Sanyo has launched the Xacti HD1000 and claim that this newest product is "the world's smallest and lightest" full HD digital camcorder.

The device records video in 1080i (1920 x 1080 pixels) and also takes 4-megapixel digital still images.

The HD1000 records in MPEG4 AVC/H.246 video format and features a 10x optical HD glass lens and a 2.7-inch widescreen display.

Boasting "the latest high-definition CMOS sensor" the HD1000's high-definition video is captured at 60 frames-per-second.

Those small and light claims come in at 9.5 ounces and a total volume of only 16.6 cubic inches.

The advanced MPEG4 AVC/H.264 video compression enables up to approximately 85 minutes of 1080i video recording or up to 5 hours and 14 minutes of TV-quality (640 x 480) video recording onto an 8GB SDHC card.

The camcorder has been designed for easy, one-handed operation with all key conveniently functions thumb-operable. Sanyo claims the HD1000 is comfortable to hold, even for extended periods.

Other features include a new "XACTI LIBRARY" function for apparently easy file saving and playback, image stabilsation and "Face Chaser" which is Sanyo's name for their face recognition function.

It will be $800 in the States, UK pricing and availability to be confirmed.