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Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA65

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 reviews of Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA65. 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 size and design. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the viewfinder and battery.

usability, portability, image quality, design, size

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA65 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA65 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and size. The image quality and portability also get good views, whereas some have doubts about the design. There are some mixed views about the battery.

usability, portability, image quality, size, reliability


59% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sanyo Xacti CA65 Waterproof SD Digital Movie Camera - BlueSanyo Xacti CA65 Waterproof SD Digital Movie Camera - Blue

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: staff (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA65 review


It looks and feels like the CG65, so what's the difference?

Excellent value ; Good features and performance

Sound recording not the best underwater

We liked the SD version of the VPC-CA65 and this version changes a colour and makes the statement that it works underwater. It does. It ticks all the performance and features boxes you would expect at this price too, so that puts it in a category of one.

Aug, 2007

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Sanyo - Xacti VPC-CA65


Sanyo's Xacti range has sported the unusual but undeniably original ‘gun look' for a good few years now. Although smaller details such as colour, size and specifications have altered from model to model, the general idea ...

The Sanyo VPC-CA65 is a compact and sturdy-feeling digital movie and stills camera that is reliable and easy to operate. Although the distinctive and original body shape feels a little uncomfortable and somewhat awkward to use with one hand only, once...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Claire Gillo (

Sanyo Xacti CA65


Is Sanyo's waterproof casing set to make waves?

A good camera with a great USP, but there is some improvement in the desig nand usabilty stakes.

Dec, 2007

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA65


Sanyo made a literal and metaphorical 'splash' with its Xacti VPC-CA6, which it claimed could resist threatening torrents of water, coffee, saliva etc. Emboldened by this stand against the elements, the company has now taken on the very might of the ocean

Excellent value, Good features and performance

Sound recording not the best underwater

We liked the SD version of the VPC-CA65 and this version changes a colour and makes the statement that it works underwater. It does. It ticks all the performance and features boxes you would expect at this price too, so that puts it in a category of one.

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Dave Stevenson (

PC Pro: Product Reviews: Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA65


Poor battery life is compensated for by ruggedness, ease of use and a great software package.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Chris Jager (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA65 (EXW)


Waterproof to 1.5 metres, reasonable video quality for asking price, 6-megapixel still images mode

Erratic auto focus, overly small controls, no underwater scene mode.

The VPC-CA65 (EXW) is a semi-decent underwater camcorder that's unlikely to break your bank balance. However, it has been outclassed by the Panasonic SDR-SW20, which offers better features for a similar price tag.

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Scott Bartley (



Sanyo's VPC-CA65EXW (we'll call it the CA65) underwater camera is designed with summer fun in mind. It's waterproof to a depth of 1.5 metres and shoots both 6-megapixel still images and high quality digital video at 640x480 resolution and 30 frames...

Things aren't perfect however. While the CA65 is capable of producing decent 6-megapixel shots, the quality of the output is heavily affected by the situation the camera is being used in. There are a number of reasons for this. Auto focus, for example,...

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: JonnyRibbans (

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I bought mine online just right before Christmas, I got it 2 days earlier than they said I would. I took it out of the box and turned it on and just started recording. Its very lightwieght, the zoom is GREAT...The picture taking isn't all that...

light weight and reliable

photo quality

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: mumsrus (

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA65: Small and Perfectly Formed!!


I bought this camcorder as I wanted one that was small and lightweight and would fit into my handbag with ease as I wanted to capture my children growing up at the drop of a hat. Therefore after much web searching I settled on the Sanyo Xacti. Well...

Small lightweight and convenient

Only about 40 minute recording between battery charges

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: philstreet (

JVC Everio GZ-MS100: Good all rounder


My wife and I bought this for our honeymoon to the Maldives and also because at one point we figured we would like to start a family. I don't know what else you could want from a camcorder and it has so far been perfect for our needs. The camera is...

Easy if use, size, lightweight, Good picture quality

Accessories expensive, no night vision, still images poor

Jan, 2009

Product Specifications

Whether you're snowboarding, snorkeling or just splashing about in the pool, the CA65 handles the wet stuff better than any other camera in its class. Waterproof for up to an hour at water depths of up to 1.5 meters, this compact digital amphibian opens up a whole new world of aquatic possibilities. Using the high-compression format means that the CA65 can record smaller, less memory-intensive stills and movies - perfect for e-mailing or posting on the web. The CA65's high-sensitivity images look superb on big-screen TVs, with videos kept shake-free thanks to the digital image stabilizer. And if you want to capture a still image at the same time as recording a video clip, the CA65 lets you do it with a simple press of a button. The Xacti CA65's highly sensitive primary color CCD works in tandem with an image-processing LSI to reduce dark noise and render skin tones more realistically. A real-time interpolation feature, meanwhile, lets you convert images from 6 to 10 megapixels, for more detailed prints. And when you use the CA65 in low light. Now your videos and photos can reach a larger audience than ever before. The small-sized image files produced by the Xacti CA65 are ideal for sending by e-mail, uploading to the web, or distributing on video- and photo-sharing sites.


Audio formats supported:AAC
Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


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

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:Low Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS)
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


Built-in Flash: Yes

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sanyo Xacti

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):6370000
Optical sensor resolution:6370000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.5
Sensor Type:CCD
Total MegaPixels:6

Lens System

Digital Zoom:12
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):38 - 190
Focal length range (f-f):6.3 - 31.7
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

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:6Megapixel
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:6Mpix
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:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Other features

Interface:USB 2.0
Light exposure control:0 +/- 1.8 EV

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/2000

Still image

Still image resolution(s):1600 x 1200,2816 x 1584,2816 x 2112


Compatible memory cards:SD


Maximum frame rate:15
Maximum Video Resolution:640 x 480

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:12
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

Height :11.1