Sanyo's New Xacti Camcorder Supports Eye-Fi Card

May 28, 2009
Hideyoshi Kume, Nikkei Electronics
The fifth anniversary model of the "Xacti." The color of the main unit represents water.
The fifth anniversary model of the "Xacti." The color of the main unit represents water.
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It now has a function to stop automatic data transmission when the remaining battery power is low.
It now has a function to stop automatic data transmission when the remaining battery power is low.
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Sanyo Electric Co Ltd announced the "DMX-WH1E" as a new product in its "Xacti" camcorder series May 27, 2009.

This product is the "DMX-WH1," which was released in March 2009, with the addition of the Eye-Fi card link capability. Using this capability, the camcorder can directly transmit still images and videos it shot to PCs and online photo sharing services, etc via a wireless LAN.

There is no suggested retail price, and street pricing for the product is expected to be about ¥55,000 (approx US$568). Limited to 10,000 units, the DMX-WH1E will come out June 19.

The Eye-Fi card is an SD memory card that was developed by Eye-Fi Inc of the US and features a wireless LAN function. Photos can be uploaded using the "Eye-Fi Share 2GB," while videos, as well as photos, can be uploaded using the "Eye-Fi Share Video 4GB."

To develop this product, Sanyo added the Eye-Fi card link capability to the "DMX-WH1" by revising its firmware. Specifically, the new firmware includes the capability to set access points using the camcorder and the power supply management capability that automatically stops transmitting data in accordance with the remaining battery life or AC adapter connection.

For example, data transmission will stop when the remaining battery life reaches about 10%. This function can prevent data from being damaged when the battery voltage lowers during data transmission, Sanyo said.

Behind the addition of the power supply management capability was the issue that power consumption increases during data transmission. The volume of power consumption varies by use conditions and transmitted data. But "wireless video transmission requires as much power as shooting," said Hideto Fujita, chief of the DI Product Planning Department in the DI Division at Sanyo's Digital System Company.

The functions of the new camcorder, except for the Eye-Fi card link capability, are the same as those of the predecessor "DMX-WH1." It can shoot about 200 minutes of video using the included 1,900mAh Li-ion secondary battery.

Also, it meets "JIS IPX5/IPX8" qualification for water resistance, while supporting 1,280 x 720-pixel HD resolution. It is possible to shoot video for up to 60 minutes at a depth of 3m in water, Sanyo Electric said.

Specialized to function as a camcorder, the camcorder was designed to have only 1.1 Mpixels for shooting still images but features a 30x optical zoom instead. It is mounted with a 1/6-inch 1.1-Mpixel CMOS sensor.