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Sony HDR-AX2000E AVCHD PAL Camcorder

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This is a PAL camera. It is not compatible with USA/NTSC TV systems.

Product Highlights
  • 3 1/3" CMOS Sensors
  • 1080/50i, 1080/25p
  • AVCHD Capture (@24Mbps)
  • Wide Angle 20x G-Lens
  • Manual Zoom, Focus & Iris Rings
  • Dual XLR Inputs
  • 3.2" Xtra Fine LCD
  • 1.5 lux Sensitivity
  • 3 Built-in ND Filters
  • Uses Memory Stick PRO Duo / SDHC Cards

Sony's HDR-AX2000E AVCHD PAL Camcorder makes for an impressive prosumer-level AVCHD camcorder. While less sophisticated than the HXR-NX5UE (its NXCAM pro counterpart), it marks a clear improvement from its HDV predecessor, the HDR-FX1000E. The camera's ability to capture HD and SD video in AVCHD and MPEG-2 formats along with the ability to save to solid state media is only one of the traits distinguishing it from its tape-based forebearer. Full 1920 x 1080 HD video, which can be recorded at 50i and 25p, is another. The footage can be saved to either a Memory Stick PRO Duo or SD/SDHC card, then easily downloaded to computer for editing via USB 2.0 interface.

Along with the three 1/3" CMOS Exmor sensors and 20x 'G' lens from the FX1000 comes a new professional element: audio, in the form of dual XLR ports. This means direct input of balanced, pro-level microphones without the need for an XLR-to-mini adapter. Component, HDMI, and S-Video outputs are also available, allowing for direct connection with analog and digital displays.

Another great pro feature is the three control rings around the lens, for iris, focus and zoom. The rings bring a more reliable, intuitive feel to image adjustment. When users select one of the (4) built-in neutral density filters, color bars, zebra display, and a live histogram, they have a perfect camcorder for documentaries, indie features, music videos, and a variety of other applications.

