In a global announcement made in New York Wednesday, Sanyo Fisher Co. said it would release at the end of March a half-dozen products in the “Dual Camera” product category – defined as combination camcorders and digital still cameras. Sanyo North America Corp. president Masami “Sam” Murata said the introductions are part of a broader corporate strategy that will help the company move forward toward its pro-environmental agenda, in the aftermath of the recent news that Panasonic would acquire Sanyo.
Tom Van Voy, marketing vice president for Sanyo Fisher Co., noted that the roster of energy-saving features in the new Xacti Dual Camera line was topped by the fact that “with these products, you don’t have to carry two products for video and still photography. One is all you need.”
The models, all of which record to SD/SDHC media cards, have separate video and photo buttons, and the line has horizontal and vertical configurations of the world’s first 1080p Full HD 60 frames per second (fps) Dual Cameras (VPC-FH1; $499.99 and VPC-HD2000; $599.99) and of the world’s first HD waterproof Dual Cameras (VPC-WH1; $399.99 and VPC-CA9; $349.99). Two compact models (VPC-TH1; $299.99 and VPC-CG10; $199.99) also made their debut. The horizontal body style is new to the Xacti line.