Vintage Color Video Cameras
1978: Panasonic WV-3700 Single Tube Portable
Vintage: 1978! It says
so on the bottom of the viewfinder! It is designed to be the matching color
camera for the Panasonic NV-9400 Umatic portapack VCR. The (separate) camera
control unit (CCU) is intended to clamp right to the bottom of the portable
VCR. The camera head plugs into the control unit which then plugs into
the VTR. The last two photos show the CCU strapped to the bottom edge of
the NV-9400 Umatic-S VCR. The camera head has a detachable pistol grip,
not shown, for hand held use. All operator adjustable controls are located
on the CCU. Adjustments are provided for color temperature, automatic gain
control and green pedestal (black level).
The camera uses a 1 inch,
striped target, color vidicon tube. The operator views live or tape playback
video in a 1-1/2 inch CRT viewfinder on top of the camera. The magnifier
lens can be flipped, out of the way, for direct viewing if desired. The
lens is an f 2, 17 to 102 mm variable zoom. This outfit is not very light
by today's standards! In its time, it was considered very compact for the
quality it could produce. The camera head and the CCU each weigh in at
eight and a half pounds! The NV-9400 VCR weighs another twenty four pounds
without the battery and the tape. This meant that a mobile videographer
was carrying a total weight in excess of forty pounds! ! !
Functional, needs adjustment. Stay Tuned for more info as it becomes available!
Needed: Service and or
operators' manuals for this camera.
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Updated: March 2, 2002