October 13, 2016 at 10:37AM


VHS Cameras

Hey All,
I'm prepping my next short film which I'd like to shoot on a VHS camera or camcorder. Does anyone own or know of any resources that may help me find one? Ebay seems to sell a bunch of them but the packages are always missing a vital cord or camera part.

Thank youuuu!

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I love VHS look but you will be rolling the dice no matter what you decide is right. If you can find replacement batteries, even new they will have been sitting in a warehouse for what, decades? If the motor works, if the gears and mechanisms aren't stiff, if the electronics all function give yourself a high five. The best actual VHS/replacement battery usage I've got is up to half an hour of power/recording. I've got a few Panasonic VHS cameras from the early 90's that have video out built into the power source I still find useful for odd projects.

You can get a similar look and better chances of longer operation with a Hi8 camcorder.

Best of luck!

October 13, 2016 at 3:36PM

Gordon Byrd
Owner, Byrd Pictures

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