Rated 5 out of 5 by SonyCamFan 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:
Go into your menu funtion on your AX2000 and check for the following
1. Check to see if the sensitivity for the mic is set to normal or low. If so set to high.
2. Check to see if the "Wind" feature is set to the on position and if so set it to the off position. This is what will make the biggest differnce in sound with the built in mic.
The wind setting is great if you are shooting against the wind but its primary purpose is to cut a lot of the low frequencies and reduce the low end rumble that is most annoying in windy situations but for general shooting if really thins out the sound and turning off this feature when not needed really breathed life into the sound.
That was the way my new HDR AX2000 was set from the factory and once I made these changes WOW! What a difference in the sound quality from this camcorder!
Sure it is great to run a professional mic with this camcorder and I have sent for a great external shotgun mic myself. But if you are experiencing that lousy sound quality that I had read about did experienced myself when I first received my AX2000 check out the above steps to see if that is the issue.
As for reliability I have only had this Camcorder for a couple of days so it is too early to tell. Seems very well made though only I wish that it had a metal body like my older Sony VX2100.
March 18, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by FaithfulSon 2 Gig limit, video and audio dropped frames
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.
October 4, 2010
Rated 3 out of 5 by Casanna Dropped Frames
I, too, have had problems at the 2 gig file size mark with dropped frames.
WarriorKing: When you transfer your files, do you not have numerous 2 gig files for the one long piece of footage. When put back to back, I notice quite a drop in frames both audio and video.
Absolutely sucks for what I need this camera for.
August 14, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bodean Big Bang for the Buck
Ok, this is coming from someone used to working with profesional cameras, at twice the price of this unit.
This is a must have camera for a prosumer. The number of required features for profesional results are here, along with many useful shortcuts to allow you to get the shot you need.
Low light quality was shocking, I litterally couldn't believe the performance in a non-lit environment. Color representation was acurate and the clarity of the picture was refreshing.
I have yet to put the camera through all its paces, and have not taken it out on the street yet, but the first impressions were very positive.
For example, coloorbars, audio controls, white balance control, zebra striping, expanded focus, camera shake compensation, auto and manual focus, use of Duo Pro Media, HDMI, USB, Component outputs, XLR Audio inputs.
All for under 4K.
This is a no brainer.
I'm beyond pleased.
February 19, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by chicagovideographer Finally the HOLY GRAIL of camcorders!
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!
February 23, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Donraphael Best purchase for this quality
Purchased 2 of these camera's a few weeks ago. Used it for multicam shooting.
The 2 GB limit due the FAT32 file system can be a disturbance in the production.
But using 2 cameras this gap isn't a problem since the other camera will overleap the gap of first cam.
The sound can be improved very much by using a good quality uni-directional fantom mic.
Needs the newest editing programs. I use the Adobe Premiere C5 on a MacBook Pro i7. Works very fine.
Version AP C3 and C4 need a plug-in from Mainsconcept to get able importing the .MTS files.
Final Cut Express nor the Pro version isn't the appropriate editing program cause the .MTS video files cannot be imported. It has to be converted first.
I hope Sony will come soon with a firmware update to get rid of the fat32 file system, abling to use the SCXD memory cards. This will make the AX2000 the perfect cam.
**** rating due the 2GB gap
August 25, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by LegalGuy No Tape Changing!
I just returned from overseas shooting for a tour event where I had no assistant to help. Not having to change tape and keep up with that was awesome and that helped me do this job by myself. I used 2, 32gig sticks and shot all day. Now when I'm working in my legal video business, not having to interrupt attorneys to change tape is so sweet! The only thing that would make this a perfect camera for the legal market would be the time/date stamp to be in it's usual lower left style and the option to turn it on the display out, by itself like the DSR-50. Then I can burn a DVD on site and not have to go back and re run it off.
Please Sony, may this happen in a firmware update? : )
Not to take away from this camera though. It is absolutely wonderful.
I have been using Sony cameras for 25 years and the HDR-AX2000 is the best by far. Thanks Sony!
June 11, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by eyesandears Awesome Camera
I'm a retired Commercial Photographer/Graphic Designer and have worked with JVC and Canon MiniDV cameras in the past. This camera puts them to shame. It has most of the usable features and capability of the Sony full Pro cameras for a lot less money. I was also looking at Canon, JVC and Panasonic, but easily made the choice on this camera because of what it has to offer for the money. The solid state aspect of this camera is wonderful. It allows for easy review of your work when shooting and makes transfer and editing of your work very smooth. It also works very well with Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro. Although I've only owned this camera for a few weeks, I've used it enough to be convinced that I made the right decision. You can't go wrong here!
July 6, 2010