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Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews of Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and price. The durability and portability also get good feedback, but the zoom and battery get less positive comments. Opinions about the viewfinder and size are different.

usability, portability, durability, price, reliability

image quality, battery, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the portability. The usability is also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the price.

usability, portability


80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Bundle: Sanyo VPC-CA8 Black Digital Camcorder 8MP Zoom Waterproof + 4GB +Soft CaseBundle: Sanyo VPC-CA8 Black Digital Camcorder 8MP Zoom Waterproof + 4GB +Soft Case

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA8 (EXBK)



Good still image mode, slightly cheaper than the competition, one-handed design assists with swimming

Sluggish autofocus, it's only waterproof for 1.5 metres (and one hour), controls are too small

The VPC-CA8(EXBK) is a minor upgrade of Sanyo's previous waterproof model, the VPC-CA65 (EXW). Despite some improvements to image quality (particularly when it comes to still pictures), its limited underwater functionality remains unchanged.

Oct, 2008

Consumer review (

Great little camera for the money!


I purchased this camera as I was in the market for a small, light weight camera, that could be used in various outdoor conditions. I am very happy with my purchase, and think it would be hard to beat this camera for the money. This camera suits any...

Very small and light weight, which means easily stored in your pocket, shoot easily with one hand. Waterproof feature is great, and handles freezing conditions also (snow). In terms of picture quality, it is surprisingly very good in outdoor, bright...

Indoor filming or low light conditions this camera is not great, but that's not what this camera is intended for. Mono sound is also not great.

Apr, 2011

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Easy camera to use with a fair to good quality image being recorded. This excels in wet environments which is really where a camera like this should be used. This is not my only video camera or still camera as I would not be happy with this for normal...

Love the ergonomics of the pistol grip camera. It feels so balanced in your hands. I love the all purpose nature of this product. It is great for the sun, sand, surf, beach, pools, sailing, kayaking, water slides, snow and snorkelling (this camera has...

This is not an excellent video camera or excellent stills camera. It is a compromise to the all purpose nature and weather proof versatility of this camera. The photo quality is OK and the video quality is good. The free movie editing program you get...

Jun, 2010

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:DB-L20
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sanyo DB-L20

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes


Playback zoom (max):62.5

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35 / 6.86

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach/snow / Fireworks / Lamp / Landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Underwater


Built-in Flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sanyo Xacti

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:8 / 8.1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:12
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):38 - 190
Focal length range (f-f):6.3 - 31.7
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/3.5-4.7
Max Focal Length:31.7mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:5
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens


Underwater Use:Built-in

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:8Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Auto Focus: Yes
Interface:AV output  (Video:Composite Video, NTSC/PAL; Audio:Stereo) / USB 2.0
Internal Memory:44
Manual Focus: Yes
Sports: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/1500

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1600 x 1200,3264 x 1840,3264 x 2448,3264 x 2448,4000 x 3000


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum Video Resolution:640 x 480

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264 / MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:12
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (50-400)
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cosmetic / Monochrome / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.1 / 4.05
Height :11.1 / 4.05