Sony DXC-101P CCD Video Camera

Made:
1987 in Japan
maker:
Sony

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Sony DXC-101P single chip CCD (charged coupled device) camera, 1988. When initially sourced by the Media Museum in the
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Sony DXC-101P single chip CCD (charged coupled device) camera, 1988. When initially sourced by the Media Museum in the
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Sony DXC-101P single chip CCD (charged coupled device) camera, 1988. When initially sourced by the Media Museum in the
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Sony DXC-101P single chip CCD (charged coupled device) camera, 1988. When initially sourced by the Media Museum in the
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Sony DXC-101P single chip CCD (charged coupled device) camera, 1988. When initially sourced by the Media Museum in the
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Sony DXC-101P single chip CCD (charged coupled device) camera, 1988. When initially sourced by the Media Museum in the
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Sony DXC-101P single chip CCD (charged coupled device) camera, 1988. When initially sourced by the Media Museum in the
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

DXC-101P single chip CCD (charged coupled device) camera, manufactured by Sony, Japan, 1988.

By 1987 the development of the CCD sensor chip to replace the expensive and fragile television camera tubes had begun to revolutionise camera design. Although at first very expensive (and so restricted to broadcast cameras) they rapidly become the standard. Major advantages include: very robust; very sensitive (so need less light); very small; not damaged by very bright lights; long life; low power consumption and good colour rendition in poor light. The 'P' indicates that this particular camera uses the PAL television standard.

When this camera was initially sourced by the National Science and Media Museum in the mid-2000s, this particular camera was identified by BBC Outside Broadcast staff at Kendall Avenue to have been the very first CCD-based camera the BBC had ever used ‘on air’. These first-generation CCD cameras were generally considered to be inferior to the existing vacuum tube-based television cameras and therefore not good enough for broadcast use.

However, this particular camera was purchased for 'evaluation' and soon found its way on to sport outside broadcasts. It was used for a number of years on BBC motor racing programmes, strapped to the side of the car for live pictures from the driver’s perspective. Its (relatively) small size, weight & robustness made it ideal for this use. The Kiowa zoom lens (1:2/11.5-90) was damaged when the camera fell off of a racing car at speed.

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Details

Category:
Television
Object Number:
2016-5020
Materials:
electronic components, glass, metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified), steel (metal)
Measurements:
lens: 286 mm,
camera: 63 mm x 65 mm x 165 mm, 0.5 kg
type:
ccd camera
credit:
BBC
status:
Permanent collection

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