Sanyo's hi-def pistol – the sequel

[intro]The HD1 is a card-carrying member of our 2006 Cool List. Now Sanyo's unveiled a successor that it hopes will repeat the trick this year[/intr

[intro]The HD1 is a card-carrying member of our 2006 Cool List. Now Sanyo's unveiled a successor that it hopes will repeat the trick this year[/intro]

We like Sanyo's HD1. It's not the best-quality camcorder in the world, but by gosh it makes up for it with that slim, pistol-grip design. Imagine our joy, then, upon clapping eyes on its remarkably similar sequel at CES, the HD2.

The new version is all about addressing some of the performance weaknesses of the first model. In particular, the stills capability has been bumped up – it can now shoot 7MP stills instead of 5MP and apparently has improved low light sensitivity.

There's also a new HDMI interface on the docking station for outputting vids to your HD telly. The only downside is that it won't have the OLED screen from the original, instead offering a normal LCD in return for a $100 price slash. The HD2 will out in the US in March for $700 – there's no news yet on the UK release.