Sanyo keeps improving their Xacti video-cameras: their Xacti CG65 adds H.264 recording, MPEG-4 advanced video coding at 640 x 480 pixels and 30 frames per second, which uses less memory than previous versions while increasing the image quality. It now can store up to 80 minutes of high quality video in a one Gbyte Secure Digital HC card, and it will perfectly integrate with QuickTime 7 and your iPod to boot. Sanyo also says that they have improved the noise level of its 6 megapixel CCD for both photos and movies. The only drawback is that its weight has increased to 6 ounces from the previous 5.2, which is easily offset by its new lime green color. Anything lime wins points for a compulsive caipirinha drinker like me. A couple more photos after the jump.
I have a version before this one. It's really good for capturing video in ambient light. It's not too good (read grainy) for capturing video indoors, at night, without sufficient lighting. This thing would not work in a party. The photo side of it is kind of okay. This is like the reverse of a point and shoot digital camera where those are great a taking pictures but the video they capture is so-so. This one is great at capturing video (except at night or darkness) but takes so-so pictures.
Now, as for convenience and pocketability, you can't beat it. Plus it's well built, has a very smart OS/menu system, is comfortable to hold if you have small to normal-sized hands, and just feels like quality all around. I'm waiting for Canon's answer to this camera since it will have HD capabilities. Interesting.