8mm Camcorders

8mm Camcorders




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Marketed August 1996
Original Price 178,000 yen

Incorporating Canon’s proprietary eye-control autofocus system, the ES6000[A] / [E] / MB-E30[J] offered upgraded playback functions, including forward/reverse single-frame playback, forward/reverse slow-motion playback and 2x playback. It also adopted a 180,000-pixel color viewfinder screen and optical image stabilizer with a newly developed mechanism that raised the magnitude of correction, both horizontally and vertically.

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 (ES6000/MB-E30) , PAL system (UC-X30Hi)
Tape format 8 videocassette
(ES6000/MB-E30 : P6 type , UC-X30Hi : P5 type)
Tape speed
(at SP mode)
ES6000/MB-E30 : 14.345mm/s , UC-X30Hi : 20.05cm/s
Maximum recording time ES6000 150 min. (with a 150-min. cassette)
UC-X30Hi 90 min. (with a 90-min. cassette)
MB-E30 150 min. (with a 150-min. cassette)
Fast forward / rewind time ES6000 6 min. (with a 120-min. cassette)
UC-X30Hi 6 min. (with a 90-min. cassette)
MB-E30 6 min. (with a 120-min. cassette)
Image sensor 1/4″ CCD (charge-coupled device)
ES6000 270,000 pixels (250,000 effective pixels)
UC-X30Hi 320,000 pixels (290,000 effective pixels)
MB-E30 270,000 pixels (250,000 effective pixels)
Viewfinder 0.55″ color LCD viewfinder (approx. 113,000 pixels)
Built-in microphone Electret condenser microphone
Lens 3.9-62.4mm focal length, f/1.4-2.7, 6 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 ES6000/MB-E30 : Approx. 3 lx , UC-X30Hi : Approx. 2 lx
Recommended illumination More than 100 lx
Illumination range ES6000 Approx. 3 lx-100,000 lx
UC-X30Hi Approx. 2 lx-100,000 lx
MB-E30 Approx. 3 lx-100,000 lx
Aperture Auto iris servo system
Output terminal (level/impedance) Video/audio output terminal 3.5mm mini jack (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
External microphone terminal 3.5mm mini jack
Microphone input:-67dBv (with 600-ohm microphone) / more than 5 kohms
Power supply 6V DC
Power consumption
(when recording and auto-focusing)
Approx. 5.4W
Operating temperature range 32-104°F (0-40°c)
Dimensions 97.5mm x 106.5mm x 199.3mm (excluding tiny projection)
Weight Body: Approx. 700g
When recording: Approx. 900g
(including battery, 8mm videocassette, button-type lithium battery and lens cap)