In today's world, Handycam has become a topic of great importance and relevance. Its impact covers different areas and sectors, from economics to politics, through technology and society in general. Interest in Handycam has been increasing in recent years, awakening the curiosity and attention of a wide spectrum of people. It is important to understand and analyze in depth everything related to Handycam, its origin, evolution, implications and possible future challenges. In this article, we will exhaustively explore this fascinating topic, with the aim of offering a complete and up-to-date overview of Handycam, so that readers can expand their knowledge and better understand the importance of this phenomenon today.

Sony Handycam DCR-SX63
Released1985 (1985)
Video recordingVarious formats; see § Models
Made inJapan
Sony Handycam DCR-DVD705
Nightshot Plus switch of a DCR-HC40E

Handycam is a Sony brand used to market its camcorder range. It was launched in 1985 as the name of the first Video8 camcorder, replacing Sony's previous line of Betamax-based models, and the name was intended to emphasize the "handy" palm size nature of the camera, made possible by the new miniaturized tape format. This was in marked contrast to the larger, shoulder mounted cameras available before the creation of Video8, and competing smaller formats such as VHS-C.


Sony has continued to produce Handycams in a variety of guises ever since, developing the Video8 format to produce Hi8 (equivalent to S-VHS quality) and later Digital8, MiniDV and MiniDVD, using the same basic format to record digital video. The Handycam label continues to be applied as recording formats evolve.


Night vision

Select flagship Sony HandyCam models feature infrared night-vision often called as Nightshot Plus, dubbed NightShot which utilizes an infrared light-emitting diode and an infrared filter that is mechanically attached, and detached to the sensor in order to enable the camcorder to record video footage in complete darkness ("Nightshot 0 lux").

The NightShot feature is popular with paranormal investigators on the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures.[citation needed]

Meta data

MiniDV tape Handycam camcorders record a time code and video recording parameters (such as light sensitivity (in dB), aperture, exposure time, and info) on an additional meta data track on the tape.


Sony Handycam HDR-CX380
  • Video8 Handycam (1985-1989) (These continued for sale into the 90s)
Sony Handycam DCR-HC40E

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