen (the Swede will be happy). What’s more, the camera retains a super-svelte figure with measurements of just 98 x 59 x 23mm whilst teasing the scales at just 134g.
On top of this, Sanyo heavily promotes its ‘Touch Sensor’ which auto focuses a shot when a finger is lightly pressed on the shoot button, but to be frank this seems to be a slightly more sensitive version of the half button press which performs the same function on most digicams. Rather more interesting is the ‘Zoom Jump View’ ability which lets users quickly zoom into a photo they’ve just taken to check its sharpness before deciding whether to snap again.
Backing up this technical tomfoolery are some rather solid stats: six megapixels, 3x optical and (the pointless) 4x digital zoom, 16MB of in built memory, VGA video at 30fps (interestingly saved in QuickTime format), an SD card slot, PictBridge compatibility and an integrated software calendar.
US pricing weighs in at $499.99, UK RRP is expected to be around the £250-280 mark with the usual web discounts available. Sanyo has yet to reveal a release date, but you can baste me in egg yoke and batter me like a Mars Bar if it isn’t out before the end of the month.