The latest Xacti video camera by Sanyo - the CA65.
I owned the first Xacti back in 2004 (my ancient review here) and then the Xacti C5 in 2005 (review here). After using the C5 for a while, I realized how crap it was. They made it smaller than the original C1 but the lens got smaller too meaning absolute crap quality in low light conditions. Even by day, the quality was grainy.
Xacti is about the only flash memory based video camera that saves in a format compatible with Macs (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) The myth of "Macs being good at video editing" - dont know where that came from considering that you have to convert most movie formats before being able to edit on a Mac.
The usual crap that comes in the box. A video cable that I will never use (never used it with the previous Xacti's) and a manual that I never read because it contains too much info (like a whole page with diagrams on how to insert a battery.)
The speaker for listening to playback on.
A bit bigger than I thought it would be but can live with that for the convenience of not having to convert it on the Mac.
The strip of metal holds the stereo microphone.
Comes with a 6Megapixel camera.
The lens has gone back to being the same size-ish as the first 2004 model. The bigger the lens, the more light gets let in and the better quality the final clip will be.
Power button. The Xacti will also sleep when the viewer is closed.
No cover included with the CA65 this time which is fine as I never used the cover on the previous two models.
The screen is gorgeous - bright and huge at 5cm x 4cm.
Konomi's bottom is also bright n huge ^^;
Records about 40mins of VGA quality video on a 1GB SD card.
Viewer flips over 180.
The big round rocker button with the smaller button in the center is a bit awkward to use. The button placements on the previous models were much easier to press.
Uploaded a raw sample here - 3.36MB file at the highest quality the Xacti can handle. The sample was taken on the day of the Dance vader shooting.
Quality is not amazing but not bad given the convenience of the unit size and file format. I just wanted something which will let me get upload something to the web in the shortest possible time. The Dance Trooper clip was taken on the Xacti too but was terribly compressed by YouTube.
Battery compartment is protected by a rubber sheet underneath the cover to prevent water getting in. The battery is the same since the C1 (thank you Sanyo) and the USB connection is located here too. I can mount the Xacti as an external drive on the Mac.
The most uncoolest case I have seen.
The battery charger however is most cool.