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Old January 5th, 2004, 03:10 PM   #1
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Differences between VX2100 and PD170

I can see two so far:-

1) DVCAM (as well as standard DV).

2) Bigger (better?) microphone.

But any other differences???

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Old January 5th, 2004, 03:32 PM   #2
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Same differences as between the PD150 and the VX-2000 as far as I know.

Lots of posts on this issue. A search will give you some good reading material.
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Old January 5th, 2004, 03:39 PM   #3
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Sorry I don't know the differences between the predecessors, the VX2000 and PD150.

I tried a search but with no luck....
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Old January 5th, 2004, 03:43 PM   #4
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The answer is closer than you think... http://www.dvinfo.net/sony/skinny.php...
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Old January 5th, 2004, 03:48 PM   #5
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Thank you Boyd! That answers all the questions...
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Old January 5th, 2004, 06:15 PM   #6
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By the way I just noticed one "upgrade" with the PD170, instead of a Stereo Microphone you get a Mono one! What the hell??? I don't get it? I thought that the PD170 was supposed to be better...
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Old January 5th, 2004, 09:28 PM   #7
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Sorry, you may have some wrong info. The PD-150 also has a mono mike (as indicated at the link above). I assume the PD-170 uses the same one. The VX-2000 and 2100 have a stereo mike but it is permanently attached to the handle and you cannot record it on only one channel as you can with the PD-150 and 170. This is a nice feature that allows you to use the on-camera mike on channel 1 and an external mike or soundboard feed on channel 2. On the VX-2000 the mike is "all or nothing", you cannot mix it with an external source.
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Old January 5th, 2004, 10:25 PM   #8
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Besides... Stereo on the VX is hardly useful.
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Old January 6th, 2004, 05:18 PM   #9
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Boyd, I realize now that the PD150 too had a mono mic. Just seems strange too me. I am not a pro and not really into post sound so I prefer Stereo. I do like the ambience captured with stereo camcorders.

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