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The Sony SL-8000 was the UK's first Betamax machine. A 'piano-key' design which was very advanced for its day. Features pause and a mechanical tape counter.
The Sony SL-8080 was an improved version of the SL-8000 looking almost identical. The 8080 was the first home VCR to have cue and review functions (with video muted).
The Sony SL-3000 is the portable Betamax recorder which was intended to interface with Sony cameras HVC-2000P and HVC-2010P. A very compact model which could be operated horizontally or vertically.
The Sony SL-C5 was the baby brother to the SL-C7. For it's day it was a modern looking machine. No piano keys, picture search and a wired remote control.
The SL-C6 was Sony's attempt at a mass market machine. It had basic features but looked very stylish.
The Sony SL-C7, similar in looks to the SLC-5 but far superior. A hi-tech design with controls hidden behind flaps, a multi-event 4 event 2 week timer, APS index marking and a number of other features.
The Sony SL-C9 was a 'top of the range' model for many years. Features: 9 event 14 day timer, Beta noise reduction, audio dubbing, camera input, perfect picture pause, real-time counter, APS indexing, tape remaining indicator.
The Sony SL-F1 was the successor to the SL-3000. Based internally on the SL-C9 mechanics. Part of a range of Sony units including a tuner, charger / power supply, PCM adapter, camera and back pack.
The Sony SL-C20 a stylist looking basic model. Brother of the SL-C30. No remote and was silver in colour.
The Sony SL-C30 a stylish slim looking basic Betamax model which had a remote control. Available in black, silver, gold and red.
The Sony SL-F30, at only 8cm it's one of the slimmest Betamax machines. Individual channel selection buttons were replaced with up and down buttons. A nice feature was the transparent hole in the lid to allow viewing of the video cassette.
The SL-F25 was the last basic Betamax model ever in the UK. Because of the late release not many were sold.With a 1 event/week timer and no other advanced features the SL-F25 is not much to talk about.
The Sony SL-F60 is almost identical to the SL-F30. Like the SF-30 it is incredibly slim at only 8 cm high. Features an Auto Play function.
The Sony SL-F90 is a
Features include On Screen Graphics, goto zero, a picture sharpness control as well
as perfect pause (still).
The SL-HF100UB was one of only two Hi-Fi Betamax recorders released by Sony in the UK domestic market. It was the companion machine to the SL-HF950. Features a simulcast input and multi event counter. A basic HiFi machine.
The Sony SL-HF150 was not released in the UK, similar to the SL-HF100. Features: On Screen Graphics and a perfect pause (still) mode. It also features Hi-fi sound, headphone socket and a 30 channel tuner.
The Sony SL-HF950 is another 'top of the range' machine. Features a unique combination loading system, outstanding picture quality, Super Beta Pro mode, video insert editing, SCART (Peritel) socket, trick speed controls, and audio dubbing.
The Sony SLO-1700 is an industrial top loading machine built to last. Features two large VU audio level meters, HiFi sound, linear stereo, seperate HiFi and linear audio level adjustments, head hours counter, no tuner or clock.
The Sony SL-T50ME could play and record in PAL, NTSC ( both 4.43 and 3.58 ) and MESECAM. It was a very slim unit and was produced in many colours such as black, silver and gold. With illuminated functions switches it could have a very bright appearance!
The SL-800ME is a truly world wide multi-standard Betamax. It contains three tuners which allow it to receive PAL, SECAM and NTSC signals.
The SL-200ME MKIII was intended for the middle eastern market but a few found there into the UK. No trick playback, no perfect pause but it is a Super Betamax only machine.
The BMC-100 was the worlds first combined video recorder and camera. It came out long before the term Camcorder was in common usage. The BMC-100 used a tube camera and a new Omega wrap video system.