Microcam I: A New Concept in the Design of a Portable Color Camera for Broadcast Applications

Author(s): Renville H. McMann ; Clyde W. Smith
Publisher: Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Publication Date: 1 January 1976
Conference Location: Detroit, MI, USA
Conference Date: 23 January 1976
Page(s): 21 - 34
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-905-8
DOI: 10.5594/M00550



During the eight years since the original Minicam, a proliferation of small color cameras has shown the tremendous utility of a broadcast quality camera that can be carried on the back and shoulders of a strong cameraman. The recent upsurge in electronic news gathering ENG has generated the need for a camera with the weight and operating simplicity of a movie camera, so that the cameraperson can be chosen for his or her journalistic ability rather than for sheer strength and technical competence. The Microcam described in this paper was developed by the same CBS Laboratories-now Thomson-CSF Laboratories-CBS Television Network team that developed the Minicam and the project benefited greatly from that experience. The project originated under the CBS Corporate Research Program and later was jointly sponsored by Thomson-CSF S. A. and the CBS Television Network.