The Sanyo VPC-G250 ( not the one described but practically the same I think ) is a middle-of-the-range camera, ideal for general use. The name 'Sanyo' doesn't conjure up images of the most reliable of makes - but this camera really deserves a second look. Aesthetically it's small and need - quite boxy looking - but ultimately quite tactile, and with a good-sized LCD screen on the back for viewing, managing,# and even editing shots is as good as you'd find on a camera in excess of £500. While professionals or serious hobbyists may dislike the maximum resolution of 640x420, it's fairly standard on most modern lower-cost cameras. However, this camera excels in extra functions that you'd be hard pressed to find in a camera for under £500. Firstly, a function to take video clips - 5 seconds ( 420x360 ) or 10 seconds ( 320x240 ) *.avi videos can be taken, together with sound. This is a great facility - send relatives a short video message, record clips - and even better, save them onto a VHS cassette. This is a simple form of home-video editing. The camera can store up to 90 images. It has several resolution options, sequential shots, timer, close-up mode, and a whole host of image management and editing functions in its LCD screen. The software is simple and fairly easy to use - although downloading the Videos can take a little time, and it's not quite as versatile as you'd like. The camera attaches to the PC by means of a supplied lead coming from one of your COM ports - all very easy to set up. Basically this is a fantastic, fun little gadget camera, perfectly suited to general use - suffering only from the maximum resolution and the fact that as with all cameras a decent printer is needed in order to get your photos down on paper.
This superb little performer has added all sorts of pizazz to my multimedia work with it's stunning output for the cost. Flash, sound, picture quality, good viewport. All very good. The ability to record sound makes this wee camera an absolute stunner for making things come to life safter the event. Music concerts especially reproduce that feeling more accurately than a phone by itself ever could. Quick connection to a TV for output to VCR is also an excellent feature that would go well on other cameras. Take note manufacturers, this is an excellent feature that's well worth the extra cost for the sanyo alone. An all round excellent performer.