PD150 vs. VX2000

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Pandora, Aug 1, 2003.

  1. Pandora

    Pandora Guest

    Hi all,
    I'm a VX2000 owner and, of course, really appreciate its auto
    capabilities and reach. Considering PD or another VX. A few quick questions.
    1. The most annoying thing about the camera is the constant powering down in
    Standby mode. (HINT: Press the Photo button once to bring it out.) I'm in
    event videography where things happen fast/unexpected and have missed
    shots due to the cam being down. Is it quicker to bring the PD150 up
    to the ready? I understand the PD's still "on" but the drum stops
    spinning? What is required to get the drum rolling?
    2. Are the *cases* of the two cams made of the same material? I've heard
    mostly that the PD is metal and the VX is plastic, and others say the VX
    is magnesium alloy. Anyone ever cracked a VX case?
    3. Are the low light capabilities of the two *identical*?
    4. Is the PD B&W viewfinder considerably better for fast and accurate
    focusing in bright light?
    5. Does the PD offer Auto Gain Control of external mics?
    Thanks in advance,
    Pandora, Aug 1, 2003
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    Mike Rehmus Guest

    Is quicker. Just press record. Takes a second or two at the most although
    I haven't timed it. But I have watched the action take off before the red
    light stops blinking. I've taken to pressing the record button quickly
    every so often to keep it going. Or I just leave the camera always running.
    Same and metal I believe. The PD is not all plastic or metal. Kind of
    depends on where you look.
    Yes and separate control of each channel in manual.
    Mike Rehmus, Aug 1, 2003
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    Pandora Guest

    Thanks Mike,

    I'll probably get the PD for its XLR connectors and the better

    viewfinder. With all the rumors about a VX3000 soon ... Wouldn't

    Sony wait till NAB to intro or is that not their track record. And would

    they simultaneously put out a PD250. Suppose no one knows. Just my

    wonderings. Thanks again. Brackish.
    Pandora, Aug 3, 2003
  4. ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Pandora" <>
    Newsgroups: rec.video.production
    Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2003 7:29 PM
    Subject: Re: PD150 vs. VX2000

    Don't wait for the "no-show" VX3000 - its arrival soon is VERY
    unlikely. BTW, if you use a VX2000, adding a PD150 can be
    confusing since some of the same controls do different things. Also,
    in auto-exposure mode, the VX2000 exposure can be locked with
    a single button push; with the PD, you must first lock down two of
    the three variables. And the menu access for the PD is behind the
    LCD panel instead of on the rear, where it should be (and is, on the
    VX2000...). The VX2000 also comes with a good stereo mic;
    the PD's mic is mono. The PD's finder is nice, but sometimes it is
    harder to find a similar-toned subject quickly than it is with a
    color finder. XLR inputs can be added to the 2000 easily - but
    given the small size of the camera, I prefer to not use these bulky
    connectors when possible...
    For more, see: www.ferrario.com/ruether/sony_dcr-vx2000.htm.
    David Ruether

    David Ruether, Aug 6, 2003
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    Mike Rehmus Guest

    Before I start, let me say that I like the VX2000 and were I not having to
    make money with my cameras, it is likely the camera I would purchase for


    The sum total of the differences is that, for me, there is no justification
    (in the case of professional use) in buying the 2000 if one can afford the
    150. When all is said and done, and the 2000 is decked out to act like a 150
    (and it really cannot) the price difference is much less than the price of
    the cameras.

    The obvious differences are the B&W viewfinder which is a major functional
    improvement over the color viewfinder.

    There is a lot more difference than just a pair of XLR connectors in the
    sound department:

    - Individually switchable Phantom power
    - switchable attenuator for the Microphone input
    - Separately adjustable input levels
    - Each XLR input can separately be switched to line or microphone levels
    - Channel one XLR can be switched to input to both audio channels
    - A separate microphone mount that can be replaced if you require a longer
    mount leaving the shoe mount free for mounting a light.

    I have shot a lot with a VX1000 using an XLR adapter (which from a shooters
    standpoint, is like shooting with the 2000 in many ways) and a lot with the
    150. If, like me, you need to concentrate on the work and not the equipment,
    the 150 doesn't need the extra baggage required by the 2000.

    Did I mention I hated that XLR adapter on the bottom of the camera? Not
    because it didn't work, but because it was always in the way and it was too
    easy to change a setting or flip a switch.

    Also, if you need support, the Sony Pro support is much better than the
    consumer support. Can make a difference sometime, I know it did for me.
    Mike Rehmus, Aug 7, 2003
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    BT Guest

    You think Sony will push their release schedule because Panasonic
    is really doing some great buisness with their 24p DX100 camera?
    I just saw a cheaper DX80 (no 24p) which looks good as well.
    Looks like Panasonic is back.

    BT, Aug 7, 2003
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