Year: 1984

The “world’s first camcorder” might have held the unflattering honor of being the byproduct of an ill-fated media platform, but its advanced technology and filming capabilities helped usher in the new wave of video recorders. The BMC-100P combined a video camera and Betamax deck, also featured a single video head, which was one less than VHS and Beta VCRs at the time. Some of its design hallmarks made it iconic including the battery compartment housed in the grip.