PD150 and VX2000 Compared

The Skinny: PD150 and VX2000

With your help, I’m looking forward to the considerable expansion of this page to soon include the “short version” of what you really need to know about these camcorders (that’s why it’s called The Skinny). If you have ideas, siggestions or contributions, please send them over and we’ll share them with the world. For now, I thought we’d start off with a comparison of the PD150 and VX2000… in some ways they’re the same; in others, they’re different.

NTSC MODELS
FEATURE
COMPARISON
Sony DSR-PD150
DSR-PD150
Sony DCR-VX2000
DCR-VX2000
FORMAT DVCAM or DV (SP)* DV only (SP / LP)
LENS 58mm filter thread dia., with Optical Image Stabilization
12x (6mm – 72mm) 35mm equiv.: 43mm – 518mm
EVF 1 180,000 pixel B&W LCD 180,000 pixel color LCD
MIC detachable mono
mic, included
one-point stereo
internal mic
Audio Controls 2 channels, each
independently adjustable
Simultaneous control
of both stereo channels
TC PRESET (H/M/S/F, User Bits) No
After 5 min. standby: Auto drum stop Auto power off
Batt. Endurance 8 hours (NP-F960) 9 hrs 35 min (NP-F960)
NTSC MODELS
FEATURE
COMPARISON
DSR-PD150
Sony DSR-PD150
DCR-VX2000
Sony DCR-VX2000

*PD150: According to Sony, when recording in DV (SP mode only), you may not be able to get clean, seamless recording. In order to acheive a more reliable and higher quality image, Sony recommends using the DVCAM cassette and recording in DVCAM mode.

Thrown together by Chris Hurd

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Chris Hurd

After completing my degree in Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas, I managed a video production studio "back in the tape days" while waiting for the digital video revolution to arrive and for the internet to become mainstream. Things started to get interesting in November of 1997 when I launched The XL1 Watchdog, my first web site dedicated to digital video technology. In January of 2001, that site morphed into DV Info Net — the Digital Video Information Network. More than fifteen years later, the longevity of DV Info Net is exceeded now only by its popularity and reputation as one of the leading technology information resources in the broadcast and professional video markets.

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