Color Camcorders

Color Camcorders




  • Japan
  • Americas
  • Europe, Asia, Oceania
  • Outline
  • Specifications
Marketed April 1981
Original Price 169,000 yen (without case)

This handheld model utilizes a 2/3″ high-performance image pickup tube. It enables video filming with all the ease of the 8mm video camera in terms of quality, operability, and portability.

The VC-100 features superior operability, including 1) automatic color adjustment with a three-tier pre-set switch from which the user selects the light source, 2) exposure control with center-weighted averaging metering auto-iris, and 3) a large optical viewfinder brightened for easy viewing, all in a small, lightweight design that just about everyone can operate trouble-free. It can also be utilized with an electronic viewfinder (sold separately), which lets you check your footage immediately after it’s filmed.

This new design gives you sharp, stable image with features such as the 5x zoom lens, the high-performance image pickup tube, and a special circuit to prevent detractions such as residual images and electric noise.

Further, by using it in conjunction with our separately sold thin compact video recorder, the VR-100, which utilizes CVC 1/4-inch tapes, you get a complete portable video system that, at the time of its release, was the lightest and most compact in the world at a total weight of less than 5000 grams. The recorder provides the power supply.

Video (Luminance) S/N rate Better than 45dB
Horizontal resolution Better than 240 lines at center
Video output signal 1.0 Vp-p/75 ohms(unbalanced)
Typical subject luminance 1400 lx
Minimum illumination 100 lx (with standby/operate switch at UP)
Lens f/1.8, 6x power zoom, 13-65mm focal length automatic iris
Focusing system active autofocus, manual focusing possible
Minimum focusing distance 1.2 m
Macro mechanism wide macro; macro recording distance : 4mm from front of lens
Filter diameter 43 mm
Microphone Uni-directional electret condenser stereo microphone
External Microphone input level -70dB, 600 ohms unbalanced low impedance, 3.5mm mini-jack
Audio output level -20dB, high impedance
Illumination range 100 lx – 100,000 lx
Power supply 12V DC
Power consumption approx. 5.4W during recording; approx. 1.2W in standby
Working temperature range 0°C – 40°C (32°F-104°F)
Working humidity 90% or less
(W x H x D)
76 x 221 x 314 mm (including hood, eye-cup, grip)
Weight Body: 1,500 g (including cable, without grip)