New waterproof Xacti E2 camcorder from Sanyo

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The successor to the also-waterproof Xacti E1 that’s been out for about a year and a half, the Xacti E2 from Sanyo doubles its predecessor’s frame rate to 60 FPS and adds about an ounce of weight as well as a few new features under the hood.

Features

  • Waterproof up to five feet for 60 minutes
  • MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at 640×480 resolution
  • Recording and playback at up to 60 FPS (in TV-HR mode)
  • Up to 8-megapixel still image capture
  • Records onto SD card (1GB card included)
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 2.5-inch Flip-out LCD with quick-standby mode that starts recording when the screen is flipped open
  • “Face Chaser” technology zeros in on subjects faces
  • Rapid-fire photo mode takes pictures (up to 2 megapixels) every five seconds
  • New underwater scene mode
  • Bundled with Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0
  • Comes in blue or white

So there’s actually not a whole lot that’s new here versus the E1 except for the 60 FPS playback (though that’s only in the TV-HR mode) and the Face Chaser technology. The E2 will debut with a $399 price tag, though, which is $100 less than the E1 started at.

Sanyo Xacti E2 [Amazon.com]

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