For looks, I really rate the Sanyo Xacti movie/still cameras – with a retro-styling that leans heavily towards the look of the old super 8 cameras. Despite that, I’m guessing not everyone wants a device like the new VPC-CA6, which might not be enough of a camcorder and digital camera for your needs.
Saying that, it seems like a solid all-rounder. This latest model is splash-resistant, so you can use it outdoors without the worry of rain or splashing from the pool damaging your device and you’re safe to use it with wet hands. It’s a 6 megapixel camera with 5x optical zoom lens and a 2-inch flip-out LCD screen. It also records 30fps video in MPEG-4 format, with 640×480 resolution. Storage is to SD or SDHC memory cards – if you can get your hands on one of the new 4GB cards, that’s around 4 hours of continuous video.
There’s also a Digital Image Stabiliser for sharpening up images, Snow and Beach mode, which optimise settings for difficult conditions, PictBridge functionality and a Lithium-Ion battery for 60 minutes continuous recording . Available later this month, expect to pay around £300.