Sony Betamovie BMC-500P Camcorder c1985 (Hire Only)

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Brand Sony
Model Betamovie BMC-500P
Format Betamax
Storage types Tape

Condition: Excellent

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Sony Betamovie BMC-500P Camcorder circa 1985

Excellent cosmetic condition, fully working and supplied with fitted orignal case, neck strap, battery & spare battery in holder for wearing on a belt

General Sony Betamovie BMC-500P Information

The BMC-500 was the last BetaMovie camcorder produced. It now has autofocus, a date/time generator, and more information displays and controls. The styling is much more modern, and no longer looks like an overlarge cine camera -- in fact it's difficult at a glance to tell it from full-size VHS camcorders of the same era.
However, like the earlier BMC models, it is a record-only machine, with no in-camera playback.

The viewfinder is optical, but the Single Lens Reflex system shows you exactly what you're taping, and has a useful split-screen focusing guide.

The controls - such as they are - are logically laid out, with a combined power and start/stop button, and the autofocus (which can be operated constantly or just when the button is pressed) is on the barrel on the left.
The date/time generator is on the left side, and the LCD display is also used to show status information like the tape counter, battery state and mode indicators.
The BMC-500 was a good machine, but by 1985 there were VHS and VHS-C machines with full playback, so it didn't compare well. And, of course, the parent Betamax format was in deep trouble; without Betamax, BetaMovie was useless. Luckily, Sony's 8mm format was about to be released to save the camcorder market for them, so the death of BetaMovie was not as disasterous as that of Betamax itself.

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