Sanyo has already made a bit of a splash (ahem) with its Xacti VPC-CA6 water-resistant camcorder. Now it’s taken the concept further and deeper with a model that can operate at depths of up to 1.5m.

It’s claiming a world first with the CA65 – a digital camcorder enveloped in a waterproof material. Some camcorders can be used underwater when fitted with a special waterproof housing. Sanyo claims, however, that the Xacti VPC-CA65 is the first digital camcorder that is specifically designed for underwater photography and videography.

The compact Xacti VPC-CA6 (launched in the US as the E1) can take digital still photos at up to 6Mp resolution and capture up to an hour of underwater video footage to a 1GB Secure Digital memory card before its lithium-ion battery needs recharging.

Although Sanyo isn’t claiming its batteries will last long enough (or that your wetsuit will keep you dry for long enough), the company also points out that up to eight hours of footage can be recording in a single session if you have an 8GB SD card on which to store it all.

The CA65 captires 640x4800-pixel video at 30 frames per second and saves it as an Mpeg4 file. The rechargeable camcorder can capture stills while in the process of recording video too. A 2.5in LCD previews footage which is recorded in widescreen format. Redeye and wind reduction as well as antishake functions are included. The Xacti CA-65 will cost £299 from

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