Sanyo has announced the arrival in the UK of the Xacti VPC-CS1, the world's smallest 1080i camcorder, on Friday with a suggested retail price of £250.
The device, which measures only 27mm wide, is roughly twice as thick as Nokia's N97 smartphone. It is just as light though with a weight of 142g and can record 1080i quasi-HD resolution (1920x1080 pixels) in the universal MP4 format (using an AVC/H.264 codec), the content being recorded to SD, SDHC or SDXC memory cards.
Sanyo has managed to squeeze in a 3.4 megapixel sensor which can also take 8-megapixel photos through hardware interpolation. Interestingly, there's also a 9x optical zoom for closeups.
The pistol handle shape of the VPC-CS1 guarantees increased stability and footage can be viewed instantly on the flip-out 2.7-inch LCD screen. There's also a HDMI port that will allow video content to be beamed directly on a HD-compatible television set.
The camera, which was first showed at CES in Las Vegas last January, is slightly larger than the Flip MiniHD but the later only captures 720p content.
The camera is apparently compatible with the popular Eye-fi SD card which allows content to be transferred wireless via a WiFi connection.
The camera which will be available in purple and silver will face some tough competition in the next few days as Flip prepares a new generation of HD camcorders alongside with the likes of Kodak and Panasonic.