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Gear Review: Sanyo Xacti VPC-WH1 Video Camera

This video camera is perfect solution to handle all weather conditions while backpacking.

Still relying on a zip-top bag to protect your camcorder from the elements? The Xacti is waterproof up to 10 feet, and tough. “It survived multiple dips in the Gunnison River and fended off dust, drops, and mud in Black Canyon,” says a tester. With both still and video capabilities (which can be used at the same time), image stabilization, plus a tough, hard plastic exterior, this camcorder is ideal for documenting any adventure.

But all that fortification comes with a price: Plastic coverings over every opening make adjusting settings and changing memory cards a chore with cold fingers. And the HD video quality is best for the web and home viewing: A relatively low pixel count (0.97 megapixel) makes the video grainy. $400; SD or SDHC memory card; lithium-ion battery; 11.2 oz. (mfr. weight);