Sanyo Xacti CG9
From the pioneers of the ultra portable camcorder, Sanyo, comes this entry-level video camera that should prove to be the perfect tool for budding filmmakers.
Unlike many of the new releases in this category, the Xacti CG9 isn't high-definition, offering a maximum video resolution of only 640 x 480 pixels, but it does come packed with features for capturing both video and photos for most Web-based applications.
The CG9 is equipped with 1/2.33-inch CMOS sensor that offers still images at a very respectable 9.12 megapixels. For video, it supports MPEG-4 H.264 compression, which is basically what YouTube uses, and offers up to 60 frame-per-second capture at its maximum resolution.
The CG9 also comes with a 5x optical zoom and a 12x digital zoom that works even when you're shooting video, as well as a large 2.5-inch display that flips open to the side.
Like its Xacti predecessors, the CG9 is designed with a vertical, pistol-like orientation, offering an intuitive point-and-shoot interface. The menu access, and video and photo capture buttons are located conveniently at the top of the back for easy one-hand operation.
Having separate buttons for photo and video means that you don't have to choose different modes from a menu. You simply push the right button for video and the left for photos.
Perhaps the best news about the CG9 is its entry-level price tag of HK$2,680.
Pros: small and compact, priced like most mid-end digital cameras, 9.12-megapixel images, 60fps video with H.264 support
Cons: not high-definition (max video at 640x480)
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