Inputs and Outputs Notes
Software And Computer Information
3.2" LCD Screen:
The Sony HDR-AX2000 Digital HD Video camcorder features a 16:9
wide-screen 3.2" Xtra Fine LCD monitor. The high resolution 921,600-dot
(1920 x 480) LCD screen rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles
providing sharp and detailed images for monitoring or playback. Mirror mode
allows you to view a mirror-image of the subject you are shooting in the LCD
screen when the screen is rotated 180 degrees, but the image will still be
normal when recorded. In addition, the LCD doubles as an "on-screen" touch
panel, allowing you to navigate through the menu system by touching the LCD
screen. The LCD screen frame contains zoom and recording controls for added
convenience. The LCD also features an adjustable brightness and color level.
0.45" Color Viewfinder: The HDR-AX2000 also
features an adjustable 0.45" wide-screen color LCD viewfinder (1,226,880 dots
or 2556 x 480) that lets you record
and review video and still images when the LCD display is closed or in Mirror
Dual Media Slots: The AX2000 features dual memory card slots
that will accept Memory Stick PRO Duo or SD/SDHC memory cards. The Relay
Recording function automatically switches recording from Memory Card A to Memory
Card B (or B to A) just before space runs out so you won't run out of available
memory in the middle of a scene. Compatible memory
- Memory Stick PRO Duo (1 GB-32 GB)
- Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo (1 GB-32 GB)
- SD memory cards (1 GB-2 GB)
- SDHC memory cards-Class 4, 6, or 10 (4 GB-32 GB)
Optics: The HDR-AX2000 has a 29.5mm wide-angle G-Lens with a
20x optical zoom (29.5mm-590mm--35mm equivalent). The Extra-low Dispersion glass
reduces chromatic aberrations caused by light refraction. With the Digital
Extender on, the total zoom is increased to 30x. The camcorder has a powered
zoom mechanism with a zoom lever on the right side and another in the carry
handle. The handle zoom switch can be set to a fixed or variable zoom speed.
Manually, you can zoom at the desired speed by turning the zoom ring around the
Image Sensors: The camcorder has three 1/3" Exmor CMOS
sensors, one for each of the primary colors red, green, and blue. Each CMOS
sensor has 1.12-million total pixels and 1.04-million effective pixels for 16:9
video and 780,000 for 4:3 video. Combined with Sony's Enhanced Imaging Processor
(EIP), the three imaging sensors give you noticeable improvement in color
reproduction, low noise, and maximum light sensitivity.
Accessory Shoe: The AX2000 has a top-mounted standard
Accessory Shoe for mounting a self-powered video light or microphone. It does
not supply power to the attached accessory.
Video Recording: The camcorder records High Definition video
using AVCHD format (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264). Audio is recorded in 2-channel Dolby
Digital (48 kHz, 16-bit). Standard Definition video is recorded in MPEG-2 format
with 2-channel Dolby Digital audio. The camcorder allows you to select the
following elements of the video signal: Image Quality, Image Size, Frame Rate,
Bit Rate, and Scanning System. This gives you 11 different recording options:
- HD 1080/60i FX: 1920 x 1080, 60 frames interlaced @ 24 Mbps
- HD 1080/60i FH: 1920 x 1080, 60 frames interlaced @ 17 Mbps
- HD 1080/60i HQ: 1440 x 1080, 60 frames interlaced @ 9 Mbps
- HD 1080/60i LP: 1440 x 1080, 60 frames interlaced @ 5 Mbps
- HD 1080/30p FX: 1920 x 1080, 30 frames progressive @ 24 Mbps
- HD 1080/30p FH: 1920 x 1080, 30 frames progressive @ 17 Mbps
- HD 1080/24p FX: 1920 x 1080, 24 frames progressive @ 24 Mbps
- HD 1080/24p FH: 1920 x 1080, 24 frames progressive @ 17 Mbps
- SD 480/60i HQ: 720 x 480, 60 frames interlaced @ 9 Mbps
- SD 480/30pScan HQ: 720 x 480, 30 frames progressive converted to
60i @ 9 Mbps
- SD 480/24pScan HQ: 720 x 480, 24 frames progressive converted to
60i @ 9 Mbps
Recording Time: The following table indicates the estimated
amount of recording time in minutes for HD and SD movies on a memory card:
Still Image Capture: The AX2000 does not take digital still
images like a digital camera, but allows you to capture selected frames from a
recorded movie as a JPEG image. The image size is fixed depending upon the image
quality of the movie:
- 2.1M: high definition image quality (16:9)
- 0.2M: standard definition image quality (16:9)
- VGA (0.3M): standard definition image quality (4:3)
x.v.Color Technology: x.v.Color technology enables the HDR-AX2000 to capture nearly twice
(1.8x) as many viewable colors as the standard RGB color
range, resulting in more natural, life-like images. You can
even experience this expanded color range on your HDTV when
you connect your camcorder to an x.v.Color-capable display
monitor via HDMI.
