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Sony HDR-AX2000Panasonic HDC-SD707Panasonic AG-HMC151 
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Manufacturer
Name HDR-AX2000HDC-SD707AG-HMC151 Name
European name ?HDR-AX2000HDC-SD707EGAG-HMC151EEuropean name ?
US name ?HDR-AX2000HDC-SD707 AG-HMC150US name ?
lowest US price 2849 $949 $3199 $lowest US price
On the market since February 2010 March 2010 September 2008 On the market since
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?Very good
Very good
Good
slashCAM rating ?
test picture 1200 Lux
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? AVCHD
SD MPEG2
AVCHD
AVCHD
Video formats ?
Recording Medium SDHC card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
SDHC card
SD Card
SDHC card
Recording Medium
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
MPEG2 720 x756/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/24p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/25p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/30p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/50p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/60p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
video resolutions EU ?
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
SD MPEG2 720 x 480
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/24p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/25p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/30p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/50p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/60p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
video resolutions US ?
Max Bitrate ?24 Mbit/s28 Mbit/s24 Mbit/sMax Bitrate ?
Compression format ? MPEG2
MPEG4
MPEG4
MPEG4
Compression format ?
on-board memory ?   on-board memory ?
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?Sony
Leica
Leica
Optics Manufacturer ?
Optical Zoom ?20 x12 x13 xOptical Zoom ?
Wide Angle 16:9 ?29,5 mm35 mm28 mmWide Angle 16:9 ?
Filter diameter ?72 mm46 mm72 mmFilter diameter ?
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optically and electronically
optical
Image Stabilization ?
ND Filter ?3No
3ND Filter ?
Exchangable optics ?No
No
No
Exchangable optics ?
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?333Number of sensors ?
Size of image sensor ?1/3 inch
1/4, 1 inch
1/3 inch
Size of image sensor ?
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?1037000 Pixel 2530000 Pixel 518400 Pixel image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
CCD
Image Sensor Type ?
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
auto
manual
presets
White Balance ?
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
auto
manual
Focus ?
Minimum shutter time ?1/10.0001/8.0001/2.000Minimum shutter time ?
Maximum shutter time ?1/31/251/24Maximum shutter time ?
Apperture control ?auto
manual
AE-Shift
auto
manual
auto
manual
AE-Shift
Apperture control ?
Infrared recording ?No
No
No
Infrared recording ?
Expanded Focus ?Yes
No
Yes
Expanded Focus ?
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Yes
Peaking ?
Signal Processing
Zebra ?70-100%100%50-105% Zebra ?
Histogram ?No
Yes
waveform
Histogram ?
adjustable sharpness ?Yes
Yes
Yes
adjustable sharpness ?
Adjustable color ?Yes
Yes
Yes
Adjustable color ?
Cinegamma ?Yes
Yes
Yes
Cinegamma ?
Black Strech ?No
No
No
Black Strech ?
Knee ?No
No
Yes
Knee ?
Colorbars ?Yes
No
Yes
Colorbars ?
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
No
No
Shot Transition ?
Custom Presets ?Yes
No
Yes
Custom Presets ?
Set Time Code ?No
No
Yes
Set Time Code ?
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
Out
Out
FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
About Special Equipment
No
  YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
Out
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
HDMI ? Out
Out mini
Out
HDMI ?
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
---DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
USB 2.0
USB ?
Microphone / Audio input ? XLR
Mini-jack
XLR
Microphone / Audio input ?
Headphones ?Mini-jack
3.5 mm mini-jack
Mini-jack
Headphones ?
Lanc ?No
No
  Lanc ?
Time-code interface ?No
No
No
Time-code interface ?
Genlock ?No
No
No
Genlock ?
Accessory shoe ? Standard
Standard
 Accessory shoe ?
HD-SDI ?No
No
No
HD-SDI ?
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 2100 g380 g Weight (without battery)
Weight (with battery) 2300 g440 g Weight (with battery)
Battery type Sony F570
Panasonic VW-VBG 130
 Battery type
Battery capacity  1250 mAh Battery capacity
Charger ?internal
internal
external
external
Charger ?
Remote control Yes
Yes
Yes
Remote control
Size
Height 173 mm66 mm Height
Width 187 mm69 mm Width
Depth 342 mm138 mm Depth
Relative Size ?11060Relative Size ?
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Yes
Viewfinder available ?
Color Viewfinder ?Color
Color
Color
Color Viewfinder ?
Viewfinder format ?16:916:916:9Viewfinder format ?
Viewfinder pixels ?1226880 Pixel 123000 Pixel 235000 Pixel Viewfinder pixels ?
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Yes
Display available ?
Color display ?Color
Color
Color
Color display ?
Display size 3,2 Inch3,0 Inch3,5 InchDisplay size
Display format ?16:916:94:3Display format ?
Display pixels ?921600 Pixel 230400 Pixel 210000 Pixel Display pixels ?
Touch Screen ?Yes
Yes
No
Touch Screen ?
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Ring
Rocker
Zoom ring multi-assigned
Rocker
Ring
Manual Zoom ?
Manual Focus ? Ring
Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Ring
Manual Focus ?
Manual Aperture ? Ring
button
Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Wheel
Manual Aperture ?
Focus switcher ?Yes
No
Yes
Focus switcher ?
ND Filter ?Yes
No
Yes
ND Filter ?
Exp Lock ?Yes
No
 Exp Lock ?
Gain ?Yes
No
Yes
Gain ?
White balance ?Yes
No
Yes
White balance ?
Push AF ?Yes
No
Yes
Push AF ?
Audio Levels ?Yes
No
Yes
Audio Levels ?
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
7No
3Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
Audio

