If I didn’t already feel old, now I definitely do. Today, Sony is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their Handycam camcorder. It was the first Video8 camcorder, which replaced the failed Betamax format and was, and still is a great catch all name for the palm sized device.
The Video8 Handycam weighed just over 2lbs and included 3 focus settings, two white balance options and could record only – there was no playback option.
Over the years the Handycam continued to evolve, but looking back Sony truly set the benchmark for portability.