Sanyo Xacti E2 Arrives Just in Time for Summer to End

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Sanyo is finally gracing the US with the second generation of their respected waterproof Xacti line, the Xacti E2. Capturing either 8MP stills or 640x480 AVC/H.264 video, the 9.1-ounce Xacti E2 can fit up to 8 hours of footage on an 8GB SD/SDHC card (so that's 1GB/hr). Unfortunately, the Xacti E2 is only waterproof to depths of 5 feet. Available now for $400, we dug up some test footage for those of you who like watching a couple of dudes swimming:


SANYO Xacti E2 Key Features: — Waterproof: submersible to a depth of five feet for 60 minutes — Shoots high-quality video (advanced MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at 640 x 480 pixels) — Smooth movie recording and playback with 60 fps*5 — Takes 8-megapixel stills (JPEG format) — Records onto an SD memory card or high-capacity SDHC card (memory cards sold separately) — Bright, 2.5-inch LCD color display flips out and rotates for easy viewing — 5x optical zoom for great close-ups — Anti-shake digital image stabilizer*6 — Easy, one-handed operation — Photo and Video Face Chaser technology uses a proprietary Sanyo algorithm to compensate for distracting up-and-down or side-to-side camera movement, keeping your subject steady and easy to follow — Sequential Shooting allows high-speed continuous shooting at 5 frames per second (for up to 10 frames) in [2M] mode so you won't miss that perfect shot. Continuous shooting at 1 frame per second (for up to 10 frames) is available in [8M] mode — CMOS sensor: an advanced 8.0-megapixel (total) CMOS image sensor allows the E2 to capture high-resolution, 8-megapixel still images in addition to recording high-quality digital videos. — New underwater scene mode available in scene selection menu, making colors more true and clear — While recording video, 8-megapixel still images may also be taken simultaneously — Easy video sharing: Video recording employs highly efficient MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression. This keeps high-quality files small, so you can upload videos to websites and blogs or share them via podcasts or online social networks. — "Quick stand-by" makes it possible to start recording or playback immediately after the monitor is flipped open — Bundled with 'Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0' for movie editing and original DVD authoring — Dimensions: 2.8 x 4.4 x 1.6 (W x H x D, in inches) — Weight: 9.1 oz. with battery and SD or SDHC memory card — Comes in a choice of Brilliant Blue or Pearlescent White



I have an E1 and it seems like the only difference is the E2 doesn't compress the video as much and the MP have gone up for stills. MP isn't the problem with stills, it's the speed of the lens/sensor and it's ability to not blow things out. I doubt there's much difference. I like my E1 but my main beef with it is where the buttons are placed.. Oh and battery life, I get 1 hr per. I carry three batteries with me.