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A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

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To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

 
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Monday
May092011

The Sanyo VPC-PD1 - The best value pocket HD camera (AFAIK).

I’ve always been very interested in 3D and therefore managed to convince myself that the Sony MHS-FS3 would be a good first 3D camera for me to experiment with. I decided that even if I ended up rarely using the 3D functionality – it would still be a good pocket HD video camera anyway.

So I waited patiently for the camera to come out. Eventually, five months after the camera was first shown at CES, 3D footage shot by early adopters in Japan started to appear on youtube. Unfortunately it looked terrible, shaky, out of focus, washed out and blocky.

 

So I quickly cancelled my £220 pre-order for the MHS-FS3 and decided instead to go on a hunt to find the pocket HD camera that offered the best bang for the buck, and I think I found it in the £70 Sanyo VPC-PD1.  

I bought this camera without reading any reviews – this wasn't by choice, I just couldn’t find any. However it turns out that this camera is better known as the VPC-PD2 in the rest of the world, it came out in the last quarter of 2010 but appears to have been largely ignored or forgotten about. This may be a result of its initial high price point of £200. At that price it may be a difficult sell, even taking into account the camera’s additional features over it's competition. However when it is re-evaluated at the discounted price of approx £70 (eBay), it offers outstanding value for money. Video review below.

 

UPDATE 09/05/11

A couple of links.... 

The PDF Manual on the German Sanyo Website

A 2 minute montage of 1080p clips posted on YouTube (this was a special request - Be aware that your computer will need to have some serious horsepower to play 1080p Flash video smoothly).

 

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Reader Comments (26)

Another great review!

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNick

need to have some serious horsepower to play 1080p
and this is real OOLOLLO i've tried to play and it played with breaks LOLOLOL i guess i dont have a strong horse over here ehehhe

nice review again

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoão

Certainly a better camera than most pocketcams available, specially for that price. Excellent review, thanks for sharing.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJose

Hi there, how does this compare to the VPC CS1 you reviewed earlier? Does this trump the CS1 in terms of video/audio quality?

Thanks!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHK

@HK. I'm pretty sure the video quality will be identical...but I gave the CS1 back so can't do a direct comparison. It's down to personal preference, but for some reason after using both, I prefer the PD1, I keep it in my work bag all the time. I probably would have left the CS1 at home.

May 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Techmoan, thanks for the reply and thoughts! I thought I'd ask because I couldn't really see a (big) difference between the CS1's video quality when compared to the PD1, although the PD1 does look better, likely because it was a newer model.

I think the CS1's colour was probably the biggest single reason why you were reluctant to put it into your work bag! :P

I bought the Samsung HMX E10 recently, it seems to perform quite well, in my layman's opinion, and seems to do better in low light compared to other similar sized camcorders, likely because of its larger aperture. Check it out if you have the time!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHK

Hi there
I enoy reading your product reviews. Just one question which is about the battery. What is the lenght of time I can use the unit before the battery needs recharging. I have just purchased one from e-bay following your review as I was after somthing better than my ZX1 cam.

regards

May 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterleon

What a fantastic review. Really enjoyed it. Thanks to this review i'm going to be purchasing one today!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTbert33

Hello Techman, it´s possible to use this camera with a 180º lens like this??

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/15mm-detachable-180-degree-wide-angle-fish-eye-lens-for-cell-phones-and-compact-digital-cameras-39814

Thanks you, for this blog

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSergio

IS NOT HERE SORRY

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSergio

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