Summary: Fair warning to anyone thinking of buying a Sony camcorder, especially the HDR-AX2000. I don't know if this is part of the design in all Sony camcorders or just some, but I've had two Sony Handycams and one professional camera, the HDR-AX2000, that have a jog wheel to make menu choices. The problem is that this wheel, after several months or maybe a year or two, gets worn out and becomes unusable.
Excerpt: AG-AC130 win(no Doubt) AX2000---------------AG-AC130 1.2 mp sensor 2.2 mp sensor 20x zoom 22x zoom small dia lens 72 mm dia lens no back up recording recording on 2 cards 1.5 lux 0.4 lux sony color panasonic colors(better) internal mic unusable internal mic really good
Terrible video from the proprietary output link on this camera
Barbara Rother, Amazon
25 September 2010
Summary: Bought two of these for a live broadcast we produce each month. Great camera if you use it to record to tape but if you are trying to get a live analog composite S-Video or component feed out of this camera you will get an inconsistent, blurry and fuzzy picture every time. It has to do with the horrible proprietary "D" connector they put on this camera. Come on Sony, you can do better than that in this range of camera.
Excerpt: Read so many great things about this camera. Was told it was compatible with Final Cut Express 4.0 (as long as we have an robust Intel chip Mac). Bottom line is we have spent two weeks trying to get the camera to render in Final Cut Express in SD mode (Mpeg 2). No luck. Got the video to finally render with some unsupported codec we downloaded but audio is not working. Sony and Mac don't "play nice." They point the finger at each other with no solution. [...
Pros: Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD
Excerpt: The camera focuses well and creates a good image but is limited to 2 GB file size. At 2 Gb it breaks the recording, writes a file and starts a new on. No big deal BUT it drops frames EVERYTIME it starts a new file. This camera cannot be used as a primary camera except for short segments. Talking to Sony about it is a waste of time, they say it is EXPECTED behaviour.
Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Great Picture Quality