Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG20
1080i HD video; MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format; 10 megapixel still photos; 5x optical zoom; 2.7-inch LCD monitor; Burst shooting; Optical image stabilization; Mini HDMI output; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
The Sanyo VPC-CG20 is the most budget-conscious of Sanyo's HD lineup this year. It pulls this off by cutting a few features offered by the higher-end models, but it still has an impressive set of functions. This camcorder records in HD video, shoots still photos at 10 megapixels. Unlike the other models released by Sanyo, it doesn't offer the new Double-Range zoom option, but it still gives you a decent 5x optical zoom during both video and photo capturing. Its vertical-style body is super-compact and has a cool thumb-trigger one-handed layout, too.