Camescopes/Camcorders Nikon



prototype Nikon S-100

En 1977, juste avant que Nikon arrête son activité de caméras de 8 mm , la société teste la faisabilité commerciale d'une caméra vidéo à usage domestique. Le prototype S-100 est présenté en Juin 1982, c'est l'unique et seule caméra vidéo jamais développé par Nikon lui-même.

Entre 1988 et 1996, Nikon propose des camescopes basés sur des modèles Sony Handycam. Le système Handycam lancé en 1985 utilisait un capteur CCD (1/3", 2/3" et 1/2") et le système Video8 (bande de 8 mm) pour concurrencer les plus formats VHS et Betacam (Plus tard VHS-C). Ensuite les caméscopes (série TR) utilisaient le système Hi8 amélioré, avec l'enregistrement du son stéréophonique, stabilisateur d'image et un viseur couleur. La plupart des caméscopes Nikon Video8 et Hi8 sont principalement des clones de la série Sony TR (et quelques clones Olympus ou Panasonic VHS), avec zoom 6x, 8x, 10x ou 12x.


In 1977, just before Nikon gave up its 8mm movie camera business, the company investigates the business feasibility of a home-use video camera. The "Color Video Camera S-100" was released in June 1982, and became the first and only video camera ever developed by Nikon themselves.

Between 1988 and 1996, Nikon introduced and produced a variety of video cameras based on the Sony Handycam. Launched in 1985, the Handycam was using a (1/3", 2/3"and 1/2") CCD-sensor and the Video8 (8 mm. tape) system to compete with the larger VHS and Betacam (and later VHS-C) camcorders. Later camcorders (TR-series) were using the improved Hi8 system, including stereophonic sound recording, image stabilizer and a colour viewfinder. Most Nikon Video8 and Hi8 camcorders are mainly clones of the Sony TR-series (and some clones of Olympus or Panasonic VHS models), featuring a 6x, 8x, 10x or 12x zoom lens.




Nikon VN-200

Nikon VN-250

Nikon VN-300

Nikon VN-310

Nikon VN-320

Nikon clone of date sortie/
available year
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VN-200 CCD-TR30 1994-1995 1/3" 10x 6.2-62 mm f/1.6 (equiv 45-450 mm) 8mm NTSC 2 (3)
VN-250 CCD-TR40   1/3" 10x 6.2-62 mm f/1.6 (equiv 45-450 mm) 8mm NTSC 2  
VN-300 CCD-TR4 1991-1992 1/3" 6x 7-42mm f/2
(equiv 50-300 mm)
8mm NTSC 5 (3)
VN-310 CCD-TR51 1992-1993 1/3" 6x 5.8-35 mm f/1.8 (equiv 42-252 mm) 8mm NTSC 3 (3)
VN-320 CCD-TR71 1992-1993 1/3" 10x 6.2-62 mm f/1.6 (equiv 45-450 mm) 8mm NTSC 2  

(1) importé en UE/imported in EU, (2) viseur couleur/color viewfinder, (3) battery Nikon NP-55 or NP-77







Nikon VN-330

Nikon VN-340

Nikon VN-350

Nikon VN-360

Nikon VN-400

Nikon VN-500

Nikon clone of date sortie/
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VN-330 CCD-TR61 1994-1995 1/3" 10x 6.2-62 mm f/1.6 (equiv 45-450 mm) 8mm NTSC 1 (3) - same model as VN-340 without color viewfinder
VN-340 CCD-TR65 1994-1995 1/3" 10x 6.2-62 mm f/1.6 (equiv 45-450 mm) 8mm NTSC 1 (2),(3) - same model as VN-330 with color viewfinder
VN-350 Sony 1994-1995 1/3" 12x 5.4-64.8 mm f/1.8 (equiv 39-470 mm) 8 mm NTSC 5 (3)
VN-360 CCD-TR93 1994-1995 1/3" 12x 5.4-64.8 mm f/1.8 (equiv 39-470 mm) 8 mm NTSC 3 (2),(3) stable shoot/stabilisateur électronique
VN-400 CCD-TRV30 1994-1995 1/3" 12x 5.4-64.8 mm f/1.8 (equiv 39-470 mm) 8 mm NTSC 0.8 (3) écran couleur 3",3" LCD display
VN-500 CCD-TR7 1991-1992 1/2" 8x 8.5-68 mm f/2 (equiv 40-325 mm)   NTSC 4 (3) HiFi stereo

