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Sony DCR-VX2100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 158 reviews of Sony DCR-VX2100. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the design and durability are overall positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the memory and size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-VX2100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-VX2100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony DCR-VX2100 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the size and viewfinder are generally positive. The durability and usability also get good views, but there are some mixed opinions about the portability.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-VX2100E Professional Digital CamcorderSony DCR-VX2100E Professional Digital Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-VX2100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 user reviews of Sony DCR-VX2100 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the color and image quality. The design and portability are also appreciated, whereas opinions are divided on the size. Many are negative about the price.

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98% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-VX2100 3CCD MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical ZoomSony DCR-VX2100 3CCD MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Ben Wolf (cnet.com)

Sony DCR-VX review: Sony DCR-VX

 

Great interlaced video quality; outstanding low-light performance; impressive battery life; smart lens cap.

No 24P or HD video; no professional audio connections or controls; no focus marks.

This three-chip camera offers excellent video quality to amateurs, but it's not ready for professional prime time.

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Robin Liss (camcorderinfo.com)

EXCLUSIVE: Sony DCR-VX2100 Camcorder Review

 

Sony's $2,999 DCR-VX2100 is the replacement for the hugely popular DCR-VX2000. The DCR-VX2100 has big shoes to fill, its grandfather camcorder, the DCR-VX1000 was the first digital consumer camcorder, along with the DCR-VX2000, have been the among the...

Mar, 2004

Expert review by: Videomaker (videomaker.com)

Sony HD Camcorder Review: Sony HDR-HC7 HDV Camcorder

 

Little Sony HD Camcorder That Can

Good image quality, Reliable automatic modes, Manual control options

Most functions accessed through touchscreen menus

Aug, 2006

Expert review by: Newbie (newbie.org)

Expert Review

 

With the Sony Handycam DCR-VX2100 Mini DV Digital Camcorder clearer video with more lifelike color can be captured by increasing the CCD's sensitivity to light. It provides exceptional detail and clarity that reduces optical distortion, and provides...

Great picture and easy to use

Nothing that I know of

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: (videomaker.com)

Sony Camcorder Review: DCR-VX2100 Camcorder

 

If you're thinking about stepping up to the improved imagery that only three-chip cameras offer, Sony has just upgraded their popular DCR-VX2000 Mini DV Camcorder by 100. Featuring improved low-light capabilities, in-creased signal-to-noise ratio and a...

High resolution, sharp image ; Great low-light performance ; Beautiful colors

No XLR Inputs

Polished and professional, the VX2100 is still the fine camera that it has always been, with only incremental improvements over the VX2000.

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Brian Peterson (videomaker.com)

Camcorder Review: Sony DCR-VX2100 Mini DV

 

If you're thinking about stepping up to the improved imagery that only three-chip cameras offer, Sony has just upgraded their popular DCR-VX2000 Mini DV Camcorder by 100. Featuring improved low-light capabilities, increased signal-to-noise ratio and a...

High resolution, sharp image ; Great low-light performance ; Beautiful colors

No XLR Inputs

In high key situations, you can still see texture in highlights that approach pure white. There is a very slight color bleeding between deeply saturated colors, particularly reds and greens, but not any more than expected for the DV format. Auto white...

Apr, 2004

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

Sony DCR VX2100

 

Sony DCR-VX2100 High Definition MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom.

Manual controls for shutter and exposure, Stamina Power Management, and intelligent accessory shoe

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (simplydv.co.uk)

SimplyDV Review: Sony DCR-VX2100 DV Camcorder

 

The VX2100 not only produces images and sound to the required standard, it handles beautifully and possesses a comprehensive set of input and output options. Colour bar and zebra pattern circuits are welcome, as is the built-in two-step ND filter and...

Still not significantly different from the VX2000. Lack of Memory Stick PRO and USB will disappoint some users expecting much more from this model, which appears to be a Sony stop-gap prior to the much hoped-for release of a new, fully-featured pro...

Great handling and ergonomics, lovely sturdily-built camera to use in hand-held and on the tripod. LCD screen could do with being a bit bigger, viewfinder eyepiece needs to be much more rigid for proper hand-held and tripod use. Can't fault image and...

Consumer review by: lubs (shopzilla.com)

best camera before going full pro

 
Nov, 2004

Consumer review by: ryantlee (viewpoints.com)

Great for any kind of videography job possible ”

 

Hello, I am reviewing the Sony- DCR VX-2100. This camera is top of the line because of its relatively small size, and its great quality video shooting. I film skateboarding, I enjoy this camera because it has a great feel when you use it. The built in...

Feb, 2011

Product Specifications

Take control of sound and vision with the DCR-VX2100. With its new Advanced HAD progressive scan CCD technology, illumination is improved dramatically, delivering superior low-light performance without the use of infrared technology. By increasing the CCD's sensitivity to light, clearer, brighter video with more lifelike color can be captured, even when recording in dimly lit environments. Its 58mm aspherical lens and duel-position neutral density filter minimize distortion from standard spherical lenses and compensate for varying lighting situations such as studio lights or direct sunlight. Additionally, the VX2100 includes a built-in lens cap to protect the enhanced optics package, manual audio control and PCM Digital Stereo Audio in 12 and 16-bit modes, a manual focus and manual zoom ring, built-in color bar generator, 16: 9 wide screen recording capability, intelligent accessory shoe, both 12x optical and 48x digital zoom, advanced optical SteadyShot picture stabilization and up to seven hours1 of operation with the optional NP-F960 InfoLithium battery.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-F330
Run Time (Up To):80min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: Yes
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS / MS Pro
USB: No
USB Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless Interface: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:15.5in
Height:6.3in
Weight:3.3lbs
Width:4.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:8MB

General Features

3D: No
Format:MiniDV
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder / TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:VX2100/VX2100E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.6-2.4
Max Focal Length:72mm
Min Focal Length:6mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix/400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:380Kpix/450Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Zoom:48
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic