A CDE Definition
(CAMera reCORDER) A combination video camera, recorder and player in one unit. Prior to camcorders, the camera and magnetic tape recorder were separate devices cabled together. In 1983, Sony introduced the Betamovie, the first camcorder, which used half-inch analog Betamax videotape cassettes. However, the cassette had to be removed and inserted into a separate videotape player for viewing. Subsequently, camcorders were designed to play as well as record.
Today, all video cameras are digital camcorders that record onto flash memory cards, DVDs, hard drives or tape cassettes. In addition, every modern smartphone is also a camcorder. See SD formats, HD formats, DTV and digital camera.
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