1985. Sony CCD-M8E. 1st 8mm camcorder.
Video 8 / 8mm compact cassette Sony "Handycam"
It is interesting to see this new light-weight camcorder announced in the Sept. 1985 issue of Popular Science Magazine.
This compact tape recording system from Sony used a video tape which was 8mm in width in a compact cassette. From
Sony's web site in 2018 -"Lightest camcorder in the world when launched, at 1.0 kg. This model is exclusively for
recording. The CCD-M8 marked the start of the Handycam series. It is significantly smaller than the CCD-V8. The lens
barrel has a sliding cover, and the grip incorporates the battery compartment. Offering convenience and simplicity
approaching a fully automatic still camera, the premier Handycam was exceptionally easy to operate with one hand"
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