Panasonic VHS-C Movie Camera NV-A1

Japan, 1994

Photograph by Egmont Contreras, ACMI.

Various magnetic tape technologies were produced during the period of the videotape format wars during the late 1970s and early 80s, which was particularly significant for the amateur filmmaker market. Cameras became more and more compact, making them cheaper and portable. The Panasonic VHS-C Movie Camera NV-A1 was a condensed VHS (Video Home System) videocassette format, which was mainly used in consumer-grade camcorders. It was a smaller size than VHS, as with Betamax, but could be played in a standard VCR with an adaptor making the footage easier to access than ever before.

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