Originally Posted by Alfmeister
The Sanyo is a top competitor to the Kodak Zi8. I weighed the pros and cons and for me the Kodak was the clear winner. I think audio is at least as important as video.
-Big 3" screen
-5x optical zoom
-Good macro focus
-No external audio input. Reviews say audio hum and buzzing from the camera can be heard due to the optical mechanism. Microphones not really stereo since they are about one cm apart.
-AVC H264 mpeg-4 video format which some say can't be directly imported into Windows Movie Maker.
-Proprietary input connections.
-Hard to find component video cable not included. $20+
-Power save (non-defeatable) turns off video after 10 minutes unless a button is pressed.
-No accessory power input.
-No HDMI output.
-720P 30fps only HD format. No 720/60 or 1080/30.
I really wanted to find a way to like this camera since my Kodak lacks any real zoom. That's the only real advantage the Sanyo has over the Kodak Zi8. But that would mean redesigning the Zi8 to fit the optical mechanism into the case and as Sanyo and Sony have shown that means a pistol grip that isn't as pocketable as the current model.
For me the Kodak Zi8 and the Sanyo CG10 are about even (I own both).
I dont really agree with alott of your cons for the Sanyo.
As far as Windows Movie Maker the Sanyo CG10 files work fine and import fine if you are using Windows Movie Maker Live.
If your using the older version of WMM its very easy to convert the files to an AVI format (you have to do that with almost ALL camcorders when using the older version of WMM).
One thing I did find odd in your cons list of the Sanyo vs the Zi8 is the files from the Zi8 do not work with the older version of WMM either,,,,, so Im not sure why you listed that as a con on the Sanyo since niether camera will work with the same versions of WMM.
As far as buzzing or humming noise's,,, I have not experienced that at all.
The Sanyo does not have a "proprietary input connection", its a mini USB plug.
The macro focus on the Sanyo works better than the Zi8 (in my opinion).
As far as "No accessory power input" I thought both cameras can be powered externally.
As far as the "Hard to find component video cable not included that cost $20+",,,,, they are on Ebay for way way less than $20.00.
You also said the "audio is at least as important as video" well if your always going to be using an external mic then yes, the Kodak is the winner, but the onboard mics on the Sanyo pick-up and sound better than the Zi8.
Anyhow, I own and really love both of these camera's, they both put out some very nice video and each has their pros and cons, but like I said, I dont agree with many of the cons you listed against the Sanyo for the reasons stated above.