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16mm Movie Camera




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Marketed October 1970
Original Price indistinct

We received a request from the NHK Technical Research Laboratory to develop a 16 mm movie camera equipped with a simultaneous sound recording mechanism. This is the first 16 mm movie camera in Japan equipped with a simultaneous sound recording mechanism that we commercialized after various product testing in many locations.
We started research in 1963 and commercialized this movie camera in 1970 after camera field tests had been performed by NHK cameramen and by a South Pole research and observation team.

That same year a mountain climbing team that reached the summit of Mt. Everest praised the camera as the only piece of equipment taken on the climb that was without even one defect.

The main mechanism of the Scoopic 16 was a magnetic head that recorded sound on 100 feet of magnetically coated film reeled around a sound drum inside the camera. A sound amplifier, a separate mechanism carried on the shoulder, was connected to the camera by a cable. For light to be guided to a view finder, the Sound Scoopic 100 adopted the mirror shutter with no loss of light whereas the Scoopic 16 that was launched in 1965 used a half-mirror. The EE mechanism also employed the TTL light metering method that guided the light to the CdS photocell through the half-mirror.

Type 16mm movie camera with simultaneous sound recording (single system)
Image Size 10.26 x 7.49 mm
Film 30.5 m (100 ft.) of 16 mm, single perforated, magnetic coated film
Lens Focal Length/Speed 12.5 to 75 mm f/2.5 (17 elements in 12 groups including 5 new type glass element)
Zooming Ratio 6:1
Focusing Manual(Front-element focusing) 1.5 m to infinity
Zooming Manual (lever attached)
Filter Gelatin filter inserted into the photo lens path
Front Thread Diameter 62 mm
Viewfinder Type Single-lens reflex using mirror shutter (eyepiece rotates)
Rangefinder None (focusing done with overall matte focusing glass)
Dioptric Adjustment -4 to +2 diopeters (eyesight fixture ring attached)
Information Aperture value, metering needle, over/under exposure warning marks, manual aperture mark
Eyepiece Shutter Built-in
Exposure Control Type TTL method, completely automatic Electric Eye system that employs a light-sensitive CdS photo cell and servo circuit with response time approx. 1 sec. in the range f/2.5 to f/22
Metering Range ISO 640 f/2.5 24 fps. to ISO 20 f/22 24 fps.
Film Speed ISO 20 to 640 (1/3-stop increments)
Aperture Adjustment Manual ring adjustment possible from f/2.5 to f/22
Aperture Opening Button Focus adjustment
Film Drive Type Electromotive film feed by a built-in mini-servomotor controlled by electronic governor (used jointly with registration pin), manual feed button provided
Film Loading 2-method side loading, with sound or silent
Filming Speed 24 fps.
Image Stability Within 01.5% vertically, within 0.1% horizontally
Power Source Provided in the sound recorder amplifier
Battery Life 15 rolls at 100-ft each (normal temperature), 3 rolls at 100-ft. each at –20°C.
Footage Counter Footage count with a 5-ft. scale, automatically returns to “S” every time side cover is opened
Battery Checker Button press mini-meter display on the recorder amplifier
Shutter Shutter Opening 135 degrees
Mirror Shake Button Provided (to fine adjust the position of the mirror shutter)
Sound Recording System Method Current bias magnetic sound recording system
Bias Waveform 61 KHz
Other Distance between shooting aperture and sound recording head: 28 frames
Recording head and playback head of the monitor can be removed together as one unit
Wow/Flutter Within 0.2% (WRMS)
Sockets Amplifier connection point
Grip Fixed hand-grip with hand strap provided
Tripod Socket 2 types: CU1/4, CU3/8
Working Temperature Range -20°C to +50°C
Dimensions (W x H x D) 133 x 241 x 307 mm
Weight 5000 g
[ Sound Recorder Amplifier ]
Recording Waveform Characteristics 150 to 8000 Hz –2 dB
Recording S/N 45 dB or more
Distortion Max. 3%
Other Recording Characteristics SMPTE Standard
Recording Volume Adjustment Automatic (AGC), manual adjustment possible
Microphone Single-direction (Sanken MU-2), input impedance: 600 ohm balance
Monitor Crystal earphone
Power Source Hermetically sealed Ni-Cd battery 24V 1.5Ah (10 hour capacity)
Recharge time: 5 hours at normal temperature
Power supply for both camera drive and amplifier
Amplifier and battery checker share same level meter
Dimensions (W x H x D) 63 x 157 x 190 mm
Power supply component: 59.5 x 89.5 x 183 mm
Weight 3000 g