Hitachi SVC (© Bonnier Corp.)

Hitachi SVC (1984)

The Hitachi Still Video Camera prototype was presented, not demonstrated, at the ICCE Show 1984. According to Hitachi the camera featured a MOS sensor rather than a conventional CCD. Would the camera therefore have been marketed it would have been the first SVC with MOS imager and not the Casio VS-101. Hitachi also showed a line of peripheral devices such as a playback adapter, video floppy recorder and color printer. The color video printer could provide high-quality hard copies from a variety of video signal sources in about a minute, each 3-by-4-inch print offering 64 contrast levels and a resolution of 153 dots per inch.

Until late in 1985 Hitachi was considered to be the first company that could market a still video camera. The reason why no company had market a camera so far was the cost. A regular still video camera would cost between $800 and $1000. The peripheral devices such as a playback/recording device, a printer, an image processor would cost another $2,000. The quality was at best average. Therefore there was not really a race of bringing a device to market.


  • Brand: Hitachi
  • Model: SVC
  • First mentioned: 1984
  • Marketed: no
  • MSRP: $825
  • Imager Type: 2/3" MOS
  • Resolution: -
  • Internal Storage: -
  • External Storage: Video Floppy Disk
  • Lens: -
  • Shutter: 1s to 1/500s
  • Aperture Range: -
  • LCD screen size: -
  • Size: -
  • Weight: -
  • Remarks: -

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