8mm camcorders

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8mm Camcorders

VM-E2 [A] [E] [J]
Marketed January 1987
Original Price 199,800 yen

Canon developed this 8mm video camcorder to improve image quality and operability, inheriting the basic features of VM-E1. The VM-E2 incorporated a high-performance 240,000-pixel 1/2" CCD image sensor and Canon's original image processing technology to produce natural color tones. In addition to automating the camera controls, it improved operability by separating the camera controls from the video recording controls.

Video recording system VM-E2 [A] [J] 2 rotary heads, helical scanning system (NTSC)
- Luminance signal: FM azimuth recording
- Chrominance signal: Converted subcarrier phase shift recording
VM-E2 [E] 2 rotary heads, PAL system
- Luminance signal: FM azimuth recording
- Chrominance signal: Converted subcarrier phase shift recording
Audio recording system Frequency multiplexing system
Television system NTSC system (VM-E2 [A] [J]) , PAL system (VM-E2 [E])
Tape format 8 videocassette
Tape speed VM-E2 [A] [J] 14.345mm/s
VM-E2 [E] 20.051mm/s (at SP mode), 10.026mm/s (at LP mode)
Maximum recording time VM-E2 [A] [J] 180 min. (with a P6-type 120-min. cassette)
VM-E2 [E] 90 min. at SP mode, 180 min. at LP mode (with a P5-type 90-min. cassette)
Fast forward/rewind time VM-E2 [A] [J] 7 min. (with a P6-type 120-min. cassette)
VM-E2 [E] Less than 6 min. (with a P5-type 90-min. cassette)
Image sensor VM-E2 [A] [J] 1/2" CCD (charge-coupled device), 210,000 pixels
VM-E2 [E] 1/2" CCD (charge-coupled device), 240,000 pixels
Viewfinder Monochrome electronic viewfinder
Lens 8-48mm focal length, 11 groups 14 lenses, filter diameter: 46mm, P = 0.75, Minimum shooting distance: 120cm
Focusing system Active 3-point autofocus using infrared beam
Color temperature switching With white balance adjustment
Minimum illumination 10 lx
Illumination range 10 lx-100,000 lx
Aperture Auto iris servo system
Output terminal (level/impedance) Video/audio output terminal 10-pin round-type (EVF) M3 mini jack (Earphone)
Video output terminal 1Vp-p/75 ohms
Audio output terminal -10dBv (at 3 kohms load)
Output terminal 12-pin square-type
External microphone terminal M3 mini jack
Power supply 6V DC
Power consumption VM-E2 [A] [J] Less than 6W
VM-E2 [E] Less than 7.5W
Operating temperature range 32-104ºF (0-40ºc)
Dimensions Approx. 145mm x 153mm x 288mm (excluding tiny projection)
Weight Body: Approx. 1600g (including viewfinder)
When recording: indistinct