8mm Camcorders

8mm Camcorders



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  • Europe, Asia, Oceania
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Marketed April 1996
Original Price For export only (no Japanese market price)

The ES100[A] / UC2000[E] was developed for users demanding low-priced video camcorder. It was fitted with a 15x optical zoom lens, digital camera-signal processing system and back-light correction mechanism, as well as five shooting modes, such as Sport and Portrait.

Video recording system 2 rotary heads, helical scanning system
– Luminance signal: FM azimuth recording
– Chrominance signal: Converted subcarrier phase shift recording
Audio recording system Frequency multiplexing with the video signal by rotary head (Hi-Fi monaural)
Television system NTSC system (ES100) , PAL system (UC2000)
Tape format 8 videocassette (ES100 : P6 type , UC2000 : P5 type)
Tape speed
(at SP mode)
ES100 : 1.43cm/s , UC2000 : 20.05mm/s
Maximum recording time ES100 150 min. (with a 150-min. cassette)
UC2000 90 min. (with a 90-min. cassette)
Fast forward/rewind time ES100 6 min. (with a 120-min. cassette)
UC2000 6 min. (with a 90-min. cassette)
Image sensor 1/4″ CCD (charge-coupled device)
ES100 270,000 pixels (250,000 effective pixels)
UC2000 320,000 pixels (290,000 effective pixels)
Viewfinder 0.5″ monochrome viewfinder
Built-in microphone Electret condenser microphone
Lens 4.0-60mm focal length, f/1.4-2.6, 8 groups 10 lenses with two aspherical lenses, filter diameter: 46mm, P = 0.75, Minimum shooting distance: 1cm (at wide), 100cm (at midrange), 100cm (at tele)
Focusing system TTL autofocus / manual focusing possible
Color temperature switching Auto-homing
Minimum illumination ES100 : Approx. 3 lx , UC2000 : Approx. 2 lx
Recommended illumination More than 100 lx
Illumination range ES100 Approx. 3 lx-100,000 lx
UC2000 Approx. 2 lx-100,000 lx
Aperture Auto iris servo system
Output terminal (level/impedance) Video/audio output terminal RCA-pin jack, input/output switchable (audio/video)
Video output terminal 1Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced synchronized load
Audio output terminal -10dBv (at 47 kohms load) / less than 3 kohms unbalanced
Output terminal 2.5mm mini jack, 5V DC
Power supply 6V DC
Power consumption
(when recording and auto-focusing)
Approx. 5.9W
Operating temperature range 32-104°F (0-40°c)
Dimensions 113mm x 111mm x 251mm (excluding tiny projection)
Weight Body: Approx. 760g
When recording: Approx. 960g
(including battery, 8mm videocassette, button-type lithium battery and lens cap)