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Audio Formats ?Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
 Audio Formats ?
Microphone ?Stereo internal
external XLR
Mini-jack external
5.1 Internal
external XLR
Microphone ?
Audio Control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
auto
manual
Audio Control ?
Audio levels ?Viewfinder
Screen
Viewfinder
Screen
Viewfinder
Screen
Audio levels ?
Still

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Recording Medium ?Memory Stick Duo
SDXC card
 Recording Medium ?
Medium included ?No
No
 Medium included ?
Effective pixels ? 2100000 Pixel  Effective pixels ?
Resolutions ? 1920x1080
4000 x 3000 - Max
 Resolutions ?
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
  Standard ?
Flash ?No
Yes
 Flash ?
Misc.

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Specials "Smooth Slow Record" slow motion.optional 1080p50 recording with 28 Mbit/s-in the US named AG-HMC150
Specials
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luminance resolution
luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
lens distortion
test small ISO image
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
 noise / internal microphone
test picture 1200 Lux
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ? 
 Test image 12 lux optimized ?
Manufacturers URL Website SonyWebsite PanasonicWebsite PanasonicManufacturers URL
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Very goodGoodSatisfactoryLowlight ?
Resolution ?Good Excellent SatisfactoryResolution ?
Color performance ?Very goodVery goodGoodColor performance ?
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodVery goodGoodsubj.Picture impression ?
Optical Zoom ?SatisfactorySufficientSatisfactoryOptical Zoom ?
Wide Angle ?Very goodGood Excellent Wide Angle ?
Configuration / image ?Very goodVery goodVery goodConfiguration / image ?
Configuration / sound ?Very goodSatisfactoryVery goodConfiguration / sound ?
Handling ?Very goodGoodVery goodHandling ?
Portability ?SatisfactoryVery goodSatisfactoryPortability ?
Photo function ?PoorSatisfactoryPoorPhoto function ?
Optics ?GoodGoodVery goodOptics ?
Dynamics ?Very goodGoodVery goodDynamics ?
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Very good
Very good
Good
slashCAM rating ?
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
425412395Total score ?
(maximal 570)
Pros + large wide angle
+ XLR audio
+ good low light performance
+ high resolution display / viewfinder
+ Sharpness and colour at the upper AVCHD limit
+ Many manual controls
+ 1080p50
Good wide angle
+ Professional controls
Pros
Cons - sharpness only average
- no touch focus
- no shot transition
- setting focus manually is a little complicated
- display and viewfinder have low resolution
- low sharpness due to pixel shift
- 4:3 display with low resolution
Cons
Conclusion Consumer camcorders like Panasonics 300-series or the JVC GZ-HM400 are able to deliver sharper FullHD images.But on the other hand the AX2000 shines with its low light capabilities, handling, display, viewfinder, wide angle and also in the audio section.As a universal workhorse this semiprofessionell AVCHD-camcorder thus makes a thoroughly good impression.Also the pricing which lies well below the EX1 makes it interesting.A touch focus and shot transiton had been nice though.The former could (as an option) be of advantage also on a rather professional model like this, while the latter would seperate it more from consumer devices.Not only does Panasonic offer 50p, it also brings enough wide angle (which even isn´t affected by the active image stabilisation), good low-light performance and colors, great sharpness and lots of manual control.As it brings many important functions and operating controls the Panasonic AG-HMC151 is a solid choice for semi-professionals.We especially liked the clever layout of the buttons and switches as well as the 35mm adapter-friendly design with a lock-focus function and the integrated waveform monitor.The AVCHD images make an overall balanced impression.But buyers searching for maximum sharpness will have to look elsewhere.The display with its low resolution is no longer state of the art.Conclusion
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