Digital camcorders continue to get smaller and lighter – 16 percent smaller and 10 percent lighter in the case of this hybrid digital video and stills camera. The £349 Sanyo Xacti HD700 is a shrunk-down version of Sanyo’s Xacti HD2 model, yet matches its predecessor with its ability to record high-definition video at 720p and photos at 7.1Mp.

The Sanyo Xacti HD700’s 2.7in LCD widescreen display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees to help capture shots from difficult angles while the 5x optical zoom combines with the 12x digital zoom for super close-ups.

A ‘Face Chaser’ function automatically detects and isolates faces and the Xacti is able to detect as many as 12 faces in a single shot.

Video is recorded on the Sanyo Xacti HD700 as Mpeg4 (H.264). An HDMI(high-definition media interconnect) port on the Xacti’s docking station enables footage stored on the camcorder to be displayed on an HD TV without the user first needing to download it to a PC.

There is no internal memory to the Xacti HD700 – instead, 720p footage is captured to an SD memory card. SDHC (Secure Digital high capacity) cards area also supported.

Sanyo bundles the Xacti HD700 with a copy of Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 video-editing software and, for the fashion-conscious, the camcorder comes in silver, red or bronze versions.

The Xacti is being sold for £349 through


HDMI high-definition connection (on bundled docking station)
Digital image stabilisation
Record in as little as 1.3 seconds).
Connects to HD or standard-definition TV for direct video and slideshow viewing
Connects to VCR or DVD recorder.
‘Talking navigation’ informs user of current state/setting
‘Super Macro’ allows close-ups of 1cm
In-camera editing
‘Wind noise reduction’ reduces audio interference
Weight: 189g (main unit only)
Dimensions: 73x 35x109mm


Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
AC adapter
USB and AV cable
Fabric camera pouch
Docking Station
Lens cap
Carrying strap

Sany Xacti HD700 hybrid camera and camcorder

Sany Xacti HD700 hybrid camera and camcorder