First videotape recorder prototype produced in Japan (based on the Ampex standard, 4-head, 2-inch-wide tape).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sony's first 3D Blu-ray player and the industry's thinnest (36mm).
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.
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.