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Going to the B&H website, and looking at the specs…
For minimum illumination, the A1U has: 7 Lux with Gain Up
(not exactly the best choice for low-light situations)
On the other hand, the VX2100 is known for exceptional low-light sensitivity.
Judging by various reviews I’ve seen, I’d say that CMOS cameras require less power, and can produce beautiful images, but they need more light than their CCD counterparts.
Regarding 1 vs 3 imaging devices: In one of these forums I saw a post saying that a camera with a single imaging device will do more smearing of bright objects when the camera is panned (as compared to a camera with 3 imaging devices). And, of course, 3 imaging devices will probably produce more accurate color, especially in low-light situations.
Both camcorders have the professional mic inputs (XLR). (Well, not the 2100 :-// )
Oh, and 1 more difference between the A1U and the 2100: The A1U is high definition (but you knew that, right? 😉 )
Just my 3 cents worth 🙂