View Full Version : GL2 versus Sony vx2100

Jay Stevens
September 19th, 2004, 08:40 PM
How does the VX2100 compare to the GL2. They look like they have very similar features.

Ken Tanaka
September 19th, 2004, 08:58 PM
Hello Jay,
Search is your friend ( Lots of VX2100-related threads in this forum. This one in particular (

Zack Birlew
September 19th, 2004, 09:08 PM
The VX2100 has comparable features, but the GL2 has frame mode (30p). From first hand experience, the VX2100 is much sharper than the GL2, if I remember correctly it also has more resolution, but I could be wrong. But, the VX2100 really is just that, a sharper GL2. Both don't have XLR, both don't have 24p, both film on Mini-DV, both have auto and manual modes, BUT the one thing the VX2100 has over the GL2 is its GREAT low light sensitivity, you can almost film in the dark. If that's important to you, then that's a point for the VX2100. The only thing wrong that I see with the VX2100 is that it is kinda on the heavy side, the GL2 feels lighter and easier to handle I think (but this is only in store handling for both cameras, I'm currently on a GL1 right now, which is kinda bulky in itself). So here you go:

VX2100- Very sharp footage, very tweakable, big eyecup, great low light sensitivity

GL2- Frame mode (more film like), mildly sharp footage in 60i mode, easy handling

Mind you, both of these cameras include the same upgrade and accesory lists, depending on what you want to do. Such as wide angle lenses, XLR adapters, lights, ect. Anyway, if I'm wrong on something, somebody inform me. I only own a GL1, but I've traveled enough and played with the VX2100 and GL2 in enough stores to be able to know their strengths and weaknesses.

Jay Stevens
September 19th, 2004, 09:13 PM
I think the 2100 actually has the 30 frame mode as I read that on a store site. However, the Canon quality is a plus along with the 250 rebate.

Zack Birlew
September 19th, 2004, 09:16 PM
No, no, the VX2100 only has 60i, plus some other shutter mode that's like 15fps I think.

Michael Bernstein
September 19th, 2004, 11:04 PM
The VX2100 has shutter rates from from 1/10,000 down to 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, and 1/4. None of them are true progressive scan modes. I am perhaps unduly fond of 1/30 even though it has been reported (and I have noticed) some loss of detail (given my old version of Premiere, 1/30 may be the closest to a film-like motion signature that I can find).

The VX2100 does have a 15fps progressive mode but the manual doesn't recommend it for shooting motion video. The VX2100 progressive mode certainly isn't very pleasant in the viewfinder. Oh, and autofocus doesn't work.