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Video Recorder

1958

  • prototype

    First videotape recorder prototype produced in Japan (based on the Ampex standard, 4-head, 2-inch-wide tape).

1961

  • SV-201
    SV-201

    World's first transistor-based videotape recorder. This device was capable of still shots as well as slow motion playback. Total weight was approximately 200kg.

1963

  • PV-100
    PV-100

    Professional use transistor-based videotape recorder utilizing a 1.5-head system---resulting in significant size reductions. This device employed 2-inch-wide tape and weighed approximately 60kg.

1965

  • CV-2000
    CV-2000

    First in the “Videocorder” series (the world's first all-transistor consumer use VTR). It utilized a 1/2-inch-wide tape and was capable of over one hour of continuous recording and playback.

1971

  • VP-1100
    VP-1100

    The first U-Matic color video cassette player (playback only). This machine utilized a 3/4-inch-wide tape, ushering the VTR into the cassette age.

1972

  • VO-1700
    VO-1700

    The first U-Matic color video cassette recorder, employing 3/4-inch-wide tape. Featuring a TV tuner, this machine enabled the user to record programming from one channel while simultaneously watching TV on another channel.

1975

  • SL-6300
    SL-6300

    The first Beta system VCR, generally known as “Betamax.” This device used 1/2-inch-wide tape with a cassette approximately the size of a paperback book. It was widely advertised as a “time-shift machine,” allowing users to watch TV programming at their own convenience.

  • SL-7300
    SL-7300

    The first Beta VCR incorporating a TV tuner. This enabled the user to record programming on one channel while simultaneously watching TV on another channel.

1985

  • EV-S700
    EV-S700

    The first stationary 8mm VCR. This device was capable of recording and playback of up to 4 hours of programming in long-recording mode. Incorporating a PCM function, the machine also supported up to 24 hours of recording and playback.

1987

  • EDV-9000
    EDV-9000 

    ED Beta VCR. This was a high-end machine with versatile onboard video editing functions. This product offered a video recording bandwidth of 9.3 MHz, supporting advanced definition video recording (featuring 500 lines of horizontal resolution).

1988

  • SLV-7
    SLV-7

    The first VHS Hi-Fi VCR. This device featured a “digital editing monitor” enabling users to easily edit camcorder or similar footage by linking the camcorder to the monitor.

1997

  • DHR-1000
    DHR-1000

    Japan's first stationary VCR compliant with consumer use digital VCR specifications (DV system). With 500 lines of horizontal resolution, this device offered high-quality recording/playback with limited blurring of color.

2000

  • SVR-515
    SVR-715

    The first “Clip-On” hard drive video recorder. Using the built-in hard drive for recording, this model was capable of recording up to approximately 20 hours of video in LP mode and enabled users to rewind to earlier portions of a program even while continuing to record.

2001

  • RDR-A1
    RDR-A1

    Sony's first DVD recorder, adopting the DVD-RW/R standard, which features playback compatibility with DVD players. This machine was capable of recording approximately two hours (standard) of high-quality digital video on a DVD disc. The device included an i.LINK port to offer digital video camera compatibility.

2003

  • BDZ-S77
    BDZ-S77

    World's first Blu-ray recorder with BS digital tuner. This device was capable of recording approximately two hours of digital HD video on a 12cm (diameter) Blu-ray optical disc.

  • RDR-HX10
    RDR-HX10

    A model from the “Sugoroku” series of DVD recorders incorporating a high-capacity 250GB hard drive. The recorder's versatile TV recording features included EPG (Electronic Program Guide) and automatic recording of programs matching the user's specified preferences.

2006

  • BDZ-V9
    BDZ-V9

    Record HD broadcasts or HD content in Full HD from video cameras directly to Blu-ray disc. A Blu-ray disc recorder designed to exacting specifications for highly advanced image quality and superb sound, offering all the benefits of the BD-ROM format.

2010

  • BDP-S470
    BDP-S470

    Sony's first 3D Blu-ray player and the industry's thinnest (36mm).

  • BDZ-AX2000
    BDZ-AX2000

    This Blu-ray disc recorder not only played back 3D Blu-ray discs, but also supported the new Blu-ray 3D and BDXL format media as well.

2011

  • BDZ-AX2700T
    BDZ-AX2700T

    The industry’s first* 3D-compatible Blu-ray disc™ recorder capable of simultaneously recording up to 3 programs for extended periods and compatible with connection to an external USB hard disk (HDD).
    * Current at the time of the press release issued on August 23, 2011. In reference to Japan’s domestic Blu-ray disc recorder market.

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