SANYO has launched what it is claiming is the world's smallest and lightest high-definition digital media camera.

Called the Xacti HD1, the camera is capable of recording both 720p high-definition video and 5.1 megapixel digital still images to a standard SD flash memory card.

The HD1 features an ultra-clear 2.2-inch SANYO-developed OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display with 210,000 total pixels for exceptional viewability.

The display flips out from the camera and rotates up to 285 degrees on axis for taking great video or still images in otherwise difficult locations.

Sanyo are putting the success of the camera down to the HD1's ability to record high-definition video is its high-precision LSI (large-scale integration) for image processing.

It enables the HD1 to realise image processing functions such as high-definition 720p processing, real-time MPEG-4 compression and noise reduction.

Displayed prominently in the front of the HD1 a 10x optical zoom lens and combined with a 10x digital zoom capability, the HD1 is capable of a total 100x zoom.

The HD1 can record over 21 minutes of 720p HD video on a 1-Gigabyte SD card or over 42 minutes on a 2-Gigabyte card. Alternatively, HD1 users can select to record in Standard Definition mode (640 x 480 pixels at 30fps progressive) for up to 2 hours on a 2-Gigabyte SD card.

As with all previous SANYO Xacti digital media cameras, the HD1 can record still images in addition to video clips.

The SANYO Xacti HD1 will be available in the US in late March at an MSRP of $799.99 however there is no word on a UK price and release date.