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Old 03-26-2018, 06:51 PM
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What was the price of Betacam SP and Digital Betcam?

What was the price of Betacam SP and Digital Betcam V.C.R.'s and cameras when new. Some one told me that they might cost 100,000 (one hounder thousand) U.S. Dollars when new. They where so expensive?
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:40 PM
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List price was around $35,000 to $40,000, according to the Midwest Communications Corp. Video Products Guide Volume VI -- late 80s to mid 90s. Has listings for BetaSP, 1", and the beginnings of D2 machines. In addition to the lowly MII series. I've owned BetaSP, 1", MII, and the Panasonic SVHS edit machines (list $6500)... and paid not nearly that for any of 'em. Of course, that was a few years past their prime...

DigiBeta (which showed up well after this catalog) were in the $60k range, depending on options (like the mind-bending Pre-read function.) I believe HD machines were in the same ballpark, or a little more. I have seen pop-up banner ads recently listing some pro edit machine with a list price of $100K. But I didn't stop to read all about it because, well, it's a tape machine, and the world seems to be pretty file-based lately.

Looks like BetacamSP (integrated, not dockable) with CCD sensor was about $44K. Camera lens probably extra.

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