Decided to invest in a new cam, I own a HG10 and HG21, but need to expand my horizons, placed my order today for the HDR-AX2000, it should arrive next week..I am a little scared but excited at the same time... If anyone owns this cam please feel free to let me know your impressions...
We have the AX2000 camera, as well as a couple of Sony Z-1U's.
You have to "capture" the video with the utility that comes with the camera, not with Vegas. It appears the two Sony groups don't talk to one another ...
Also, it's an AVCHD camera, and Sony doesn't do a really good job of showing it in the Preview window. I'm hoping that when Sony 10 comes out, they will have fixed this. In the meanwhile, since we have multiple cameras and multiple sound tracks, we have to do a lot of prerendering to verify everything is sync'd. It's a nuisance.
But the camera appears to meet our requirements, especially its capability of recording very long events without having to pause and reload a tape. A typical event we shoot may be longer than two hours (before editing), and just as soon as you think it has died down to a quiet time for tape swap, guess what. Can't count the number of times we were burned. The AX2000 has 3 hours of AVCHD per 32 GB chip, with a rollover option (6 hours total).
Note that the AX2000 will ONLY accept Sony batteries. It won't work with after-market replacements. Found that out on my first shoot. Grrr.
The benefits outweigh the liabilities, though. My 2¢ ...
Low light? Fairly good, better than our Z1U's, and I USUALLY don't have to drop my shutter speed to 30 (from normal 60).
Some of our shooting is of nighttime events. It's a little early (time flies when you're having fun), but Christmas is a-comin' and we have shot a candlelit concert using Z1U's with speed at 30. We may not have to do that with the AX2000. Tune in next week (well, maybe next December) and we'll let you know how it came out.
Fortunately the December concert is on two nights, so if we blow it the first night, the second night is a nice backup if you ignore continuity issues (such as a musician wearing a different outfit - it has happened).