Progressive Recording 25p
In addition to 1080/50i recording, the HDR-AX2000E offers a 1080/25p Progressive Scan mode that enables shooting with film-like results. Signals scanned at 25p are converted to 50i and recorded on MemoryStick PRO Duo or SD/SDHC media.
Up to 24Mbps AVCHD Video
The HDR-AX2000E can capture video at up to 24Mbps for amazing clarity and detail, ideal for recording on to Blu-ray media since the AVCHD2 codec is highly compatible with the Blu-ray format.
Superior Low-light (1.5 LUX) Shooting Capabilities
Superior low-light ability with high sensitivity enables clear shooting of subjects in light as low as 1.5 lux (at 1/25 fixed shutter speed with auto iris and auto gain). This allows you to capture sharp detail and brilliant colors even in less than perfect lighting, especially when professional lighting cannot be used.
3x 1/3" ClearVid CMOS Sensors w/ Exmor Technology
The HDR-AX2000E features three 1/3" ClearVid CMOS sensors, each having 1.1 million total pixels. The (3) independent CMOS sensors each handle one of the color elements, red, green, blue (RGB), improving the color reproduction of video recordings. Dark scenes can be captured with low noise thanks to "Exmor"-derived technology, featuring a column A/D converter and dual noise reduction. Sensor resolution has been optimized and the photosensitive surface area has been maximized thanks to the unique grid arrangement of the photo diode sensors, in which each is rotated by 45 degrees. This model also features the signal processing circuit, the Enhanced Imaging Processor (EIP) which uses Sony's unique image-processing technology.
Dual XLR Professional Audio Inputs
Professional quality video requires professional quality audio. Featuring dual XLR 3-pin audio jacks, you will be able to provide +48V phantom power to external microphones. Additionally, the grounded connection allows insertion/removal of connectors in live equipment without picking up external signals.
Wide Angle G-Lens: 29.5mm to 590mm (20x)
The HDR-AX2000E is equipped with a 29.5mm wide-angle "G" Lens made from an advanced 10-group, 15-element lens including extra-low dispersion glass, which reduces chromatic aberration caused by light refraction, and produces video with extremely low color fringing. The 20x optical zoom (29.5mm-590mm: 35mm conversion) takes maximum advantage of the lens performance, so image quality does not suffer even at a zoom ratio of 20x, allowing you to faithfully reproduce the subject's impact. The digital extender increases zoom by 1.5 throughout the range up to 30x at full zoom.
CinemaTone Gamma and CinemaTone Color
Users seeking extra control over image expression can use CinemaTone Gamma to deepen the color and CinemaTone Color to recreate film-like color tones. Cinematone Gamma allows operators to quickly set up and load a gamma curve with similar contrast characteristics to a film gamma curve.
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization w/Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode improves on existing Optical SteadyShot image stabilization by allowing the camera lens to shift over a greater range of motion, allowing the camera to compensate for greater degrees of camera shake and deliver a stunning level of image smoothness.
3x Manual Rings for Zoom, Focus, and Iris
The HDR-AX2000E has three independent manual rings (zoom, focus, and iris) for superior control and flexibility while filming, which make it easier to promptly make adjustments to meet shooting needs. The iris ring allows you to adjust the aperture to attain optimal brightness and express beautiful depth of field shots, highlighting a subject while blurring a foreground or background. Exposure can also be assigned to the iris ring, enabling the camera to automatically select the optimal iris, gain or shutter speed, seamlessly enabling adjustment of exposure.
Minus Auto Gain Control (Minus AGC)
When shooting in overly bright conditions, this feature enables the selection of gain settings in the negative range for satisfying results with minimal noise.
Enhanced Imaging Processor (EIP) Technology
The EIP processor is able to rapidly process the vast amounts of pixel data read from the "3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor", and record beautiful HD and colorful video. The ClearVid CMOS Sensor™ has been developed using the most advanced technologies in the semiconductor industry. It handles video data in 1920 x 1080p and 4:2:2 color space for high-quality signal processing before recording it to MemoryStick PRO Duo™ media. Combined use of the EIP and 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging system allows the HDR-AX2000E camcorder to provide extremely high image quality with a smooth gradation and detailed image reproduction.
Manual Gain/Shutter/White Balance Adjustment
The ability to manually adjust gain, shutter speed, and white balance makes it possible to fine-tune the HDR-AX2000E's settings for near-professional operability and advanced image expression.
Dual Media Slots
Capture still images directly onto one of two selectable Memory Stick PRO Duo media or SD/SDHC media slots for easy transfer to PCs for emailing, printing, or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick devices (sold separately).
Assignable Buttons
This feature allows you to assign frequently used functions to shortcut buttons. These commonly used features can be used quickly without going through a menu selection (default: Zebra, AE Shift, and Record Review).
Additional Record & Zoom Lever Controls
A record start/stop button is featured on the handle as well as on the side grip. The zoom lever enables easy zooming even when shooting from a low angle.
x.v. Color Technology
x.v.Color technology can capture or display nearly twice as many (1.8x) viewable colors than possible with the traditional RGB color standard. This provides a more accurate and vivid color range, for a more natural, lifelike overall experience.
0.45" Xtra Fine View Finder
This camcorder features a high-resolution 0.45" Xtra Fine (1,227K pixels) View Finder that offers extra clear visibility.
HDMI Connection
HDMI connectivity provides a simple, high-quality video and audio connection, with the ability to transmit HD video from the camcorder to compatible HDTVs via a single cable.
Peaking
This feature emphasizes the screen's edge in the LCD and viewfinder, making it easier to adjust the focus. You can change the peaking color to white, red, or yellow according to the color of the subject, and you can also set the peaking level to high, medium, or low.
Multi-Language Menu
Change the menu display from English to English (Simplified), Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese.
Picture Profile (up to 6)
Allows the user to set manual adjustments for a scene (color, sharpness, white balance, etc.) into any one of 6 customizable presets, so they can be called up at just the touch of a button. This is useful when shooting under the same conditions repeatedly, as options do not have to be re-set each time. Four settings for various shooting conditions are offered as defaults: portrait / cinema / sunset / monotone.
Fader
To enhance viewing enjoyment, users can create transitions between scenes by using the White fader or Black fader to fade images in and out.
Zebra Display
While you are shooting, you can add a striped pattern to bright areas of the video image, and display it in the LCD and viewfinder. You can use this as a rough guide for adjusting brightness, helping to prevent blocked highlights.
Histogram Display
When the histogram feature is turned on, a graph of the image's brightness distribution appears. This gives you an objective determination of whether the video image as a whole is bright or dim. You can adjust the camera's brightness and AE shift while checking this display.
Center Marker/Guide-frame
The LCD and viewfinder feature a Center Marker that lets users identify the center of the screen at a glance. Users can also display a Guide-frame grid on the screen that simplifies the vertical and horizontal alignment of shots.
Color Bars
Four types of Color Bars are available for use. These are convenient for color adjustment when playing back images on a TV or monitor.
Signal System PAL
1080/50i, 25p
576/50i, 25p
Image Device 1/3" ClearVid 3CMOS with ExmorTM Technology
1.04 MegaPixels Each
Lens 20x G-Lens 29.5-590mm (35mm Equivalent), f/1.6-3.4
72mm Filter Thread
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Horizontal Resolution 1080 Lines
Sensitivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
Minimum Illumination 1.5 lux
Vertical Smear Not Applicable
Built-in Filters Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
LCD Monitor 3.2", 921,600 Pixels
Viewfinder 0.45" Color, 1.2 MegaPixels
Scan Matching Not Specified By Manufacturer
Memory Card Slot MemoryStick PRO Duo
SD/SDHC
Shutter Speed Range 50p: 1/50-1/2000, 25p: 1/25-1/2500
Gain Selection -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21dB
Recording
Video Formats HD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD)
SD: MPEG-2 PS
Recording Rate HD: 180 min (32GB FX Mode), 235 min (32GB FH Mode), 435 min (32GB HQ Mode), 750 min (32GB LP Mode)
SD: 475 min (32GB HQ Mode)
Audio
Audio Dynamic Range Not Specified By Manufacturer
Audio Signal Format HD: Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
SD: Dolby Digital 2ch, 16bit, 48kHz
Audio Frequency Response Not specified by manufacturer
General
Input and Output Connectors Component: Mini-D Jack (x1 Output)
Composite/S-Video/Audio: Multi AV Jack (x1 Output)
HDMI (x1 Output)
USB (x1 Input/Output)
Audio L/R Input: XLR 3-Pin Female (x2 Input)
Headphone: Stereo Mini Jack
Remote: LANC (x1 Input)
Power Requirements Battery Pack: 7.2VDC
AC Adapter: 8.4VDC
Power Consumption HD: 6.7W
SD: 5.9W
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.9 x 7.4 x 13.5" (17.3 x 18.7 x 34.2cm)
Weight 5 lbs (2.1kg)
Sony HDR-AX2000E AVCHD PAL Camcorder
  • AC Adapter
  • NP-F570 L-Series Info-Lithium Battery (7.2v, 2200mAh)
  • Lens Hood
  • Remote Commander
  • Component Video Cable
  • Composite A/V Cable
  • Large Eyecup
  • Software
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    SonyHDR-AX2000E AVCHD PAL Camcorder
     
