(video CAMera reCORDER) A combination video camera and videocassette recorder in one unit. Sony introduced the first camcorder in 1983 with its Betamovie. It recorded directly onto Sony half-inch Betamax videotape cassettes, but did not play back. Subsequently, camcorders were made to play back, and today, camcorders record and play back using videotape cassettes or DVDs (DVD-R or DVD-RAM).
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