Video Blogging, Here We Come


The Purolator man dropped by today bearing a really cool Christmas gift. The Sanyo Xacti CG6 is a pocket sized camcorder that uses SD memory instead of conventional DV tapes. The unit is about the size of a pack of playing cards and can easily fit in your pocket. You can see how small the unit it relative to the CD in the above photo.

The CG6 is perfect for the video blogger. Because it’s so small there’s no reason not to have it on your where ever you go. Movies are saved as MP4 files and can be uploaded directly to YouTube or to your computer for further editing. When used with a 4GB SD memory card, you can record nonstop for almost three hours at its highest quality, 640x480x30FPS setting. If you need more record time, lowering the quality setting can achieve up to four hours of recording time. In addition to taking videos, the CG6 can be used as a 6 megapixel still camera but the quality isn’t that great.


For such a small camcorder, the CG6 offers a nice big 3.5 inch LCD display. Filming can only be done with the LCD as there are no other viewfinders. So far, I’m enjoying the unit a lot and has already used it to film stuff that I normally wouldn’t film because of the hassle involved. With the CG6, this is no longer the case. I can take videos anywhere and anytime I want. This is going to come in handy during next month’s CES. Here’s a quick video we did showing what we had for lunch.

73 thoughts on “Video Blogging, Here We Come”

  1. My wife and I have been thinking about doing a few videocasts on our healthy diet podcast. Maybe this is the camera we need.

    1. Videos of food? Any other day I’d say thats ridiculous.. but then again, look above.

      1. I have a Healthy Dining category on my blog instead of John’s Fine Dining. Maybe I’ll do a video next time we make one of our healthy recipes. Oh, wait, I have to get a camera first.

        1. Fat Man says:

          hey, i’m going to stop by and check out those recipes. I’m always looking out for some healthy recipes.

          1. DeboHobo says:

            What does one of those cost. I am walking more and I would like to do a video blog on that. I am giving away a amazon gift card. Maybe I can get one there?


            Nice video camera! I want one.

      2. Well its not all about the idea…its about the execution.

        Ideas are 1%….Execution is 99% ❗

        1. True, everyone has million ideas, one who executes them makes a million dollars.

          1. What does this even mean? I’ve executed hundreds of ideas and I’m no where close to a million dollars.

          2. James B. says:

            I’ve done the same. For some reason it seems i’m losing money. 😕

  2. Now you can video blog every single meal! 😆

    1. Heck, now you need a new site, John Chows Videos 😛

      1. Lol. I’ll stick to making just the graphs for now 😉

      2. :: goes to register it to sell to John for $1k :: 😈

        1. You’d probably do better to keep it yourself, embed the videos from YouTube, and putting ads around the video player 😈

        2. I’d go further and add a social network site, vlog, and a paid wiki and monetize it first and sell it back to John Chow for a million bucks.

  3. Aaron Cook says:

    Definitely good quality for being so compact. It’s exciting to think of how much even this technology will be improved upon by next year. Looking forward to more videos! 😀

    Btw, how were those eggs? 😯

  4. Ray Edwards says:


    I’m excited to see where you go with the video blog. I’ve done some video blogging (and podcasting) but haven’t gotten serious about it (yet).

    I just discovered your blog a few days ago and have really been enjoying it. I make my living online writing copy and selling info-products… and until now hadn’t really considered blogging as a source of income.

    Then I read your ebook.


    Keep up the good work, and thanks for the sharing!

    Ray Edwards

  5. Am I the only one who’s never heard of Purolator before? Had to Google it. FYI, it’s a Canadian delivery company (aka FedEx, UPS)

    1. MoneyNing says:

      you are! J/k. The only reason I know is because I’m from Canada.

      1. Purolator? Is that like DHL or UPS? UUuups…they oopsed my package…again!?!

  6. Wow that’s one cool cam John, How much do you think it would cost to get one of them?

    1. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s around $294.20

      1. It ain’t that expensive then is it!

        I’ll search for one and see what I get

    2. Etienne Teo says:

      It shoudl cost around $250

  7. Melvin says:

    Hahaha, its cool man. It rests your fingers from typing… 😆

  8. Bobby Rio says:

    Yea i would like to eventually do blog consisting solely of videos of social interactions at bars.. and me picking up women..

    its definatley the perfect gadget for that

  9. Am I the only one who’s annoyed by video blogs? I think it’s because I’m a fast reader so I get through text quickly, but that’s not really possible with a video.

  10. How would these videos look on a big screen TV?

    1. John Chow says:

      It actually looks very good. The resolution is VGA, which is what the standard TV runs.

