8mm Camcorders

8mm Camcorders

VM-E1

VM-E1

VM-E1

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  • Europe, Asia, Oceania
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Marketed October 1985
Original Price 298,000 yen

Canon produced its first single-unit video camcorder (camera + recorder) in-house. It was the second model to adopt the 8mm video standard. Thanks to its use of the small, light 8mm cassettes, the VM-E1 had a light, compact body and outstanding operability and functionality. Its design and body coloring gave it an active feel and a high-class look.

Video recording system VM-E1 [A] [J] 2 rotary heads, NTSC system
– Luminance signal: FM azimuth recording
– Chrominance signal: Converted subcarrier phase shift recording”
VM-E1 [E] 2 rotary heads, PAL system
– Luminance signal: FM azimuth recording
– Chrominance signal: Converted subcarrier phase shift recording”
Audio recording system Frequency multiplexing system
Television system NTSC system (VM-E1 [A] [J]) , PAL system (VM-E1 [E])
Tape format 8 videocassette
Tape speed VM-E1 [A] [J] 14.345mm/s
VM-E1 [E] 20.051mm/s (at SP mode), 10.0255mm/s (at LP mode)
Maximum recording time VM-E1 [A] [J] 120 min. (with a P6-type 120-min. cassette)
VM-E1 [E] 90 min. at SP mode, 180 min. at LP mode (with a P5-type 90-min. cassette)
Fast forward / rewind time VM-E1 [A] [J] Approx. 5 min. 30 sec. (with a P6-type 90-min. cassette)
VM-E1 [E] Less than 7 min. (with a P5-type 90-min. cassette)
Image sensor 1/2-type single tube, saticon tube, phase separtion system, electrostatic convergence, electrostatic deflection
Viewfinder 0.7″ monochrome viewfinder
Lens 8.5-51mm focal length, 12 groups 14 lenses, filter diameter: 46mm, P = 0.75, Minimum shooting distance: 100cm
Focusing system Infrared beam TTL parallaxless active triangle range finding system
Color temperature switching Switching CCA filter with white balance adjustment
Minimum illumination 20 lx
Illumination range 20 lx-250,000 lx
Aperture Auto iris servo system
Output terminal (level/impedance) Video/audio output terminal 10-pin round-type (EVF) M3 mini jack (Earphone)
Video output terminal 1Vp-p/75 ohms
Audio output terminal -10dBv (at 3 kohms load)
Output terminal 14-pin square-type
External microphone terminal M3 mini jack
Power supply 7.2V DC
Power consumption Less than approx. 7.5W
Operating temperature range indistinct
Dimensions Approx. 143mm x 149mm x 333mm (excluding tiny projection)
Weight Body: Approx. 1980g(including viewfinder)
When recording: indistinct