Museum of early consumer electronics and 1st achievements

  Reel to reel B&W video
    Reel to reel colour video  
    1st Umatic  
    Philips n1500 n1700 v2000  
    1st VHS VCRs  
  1st Betamax VCRs  
    1st compact video cassette  
    Old video cameras
    1st camcorders
    1st laser disc player
  Vintage satellite (receivers with knobs on!)
    Old televisions
    1st home computers
    Vintage electronic devices
    Turntables & tone arms  
    Valve (tube) amplifiers  
    Reel to reel audio  
    1st audio cassette recorders
  1st brick cell phones  
  Antique telephones  
  Old toys  
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    Milestone product history with dates      
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Sony 8mm compact video cassette systems.
Sony CCD-M8E Sony CCD-V8E

1985. Sony CCD-M8E. 1st 8mm camcorder.

Popular Science Video issue Sony handycam

Sony handycam


Video 8 / 8mm compact cassette Sony "Handycam".
1st small 8mm camcorder. Smallest lightest camera in the world in 1985

It is interesting to see this new light-weight camcorder announced in the Sept. 1985 issue of Popular Science Magazine.
This compact tape recording system from Sony used a video tape which was 8mm in width in a compact cassette. From
Sony's web site in 2018 -"Lightest camcorder in the world when launched, at 1.0 kg. This model is exclusively for
recording. The CCD-M8 marked the start of the Handycam series. It is significantly smaller than the CCD-V8. The lens
barrel has a sliding cover, and the grip incorporates the battery compartment. Offering convenience and simplicity
approaching a fully automatic still camera, the premier Handycam was exceptionally easy to operate with one hand"
On the history page of the Sony website it states that the CCD-V8E (below) was the worlds first 8mm camcorder,
however, the Sony CCD-M8E "Handycam" came out at the same time in 1985.

1985. Sony CCD-V8E. 1st 8mm camcorder.






Video 8 / 8mm compact cassette Sony CCD-V8E. 1st 8mm pro-camcorder.
From the Sony website, Sony states "The first camcorder for recording on standard 8mm videotape".
This camcorder has a 250,000-pixel CCD as an imaging device, 6x zoom and a weight of only 1.97 kg
Here you can see we have a complete kit including the hard case, all accessories, manual and some retail
advertising from the time. This was a very advanced camera for 1985. The 8mm compact cassette and Sony
design resulted in a lightweight shoulder mount high quality camcorder. The pictures show the camcorder
raised a little by putting a battery underneath as a spacer but this was just to improve the pictures.
Also in 1985 the 8mm "Handycam" mini camcorder shown above was also released.
The CCD-M8E "Handycam" was the smallest camcorder in the world in 1985.

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is one of a group of businesses which we have in the field of Satellite TV.

Vu plus satellite receivers 60cm Clear dish

Tune in an extra 10,000 channels? Watch the world? Links to some of the Satellite Superstore pages are below,

Sky Receivers Freesat Receivers All satellite receivers Fixed Dishes Transparent Dishes Motorised systems LNBs
Multiswitches Caravan satellite Satellite finder meters Installation equipment. Catalogue of all satellite products.

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