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.

A partir d'octobre 1986 et durant dix ans, Nikon propose pour le marché export, des caméscopes 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. A partir de 1989, les caméscopes Nikon Video8 et Hi8 sont des clones de caméscopes Sony avec zoom 6x, 8x, 10x ou 12x (avant 1989, les modèles sont principalement issus de Sony mais aussi d'Olympus ou Panasonic).


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.

Since October 1986 and during ten years, Nikon offered for export market, a variety of video cameras based on the Sony Handycam. Launched in 1985, the Handycam system 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 color viewfinder. Since 1989, all Nikon Video8 and Hi8 camcorders are clones of the Sony models featuring a 6x, 8x, 10x or 12x zoom lens (before 1989, Nikon camcorders are mainly clones of Sony models but also from Olympus or Panasonic models).




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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 Sony
CCD-TR30
1994-1995 1/3" 10x 6.2-62 mm f/1.6 (equiv 45-450 mm) 8mm NTSC 2 (3)
VN-250 Sony
CCD-TR40
  1/3" 10x 6.2-62 mm f/1.6 (equiv 45-450 mm) 8mm NTSC 2  
VN-300 Sony
CCD-TR4
1991-1992 1/3" 6x 7-42mm f/2
(equiv 50-300 mm)
8mm NTSC 5 (3) digital super imposer, high shutter speed 1/4000
VN-310 Sony
CCD-TR51
1992-1993 1/3" 6x 5.8-35 mm f/1.8 (equiv 42-252 mm) 8mm NTSC 3 (3)
VN-320 Sony
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



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Nikon VN-330

Nikon VN-340

Nikon VN-350

Nikon VN-360

Nikon VN-400

Nikon clone of date sortie/
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VN-330 Sony
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 Sony
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 Sony
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 Sony
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

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











Nikon VN-500

Nikon VN-550

Nikon VN-700

Nikon VN-710

Nikon VN-720

Nikon clone of date sortie/
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VN-500 Sony
CCD-TR7
1991-1992 1/2" 8x 8.5-68 mm f/2 (equiv 40-325 mm)   NTSC 4 (3) HiFi stereo
VN-550 Sony
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 Sony
CCD-TR81
1991 1/3" 8x 8.5-68 mm f/1.8 (equiv 46-368 mm) Hi-8 NTSC   (3)
VN-710 Sony       Hi-8 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 ?

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







Nikon VN-750

Nikon VN-760

Nikon VN-770

Nikon VN-800

Nikon VN-801

Nikon VN-802

Nikon VN-803

Nikon clone of date sortie/
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VN-750 Sony
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 Sony
CCD-TR700
  1/3" 10x 6.1-61 mm f/1.6 (equiv 44-440 mm) Hi-8 NTSC 3 (2),(3)
VN-770 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), first Action 8 video camera
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 Sony
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     8x 8 mm 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 Sony
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 8 mm 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 clone of date sortie/
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VN-950 Sony 1990   8x Hi-8 NTSC   (3)
VN-960 Sony 1991 1/2" 8x f/1.4 Hi-8 NTSC 3 (3) shutter 1/10000, 2 superimposers
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)

(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-3200

Nikon VN-3220c

Nikon VN-5000

Nikon VN-6000

Nikon VN-7000

Nikon clone of date sortie/
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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)
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 Sony
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)

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





Nikon VN-7200

Nikon VN-7500

Nikon VN-8200

Nikon VN-8300

Nikon VN-9000

Nikon clone of date sortie/
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VN-7200 Sony
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 ?
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)

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






Nikon VN-9100

Nikon VN-9500

Nikon VN-9600

Nikon clone of date sortie/
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VN-9100 Sony
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 Sony
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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