(1) importé en UE/imported in EU, (2) viseur couleur/color viewfinder, (3) battery Nikon NP-55 or NP-77













Nikon VN-550

Nikon VN-700

Nikon VN-710

Nikon VN-720

Nikon VN-750

Nikon VN-760

Nikon clone of date sortie/
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VN-550 CCD-TR91 1994-1995 1/3" 10x 6.1-61 mm f/1.6 (equiv 44-440 mm) 8 mm NTSC 1 (2),(3) stable shoot/stabilisateur électronique, HiFi Stereo
VN-700 CCD-TR81 1991 1/3" 8x 8.5-68 mm f/1.8 (equiv 46-368 mm) Hi-8 NTSC   (3)
VN-710 Sony         NTSC    
VN-720 Sony 1993-1994 1/3" 470 000 pixels 8x 5.9-47.2 mm f/1.4 (equiv 42-336 mm)   NTSC 3 (3), base CB-500n - same model as 7200 ?
VN-750 CCD-TR101   1/3" 470 000 pixels 10x 6.2-62 mm f/1.6 (equiv 45-450 mm) Hi-8 NTSC 3 (3) - same model as 7500 ?
VN-760 CCD-TR700   1/3" 10x 6.1-61 mm f/1.6 (equiv 44-440 mm) Hi-8 NTSC 3 (2),(3)

(1) importé en UE/imported in EU, (2) viseur couleur/color viewfinder, (3) battery Nikon NP-55 or NP-77


Nikon VN-770

Nikon VN-777

Nikon VN-800

Nikon VN-801

Nikon VN-802

Nikon VN-803

Nikon clone of date sortie/
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VN-770 Sony         NTSC    
VN-777 Sony         NTSC    
VN-800 Olympus 1986-1987 1/2" 6x 9-54mm f/1.2 (equiv 42.5-255 mm) 8 mm NTSC 7 (4)
VN-801 Olympus 1987-1988       NTSC   (4)
VN-802 Olympus         NTSC   (4)
VN-803 Olympus         NTSC   (4)

(1) importé en UE/imported in EU, (2) viseur couleur/color viewfinder, (3) battery Nikon NP-55 or NP-77, (4) battery equiv. Olympus VFBP81










Nikon VN-804

Nikon VN-810

Nikon VN-820

Nikon VN-830

Nikon VN-840

Nikon VN-850

Nikon clone of date sortie/
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VN-804 Olympus         NTSC   (4)
VN-810 Olympus VX-802 1988-1991 1/2" 6x 9-54mm f/1.2 (equiv 42.5-255 mm) 8 mm NTSC 7 (4)
VN-820 Sony 1988-1988 2/3" 6x 12-72 mmm f/1.6 macro (equiv 30-180 mm) 8 mm NTSC 9 (3)
VN-830 Sony 1989-1989 2/3" 6x 12-72 mmm f/1.6 macro (equiv 30-180 mm) 8 mm NTSC   (3)
VN-840 CCD-F45 1990-1991 1/2" 8x 8.5-68 mm f1.6 (equiv 40-325 mm) 8 mm NTSC 3 (3)
VN-850 Sony         NTSC   (3)

(1) importé en UE/imported in EU, (2) viseur couleur/color viewfinder, (3) battery Nikon NP-55 or NP-77, (4) battery equiv. Olympus VFBP81










Nikon VN-860

Nikon VN-870

Nikon VN-900

Nikon VN-910

Nikon VN-920

Nikon VN-930

Nikon clone of date sortie/
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VN-860 CCD-F301 1992-1993 1/2" 8x 8.5-68 mm f1.6 (equiv 40-325 mm) 8 mm NTSC 2 (3)
VN-870 Sony 1995-1996   12x   NTSC   (3), 3" color LCD screen
VN-900 Sony 1989-1991 2/3" 420 000 pixels 6x 12-72 mmm f/1.6 (equiv 30-180 mm)   NTSC 5 (3), as VN-830 smaller
VN-910 Sony 1990-1991 1/2" 6x f/2   NTSC 4 (3)
VN-920 Sony       NTSC    
VN-930 Sony         NTSC    

