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5.0 out of 5 stars A few thoughts on Sanyo CG20, July 2, 2010
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David S. (Los Gatos, Ca.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sanyo VPC-CG20 High Definition Camcorder & 10 MP Camera (Black) (Electronics)
I originally bought the Sanyo VPC CG10 after reading a number of sterling reviews on Amazon, notably by Rolla Gravett and Juan. The camera is fantastic. I already owned a Flip MinoHD, but I was disappointed by its limitations--there are no settings to speak of you can play with, and of course, it is not a still camera. My goal was to find a compact camera which would take both high definition video and take high quality still photos with a built in flash. The CG10 did all of that. When Sanyo released the CG20, the main improvement was going from 30 fps 720p video to 60 fps 1080p video. Now that I have both cameras I am a little disappointed with the 1080 video. As recommended by others, I am using a class 6 SDHC card. The videos I have taken in the highest HD (1080) are obviously much larger files, but they don't seem to play quite right with Quicktime. I am working on a very new iMac. When I play the 1080 videos in Quicktime there seems to be some jitter and unsteadiness... Read more
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Basic Camcorder, September 11, 2010
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This is a nice little camcorder at a reasonable price. I was looking for basic camcorder capable of decent 1080p recording - but with more flexibility than a Flip or Zi8. This fills the bill nicely. It is the modest successor to the CG 10 and does all the things it did - plus 1080p - in a slightly smaller package. Don't expect image quality equaling the HD cameras used by your local TV station or the PGA - but it's not bad considering the entire camera costs less than a good DSLR lens.

The 5X zoom is great. You can't handle much more than that if you are going hand-held. Don't bother with the You-Tube demos of this cameras. They are jerkey and not of the highest quality; More a limitation with You-Tube than with the camera video, which is smooth. Any complaints about jerkiness are likely due to playback limitations of your computer or software. I have a relatively new laptop and have no problem. The files also play smoothly on my Western Digital HD Media Player... Read more
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best value for pocket camcorder, December 8, 2010
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K. Snyder (Los Angeles, CA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sanyo VPC-CG20 High Definition Camcorder & 10 MP Camera (Black) (Electronics)
The CG20 Not perfect but really nice for the price. All kinds on manual features and settings. Even has a manual white balance. Real optical zoom not a fixed focus pin hole like the flip. I'm giving it 5 stars because all the competition are 4 star rated and no where near the camera the Sanyo is.

A few things I really like
1. The flip out LCD is really useful, since non of these pocket cams have optical stabilization, holding them steady is a chore. With the swivel LCD you can steady the camera against your waist, or anything for that matter and still see what you're shooting.
2.This thing is light weight and small. I use it with a suction cup mount as a dashcam and it stays real steady. I do hang it upside down, behind the mirror. I flip the vid with my editing software if there is something I want to keep. I think you can flip the video with the on-board video editing software also.
3. The sound is good, it picks up everything. I guess the trade off is... Read more
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