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This 2-page spread was one of the advertisements introducing the American public to the  new system by Sony of Half Inch Video recording in 1965.

From the Sony History Site...

"In 1964, a team led by Nobutoshi Kihara developed the CV-2000, the world's first VCR intended for home use. This was the first step toward realizing Masaru Ibuka's dream of creating a video player that would be suitable for home use in terms of both size and price."

"The CV-2000 was roughly the same size as an audio tape recorder of that time. This VCR, which had two rotary heads, was a reel-to-reel type unit and it reproduced fantastic black and white images. In addition, the price of the CV-2000 was less than one-hundredth a broadcast-use model, and less than one-tenth the price of an institutional model. The machine's key feature was the use of rotary heads, which cost more than static heads. This disproved the commonly held view of many in the industry that rotary heads employed for broadcast and institutional-use models could not be adapted for a home-use VCR. The world gasped in wonder at the picture quality of the new machine, and Kihara could proudly answer previous skeptics by saying, pictTechnology does not abide by common sense. Our goal is to break down ideas people have come to accept as common sense.pict..."

"Although manufactured as the first home-use VCR, most of the CV-2000 machines were actually used for medical and industrial purposes before finding their way into schools and, eventually, homes. So in spite of the picthome-usepict label, in reality the reel-to-reel type CV-2000, which could record and play back black and white images, proved to be an extremely popular institutional model."


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Sony TCV-2010  Videocorder  At SMECC


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wpeD.gif (113019 bytes)For Home Video Tape  Recording...



wpe10.gif (82824 bytes) What is the Videocorder? 

The Videocorder Is an Instrument which records both picture and sound on tape much In the same manner as an ordinary tape recorder records sound only. Professional video tape recorders have been in use for several years in many fields, notably television, where programs are recorded on tape for later broadcasting.

wpe12.gif (167511 bytes)Now, SONY becomes the leader with a low priced home video tape recorder, called the SONY Videocorder. Its operation is similar to that of an ordinary tape recorder. With the flip of a switch, you may either transcribe an un-copyrighted television program on tape for later viewing or play back a recorded tape. By the use of the Videocorder, important programs can be recorded on tape in your absence. Also, if two Important programs are telecast simultaneously. One may be taped on the Videocorder while the other is viewed on a second TV set.

With the use of SONY's Video Camera Kit. a new era of enriched home entertainment has truly begun. Using the simple-to-operate SONY Video Camera and Microphone, anyone may easily record family events. or even their own sports activities for study and improvement. It Is easy to see the tremendous advantages of video tape recording. Any recording may be viewed immediately without waiting for developing or processing. You may build a home tape library of these even, for later viewing.

Sony's home use Videocorder. the newest major breakthrough in magnetic recording techniques. compact in size and low in cost. makes it possible for all to enjoy the excitement of video recording

wpe40.gif (89925 bytes)   Videocorder TCV-2010 features 

- Simple operation similar to ordinary tape recorders. 
- Slow speed rerecording -Sony's special feature. 
  -Tape speed is only 71/2 inches-per-second. 
  - Tape is only 1/2"wide.
  -  Uses only 7" reels for one full hour of continuous recording. 
  - Tape consumption is low. 
  - Tape breakage
is minimal. 
  - Mechanical durability is assured.
- Solid state circuitry further reassures durability. 
- Tapes can be erased for new recordings.
- Videocorder screen can be used as a normal TV receiver.
- Operates on regular household AC current.
- Has carrying handles for easy portability. 
Videocorder Model TCV-2010, $995.00

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The Videocorder model TCV-2020 has all the features of 
theTCV-2010 except for the carrying handles in addition:


- Housed in a beautiful walnut cabinet. 
- Has timing device which may be preset to record program.
 while you are away from home. 

Videocorder Model TCV-2020, $1250.00

Lets Examine the  CV-2000 Prices...

Sony Videocorder Net Price Schedule for 2000 Series  May 1967
CV-2000D  Videocorder with walnut base  $695.00
CV-2000 Videocorder (portable) $730.00
TCV-2010  Videocorder with built in monitor/TV )portable)  $995.00
TCV-2020  Videocorder with built in monitor/TV in Walnut case, with timer   $1150.00

Now remember... I remember in the late 60s you could buy a Datsun pickup for $1600 on sale... work the math!  to own a video recorder was a financial feat indeed for the individual!

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The TCV-2010 was video recorder with built in monitor/TV  for only$ 995.00 in 1967. 

In the advertisement you will also see the VCK-2000  camera kit which consisted of  camera, tripod, cables and accessories. Click on the picture for a larger view.

The Museum's UPS driver is still groaning after lifting our TCV-2100A and camera case (a little later model in the CV-2000 series) that were banded together for shipment! Portable? Yes for that time it was a miracle but not acceptable today. It really takes three people to comfortably carry the outfit, two on the TCV-2010 and another on the VCK-2000




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Today's most advanced video tape recorders in the $1000 and under class have proved their reliability in hundreds of business and educational applications.

Model CV-2000 Portable Deck -Most compact and portable video tape recorder ever designed. Housed in a handy carrying case and weighing only 46 lbs.

Model CV-2000D Deck-An economical approach to video tape recording. This compact unit is housed in a sturdy, handsome walnut-finish cabinet.

Model TCV-2010-The pioneer model in the field. This complete, self-contained unit includes a video tape recorder, 8·inch (measured diagonally) receiver/monitor in its own portable carrying caSe.

Model TCV-2020-Handsomeoil-finish walnut cabinet. Built-in timer can be set to record programs in user's absence. Has built-in receiver/monitor.

Camera Ensemble VCK-200o-Solid-state Video Camera with f/1.9, 25mm, "C" mount lens, elevator tripod, dynamic microphone, and extension cords in a handy carrying case. The camera records 'live' action in any illumination from standard room lighting to broad daylight, and adjusts automatically to changes in light.

Video Tape-Highest quality, half-inch tape made by Sony, one of the world's leading tape manufacturers. V·31 half-hour playing time on 7" reel 1240 ft. V·32 one-hour playing time, 2370 ft.

Other Accessories-Complete line extends application of the Videocorders. lenses (telephoto, wide angle and zoom) and a camera selector for professional results. Two high-definition, channel 2 to 83 receiver/monitors: a portable and a large· screen model. Branch cords for feeding additional monitors and cables for operating the camera, microphone, or monitors at varying distances from the Videocorder .

Sony Corporation of America, 47-47 Van Dam St., N.Y, N.Y. 11101

Showroom: 585 Fifth Ave., N.Y.C., Regional Offices: 500 W. Florence Ave., Inglewood, Calif. 90307 • 5551 N. Milton Parkway, Rosemont, III. 60018




A Sony Videocorder provides the basis for a complete TV studio, With it you can take TV pictures and sound right off-the-air and put the.m on tape, With the optional TV camera and microphone plugged in, you can do the same with 'live' action, And when you're done, simply rewind and you're ready to play back pictures and sound - instantly, It's as easy as operating an ordinary tape recorder.

With the Video Camera Ensemble you can record 'live' action in normal room lighting or broad daylight and play back the recorded material through a monitor or TV receiver in both sight and sound, This makes possible the recording of hundreds and hundreds of situations which can be used in business/ education and science applications,

You can also record selected TV programs off-the-air for playback any time presidential speeches, educational programs, space launches, TV commercials anything that will be of interest to your associates in business, your students in school. You can even record programs while you/re away or while watching other programs, and play them back at your convenience,

An important feature of these units is tape interchangeability. Any tape recorded on one Sony Videocorder can be played back on any other Sony Videocorder, For example, a recording made at company headquarters can be distributed to any division or branch where a Videocorder is available, Similarly, educational institutions can exchange tapes with other schools,

A wide range of accessories is available so that the user can produce the most effective and professional results when taping 'live' action with the camera, Sony offers precision wide-angle, zoom and telephoto lenses. A camera selector permits the use of two cameras to record different views of the same scene for close-up or long shots at the flick of a switch,

Economy of operation is another important feature of the Videocorder, These decks employ the ingenious Sony alternate-field scan and repeat-field playback system making it possible to operate the tape at a slow 71/2 ips speed, An hour of program material can be recorded on a 7-inch reel at a cost of less than $40. And the tape can be erased and used again and again.

Sony offers four Videocorder models in the thousand-dollar and under price range that make possible video tape applications formerly considered economically impractical. Further, the compact size of these units make them easily transportable almost anywhere .... another feature that adds to their versatile application.



o  Record programs off-the0air and play them back instantly in sight and sound, or store them for later use.

o  Record 'live' action in almost any kind of lighting/ indoors or outdoors, when used with video camera,

o  Can be operated with almost any number of monitors for presentation to large groups, or for distribution of pictures to individual rooms,

o  Priced in the $1000 and under range to make possible applications formerly considered uneconomical. (A basic TV studio- camera, deck and monitor- costs under $1400)

o 100% interchangeability-tapes recorded on one Sony Videocorder can be played back on any other Sony Videocorder.

o Compact, lightweight, instantly transportable for use almost anywhere- indoors and outdoors,

o Low cost operation-an hour of program material costs less than $40 and can be erased and used again and again -less than the cost of processed black-and-white 8mm movie film,

o Clean, sharp play back-'live' action or off-the-air recordings,

o Solid-state reliability-designed by the leader in transistor technology, Combines trouble-free, solid-state electronics with rugged transport mechanism.

o Portable, solid-state TV camera for excellent 'live' action recordings,

o  Wide selection of Videocorder models/ high definition monitors and accessories for broadest application.



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Business & Industry: Sharpen up sales techniques by letting salesman observe their own performance. Add dramatics and reality to sales presentations. Train workers in repetitive assembly line operations. Recording sales meetings for review by other divisions. Improve security systems by having a record of what the camera sees. Improve the performance of students at dance, dramatic and charm schools. Make advertising and sales presentations; record advertisements on out-of-town TV stations for later evaluation; preview commercials in their early stages. Record tests of prototype equipment and development work for review by the home office or others who should see it Observe operations in hazardous or inaccessible areas and record results. Record data observed by distant cameras and telemetering set-ups.

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Education: Store educational material like lectures and lab work for replay at a later date or for use in other schools. Overcome scheduling problems by being able to replay program material at the most convenient time. Improve instruction in language labs, dramatic, public speaking, athletic or other training situations. Brief new students by showing them how to use the library and other school facilities. Improve athletic performance of students and team athletes. Train new teachers and improve techniques of older ones.

Science and medicine: Record experiments and play them back instantly for study or show them at a later date to a large number of viewers. Record operations for later replay for benefit of interns and students unable to get a good view. Tapes can be sent to other hospitals. (Caution must be. exercised not to use the units near volatile gases.) Record reactions of patients as they were at the beginning of treatment and as they progress-valuable in psychiatric, orthopedic and similar work.

Law enforcement: Record reactions of suspects or witnesses for later study. Identify suspects. Police can distribute tapes to other police departments, for more positive identification of suspects.

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This is a 'like new' vintage Sony video camera model 
CVC- 2000
It looks like its never been hooked up.

wpe3E.gif (67024 bytes)CVC-2000 (1965): This unit was the first consumer (early pro-sumer?) B/W vidicon camera. The viewfinder consist of two square wire loops that the operator peeped through (reminiscent of some early still box cameras form earlier times). This camera was used with the 'CV-2000' series Sony VTR's. When in an entire kit with tripod and accessories  the CVC-2000 was referred to as 'VCK-2000'.

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The specifications: 

From the product brochure:


Size:3·1/8" (W) x 5·1/2" (H) x 9· 7/8" (L)
Weight:5.9 lbs.
Standard Lens:FI.9 25mm. C mount
Vidicon Tube :SONY M3016
Minimum Luminance: 100 lux (F I.9 lens) 
AGC Range:100 lux to Infinite (F 1. 9 lens)
Power Source: AC 117V-60 c/s
Power Consumption: low
Transistors: 26
Diodes: 25

Adjustment of Controls


When you are close to the monitor screen of the VIDEOCORDER. you can frame the picture by watching: the screen.

If you're away from the screen, use the View· finder on the Camera to frame the picture, Set up the Viewfinder frames and view through the small one. The picture seen through the Viewfinder frames will he recorded.


This Viewfinder ill designed for the exclusive me with the standard lens (f.1.9- 25mm) of the Video Camera. When the lens is replaced with another lens. find the picture frame by watching the monitor screen.


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Sony markets world's first home-use videotape recorder, the CV-2000.

Markets V30E (20-minute recording capability), the world's first 1/2-inch open-reel videotape, for the all-transistor CV-2000 home videotape recorder.

A side note... Sony introduces the world's first transistor condenser microphone, the C-38.



Model CV-2000. The most portable video tape recorder ever designed, is housed in a sturdily-constructed carrying case with a durable leatherette finish. Weighing only 46 lbs., it can be carried easily from location to location.



  Model CV-2000D

 This economical deck is housed in a handsome walnut-finish case. Compact, it can be installed anywhere—even where space is limited.  

The CV-2000D was identical in mechanism to the CV-2000, but was in a nice wood cabinet so it would match other television and HI-FI equipment.



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From The Advertisement...


Now instant
movies in sound
start at $695.

The new Sony Videocorder deck (model CV-2000D) is both compact and versatile. It's also quite reasonably priced, $695. It's just like current Sony Videocorder models, but without the built-in TV monitor. Using a separate monitor or TV set, you can tape selected TV programs off-the-air. Add the optional Sony TV camera and· you can tape "live" action in sight and sound. Play back your tape, and you'll see instant movies in sound.

This new deck is small enough to fit on a bookshelf, as a part of your hi-fi component system. Light enough (only 44 lbs.) to take wherever you want it to perform. Adaptable enough to use with any TV monitor, small or large screen (the new Sony 8*-inch and 22*-inch receiver/monitors are perfect mates). It can be adapted to work with most home TV sets. Handsome too, in walnut-finish cabinet.

Looking for a Videocorder with its own built-in monitor? Then meet the rest of the Sony Videocorder family. TCV-2010 complete in its own carrying case, $995. The TCV-2020, handsome oil-finish walnut cabinet and with built-in timer to automatically tape TV programs while you're away, $1150. For taping "live" action, there is the Video Camera Ensemble VCK-2000 (camera, elevator tripod, microphone) at $350. For an unforgettable demonstration visit your Sony Videocorder dealer today. For free 16-page booklet write:

SONY® Corp. of America, 47-37 Van Dam St., Long Island City, N.Y. 11101 Dept. H

*diagonal measurement. The Videocorder is not to be used to record copyrighted material. Sony and Videocorder are registered trademarks of the Sony Corp. All prices suggested list.






Circuitry solid-state

Recording signal  2:1 interlaced composite signal based on American TV standards, including industrial sync.

Signal recording method  Double-sideband FM recording

Horiz. Resolution   Greater than 200 lines

Video signal-to-noise ratio Greater than 40db.

Video output  1-4V (P-P), sync negative, 75 ohms

Video input  1-3V (P-P), sync negative, 75 ohms

Camera input For Sony CVC-2000*

Microphone input-Low impedance, - 60db unbal., 600 ohms

Audio frequency range 80 to 10,000 Hz

Audio signal-to-noise Greater than 40db

 Audio aux. Input  High impedance, - 20db balanced

Audio output to line


For use with TV cameras other than Sony CVC-2000 refer lo Bulletin P.E.T.I.-2



Recording system Rotary two heads helical scanning

Servo system  Electro-magnetic

Recording time 60 min. continuous (with V-32 tape, 2,370 ft.) 30 min. continuous (with V-31 tape, 1240 ft.)

Rewind/fast forward time Within 7 minutes

Motor  1 single-phase hysteresis synchronous

Audio-control head  Stationary, two heads

Erase head   Full track (EP-51-21)

Tape speed  7.5 ips

Tape  ½”, Sony “V” series or equiv.

Meter    Audio level, video level, AC line voltage

Operating position horizontal

Operating temperature 0-40 degrees C (32-104 degrees F)

Power req. &. Consumption 117 VAC, 60 Hz + 0.4, 80 watts



Dimensions  18 1/8  x 11 7/8 x 15 ¾”  (CV-2000)

                      19  ¾ x 9 7/8  x 15 1/4" (CV-2000D)

Weight   46 lbs. (CV-2000);  42V2lbs. (CV-2000D)

Case   Leatherette covered plywood (CV-2000); walnut finish (CV-2000D)



V-30, Sample Tape; RH-7V empty reel; Head cleaner set; Sony OL-1K lubricating oil; Splicing tape; 8-pin connector; 2-pin connector.



VCK-2000 Camera Ensemble   To record "live" action  (TV camera, microphone tripod, extension cables)

CVM-2300U 22-inch (measured diagonally) receiver/monitor  To be used for viewing by large groups

CVM-51UWP 8-inch (measured diagonally) receiver/monitor  To be used as TV receiver screen

CVO-1 Dust Cover   Clear, provides access to controls when Videocorder is operating

CVO-2 Dust Cover  Tinted, permits operation of Videocorder, but not controls

V-31 Video Tape  7-inch reel, ½ hr., 1,240 ft.

V-32 Video Tape 7-inch reel, 1 hr., 2,370 ft

RH-7V Tape Reel 7-inch reel

VMC-Branch Cords (VMC-1, VMC-1B, VMC-1D, etc.)  **To feed additional monitors

Refer to Technical Bulletin P.E.T.I.-3



TCV-2110A and Camera CVC-2100A

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Model of the Video Recorder Combo is  TCV-2110A, Serial #5369
The Recorder that is built in is a CV-2100 VTR
The “Built-in” TV/Monitor is a Model #CVM-51UWP, Serial #13444.

The Camera Kit has a Camera, Model# CVC-2100A Serial #19153
Viewfinder Model # CVF-4 Serial #16345,  
A telephoto/Wide angle lens 
Elevator Tripod Model # VCT-20A 
Cables and power cord.


Sony Videocorder - Model CV-2200


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The Camera Next to it is: Sony Video Camera CVC-2100A. Sony Electronic View Finder CVF-4. Sony TV Zoom Lens. Complete with accessories and factory case

Sony CV-2600 - Simplified 1/2" Skip Field Videocorder

1968: Sony CV-2600 - Simplified 1/2" Skip Field Videocorder!

The CV-2600 is the last of the CV series from Sony, representing the beginning of a transition from skip field recording machines to the more "advanced", full field recording, AV series machines. The mechanical technology of the CV 2600 was the most advanced of the CV series. It has one control lever to control all the parameters of tape transport, as well as automatic audio & video level controls. It did not provide for tracking control on playback.


From the CV 2600 Owner’s Manual...

Your new SONY Videocorder 2600 records pictures (video signals) and sound (audio signals). Recording operations are fully automatic and the recorded materials can be played back immediately. When used with a separate SONY video monitor, the Videocorder can tape selected (non-copyrighted) programs for watching at more convenient times. By adding the SONY video camera and microphone you have
a compact production unit for recording live action. This Operating Manual has been prepared to help you make high-quality recordings and to keep your Videocorder in top operating condition. Keep this booklet handy for future



AGC system
Your CV-2600 has automatic control of audio levels as well as video levels. This means that the Videocorder adjusts itself to changing levels of video and audio signals from either the video monitor or camera. These automatic features yield
perfect recordings with very little effort. There is no need to watch level meters, as the automatic circuits maintain optimum video and audio levels for you.

Simple and easy operation
Your CV-2600 can be operated as easily as an ordinary audio-tape recorder. To record, connect the video monitor or video camera, thread the tape as you would on an audio tape recorder. On the Videocorder you need only the following 3- step operation: 5] Push the Power Switch, [2] hold the Record Button down and [3] set the Function Selector to the [PLAY/REG] position. That's all. The GV-2600 will take care of the rest.

Reliable mechanism
Precisely designed circuits, precision rotating heads and a servo-controlled drive mechanism assure steady clean pictures and sound.

Tape interchangeability
Any tape recorded on the SONY Videocorder CV-200C* series and SONY Portable Videocorder Kit DVK-2400 can be played back on this CV-2600. The tape recorded on this Videocorder can also be played back on any other CV-2000
series Videocorder.
*All units with model numbers in the 2000 series.

Compact and lightweight
The easy-to-carry Videocorder is almost the same size as ordinary audio tape recorders, and operates anywhere that 117 volts, 60 Hz house current is available.

Simple connections
A single plug-in type cable completes all connections between the video camera and Videocorder. Single-cable connections also complete connections between the Videocorder and the video monitor.

Specifications – from Owner’s Manual

Technical Specifications
Video recording system Rotary (two-heads) helical scan
Recording signal based on American TV standards
Recording time more than 60 minutes, using V-32 tape (2370 ft)
more than 30 minutes, using V-31 tape (1240ft)
Tape speed 7 ½ ips (inches per second)
Tape width ½ inch
Video input 1.4Vp-p, 75 a (unbalanced)
Output 1.4Vp-p, 75 a (unbalanced)
Resolution more than 220 lines
Signal-to-noise-ratio greater than 40 dB
Audio inputs
Microphone input -65 dB, 600 n (unbalanced)
Auxiliary input -20 dB, high impedance (unbalanced)
Line output 0 dB, high impedance (unbalanced)
Audio frequency range 80—10000 Hz
Audio signal-to-noise-ratio greater than 40 dB
Power requirement 117V, 60 Hz
Power consumption 60 watts (65 VA)
Transistors 61
Diodes 23
Dimensions 15 ¾ (w) x 9 1/16 (h) x 13 3/16 (d)
Weight 31 lb
Standard accessories
Tape V-30, Reel RH-7V,
TV connector (8-pin), AC power cord
Polishing cloth, Splicing tape
Lubricating oil, Cleaning fluid
Head cleaning set


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The Portable Battery Operated non EIAJ Skip Field

Sony introduces the world's first portable VTR, the DV-2400.

The VIDEO ROVER, was the first video portapack. it offered the format of the  time which was B/W, skip field, Pre-EIAJ, 1/2 inch tape, reel to reel.  This first unit was a record ONLY portapak VTR outfit. Recording time was 20 minutes on 4-1/2 inch reel of 1/2 inch videotape. streamlined for size and weight you were provided a small hand crank that stored in the units lid for rewinding the tape!

Playback of tapes from this unit (after they were hand rewound) was accomplished on the  CV-2000 series decks.


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Akio Morita, CEO of Sony for over forty years Demonstrating (or just posing with?) the DVK-2400. Photo: LabGuy's World




From The Product Literature...

A new dimension in sight and sound recording has been achieved with a miniaturized Videocorder, now able to be carried over your shoulder and a solid state TV Camera that is hand-held, trigger-ready to shoot "live" action, indoors or outdoors.

There are no limitations with your portable Videocorder and Camera. And, this is no "adaptation" of standard models! The DVK-2400 Battery Operated Videocorder uses the ½”wide magnetic video tape, running at 7 1/2 ips . . . the same used with the latest Videocorder models. The tape you take on your DVK-2400 model is playable immediately, or at a later date on any Sony Videocorder, the most popular video tape recording system available today,

The Battery Operated Videocorder, in a comfortable, compact shoulder-pack weighs a mere 11 pounds! It goes where you go and is completely solid state. There are no wires . . . no cables ... no converters ... no limitations as to where and when you can record sight and sound.

The Hand-Held TV Camera is simple to operate. A dynamic microphone mounted on top of the camera picks up your audio . . a built-in 1-inch TV screen Viewfinder helps frame your picture and shows you exactly what is being taped. There is a remote-control trigger on the camera handle that starts you recording, immediately! One simple cable connection between camera and Videocorder and your system is complete, and ready to operate. The lens on your TV Camera is Sony's 16-54mm, F-2, C-mount, Zoom.

The potential and applications of the DVK-2400/VCK-2400 Videocorder and Camera Ensemble are limitless. Here is the Videocorder that goes anywhere you go!

Sony Battery-Operated Videocorder gives you features like these…
Complete Transportability - both TV Camera and Videocorder are solid state, battery operated. (Adaptable to AC also.)
Simple Operation - one-touch start/ stop and fully Automatic Video Level and Audio Level Controls,
Built-in TV Screen Viewfinder - shows you exactly what you are taping.
Pistol-Grip Handle on TV Camera - easy-to-use with remote-control trigger action,
7 1/2 ips Tape Speed - you get up to 20 minutes of recording time on a 5" reel. Tape is replayable on any Sony Videocorder.
Batteries - operational for a full hour's recording and are easily rechargeable.
Complete Line of Accessories—Zoom lens, Battery Charger, Dynamic Micro-phone, Carrying Case ... all come with the ensemble.