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization:
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode improves on existing Optical SteadyShot
image stabilization technology by allowing the camera lens to shift over a
greater range of motion. This allows the HDR-AX2000 to compensate for greater
degrees of camera shake and deliver a stunning level of image smoothness.
Focus Modes: The Sony
HDR-AX2000 allows you to choose between Auto Focus or Manual Focus. The minimum
focus distance is about 1 cm (13/32 inch) for wide angle, and about 80 cm (2-5/8
feet) for telephoto. To focus manually, you can set the focus switch to "manual"
and rotate the focus ring around the lens.
Exposure Modes: The Sony Handycam HDR-AX2000 gives you the
option to set the exposure automatically or manually. When manual exposure is
selected, the camcorder lets you adjust the following exposure elements:
- Iris: You can manually open and close the iris to control the
volume of light entering the lens. In the viewfinder/monitor, the F value is
expressed between F1.6 and F11 or Close. You can change the operating
direction of the iris control by selecting Normal (clockwise rotation
darkens image) or Opposite (counter-clockwise rotation darkens image).
- Shutter Speed: You can adjust the shutter speed in a range of 1/4
second through 1/10000 second. The selected shutter speed appears in the
- Gain: When you don't want to use the AGC (automatic gain
control), you can manually set the gain to High, Medium, or Low.
Neutral Density Filters: The AX2000 has three built-in ND
(neutral density) filters for adjusting the amount of light entering the Image
Sensor through the lens. Depending on the shooting conditions, you can choose
from 1/4, 1/16, or 1/64 filters, or Clear (no filter).
Zebra: You can display a zebra pattern as a guide for
White Balance Adjustment: You can adjust and fix the white
balance according to the lighting conditions of the recording environment. You
can store two white balance settings in Memory A and Memory B for later recall.
Other white balance settings include:
- Auto: The white balance is adjusted automatically.
- Outdoor: The white balance is
adjusted for the following conditions: Outdoors, night views, neon signs and
fireworks, sunrise, sunsets, under daylight fluorescent lamps.
- Indoor: The white balance is
adjusted for the following conditions: Indoors, party scenes and studios
where lighting conditions change quickly, and under the video lamps or
incandescent-like color lamps.
- One Push: The white balance
will be adjusted according to the present ambient light.
Picture Profile: The picture quality can be customized by
adjusting various picture profile items. Picture quality settings for different
recording conditions have been stored in presets PP3 through PP6. You can store
your own picture profile settings in presets PP1 and PP2. Other picture quality
settings you can adjust include:
- Gamma: select Standard, Cinematone 1 or Cinematone 2
- Color Mode: set type and level of colors depending upon above
- Color Level: set color level from -7 (light) to +7 (dark) or -8
(black & white)
- Color Phase: set color phase from -7 (greenish) to +7 (reddish)
- WB Shift: set color temp from -9 (bluish) to +9 (reddish), and
color correct offset from -9 (greenish) to +9 (magentish)
- Detail: sets the detail level from -7 to +7
- Skintone Detail: adjusts detail of skintone areas to reduce
wrinkles, plus color phase, range, and saturation levels
Spotlight: When the Spotlight function is on, you can
prevent overexposure of light while recording a subject under strong light, such
as a stage. This keeps people's faces from being washed out and over-exposed.
Back Light: You can use the Back
Light function to adjust the exposure for backlit subjects.
Smooth Slow Recording: The camcorder features Smooth
Slow Recording which increases the record rate from 60 fields per second (fps)
to 240 fps for 6 seconds, allowing you to capture approximately 6 seconds of fast motion video
and play the clip back in slow motion for 24 seconds. This is great for
analyzing a golf swing or viewing a bird in flight. You can select whether the 6
seconds recorded occurs before or after the record button is pushed. No sound is
recorded during Smooth Slow recording.
Assign Buttons: The AX2000 lets you assign some functions to
7 designated "Assign" buttons. Functions such as Expanded Focus, Iris Ring
Rotate, AE Shift, Back Light, Spotlight, Steady Shot, D Extender, and Fader can
be moved to one of the easily accessible Assign buttons.
Wireless Remote: The Sony Handycam HDR-AX2000 camcorder comes supplied
with an IR wireless remote control (RMT-845) for wireless operation of the
camera when you have the camcorder mounted to a tripod or during playback when
you have the camcorder connected to your television.
Removable Lens Hood: The AX2000 comes with a lens hood to
protect the lens and help prevent excess light from entering the lens from the
side. The hood has a lens cover that opens and closes with a mechanical lever.
The lens hood can be removed if desired.
Note: No lens cap is included with the camcorder, so it would be
recommended that you obtain a 72mm lens cap if you decide to remove the lens
Audio Recording: The HDR-AX2000 compliments the
professional quality video recording with professional quality audio. A
high-quality stereo microphone is built-in, however, you can add one or two
external microphones if you desire. Dual XLR 3-pin audio jacks are provided for
connecting external microphones with or without +48V phantom power requirements.
