I pulled the trigger on a new AX100 this morning and should have it on Wednesday or Thursday. I'm definitely a novice when it comes to camcorder usage, so I spent my weekend reading this thread from front to back before making my decision (a special thanks to who shared their videos). I bought this camcorder primarily for a trip that my wife and I are taking to Japan next month (our 3rd visit). We'll be there for 2 solid weeks, so I'm hoping to come back with some great footage between the AX100 and the TD-20V 3D camcorder that I'm also taking. I just have a few questions if some of you guys have the time to answer.
Having already read the thread and seen monopods discussed from time to time, I'm wondering if someone can help me understand the benefit of walking around with one versus just engaging the active stabilization mode on the camcorder. Is it just fatigue from holding it for long periods of time? I have to say that the active stabilization on the TD-20V is really good, especially while walking, so I would hope that the AX100 is at least somewhat comparable. Can anyone comment on this?
Also, how good is the internal mic on the camcorder? In addition to the TD-20V, I'm also planning to take a Zoom H2n digital recorder for recording 4-channel audio separately. The goal is to try and put together something of a 5.1 audio soundtrack since I understand that I cannot shoot in 4K AND 5.1 from the camcorder directly. Although I will have the ability to use the H2n as an external mic, I would be limiting my surround options considerably if I did that. So I'm just trying to figure out how good the mic is on it's own as I'd like to use the camcorder's PCM audio alongside the .WAV files from my H2n to come up with some great audio.
Anyway, I'm really looking forward to receiving the camcorder and trying out some of the stuff that you guys have been talking about!
My HT Gear:
TV - Panasonic TC-P65VT25
Receiver: DENON X7200WA AMPS: Emotiva XPA-5, XPA-2, XPA-1 (x2)
Fronts: Klipsch RF-7 ii Center: Klipsch RC-64 ii
Surrounds: Klipsch RS-62 ii Surround Backs: RB-81 ii
Sub: SVS PC13-Ultra Ceiling: CDT-5800-c ii