SANYO Canada introduces the world\'s smallest and lightest high -definition digital media camera

The SANYO Xacti HD1 records 720p high-definition video and 5.1 megapixel digital still images to a standard SD card and features a 2.2-inch rotatable OLED display and 10x optical zoom lens. Available in Canada late March, MSRP is $1,099.99.

Concord, ON, January 12, 2006 - Unveiled at the 2006 International CES, the SANYO Xacti HD1 is the world's first, smallest and lightest high -definition compact digital media camera.


SANYO, the world's leading manufacturer of digital cameras and components, designed the Xacti HD1 Digital Media Camera to easily record both 720p high -definition video and 5.1 megapixel digital still images to a standard SD flash memory card.

It features a 2.2 -inch SANYO -developed OLED (Organic Light -Emitting Diode) display that flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on axis for taking video or still images in otherwise difficult locations. The camera also sports a 10x optical zoom lens and combined with a 10x digital zoom capability, the HD1 is capable of a total 100x zoom. As with all previous SANYO Xacti digital media cameras, the camera can record both 5.1 megapixel still images and high -definition (1280 x 720 -pixel) digital video at the same time with a simple press of the shutter button during the shooting of a video clip.

The HD1 can record more than 21 minutes of 720p HD video on a 1 -Gigabyte SD card or more than 42 minutes on a 2 -Gigabyte card. Alternatively, HD1 users can record in Standard Definition mode (640 x 480 pixels at 30fps progressive) for up to two hours on a 2 -Gigabyte SD card. Users can easily switch between high -definition and standard -definition recording modes. SD cards are sold separately.

An ergonomic, one -handed grip and convenient, thumb -operable controls make the SANYO HD1 exceptionally easy to use. Lightweight at only 8.3 ounces (including battery and a standard SD memory card), the HD1 measures 80mm (W) x 110mm (H) x 36mm (W).

The SANYO Xacti HD1 will be available in Canada in late March at a Manufacturer�s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1,099.99.
Product images are available at www.ccnmatthews.com/sanyo/

Other SANYO Xacti HD1 features include:

- 16:9 widescreen format (HD -SHQ / HD -HQ modes)
- 60 fps Fluid Motion Recording (640 x 480 TV -HR Mode)
- Rapid Continuous still shooting
- Pop -up flash with double the brightness of conventional models
- Anti -shake digital image stabilizer
- Talking navigation guide for first -time users
- Super Macro shooting down to 1 cm (W) / 1 m (T)
- Self timer (2 seconds / 10 seconds)
- Voice recorder function: over 33 hours recording time with optional 2 GB SD Memory Card
- Red -eye reduction mode
- Multifunction docking station
- High -capacity SANYO rechargeable Lithium -ion battery
- Remote control included
- Exif Print and Print Image Matching III
- PictBridge -capable for PC -Free printing with PictBridge -compatible printers

Founded in 1958, SANYO Canada is based in Concord, Ontario (an industrial suburb north of Toronto), employing 100 people across the country. Founded in 1947 in Osaka, Japan, SANYO, which stands for "three oceans," has $22 billion worldwide in sales. The company provides a full range of SANYO consumer and industrial products including audio and video, digital cameras, wireless communication, LCD projectors and monitors, security video, air conditioning and home appliance products. SANYO is also the world's largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries. Its environmental focus includes solar energy panel products, non -fluorocarbon refrigeration, and electric vehicle power solutions (for the Ford Escape Hybrid). It is also a major manufacturer of lab equipment and C02 incubators. Visit www.sanyo.ca for more information.

For information and to arrange interviews/demos, please contact:

Mark LaVigne, APR
President,
Hunter LaVigne Communications Inc.
905 -841 -2017 (office)
416 -884 -2018 (cell)
mark.lavigne@sympatico.ca

Bryan Asa
General Manager, Digital Imaging
Sanyo Canada
(905) 760 -4005 (office)
(416) 705 -7193 (cell)
basa@sci.sanyo.com

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