Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 Digital Camcorder & Digital Camera: A Quality Review

Review Of Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 Digital Camcorder and 8 MP Digital Camera (White)

Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 Digital Camcorder and 8 MP Digital Camera (White)

If you were like me, and searching for the best pocket-sized digital camera that can go anywhere you go, you can now end your quest. I purchased this waterproof digital video camera after a friend recommended it –  the Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 Digital Camcorder and 8MP Digital Camera – and have been very pleased with my choice

This little HD camera comes in two different color options:  white or blue.  I personally chose the blue camera – mainly so I could keep up with it.  Not only can this camera/camcorder be easily carried around in your pocket or beach bag, or even tucked into your car’s console, it can be used in so many different conditions; even underwater!  That’s right! This camera is actually waterproof! Coming in at a very compact 5.2 x 6.9 x 4.8 inches in size and weighing just 8.5 ounces, it is truly amazing what this camera can do.

It’s All In The Details…

Waterproof Digital Camera and Camcorder

Sanyo shoots video & photos underwater

As I previously said, this digital camera is actually waterproof!  Okay, you may be thinking, great it can get wet, but that is not all. The Sanyo Xacti VPC actually meets IPX8 international standards for being waterproof, and can record full motion video for up to thirty minutes, in up to five feet of water. This can give you amazing video of any underwater beach adventure, a day at the pool, or even a weekend at the lake.

Large Clear LCD Display

Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 Digital Camcorder with side LCD display

The Sanyo digital camcorder comes with a large, 2.5 inch LCD (liquid crystal display) display that actually flips out and rotates up to 285 degrees to give you shooting options in almost any position. This is a great feature for capturing memories in cramped areas or underwater.

Advanced AVC/H.264 Video Compression

This feature makes uploading your home movies to email or internet pages fast and simple by making file sizes smaller and easier to manage. Files can be reduced by up to twenty five percent, compared to traditional MPEG-4 video files. The Xacti E2 digital camera accomplishes this feat by mastering the complex encoding systems of the AVC/H.264 in real time, incorporating video compression IC into the camera. This was designed in a way that still allows the user to get extremely high quality video while reducing overall system power consumption. The end result is the ability to shoot up to 8 hours of full motion video with an 8GB SDHC memory card.

My friend was uploading his videos and pictures onto his Mac.  I use Windows, and found that I have to choose the right program to see the videos.  I view my photos with Microsoft Office Picture Manager; I view the videos with Real Player or QuickTime.  It will work with other compatible software too.

Sanyo photo face detection & video face chaser

Unbelievable Photo Face Detection and Video Face Chaser

The Sanyo Xacti E2 uses a unique algorithm to compensate for extra camera movements (such as up and down, or side to side). This keeps your video steady, and easy to follow. Forget wavy footage for good!

The compact digital camera also has the ability to distinguish between deliberate camera movements and accidental movements. You can use this feature on telephoto mode, or wide-angle, making every shot as solid as if a professional took it! The Sanyo can also detect faces and adjust the focus and exposure as needed. Faces can be detected even if they are moving, and up to 12 people can be sensed at one time.

Take Video and Still Photos At One Time

Did you ever want the capability to take still pictures at the same time you are making a video? This dream is now a reality! This digital camcorder allows users to take 8 megapixel stills while shooting 640 x 480 pixel video clips with just a touch of a button. You never need to choose or miss out on any type of photo opportunity.

I use this alot.  In fact, I recently had this camera on my girlfriends’ trip to Oregon.  We rafted the White Salmon river, and I took still shots along with videos, at the same time; just pressed the button for a photo, then resumed my video.  I did not go for any under water shots – I’ll wait for warmer water!  But the Sanyo Xacti is waterproof, so there were no worries on the river.  In fact, our guide, Richard, took it and ran some video for us.  I’ve posted below – I’m the one smiling!

Long Battery Life

The high definition camera comes complete with a high capacity Sanyo lithium-ion battery. This power source features a high 3.7 voltage, while still being small and light weight. The battery is also designed to keep memory from accumulating, which ensures a full charge each and every time.

If All Of This Was Not Enough…

If all of the above mentioned items were not enough for you, the Sanyo Xacti VPC also offers these great features:

• Easy transfer of video to your iPod.
• 5X optical zoom.
• Possible combination of 5X zoom with 12X optical zoom for up to 62.5X zooming capability.
• Fast Start up time of just 1.7 seconds reduces the risk of missing the perfect shot.
• Simple playback of video on the camera or TV. Easily connects to VCR or DVD to back up copies of recorded material.

Sanyo sequential shooting at 5 FPS

• Sequential shooting allowing for high speed shooting of five frames per second.


The Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 digital camera has a 6 month international warranty.  Because it is submersible – up to 5 feet – be sure to read the manual about taking precautions that do not result in damage or injury not covered by the warranty.

What Other People Think

For the most part, the digital camera ratings are quite positive. Current users give the Sanyo digital camera 4 out of 5 stars on

Here are few excerpts from actual reviews:

My first impression of the Sanyo Xacti VCP E2 was all about its size. It slips right into my shirt pocket.

Size, easy to use, great macro ability, and very acceptable photo and video quality, with the waterproof feature a plus.

I really love this camera, it is so small that you end up taking it everywhere if you have a medium size bag, and quickly turns on and gets to business.

Any Potential Issues?

Even with all of the great features this HD camera has to offer, there have been a few complaints. For starters, some people find the battery life to be less than impressive and state you should buy a second battery. Others complain that the sound quality on video is a bit lacking. Another minor complaint mentioned is that a viewfinder may be helpful. Finally, a few reviewers felt as though the camera was not durable enough, especially when used a great deal underwater.

How Much Does It Cost?

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 Digital Camcorder and 8MP Digital Camera has an MSRP of $540.00.  However, Amazon has a great deal on the camera for about $325.00 for the white camera, and only $270.00 for the  blue model – about what I paid.

If you are looking for a compact digital camera with camcorder that can go anywhere you go, while providing you with excellent picture quality, you cannot go wrong with Sanyo Xacti  VPC E2. Once you start using this camera, your world of photography will change forever.

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