New Video Camera

Just got the Sanyo Xacti from Costco this weekend. The thing is supposedly waterproof and only costs around $170. We'll see how long it holds up in the saltwater. The clip below is a buddy of mine attempting to paddle while holding it between his knees. Once we figure out a way to mounting it securely, we should start generating some decent clips.

Submitted by kdkoors on Fri, 03/06/2009 - 4:11pm

I have one of these sanyo's, it doesnt work anymore, you should look up common faults and treat it very carefully, my one works on play back, but does not record anymore! I did realy like using it untill it broke though.

#1 Fri, 03/06/2009 - 5:24pm

this video is good if you have a foot fetish

#2 Fri, 03/06/2009 - 7:58pm

Yeah! I went spak em at Costco and almost go buy, but somebody told me for wait till next month for the VPC-WH1 HD new Sanyo coming out. Cannot wait for go play Rambo. Kden.

#3 Fri, 03/06/2009 - 9:13pm

yeah just researched it. Cool Sanyo has 2 new ones coming out. VPC-WHI and the VPC-CA9. The WH1 looks pretty cool. I also saw that panasonic released 2 HD waterproof cameras. All run around 400 bucks. Yikes. I guess the previous models xacti price might drop. Hmmm

#4 Fri, 03/06/2009 - 9:29pm

looks nice, but seems it would be hard to mount on anything. would be great for shooting by hand i bet. just ordered a gopro today. but this one made me think twice for sure. in the end i liked the ease of mounting the gopro with the suction cup thingy, and the fact that it's a bit more waterproof than 5 feet of submersion.

can't wait to see video evidence of how slow i'm actually going!

#5 Sat, 03/07/2009 - 4:31pm

On visual inspection, it does not look like it will last very long in the ocean. But the price was right. It will to be difficult to mount. It has a universally threaded puka on the bottom, but there is not much surface area to support the camera body.

It looks like Sanyo has a couple offerings that have potential. The HiDef VPC would probably be easier to mount, but will probably have the same life expectancy as the one I bought. It also is about $400 dollars.

Did you submerge the camera in several fresh water rinses after each use? I am hopeful this will greatly slow the corrosion process.

#6 Sat, 03/07/2009 - 8:55pm

That's what I do with every waterproof device (gps, camera, cellphone bag, etc.) : I rince them after paddling, then, when back home I take a shower with them... This way I'm assured they spend a long ime in freshwater to get rid of salt.

#7 Sat, 03/07/2009 - 9:49pm

The early Exacti models suffered premature LCD screen failure and these were replaced under warranty.

Any camera that is not enclosed in a proper external waterproof housing is most likely only made for dunking or static use, not being bashed around and being put under forces that an outrigger canoe experiences when huli - ing. With this in mind i would probably try and restrict this cam to an "on water" or "Over water cam" that can occasionally get wet. (think swimming pool shots of the family underwater in a pool or by the beach) I think this was it's intended market, not POV kamikaze outrigger paddlers.

But for the price, it's expendable and takes a darn good picture.

The SUP paddlers are going bizerk over the wide angle GoPro mounted on their board nose or even on the paddle shaft and making some very good videos. Check out this site.

Cheers Rambo

#8 Sat, 03/07/2009 - 10:27pm

only bummer about the Go Pro is i wish i would have read the web site more carefully. i thought memory cards up to 4 Gigs could be used. Not the case though. They are hoping to make that option available in the future. arrrrg.

dammit all...

#9 Sat, 03/07/2009 - 11:40pm

jc, 2 gig cards are cheap, couple of bucks each. The GoPro writes to a FAT file, so is limited to 2gig by format, just as FAT16 - 32 is limited to 4gig by format. This is also the reason why you shouldn't use the same card for both GoPro and other camera as the card get's corrupted and the GoPro will malfunction.

Cheers Rambo

#10 Sun, 03/08/2009 - 5:37am

yeah i kinda blew it. i read the line that future camera's may be compatible with the 4gig format. for some reason my brain short circuited at just thought it worked with 4gig cards....then i read the technical info after i ordered. ah well. i'll still use it. 56 minutes of footage should be plenty considering all my training runs are 4 miles or less and i only do races that are 6 miles or less.

#11 Sun, 03/08/2009 - 10:56am

Hiro, I dunno what to say. Are you that lonely that you feel the need to shower with your camera? Or is it on? Hmmmm

#12 Sun, 03/08/2009 - 8:49pm

Movies coming soon !

#13 Sun, 03/08/2009 - 10:16pm

I use the Sanyo Xacti in conjuntion with the GoPro's. Takes really good beach footage and walk into the water stuff, it says waterproof but after having a good look at it I would never dunk it in the ocean. I use it in splashproof situations. Takes MP4 footage not compatible with Window Movie Maker so you need a different movie maker or convert the MP4 footage to something else like AVI.
The stuff at the start was from the Xacti and some of the beach stuff in the middle mixed with a dodgy panasonic.

#14 Wed, 03/11/2009 - 11:58pm

Olympus Stylus 1030 SW 10.1 MP Digital Camera.
Waterproof / shock and drop proof
New model is the 6000 I think...

A great little camera that takes great pics and videos. I have taken video for over 1hr on the 2G card in one outing, no battery issues.

Really easy to mount all over the boat....

They go for about 275.00.

Another option if you want the best of camera and video...

#15 Thu, 03/12/2009 - 9:37am

that takes great pics and videos. I have taken video for over 1hr on the 2G card in one outing, no battery issues. Wartsila

#16 Mon, 10/19/2009 - 12:59am


GoPro's firmware is now available to use 4gb cards, upgrades filming time to just under 2 hours, about the same as battery life. Here is the link:

have fun

#17 Mon, 10/19/2009 - 4:15am

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