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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Finally the HOLY GRAIL of camcorders!
from West Chicago
Comments about Sony High-Definition Handycam Camcorder:
I've been a Sony guy for a long time and they just keep getting better! I can't say enough good things about the audio controls. Duel XLR, manuel control. Put one channel on internal mic, one on shot gun or wireless. Mic/line switch is handy. Some have said the on board mic is no good but you have to switch the wind noise filter to off and its good. The focal lenght is awesome, it is super wide and zooms in plenty. No need to buy expensive wide angle lens! I love all the manuel controls on the left side of the camera! The touch screen is cool too! Coming from a FX1000 the coolest thing is NEVER running out of tape again. A 32 gig card goes 242 minutes on FH (second best setting)! Plus NO MORE GLITCHES! I am SO done with tape! Another plus coming from the VX2000, PD150 AND FX1000 cameras is all lanc remotes and batteries work with this cam too! I got this for $3200 plus tax and at this price, what an amazing deal! I am ordering another as soon as this one is paid for. Go for the interest free financing and low cost Sony extended warranty too! I love this camera!
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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
It records very good with excellent colors. I have had no problems with it at all. Uses up to 32GB SD cards. I am very happy with this camcorder and i might buy another one. Thank You Sony
(44 of 45 customers found this review helpful)
Best Bang for your Buck!
As of today, May 11, 2011 this camera offers the most for your $3,500. I've given it my BIU4 Award (Best Investment Under $4k). There isn't much this camera can't do. Add 2-32GB SD cards and 2 large batteries and you're self contained for 6 hours out on location, in the desert, at the beach, sporting event or wedding. I've already shot 12 projects with it and I don't have a single complaint. Other than the small LCD display I love this camera. Yes...the camera video files (AVCHD) work perfectly with my Final Cut Pro system. The image quality is exceptional under all conditions. Ok so it's not as good as my SONY EX1R ($6,300 camera) but still very good quality. With multiple frame rates and resolutions this will quickly turn into your bread and butter tool. Dual XLR connections with true on board audio level control. Smooth zoom and a killer 20X zoom lens. BTW. No other camera in it's class has a 20X optical zoom. Although the LCD screen is small it's very handy for low or high shots. Small but crystal clear viewfinder. Dual 32GB SD card/slots give me over 6 hours of Full HD recording. Love the HDMI port. Logical button placements and Headphone jack. LANC control for full rear control. There are so many additional features the camera offers I simply impressed with what you get for the price. I'm actually surprised SONY isn't charging more for this camera....wait a minute... They are... did someone say NX5U for $4,599? In all fairness the NX5U does offer a few more options but other than that they are identical. If you're an event videographer then this is an absolute solid investment. You should at least give it a serious consideration prior to purchasing anything else. Happy shooting!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
As of today, May 11, 2011 this camera offers the most for your $3,500. I've given it my BIU4 Award (Best Investment Under $4k). There isn't much this camera can't do. Add 2-32GB SD cards and 2 large batteries and you're self contained for 6 hours out on location, in the desert, at the beach, sporting event or wedding.
from Lincroft, NJ
This is a wonderful camera. Also a note for those who have trouble with the audio drops due to the 2GB file size PLEASE READ:
Sony HDR AX 2000
For anyone out there that is experiencing poor audio quality from their Sony HDR AX 2000 like I did when I first heard mine try this:
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Have four of these ...
from North Canton, Ohio
Have four of these cameras, and find them adequate for most HD recording, but multiple files can be difficult to sync. Had several Scan Disk chips - same size, and it would not format some. In two cases it formatted the discs, started a recording then gave an error message. When the error message was satisfied with the proper response, it went on to record - alas, nothing was on the chip at the end - an entire parade missed. Am looking for new cameras
Excellent Camera for Green Screen!
from Columbus, OH
I create training videos and help my aspiring-artist friends create their demo videos to send to potential employers. I use green screen extensively, and the HDR-AX2000 produces superb video for keying. I use Ultra Key in Adobe Premiere CS5 and the results are absolutely amazing (quick too). You do need a reasonably powerful computer to get these kinds of results (Im using a 64-bit Windows 7 box with an Intel Core i7 and 16 GB of RAM), but if you want to produce pro quality video, this camera will do it.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Milford, Pa and nyc
Ten years of loyal service, my 3 Sony pd150's.Now it's time to go hd. I went with the Sony ax2000. I shoot events. Wanted to stay with Sony.Sony ax 2000, excellent in low light.Easy of use. Controls. Full manual, full auto. Use of peaking to check focus. Two 16 gig cards gives 180 minutes of 1080i hd video. Awesome. Thanks Sony.Well done Sony. An excellent camera for the event Videographer. My tip for best results. Use a monopod with. Lanc controlLimit ac gain to 12 db.wonderful camera
2 Gig limit, video and audio dropped frames
from Fredericton, New Brunswick
To eliminate the frame and audio dropouts with the 2Gig file limit, use Sony's PMB software. It sews 2Gig clips together into one long file with no drops at 2Gig seams.
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