From a Sanyo Press Release: SANYO DEBUTS THE WORLDS FIRST WATERPROOF CAMCORDER BUILT FOR FAMILY FUN ABOVE AND BELOW WATER Ideal for the Beach or Backyard Pool and Perfect for Vacationers, SANYOs Submersible Xacti E1 is the Must-Have Camcorder for Active Lifestyles CHATSWORTH, CA, May 22, 2007 SANYO has introduced the worlds first*1 waterproof*2 camcorder, the SANYO Xacti E1. Ideal for active families, vacationers and water sports enthusiasts, the ultra-compact E1 can record high-quality video and 6-megapixel stills under water*3 to a depth of five feet for up to one hour at a time. Designed for year-round use, the stylish SANYO Xacti E1 is the pocket-sized, "grab and go solution for capturing special moments everywhere, every time whenever inspiration strikes. Completely self-contained, the E1 requires no bulky, separate underwater housing. Easy to operate with only one hand, its an ideal camcorder to take to the beach or lake for activities such as swimming, snorkeling, surfing and water-skiing, or for use in and around the backyard pool or water park. Compact and easy to grip, the E1 is also great for skiers and snowboarders*4. Away from water, the versatile E1 is a perfect choice for shooting video and still images of the new baby or recording all the fun at parties, childrens school or sports events and family outings. The SANYO Xacti E1 will be available in the U.S.A. in eye-catching blue, yellow and white in mid-June 2007 at $499.99 MSRP*5. Consumers can visit www.sanyodigital.com for information regarding major online retailers accepting pre-orders for the E1. The E1 shoots TV-quality MPEG-4 video and utilizes the state-of-the-art Advanced Video Codec AVC/H.264. Incorporating a special Qpixel brand H.264 chipset, the E1 delivers a significant 25 percent reduction in video file size, along with improved video quality versus traditional MPEG-4 recordings. Completely "tapeless, the device records both video and still images to a standard SD memory card or high-capacity SDHC card. Users can record a phenomenal 10 hours of full-motion 640 x 480 pixel, 30 frames-per-second video on a single 8-gigabyte SDHC memory card (not included)*6. Once recorded, both video and still images can be easily uploaded and viewed on a PC or Mac, personal media player such as the iPod, or shared on the internet via a video or photo sharing Website. "More than just the worlds first waterproof camcorder, the SANYO Xacti E1 is really four cameras in one, said John Lamb, Senior Marketing Manager, Audio Video Division of SANYO Fisher Company. "Its both a video and still camera above water and a video and still camera below water. SANYO has created a stunning, exceptionally versatile camcorder that can be used virtually everywhere including at the beach, in the pool and in rain or snow while providing the high level of video and still image performance that todays consumers demand. The E1 makes it fun and easy to record lifes special moments spontaneously both in and out of the water. Improved 9 pixel-mixing technology allows video to be shot even in darker places, such as indoors during a party. When using the "Automatic setting, subjects may be recorded in light as low as 7 lux, and when using the "Lamp Mode setting found in the "Scene Select function menu, the frame rate will be automatically adjusted, enabling subjects to be recorded even in 2 lux low-light environments*7. The included CD-ROM Software Pack features Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 for Windows XP/Vista, Adobe Photoshop Album starter edition, QuickTime 7.1, iTunes 7.1 and Xacti Screen Capture for Windows. For Mac OS X customers, SANYO recommends using iMovie and iPhoto. Regarding the agreement to distribute Adobes software with the Xacti camera, Garrett J. Ilg, president of Adobe Systems Japan, commented, "Adobes video editing software, Adobe Premiere Elements, through being bundled with SANYOs new Xacti product, will provide users with new added value. The H.264 format which Adobe Premiere Elements is compatible with and that Xacti has adopted will hereafter be a mainstream format. In cooperation with SANYO, Adobe Systems will continue to provide solutions enhancing users personal movie experiences by using Adobe Premiere Elements in combination with Xacti. Included accessories are a USB Cable, AV Cable, Battery Charger, Li-ion Battery Pack, Soft Case and Hand Strap. Optional accessories include a specially designed "surf-style camera leash (VCP-STB1 – $19.99*5) made by a leading surf gear maker, Surf More XM, that safely and securely tethers the E1 to the users wrist. A protective waterproof camera case (VCP-HCX2 – $19.99*5) is also available.