This is a JVC GC-3300E two tube colour vidicon camera with it's AC adaptor made around 1978. This is a brilliant camera, gives very nice pictures with a uniquely distinct reddish bluish shadow colour tones which look great! The picture does however have blemishes when the iris setting is at 16 for bright scenes as there's horizontal blotches, probably bit of dirt and debris on the tube surfaces or burns from past use and a buse, apart from that the pictures are beautiful and the accuracy of colour reproduction is excellent!!! This camera uses two 2/3 inch vidicon tubes, one tube is used for the luminance pickup and the other has a red, green, blue striped mask over it for chroma pickup. Like most cameras made around the 70s era, a decent amount of lighting is needed for give a decently luminated picture so for indoor lowlight environments flood lights are needed for this camera to produce a good picture. Anyways this camera functions great but the viewfinder needs to be repaired as it went on the blink while I was using this camera, that's a project in the works, first thing to do is replace the electrolytic capacitors as they would likely be dry. Anyhow below are a couple of videos I've made of this camera and pictures of the camera and AC adaptor.
This is part 1 of a video demo of my JVC GC-3300E camera in which I talk about the camera and it's features through the eye of this camera, during the video the viewfinder goes on the blink
This is part 2 of a video demo of my JVC GC-3300E camera in which I switch to my Sony Handycam and show the camera and AC adaptor and its controls
Filming the backyard
Below are a bunch of pictures of the GC-3300E and its associate AC adaptor
Considering the fact the viewfinder decided to go on the blink and I am yet to locate the fault I did some brainstorming on what I could do to replace the viewfinder so I did some experimenting. I discovered the video output to the viewfinder can actually be outputted via RCA to the TV set and it worked complete with the sliding white guage bar that indicates the level of exposure. So I thought of buying myself a hand held Casio colour TV and using that as a makeshift replacement viewfinder. So I ordered one off Ebay and hooked it up and low and behold it works!!! I did had to make an extra DC filter circuit to lower the DC offset on the video out from 3V to about 0.5V as 3V would likely zap the video input stage of the Casio TV. I hooked the video DC filter to the viewfinder video out and then hooked a video lead out to the Casio TV and then duct tape the TV to the back of the camera at a 30 degree tilt (Casio TVs are best viewed at an angle) and there I have it, a 1978 JVC camera with a 1990s Casio TV makeshift viewfinder transforming this camera into a Frankenstein camera hahaha. Anyways the Casio TV works quite well as a viewfinder though it needs some sort of hooding as the sun makes the screen unviewable. Here below are some pics of my now Frankenstein camera:
JVC GC-3300E camera test
I have lately been making a lot of videos from this great camera and uploading them to YouTube so here below are several videos made on location and indoor. The remote filmings have picture noise issues, this is partially due to an earthing issue with the inverter and perhaps other things related to having this camera connected to the inverter. I have elimited a lot of the noise when not having audio plugged in and having an earth wire connected from camera to inverter's earth terminal. Anyways I will be adding more videos progressively as I make them.
Remote filming of Shoalhaven view from Mt Pleasant, Kiama
Remote filming of Gerringong cemetery
Remote filming of the coastal view at Kiama Downs
Remote filming of Unanderra
Remote filming of the ocean view at Hill 60, Port Kembla
Picture test with my cyclorama studio light
Psychedelic blue screen chroma-key test using various psychedelic visual effects keyed into the blue backdrop
This is a video made with two cameras, the 1978 JVC GC-3300E vidicon camera and the 1991 Panasonic NV-MS1 S-VHS CCD camcorder. I basically filmed myself on the Panasonic NV-MS1 and then on JVC GC-3300E and chroma-keyed the GC-3300E picture into the blue backdrop of the NV-MS1 resulting in two videos of me in the one video. On the left is me in 90s CCD and on the left is me in 70s vidicon! I made this video to compare the two different technologies.