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Dennis Hissink : October 10th 2003 - 16:03 CET

Sony replaces DCR-VX2000 with DCR-VX2100 camera


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SonyBack in September we informed you about an update of the successful DCR-VX2000 camera. During the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam (11-16 Sept.) Sony mentioned some details regarding this upgrade, but we now have the full details for you. The new 3-CCD DV Camcorder DCR-VX2100 will get more enhancements then its predecessor, but will remain at the same price. In other words, getting more camera but without having to pay for the extras. For a long time the DCR-VX2000 was most popular among video journalist, news gatherers and videographers worldwide. But also in this area developments and innovations are always continuing and after three strong years Sony decided to develop an advanced model of the DCR-VX2000 camera.
Sony replaces DCR-VX2000 with DCR-VX2100 camera According to Barend Ezechiels, General Manager of Sony Digital Imaging Europe, Sony has listened to customer feedback in adapting this best selling model to meet the requirements of a demanding market. "The enhanced DCR-VX2100 features the latest Sony camcorder technology and has been restyled for even greater customer satisfaction. As well as offering broadcast quality video and numerous automatic picture functions, the camcorder provides extensive manual capability to enable a high level of creative control."

Building on the exceptional picture quality and performance of the VX2000, the camcorder's minimum illumination has been increased, resulting in even better recording in low light conditions. Due to an improved signal process for the 1/3-inch CCD, the minimum illumination specification has been improved from 2 lux to 1 lux, making the DCR-VX2100 one of the most sensitive camcorders in its price range.

Audio performance also receives a boost with more accurate sampling during manual recording. Enhancements to the audio process circuit mean manual recordings can show an increase of approximately 6 dB in quality. Another revision is the addition of a precision Hybrid LCD screen to enable more accurate picture monitoring. Using transmissive and reflective imaging technology this allows you to see your subject as clearly in high contrast, bright outdoor conditions such as a beach or ski resort as in indoor or lower light environments.

The external appearance of the camcorder has also been updated in line with customer demands. To enable greater control of zooming and recording during low angle shooting, the handle now incorporates a three-position zoom lever and a record start/stop button. The handle has also been resized and raised for a better grip, with a top height about 10mm greater than that of the VX2000. The new camcorder continues to feature the Zoom ring and Manual Focus controls of the previous model.

To aid more comfortable shooting, the viewfinder and eye-cup attachment have been enlarged as has the window size of the magnifier. The supplied lens hood can be opened or closed by using the lever located at the side of the hood. An optional wide conversion lens, the VCL-HG0758 (x0.7 for 58 mm), can be mounted on the camcorder together with the new optional lens hood LSF-S58. This hood prevents flares and thus a loss in picture quality. The DCR-VX2100 has impressive stamina, with the rechargeable NP-F960 InfoLithium battery providing more than 9 hours of continuous recording time. The use of Sony's energy-saving STAMINA technology is sure to make this a popular camcorder for professionals on the move. In addition to the new lens hood with built-in lens cap, substantial accessories are included with the camcorder including a wireless remote control, an AC Adapter, Stereo A/V cable and 8MB Memory Stick for digital image storage.

Apart from the existing range of optional accessories, a new professional carrying case, the LCH-VX2000A, is introduced. Made of hi-grade aluminium it provides a stable and lockable storage of the camcorder and its accessories. Also new is the LCR-VX2000A, a rain jacket, which keeps the camcorder protected from rain and snow. Basic operations are possible when it is used with the camcorder.

The DCR-VX2100 is shipping throughout Europe in December 2003 and will be available in a new dark grey colour. The estimated street price will be Euro 4200 including 19% VAT.




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