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Shoot like a pro. The HDR-AX2000 Handycam camcorder delivers HD broadcast-quality moving images with the convenience of a non-linear recording format. With 24p Progressive Scan Mode, this camcorder's high-quality film-like motion lets you realize brilliant scene reproduction. CinemaTone Gamma and CinemaTone Color provide the HDR-AX2000 with the color and gamma range to give your footage an even more film-like feel. Three 1/3" Exmor™ CMOS image sensors with Exmor™ derived technology capture sharp, detailed images even in lower-light (1.5 LUX) situations. The 29.5mm wide-angle to 590mm telephoto Sony G Lens allows for wider angle shooting and brings the action closer (20X optical). Three built-in neutral density filters and three manual rings provide even more flexibility.

Brilliant Scene Reproduction
In addition to 1080/60i recording, the HDR-AX2000 offers a 1080/24p and 1080/30p Progressive Scan mode that enables shooting with film-like results. Recordings are conveniently recorded to non-linear Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media for editing and playback.

Put Three Chips on Your Shoulder
With three 1/3" Exmor CMOS Sensors, you'll notice improved color reproduction of video recordings and capture sharp, detailed images. Noise reduction is accomplished via the unique column-parallel analog-to-digital conversion technique and grid arrangement of the photo diodes converter for maximum light sensitivity.

Superior Low-light Performance
Featuring, superior low-light ability with high sensitivity, this camcorder enables clear shooting of subjects in light as low as 1.5 lux (at 1/30 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.

Stereo Sound Recording
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.

More Natural Color Tones
For extra control over image expression, CinemaTone Gamma technology is used to deepen the color and CinemaTone Color to recreate film-like color tones. CinemaTone Gamma also allows operators to quickly set up and load a gamma curve with similar contrast characteristics to a film gamma curve.

Full HD 1920 x 1080 Video Recording
Capture your memories in 24Mbps and record brilliant AVCHD video with amazing clarity and enhanced detail. The AVCHD2 (Audio Video Compression for HD) codec is ideal for recording on a variety of media including high-definition Blu-ray Disc™.

Film-like Progressive Recording 24p/30p
In addition to 1080/60i recording, the HDR-AX2000 offers a 1080/24p and 1080/30p Progressive Scan mode that enables shooting with film-like results. Signals scanned at 24p/30p are converted to 60i (using 2-3 pulldown for 24p) and recorded on MemoryStick PRO Duo media.

3x 1/3" Exmor 3CMOS Sensors
The HDR-AX2000 features three 1/3 Exmor 3CMOS Sensors , each having 1,120K 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 ExmorTM technology that features a new 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.

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 superior control:
zoom, focus, and irisThe HDR-AX2000 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.

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-AX2000 model’s settings for near-professional operability and advanced image expression.

Additional record and zoom lever control on handle 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.

HDMI Connection4
HDMI connectivity4 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.

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. 4 settings for various shooting conditions are offered as defaults portrait/ cinema/ sunset/ monotone.

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 colour 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. This feature is handy when shooting with manual focus, because it makes it easy to tell where the focus is currently.

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.

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 1/30 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.

Wide Angle G-Lens:
29.5mm Wide to 590mm (20x) TelephotoThe HDR-AX2000 is equipped with a 29.5mm wide-angle G Lens made from 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. Designed for shooting situations ranging from broad landscape shots to conditions where sufficient distance from the subject is difficult to obtain. The 20x optical zoom (29.5mm-590mm: 35mm conversion) lets you zoom in to the subjects you can't get close to. The optical zoom 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.

3x built-in neutral density (ND) filters
Gain more color control in extreme settings with three built-in ND filters for adjusting the amount of light entering the Image Sensor through the lens. Depending on shooting conditions, the operator can chose from Clear, 1/4, 1/16, or 1/64 filters. In strong, glaring sunlight these filters give users more flexibility in choosing the shutter speed and aperture for superior creative control.

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-AX2000 camcorder to provide extremely high image quality with a smooth gradation and detailed image reproduction.

Assignable Buttons
This feature allows you to assign features you use often to shortcut buttons. The commonly used features can be used quickly without going through a menu selection (default: Zebra, AE Shift, and Record Review). Features that can be assigned: Extended Focus / Digital Extender (30x) / Ring Rotate/ AE Shift / Index Mark / SteadyShot / Back Light / Spotlight / Fader / Smooth Slow Rec / Color Bar / Rec Review / End Search / Zebra / Marker / Peaking / Pict. Profile / Shot Transition.

0.45"Xtra Fine View Finder
This camcorder features a high-resolution 0.45 Xtra Fine (1,227K pixels) View Finder1 that offers extra clear visibility.

Multi-Language Menu
Change the menu display from English to English (Simplified), Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, or Brazilian Portuguese

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.

Color Bar
Four types of Color Bars are available for use. These are convenient for color adjustment when playing back images on a TV or monitor.

Up to 24Mbps AVCHD video
The HDR-AX2000 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.

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.

Cinema
Tone Gamma and CinemaTone Color control For extra control over image expression, Cinematone GammaTM technology is used to deepen the color and Cinematone Color to recreate film-like color tones. Cinematone Gamma also allows operators to quickly set up and load a gamma curve with similar contrast characteristics to a film gamma curve.

3.2" Xtra Fine LCD display1 (921k pixels)
The 3.2" Wide1 (16:9) Touch Panel Xtra Fine LCD screen displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily -- even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene. With 921K pixels resolution and a wide viewing angle, the XtraFine LCD™ screen is like having a HDTV built into your camcorder.

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.

Improved Noise Reduction (w/ Exmor col. A/D conversion)
Exmor technology captures video with high resolution, high sensitivity, and exceptional detail. Advanced on-sensor A/D conversion and dual noise reduction yields rich tonal reproduction with high signal-to-noise ratio.

Dual Media Slots
Capture still images directly onto one of two selectable Memory Stick PRO Duo media or SD/SDHC mediaslots for easy transfer to PCs for emailing, printing, or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick® devices (sold separately).

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.

Centre Marker/Guide-frame
The LCD and viewfinder feature a Centre Marker that lets users identify the centre 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.

1. Viewable area measured diagonally.
2. This camcorder captures high definition footage in the AVCHD format. High Definition AVCHD discs can be created using standard DVD media, the supplied software and a compatible PC. DVD media containing AVCHD footage may be played on a compatible Blu-ray Disc™ player/recorder, PC with supplied software or PLAYSTATION®3 devices. DVD media containing AVCHD footage should not be used with standard DVD based players, as the DVD player may fail to eject the media and may erase its contents without warning.
3. i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary depending on the software applications, operating system and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other
4. HD viewing requires HDTV and HDMI cable, both sold separately
5. Available storage capacities of Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo media may vary. A portion of the memory is used for data management functions.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
5 stars
(based on 1 review)

[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great HD Camera
By RennsterVerified Purchaser from New Hampshire on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Records to memory stick
Cons:
Have to use Sony memory
Best Uses:
Documentaries, HD Shooting, Movies/Short Films
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Videographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony HDR-AX2000 HD Camcorder:

Camera is easy to use right out of the box. You can maximize the performance by spending some time with it to learn everything though. Really outstanding picture quality.

Used mostly for 'webisodes' of company communications and is perfect for this.

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