      1. Hmm… really? that’d be good… does it support HD?

  11. David Savage says:

    I hope you do a weekly video post like Darren, it would be nice to hear both of you, he gets a little boring lol 🙂

  12. Doug says:

    I picked up an Aiptek HD model like similar to the one above and only paid $150 for it. You can see it here:
    I totally agree with John that the small form factor and ease of use make it a must carry. The one I have is about the same size as my iphone and only a little thicker. I have a Sony HC1 HDV model for more serious work, but the picture quality on this thing is amazing for the price. The only drawback you have to consider when using for something like a serious video podcast is the fact is the audio is usually a little lacking. The one I have sounds ok but you have to be in ideal conditions. I have already used it at times I would have never pulled out the Sony and the great thing is that if it (or more like when) it craps out or if I want to use in extreme situation the investment is quite small compared to my HDV which I have over $1500 investment in. One side note, I don’t know if the Sanyo does it, but the aiptek allows you to do analog input recording. I have recorded some old vhs tapes to it already and it works great as a quick and dirty DVR.

    1. really? That sounds like a good deal but…i don’t know if I really want to spend that much money on a video camera.

  13. Nice camera! Good looking food too.

  14. Nice camera John! Where did you purchase it from?

    1. Aye, there are already ways to upload HD videos to YouTube.

  15. John, where’s the affiliate link to purchase this? 🙂

    Make your money back from the purchase. 😉

    1. Good question! I was shocked….almost put an Amazon affiliate link myself in the comments where I answered how much it costs 😈

    2. Thats a good point….where are the affiliate links ❓

    3. As if John needs the extra few cents he’d make through an affiliate link.

      1. 4% of 300 = $12.

        I was thinking of buying one. 😛

  16. Looks like everyone’s getting into video blogging or vlogging?

    1. Fat Man says:

      Not really, but its the next natural progression…if you have the good looks.

  17. Drew says:

    About 4 years ago when I started blogging I purchased a Sanyo Xacti C4. And it was a powerhouse. I used it to record my on the water podcasts this past year and after thousands of photos and hours of video it finally died. I will be getting another one soon, the waterproof one so I can get back out and videoblog or create podcasts on my kayak. I’m surprised that you didn’t get the HD version with the 10MP camera. I think overall you will be pleased with the C6.

  18. 😛 VGA resolution…hmmmm looks great! I need to get another camera aside from my web cam. Thanks John : ) ~MoM~

  19. Gdog says:

    Hey, where is that restaurant located? I’m always trying to find new places to eat in Ricemond. Looks good!

  20. I am going to be the voice of decent. Video blogging is the worst form of blogging.

    With text, you can skim and jump really easily. With audio, you can listen while driving, or jogging, or even working depending on what you do for work.

    With video, you have to sit your but down in front of the screen and watch it for as long as it plays.

    If it is really funny, then maybe it is worth the time, but otherwise, it is my least favorite way to get data.

    1. Same thing I said above. Couldn’t agree more.

  21. PinoyTech says:

    Now we’ll see some vlogging in here 🙂

  22. Alex Kim says:

    That’s very nice to have one, it is small and easy to cary anywhere u want. I’m getting one soon this X-mas 🙂

    1. Wow, I am jealous, I wish I got one for Christmas. Santa, will you get me one?

  23. If you’re looking for a cheaper way to go, the Flip video camcorder (look it up on Amazon) is probably the best choice for video blogging for the cost. Although as I and others have said in these comments…video blogging sucks.

  24. Wow, someone’s wearing a FCUK shirt?!? and I just wrote about it on my tech blog:

    what a coincidence huh?

  25. I’d stick with a smaller Canon digital camera though. They do the same thing nowdays, there’s no need to carry a over-sized camera.

  26. Qwerty_ says:

    Canon TX1 far better than that.

  27. hts says:

    I can’t wait to see some interviews with you, John 😀

  28. khairilz says:

    very handy video cam,how much it worth?

  29. Sean Morris says:

    I purchased an RCA Small wonder video recorder about a month ago. $94 at Circuit City , went to pick it up , not in stock , $25 gift certificate.

    I like the Small wonder. Its not super great resolution, but its great for the internet, Youtube , etc. I actually like the Revver stream much more than the Youtube streams. I posted a comparison of two videos, one uploaded to Youtube, one to a Revver relaber – GT Channel.

  30. Frank G. says:

    I just used the mentioned today about SmartRatings to find ratings for this camcorder. It seems that it is not that great:

  31. Weblog Money says:

    Indeed it looks like a nice cam.. but John stop it with the food!! I can’t visit your blog without getting hungry!

  32. enovator says:

    🙄 Man you did not tell the price. 🙄 🙄

  33. Mike Huang says:

    That’s a pretty nice video camera. I have only seen cheap generic ones and nothing like that before.


  34. Steve! says:

    I believe the correct term is ‘vlogging’ 😉

  35. Cool video John! Looking for more food 😀

  36. Looks pretty spiffy, although I am still waiting for you to start a regular podcast. 😉
    ~ Dave

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