Sanyo Electric Co Ltd will launch the "Xacti DMX-HD800," a camcorder supporting 720p HDTV resolution, in Japan Aug 22, 2008.
It is a successor to the DMX-HD700, which is a mid-end model in its Xacti series. The DMX-HD800 will be the first model in the series that is equipped with a 3D noise reduction function to enhance the movie quality. Sanyo expects that the retail price will be about ¥50,000 (approx US$462) although there is no manufacturer's suggested price.
To enable the 3D noise reduction function, the camcorder uses an image processing LSI dubbed "Platinum Σ engine," which is also adopted in the higher-end model "DMX-HD1010" released in June 2008. Random noise generated along the time-axis can be reduced by the 3D noise reduction function. Thus, the compression rate when coding is reportedly increased by 10-15%, compared with the existing model (DMX-HD700).
The other main features are (1) an approximately 8-Mpixel 1/2.5-inch CMOS image sensor and (2) face detection and chaser functions. By changing the image sensor from CCD to CMOS, the camcorder is capable of continuously shooting ten pictures at 1fps with a resolution of 8 Mpixels and at 5fps with a resolution of 4 Mpixels. The face detection and chaser functions are the same as those adopted by the DMX-HD1010.