    4.2

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (5)
    • Good in low light (4)
    • Great picture quality (4)
    • Image stabilization (4)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD shooting (3)
      • Low light (3)
      • Travel (3)
      • Weddings (3)
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      5.0

      I really like this product.

      By Zsolt

      from Baltimore,MD

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Poor Sound

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony HDR-AX2000E AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

      I really like this camera,as its easy to use and its giving a really professional quality picture.

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      4.0

      Its feature packed!

      By Anvit phatak

      from India

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony HDR-AX2000E AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

          The camera is highly feature packed. I will try to elaborate a few. There is a visual Focusing Aid for Manual focus so that you know when to stop turning the dial.It is one of the best features in the camera. The mechanical design is so well made that there are these lids to cover important switches so that values are not changed mistakenly. The two SD card slots give it a tremendous recording time. The skin tone detail adjustments and the cinema-like color settings look beautiful. The Manual shutter control can be used for various effects. The super slow motion capability records with a shutter of 1/215 to give nice slow footage although the resolution goes down for these shots. Low Light sensitivity is admirable. The two XLR inputs with gain cutoff are excellent audio features. Optional SD recording at 9Mbps woos customers who are used to deliver in SD and now looking for an optional HD ( max 24 Mbps). Full HD (50 Mbps) is not possible (max 24 Mbps). The camera has a NTSC as well as a PAL version!
          A huge battery pack can be put in.Internal mic during playback is clearly audible.LCD is high resolution touch enabled for easy navigation. Teh 20x zoom is more than adequate for most shooting conditions.The camera is brilliant.

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          4.0

          Good product. Professional Product

          By Victor Nebril

          from Boston, MA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Highly Compatible
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony HDR-AX2000E AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

              Some knowledge is needed to manage the cam

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              4.0

              Had what i needed

              By Raja

              from Singapore

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Zoom

              Cons

              • Poor Still Image

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony HDR-AX2000E AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

              I am a professional videographer and needed a camera for my personal projects. I researched several products and ended up buying this. It is indeed a great product from Sony. I am able to get great videos even in low light conditions. I would recommend this camera to any videographer who needs to shoot in not so bright light. I would also like to add that you need to play around the different settings to get an optimum output. I would also like to commend on the image stability when videoing handheld shots. Great camera for this price

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              4.0

              Wow!

              By Chris

              from South Africa

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound
              • Great Zoom
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony HDR-AX2000E AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

                Such an easy to use camera. Its lightweight. Super sharp focus.
                Dual SD slots just the best. Low light capabilities awesome. Found that the onboard microphone is just the best.

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                4.0

                Excellent all rounder

                By Bythric

                from Scotland

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Versatile manual controls
                • Very film-like

                Cons

                • Complex audio switching
                • No time-lapse function

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony HDR-AX2000E AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

                  Our first project using this camera is to make a promotional film for an arts festival. So far it seems more than up to the job. The manual controls are easy to access and use, and the material we've shot looks fantastic, very filmic. The covers on the audio controls are an excellent idea, and prevent accidental changes being made to audio settings when loading (or unloading) the camera into a bag.

                  I have a couple of very small gripes - there doesn't appear to be a time-lapse function, and the switching between external and internal mics seems to be an unnecessarily complex solution to a very simple problem. There is also no minijack socket to plug in an external stereo mic, so if you don't have an xlr stereo mic you're stuck with the onboard one. These are relatively minor complaints however, and don't significantly detract from what is a very good prosumer camera at a great price.

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