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Sanyo Makes 300FPS Ultra Portable Camcorder

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Guiding us briefly away from all the PC-centric madness of Computex this week is Sanyo which has caused something of a stir with its latest ultra-portable camcorder.

The 'Xacti HD1010' is a 1080i capable model with the usual ability to monitor face detection for up to 12 people simultaneously in both video and still photography while the former can be recorded at a remarkable 300 frames per second. If this weren't enough, the HD1010 also offers burst photography with the ability to snap seven shots per second.

Of course this isn't enough however as Sanyo is keen to stress the HD1010 captures its photos with an increased 14Mbps bitrate, comes with a 10x optical zoom, a 2.7in LCD, HDMI out and promises of increased low light sensitivity and reduced noise. Sounds rather good.

"The SANYO Xacti HD1010 is our second-generation Full HD camcorder and offers a full complement of innovative features such as automatic ‘Face Chaser' face detection for both video and stills, along with improved image processing for even better image quality," said Tom Van Voy, Sanyo VP and GM of the Audio Video Division. "The HD1010 offers advanced, high-definition video performance and high-quality stills in one small, lightweight device."

A July release date has been mooted for the US along with a very reasonable $800 (approx £400) retail price. UK launch details have yet to be announced but expect the HD1010 to arrive later and cost more, just like a certain other device we've become sick of mentioning...

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