With SANYO's advanced waterproofing technology, the SANYO Xacti CA9 can be used without thinking twice in the rain; for marine sports such as surfing or snorkeling, or for winter sports such as skiing or snow boarding. It keeps up with active lifestyles, expanding the scope of opportunities. The VPC-CA9 has earned the highest possible IEC 60529 waterproof rating - IPX8 - allowing high definition 1280 x 720, 30 fps footage to be captured without worrying about the effects of water or snow.
Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 Camcorder3/27/2012
I've only had this product for a week and half. Since I've become more familiar with its functions, I think I'm going to like it a lot. I like the compact size of it. It shoots cripsy-clear movies, and does everything the old big ones did. There may be times when I'd like longer battery life. I'd sacrifice an extra .100" camera width for a bigger battery.
Beware of recommended maintenance7/8/2011
I've had this camera for over a year and, overall, I've been pretty happy with it. Video quality is good and with a 16GB SD card (purchased separately) space has never been an issue. Zoom level is limited, but adequate. Portability is good. Outside pictures come out very well with the 9 megapixel camera, but inside flash photos are horrible. Red eye, image quality and lighting are totally unacceptable. It's better to just shoot video and then capture still frames to produce photos from. Main reason I'm posting now is to inform potential buyers of the Sanyo Recommended Maintenance on the waterproof seals for this camera (and probably any Sanyo camera similar to it). Sanyo recommends these cameras be sent in once a year to have the seals replaced. I was just quoted a total of $140 to have this service completed...on a working camera with no other issues or service required; just to replace the waterproof seals. I see now these cameras are only $149 new...almost makes it a throw-away.