Text From The Portable Videocorder DV-2400 Owner’s Instruction Manual

Video recording system: Slant-track scanning
Recording signal: 2:1 interlace

Recording signal:
2:1 interlaced composite video signal based on American TV standards (supplied through the video camera DVC-2400)
Recording time: 20 minutes continuously, using V-30D tape (850ft) ~
Tape speed: 7 ½ ips (inch per second)
Tape width: ½”
Video modulation system: Frequency modulation
Resolution: Approximately 220 lines*
Video signal-to-noise ratio Greater than 40 db*
Video input 1.0V (peak to peak), sync negative, 50 ohms, at Pin 1 of the camera cable connector. (Ground return Pin 2.)
Audio input: 65 db, 600 ohms, at Pin 8 of the camera cable connector. (Ground return Pin 7.)
Audio frequency range: 100 - 8000 Hz*
Audio signal-to-noise ratio Greater than 38 db*
Microphone jack: Mini jack, input impedance 600 ohms
Earphone jack: Mini jack, output impedance 100 K ohms
Power requirements: DC 12V, 10.5W (without connecting DVC-2400)
Semiconductors: 41 transistors, 21 diodes

Dimensions : 4 7/8” (h) x 11 5/16” (d) x 11 ¼” (w)
Weight: 10 lbs. 13 oz (without batteries).

Portable Videocorder Kit DVK-2400
Portable Videocorder DV-2400
Battery Charger BC-2400
Rechargeable batteries Centralab RP-626x2
Reel RH-5V
Earphone CE-3
Head Cleaner tip
Cleaning fluid
Splicing tape
Polishing cloth

*Playback on a CV-2000 Series Videocorder.
Hz (hertz): cycles per second

Design and specifications subject to change without notice.


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Text  From The Portable Sony VCK-2400 
Video Camera Kit Owner’s Instruction Manual


Vidicon tube: 2/3” Separate mesh vidicon
Transistors: 40
Diodes: 21
Scanning system: 2:1 interlace
Horizontal and Vertical synchronizing signals supplied by the DV-2400 Videocorder.
(To use the camera with the SONY CV-2000 Series Videocorder the CMA-1 Adaptor is required).
Horizontal resolution: more than 400 lines (camera alone)
Horizontal frequency: 15.75 kHz
Vertical frequency: 60 Hz
Signal-to-noise ratio: greater than 40 db
Video output: 1 V p-p Composite Video signal (at load impedance 50 ohms)
Automatic-sensitivity control range: 300 lux to 100,000 lux (with F 2 lens)
Lens: Zoom lens, f 16—64 mm, F 2, C mount
Viewfinder: (built-in electronic viewfinder) 1" picture tube (measured diagonally)
Microphone input jack: Mini jack
Power requirements: DC 12V supplied by the DV-2400 (with a CV-2000 Series Videocorder, power is supplied through the Portable Camera Adaptor CMA-1)
Dimensions: 2 13/16 (w) x 5 (h) x 15-1/16 (d)" (with supplied zoom lens)
Weight: 5 lbs. 9 oz. (with supplied zoom lens, grip, microphone)
Microphone: Unidirectional, Impedance 250 ohms

Video Camera Kit VCK-2400 includes:
Video Camera DVC-2400
Television Zoom Lens VCL-16
Microphone F-45A Microphone extension cord
Camera grip
Camera cable CCJ-1
Wind screen
Polishing cloth
Shoulder strap

Provides a stationary mount for the camera.

Provides a handy steady-rest for the camera when complete mobility must be retained. VCT-1 is a telescoping pod. VCT-2 is a telescoping type and has a belt for rest.

Permits the DVC-2400 camera to be used with any SONY Series CV-2000 Videocorder

CCJ-1 (5 ft.)
CCJ-5 (16 ft )
CCJ-10 (33 ft.)


Hz (hertz): cycles per second
Design and specifications subject to change without notice.



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Lab Guy's DV-2400

CMA-1 Camera Adapter From Cal-Poly 
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