The creamy white and black incarnation of the latest high definition Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 model remains desirably attractive and portable too at a weight of 188g with rechargeable lithium-ion battery and card inserted.

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 also boasts a wide angle LCD screen. It's a full 3in and has a resolution of 230k dots. This ‘lives' with its screen folded inwards flush with the handgrip when not in use.

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10's other headline features are an HD movie resolution of 1,280x720 in Mpeg4 AVC/H.264 format plus 10Mp Jpeg photos with an option to interpolate them up to 12Mp. The CG10 also has a 5x optical zoom (60x digital) and comes with a 40GB internal memory, so you don't need to worry too much about having an SD or SDHC to hand.

Sanyo kits out the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 with a ‘Face Chaser' to ensure footage of people is optimised. You also get sequential shooting of up to 7fps for action sequences. A noise-reduction filter claims to deliver smoother, cleaner images, while nestling beneath the lens at the front is a flashgun for illuminating your subjects.

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 is aimed at newcomers to digital video recording however as nearly every operation is sound-tracked by an irritating transatlantic female voice warning, for example, that footage will be saved to the internal memory if you haven't inserted a card.

Once you've activated the model by pressing the on/off button mystifyingly hidden away beneath its LCD screen, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 can hereafter be activated by simply flipping the screen up and opening it out so it's at an angle of 90-degrees to the body.

Operation takes place via a control pad at the top of the rear of the handgrip, falling under the thumb. This features a shutter release button for shooting stills to the left, and familiar video record button to the right, with a thin slider switch for operating the zoom - the action of which is thankfully quiet and smooth - nestling in between.

With a press of the ‘menu' button beneath, options are navigated and implemented by a four-way joystick. It's fairly intuitive to use from the off and fun too, but if you're looking for a Full HD Sanyo model, you'll be better served by the HD2000.

OUR VERDICT

The attractively styled Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10 with its uniquely comfortable gun grip is both fun and simple to use. It produced decent stills and offers a good video resolution, though not at full HD. The generous onboard memory makes it good value, but the overall impression is marred by the plasticky controls at the rear.