tech time warp: what was hot in 1983

Ah, the 1980s and ’90s. A time when folk were regularly subjected to seven-hour holiday video marathons.

Yes, the advent of the humble camcorder meant dads all over the world immediately imagined themselves to be the next Steven Spielberg, spending half of the time trying to work out if the focus was working while filming their shoes.

And it all started in earnest with Sony’s Betamovie BMC-100. The first consumer camcorder captured all the dullest holiday moments directly to a Betamax tape. In what was considered a pioneering leap in technology, the Betamax tape, once ejected from the BMC 100, could be inserted directly into a Betamax video recorder for everyone’s enjoyment…

Rested on the shoulder for operation, the unit was well designed and compact for its time, and would kickstart the camcorder revolution. But as for the Betamax format? Well, we all know that story.

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