(1) importé en UE/imported in EU, (2) viseur couleur/color viewfinder, (3) battery Nikon NP-55 or NP-77







Nikon VN-950

Nikon VN-960

Nikon Action-Pro

Nikon VN-3000

Nikon VN-3100

Nikon VN-3200

Nikon clone of date sortie/
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VN-950 Sony 1990   8x   NTSC   (3)
VN-960 Sony 1991 1/2" 8x f/1.4   NTSC 3 (3)
Action-Pro Panasonic AG-170 AF 1988-1990   6x 9-54mm f/1.2 VHS NTSC   (4), called VN-3000 Action-Pro in US, different than VN-3000 8mm in EU
VN-3000 EU Sony 1990 1/3" 270 000 pixels 6x 7-42mm f/2 macro (equiv 50-300 mm) 8mm NTSC PAL 7 (1), Not to be confused with VN-3000 Action-Pro, VHS camcorder
VN-3100 Sony 1991 1/3" CCD 320 000 pixels 6x 5.8-35 mm f/1.8 (equiv 42-252 mm) 8 mm NTSC PAL 4 (1)
VN-3200 Sony 1992 1/3&" CCD 320 000 pixels 10x 6.2-62 mm f/1.6 (equiv 4.46-446 mm) 8 mm NTSC PAL 3 (1)

(1) importé en UE/imported in EU, (2) viseur couleur/color viewfinder, (3) battery Nikon NP-55 or NP-77, (4) battery equiv. Olympus VFBP81




Nikon VN-3220c

Nikon VN-5000

Nikon VN-6000

Nikon VN-7000

Nikon VN-7200

Nikon VN-7500

Nikon clone of date sortie/
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VN-3220C Sony 1992 1/3" 10x 6.2-62 mm f/1.6 (equiv 45-450 mm) 8 mm NTSC PAL   (1),(2)
VN-5000 Sony 1990 1/2" 410 000 pixels 8x 8.5-68 mm f/2 macro (equiv 40-325 mm) 8 mm NTSC PAL 6 (1)
VN-6000 CCD-TR550 1994 1/3" 570 000 pixels
470 000 pixels effectifs
12x 5.4-64.8 mm f/1.8 (equiv 47-564 mm) Hi-8 NTSC PAL 6 (1), stable shoot/stabilisateur électronique, not sale in France/non commercialisé en France
VN-7000 Sony 1991 1/2" CCD 470 000 pixels 8x 7.8-62.4 mm f/1.6 (equiv 36.7-293 mm) Hi-8 NTSC PAL 2 (1)
VN-7200 CCD-TR8E 1992 1/3" 470 000 pixels 8x 5.9-47.2 mm f/1.4 (equiv 42-336 mm) Hi-8 NTSC PAL 3 (1), base CB-500n - same model as 720 ?
VN-7500 Sony 1992 1/3" CCD 470 000 pixels 10x 6.2-62 mm f/1.6 (equiv 45-450 mm) HI-8 NTSC PAL 3 (1), stable shoot, stabilisateur électronique - same model as 750 ?

(1) importé en UE/imported in EU, (2) viseur couleur/color viewfinder, (3) battery Nikon NP-55 or NP-77










Nikon VN-8200

Nikon VN-8300

Nikon VN-9000

Nikon VN-9100

Nikon VN-9500

Nikon VN-9600

Nikon clone of date sortie/
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VN-8200 Sony         NTSC   (3)
VN-8300 Sony         NTSC PAL   (1),(3)
VN-9000 Sony 1989 2/3" CCD 495 000 pixels 6x 12-72 mm f/1.6 macro (equiv 30-180 mm) 8 mm NTSC PAL 7 (1),(3)
VN-9100 CCD-TR55E 1989 DTC 6x 11-66 mm f/2 (equiv 58.5-351 mm) 8 mm NTSC PAL 5 (1),(3)
VN-9500 Sony 1989 2/3" 495 000 pixels 8x 11-88 mm f/1.4 (equiv 27,5-220 mm) HI-8 NTSC PAL 5 (1),(3)
VN-9600 CCD-V700E   1/2" 8x 8.5-68 mm f/2 (equiv 40-325 mm) 8 mm NTSC   (3)

(1) importé en UE/imported in EU, (2) viseur couleur/color viewfinder, (3) battery Nikon NP-55 or NP-77


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