Slated for December shipping with an MSRP of $3000 (the VX2000 currently lists on the Sony Web site for $2999, although it's widely available for closer to $2000), the VX2100 adds several significant enhancements, including improved optics and audio and Sony's proprietary Advanced HAD progressive scan CCD technology.
Advanced HAD, available in several of Sony's newer camcorders, is designed to improve minimum illumination, allowing the VX2100 to achieve better results in low-light conditions without the use of infrared technology. By increasing the CCD's sensitivity to light, Sony promises clearer, brighter video and better color reproduction, with less loss in quality due to dimly lit shooting environments.
The VX2100 also has a 58-millimeter aspherical lens and a two-position neutral density filter. The aspherical lens, according to Sony, minimizes the distortions that usually occur around the edges of video shot by a standard spherical lens, while the neutral density filter compensates for varying lighting situations such as studio lights or direct sunlight. The camera also boasts a new lens hood and a built-in lens cap.