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.

Sony DSR-PD150
Sony DCR-VX2000
MSRP $3900 $3200
FORMAT DVCAM or DV (SP)* DV only (SP / LP)
CCD 3 x 1/3" 380,000 pixel Interline-Transfer HAD
Progressive Scan native 4:3 switchable to 16:9
LENS 58mm filter thread dia., with Optical Image Stabilization
12x (6mm - 72mm) 35mm equiv.: 43mm - 518mm
BODY Dark Gray Silver
EVF 1 180,000 pixel B&W LCD 180,000 pixel color LCD
EVF 2 200,000 pixel color 2.5" swing-out LCD
MIC detachable mono
mic, included
one-point stereo
internal mic
AUDIO IN XLR x 2 (+48V power supply)
with mic attenuator
Mic input (stereo mini,
plug-in power) with mic/line
switch, RCA x 2 (L,R)
Audio Controls 2 channels, each
independently adjustable
Simultaneous control
of both stereo channels
Accessory Shoe Yes Intelligent Accessory Shoe
TC PRESET (H/M/S/F, User Bits) No
After 5 min. standby: Auto drum stop Auto power off
Dig. Program Edit Yes (i.Link only) No (IR controller ready)
Batt. Endurance 8 hours (NP-F960) 9 hrs 35 min (NP-F960)
WEIGHT 3 lbs 6 oz 3 lbs 1 oz
Sony DSR-PD150
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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