A built-in microphone holder allows you to mount an external microphone to the
camcorder. Rubber isolators help prevent the pickup of mechanical noise from the
Audio Controls: The camcorder gives you numerous settings
for recording audio. You can independently set the source of each audio channel
to internal microphone or external input (the two XLR inputs). If external input
is selected, you can set the input source to Line, Mic, or Mic+48V (with phantom
power). The level of each input can be automatically or manually set (using
rotary controls). If the internal microphone is selected, you can set the
incoming audio signal to mono or stereo.
Visual Index: The Sony HDR-AX2000 displays thumbnail images
for all recorded movies on the Visual Index screen on the LCD monitor. The
buttons for playback are conveniently located on top of the camcorder adjacent
to the LCD panel. On the Visual Index screen, you can make selections by
touching the LCD screen. You can select Memory Card A or B, and the playback
type (HD, SD, Stills). Each recording of the selected type are displayed with
the date and time of the recording. Once the video begins playback, you can use
the on-screen touch controls or the playback buttons to select the next/previous
file, pause/play, stop, and fast reverse/fast forward. Each press of fast
reverse or fast forward changes the view speed (5x, 10x, 30x, 60x).
Edit Menu: The Edit Menu allows you to perform the
- Protect: Select movies and still images for protection
against accidental deletion
- Photo Capture: Create digital still images from
- Playlist Edit: Create and edit the list of movies you
have recorded and put them in a desired order or grouping
- Divide: Allows you
to divide recorded movies to create separate scenes that can be re-ordered in a
playlist. Once movies are divided they cannot be restored
- Delete: Delete unwanted movies and still images to free up space
on the memory card (except for protected movies and images)
- Format Memory Card: Formatting deletes all data from the memory
card including protected movies and still images.
InfoLithium Battery: This unit comes with an NP-F570 InfoLithium
(Lithium-ion) battery (7.2V / 2100mAh minimum / 2200 mAh typical). Larger
capacity batteries are available for this camcorder: NP-F770 and NP-F970. The InfoLithium system exchanges
data about its actual power consumption with the camcorder for a more accurate
estimate of recording time available. Cold temperatures will increase battery
Battery Life: The approximate recording, playback, and
charging times for the supplied and optional batteries is as follows:
Note: Typical recording time shows the time when
you repeat recording start/stop, turning the power on/off and
Charging: The battery charges in the camera using the
supplied AC-L100C AC adapter, or in an optional charger (AC-VQ850D).
Inputs and Outputs
Video Outputs: The Sony HDR-AX2000 has the following video
- A/V Out: RCA composite video output and stereo RCA audio jacks. A
5' A/V cable is supplied.
- Component Out: Proprietary (Mini-D) jack for use with the
supplied 5' component video cable. For audio output, the stereo RCA jacks
from the A/V out are used. You can set the resolution of the output signal
to 1080i/480i, 720p/480i, or 480i.
- HDMI Output: Full-size HDMI jack to output video and audio to an
HDMI-equipped TV. You can set the resolution of the output signal to Auto,
1080i/480i, 720p/480i, 480p, or 480i. No HDMI cable is supplied.
USB Port: The camcorder has a mini-B Version 2.0 Hi-Speed USB
connecting to a PC via the supplied USB cable. Connecting the camcorder to a PC via USB allows
you to download videos and still images from the inserted memory cards.
Dual Microphone Inputs: The camcorder features two XLR microphone
inputs for adding external microphone for advanced audio recording. These can
also be used for line level audio signals if the input type is changed in the
Headphone Output: The camcorder features a 3.5mm minijack headphone
output for connecting a pair of headphones for listening to
audio/video playback. You can select the headphone audio source with a 3-way
switch: Channel 1, Stereo Mix, Channel 2.
DC In Jack: The DC In Jack is for use with the supplied
adapter and charger. The battery charges in the camera, or in an optional
Software And Computer Information
Content Management Utility: The Sony HDR-AX2000 comes with
Content Management Utility Ver.1.0 for AVCHD Camcorder software on CD-ROM. The
software allows you to import images to a computer and view the images. It is
recommended that commercially available software be used to edit the images or
to create discs.
Computer Requirements: Content Management Utility is for
Windows users only and is not compatible with Macintosh computer. To use
the software, your computer should have the following minimum requirements:
- Windows XP SP3 (64-bit and Starter editions not
- Windows Vista SP2 (Starter edition not supported)
- Windows 7
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.20 GHz or faster to play back videos
with HD image quality in FX mode
- Videos with HD image quality recorded in other than FX
mode may be played back with a slower CPU.
- Pentium III 1 GHz or faster is necessary to:
- import movies to the computer
- process with SD image quality
XP: 512 MB or more (1GB or
more is recommended)
- 256 MB or more is sufficient for processing only
movies with SD image quality
- Windows Vista/Windows 7: 1GB or more
Hard Disk Space
required for installation: Approximately 100 MB
(Only the NTFS or exFAT file system can be used for importing
videos or registering them for viewing.)
Minimum 1,204 x 768 dots
- High Speed USB 2.0 port
- CD-ROM drive is necessary for installation