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see videocassette recordervideocassette recorder
(VCR), device that can record television programs or the images from a video camera on magnetic tape (see tape recorder); it can also play prerecorded tapes.
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A one-piece hand-held television camera with built-in videocassette recorder, microphone, and battery pack, utilizing a charge-coupled device array as its light-sensitive element.


(CAMera reCORDER) A combination video camera, recorder and player in one unit. Prior to camcorders, the camera and magnetic tape recorder were separate devices cabled together. In 1983, Sony introduced the Betamovie, the first camcorder, which used half-inch analog Betamax videotape cassettes. However, the cassette had to be removed and inserted into a separate videotape player for viewing. Subsequently, camcorders were designed to play as well as record.

Today, tape cassettes are history, and all video cameras are digital camcorders that record onto flash memory cards, hard drives or SSDs. In addition, every modern smartphone is also a camcorder. See SD formats, HD formats, DTV and digital camera.

The First Camcorder
In 1983, Sony's Betamovie was the first combination camera and recorder in one unit. Although camcorders have gotten quite small, broadcast-quality cameras used by major media are still rather large and heavy. (Image courtesy of DrT,

Cam, But No Corder
In 1939, this RCA video camera used the all-electronic Iconoscope picture tube but did not even have a viewfinder. That came later. Videotape recording would not come until 1956. (Image courtesy of Early Television Foundation,
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We see in the viewfinder of Christy's videocam an image of a smiling but iii Frankie--the first image of the child we have seen--followed by an image of Mateo on a swing.
La VideoCAM NB puede programarse para que el monitoreo se realice en un determinado horario; sin embargo, esta tarea consume una gran cantidad de espacio libre en disco, pues un minuto de captura a la menor resolucion (160 x 120 pixeles) sin audio genera un archivo de 20MB aproximadamente.
The first thing that surprised me was that the instant the children got the videocam in their hands, they began sticking their hands, feet, faces right in front of the lens.
Consequently, one is inclined to conclude, the objective third eye of a videocam would be an indispensable method of resolving allegations against police and, in all probability, of deterring both police misconduct and false accusations against police.
Now, with their videocam hookup putting them on-camera, there is a subtle, cultural squeeze, in which a dying medium gives a final boost to the newborn.
Though technically possible, it is neither practical nor desirable to install videocam monitors in private homes to substitute for office supervision.
Audio/visual toys like Tyco's VideoCam also sold well, said Volanakis, as did sports activity toys, Lego building sets from Lego Systems Inc.
Today, a videocam with all the attendant circuitry required to attach it to a computer costs approximately $9 a unit in OEM quantities.
And three years ago, for her birthday, she bought a Sony videocam that has its own projector.
Celestron has released an entry-level videocam for amateur astronomers: the NexImage 5 Solar System Imager for $199.
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