Sanyo's full-HD Xacti cam shoots to kill

We've loved the tiny size of Sanyo's 720p-shooting Xacti and HD2, but it seems they were mere practice runs for this latest Japanese assassin.The Xact

We've loved the tiny size of Sanyo's 720p-shooting Xacti and HD2, but it seems they were mere practice runs for this latest Japanese assassin.The Xacti DMX-HD1000 takes the original pistol-grip concept, supersizes the lens and ups the res to 1080i. And not dodgy stretch-to-fit 1440x1080, mind. We're talking the full-blown 1920x1080 resolution HD being touted by all the big boys in the camcorder playground.Naturally it uses AVCHD to cram the pixels onto its SD card, but since Apple's iMovie has now embraced the format, there are no more compatibility worries.The 10x zoom remains the same, but the LCD is now a proper widescreen and the controls have been given a re-jig. We can't wait to give it a test drive but it's Japan-only for the moment, where it'll be going for a cool ¥120,000, or around £515. You know, we hear Tokyo's lovely this time of year...EssentialsSanyo Xacti DMX-HD1000Price: £TBA (¥120,000 in Japan)On sale: TBA (mid September in Japan) Contact: SanyoRelated stories:Samsung's camcorder threesomeCanon's HG10 disk cam blasts out Full HDPanny's true HD cams shoot for Europe