Just an FYI for those that, like me, were on the fence between the E2000 and the A10 series for quite a while. It appears that Sony has greatly restricted the action of the Advanced Iris in the E2000 series sets (strangely in the more expensive A2000 series as well
). Instead of having both an "Iris" and "Advanced Iris" control on the E2000s, these two adjustments have been melded into just "Advanced Iris". The automatic nature of the Advanced Iris on the A10 series has instead been changed to just "Auto 1" and "Auto 2" on the E2000s. Likewise, with the A10s, you could specify both "0-5" settings for the Iris itself (with no automatic readjustment), and then "Off-Low-Medium-High" for the Advanced (automatic) Iris along with each standard Iris level "0-5". On the E2000 though, both of these controls seem to have been combined into "Advanced Iris" (now on the main menu), and feature just "Auto 1, Auto 2, Low, Medium, High, Off".
The only reason I could see for this change is that Sony was under the impression that the users were confused by the previous (more tunable) method. I must say I'm not a fan of Sony's trend this year of dumbing down last years product line.
Also, yes, DRC only applies to SD material. However, on the A10s at least, "Noise Reduction" should still be selectable for HD material. Not sure why that would've changed at all.